Things to do with Overripe Bananas (Besides Banana Bread)

One of my daughters is always asking me to pack fresh bananas in her school lunch bag. I appreciate that she wants to eat healthy food, but bananas have such a short shelf life. They turn brown on my counter before I know it. My family loves classic banana bread, but sometimes we want something different. Here are a few other things to do with those bananas once they get dark and mushy.

banana muffins

What to do with Overripe Bananas:

chocolate banana bread

Make chocolate banana bread. So it’s still banana bread, but it’s got a fun twist. Find the recipe here.

Make Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares. This is one of my family’s favorites. Get the recipe here.

Make smoothies. You can use a recipe, or simply wing it and throw a banana, some strawberries or other fruit of your choice, and a small amount of milk or juice in the blender.

banana milkshake

Make milkshakes. Again, you can find plenty of recipes online, or just put a few scoops of ice cream and a banana in the blender. Don’t forget to make some homemade whipped cream to put on top.

banana chocolate chip muffins

Make banana chocolate chip muffins. It’s hard to eat only one of these. I know because I’ve made them many times. Here’s the recipe.

Make banana  chocolate chip cookies. Get the recipe here.

Freeze them. Peel and freeze your overripe bananas to use later in baked goods such as banana bread, muffins, pancakes, or cookies.

banana pancakes

Make banana bread pancakes. Get the recipe here. Or just mash up some banana into your regular pancake batter.

banana oatmeal

Make banana slow cooker overnight oatmeal. This is another great breakfast idea. Find the recipe here. Or, again, simply mash and stir a bit of overipe banana into your favorite oatmeal. I sometimes throw in a dash of unsweetened cocoa powder because chocolate and bananas complement each other nicely.

Make brownies. That’s right. Banana brownies. Get the recipe here.

What are your favorite recipes that use overripe bananas? Leave a comment and let us know!

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