The Incredible Edible BANANA!? (The best foods to make with over-ripe bananas.)
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Bananas are a staple in most homes.  But a big problem that we, personally, have is that they don’t always get eaten in their prime.  I got tired of wasting ‘bad’ bananas that became over-ripe so I’ve compiled a list of the best foods to make that can help use them up!  Of course, we all know about banana bread, but there’s lots of other options available too!

The Incredible Edible BANANA!? (The best foods to make with over-ripe bananas.)

Check Out Our List Of The Best Ways To Utilize Ripe (Or Over Ripe) Bananas:

  • Banana Bars With Cream Cheese Frosting (just like pumpkin bars but substitute bananas in the recipe)
  • Banana Pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs)
  • Banana Pudding
  • Banana Muffins
    • Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
    • Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
    • Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins
  • Banana (along with other fruits and/or spinach) Smoothies
  • Frozen Banana Popsicles
  • Banana Ice Cream
    • You can add peanut butter, chocolate chips, or any other ingredients you love.
    • Cut into small slices, dip in melted almond bark or chocolate bark. Freeze. Use as a topping on ice cream. Or just as a snack.
  • 3 Ingredient Banana Cookies (Bananas, Oats, & Chocolate Chips)
  • Protein Cookies
  • Hummingbird Cake
  • Banana Foster On French Toast Or Pancakes
  • Banana Pineapple Cake
  • Banana Bread Brownies
  • Hawaiian Bread
  • Banana Cream Cookies
  • Substitute Bananas In Place Of Eggs In Any Cake Recipe
  • Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
  • Banana Milkshake
  • Mixed Adult Beverage (In a blender, add: ripe banana, ice, orange or pineapple juice, rum, a little coconut milk, ice, or over ice if you don’t want a slushy.)
  • Banana Nut Cinnamon Crumb Cake
  • Banana Bundt Cake
  • Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake
  • Upside Down Banana Cake
  • Banana French Toast
  • Baked Oatmeal With Bananas

If all else fails and you just don’t have time to make something today, place your ripe (or over ripe) bananas in the freezer.  They can be pulled out at any time to include in any of the above ideas!

Tell me, what's your favorite way of using bananas?


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This post currently has 26 responses.

  • gloria patterson

    OMG all of these sound so good………….. BUT you had me with Hummingbird Cake I have not had one of these in years!! Truth I forgot all about that cake and now I really want it. My problem is now i have to go shopping and then wait on the banans 🙂

  • monique s

    The banana bread brownies sound fantastic. I always seem to have one or two that get too brown too quickly

  • Peggy Nunn

    I want to try the Banana French Toast. that really sounds good. Our store has so many bananas that very often they have a big bag of over ripe ones for $1. I could use them for all of these ideas.

  • Deborah D

    All these recipes sound delicious.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    These are all great ideas. Bananas always go bad before we can eat them in this house.

  • gala

    great ideas. I make caramelazed banana jam with old bananas, my husband love it on top of greeck yougurt

  • monique s

    I really want to try the banana french toast. That one sounds like a great breakfast the kids will love.

  • Helga

    This si a great list. My favorite thing to do with them is make smoothies.

  • ellen beck

    I love bananas but like everyone else mine tend to hit over ripe before I can eat them. In the summer, I do make banana popsicles and really like them. Hummingbird cake sounds so good!

  • Peggy Nunn

    I am looking up Banana Chocolate Oatmeal Bars and seeing how to make them. It sounds so good. I was just looking for a new snack. Thank you.

  • Stevie A.

    I didn’t realize how many things you can make with overripe bananas. I have to keep a list like these handy.

  • Janice Wright

    Thank you for this blog. Since I am a single person household, bananas often get overripe. Now I have some options other than freezing them for smoothies.

  • Donna

    This is a great list. I love to use ripe bananas when I bake. They help me to use less sugar in desserts.

  • Mia E.

    These recipes work for me since I love baked good made with bananas but don’t like eating bananas on their own. I had a hummingbird cake for the first time a few months ago and was amazed at how delicious it was.

  • monique s

    I have been using mine in smoothies. Makes a very bananay flavor

  • Peggy Nunn

    I want to try all of these. Next I am trying the Upside Down Banana Cake. I am cooking so much now that I am home.

  • Peggy Nunn

    I am going to look up the Protein Cookies using bananas. That sounds very good.

  • Sarah L

    We had a 90 degree day this week so the banana Popsicles sound good right now.

  • Peggy Nunn

    I have heard of Hummingbird Cake all my life. Now that it is on your list, I am making one. Thank you for reminding me.

  • monique s

    It always seems like there is always one that is too ripe 🙂 Love these ideas

  • Michelle S

    Thank you for this list! We have the same issue at my house. I think I would like try the pancakes first.

  • linda

    Thanks , I didn’t know about any of these recipes

  • Peggy Nunn

    I want to make the Banana Pineapple Cake. I have all the ingredients and do not need another trip to the store now. Thank you for the suggestion.

  • Peggy Nunn

    I want to try the Banana French Toast to have something different for breakfast. I think it will be so good.

  • Jeanine Carlson

    I just made Hummingbird Cake a week ago, yummm! I have the best recipe for blender muffins that uses ripe bananas! Maybe I’ll do a post one of these days soon…

  • Peggy Nunn

    I need to check out the Banana Bread Brownies. I don’t know that I have ever heard of them.

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