10 Things to Do With Your Ripe Bananas

Jan Scott April 20, 2016
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I placed a platter of banana chocolate chip muffins on the table for my son and his friends and those muffins disappeared in minutes. I heard one kid claim they tasted ‘€˜just like banana bread,’€™ hence the name of our new favourite baked banana treat.
I don’€™t know about you, but somehow I end up with no less then three overly ripe bananas sitting on the counter at the end of each week. Here’€™s how I deal with the leftover fruit I face at the end of each week if I don’€™t have time to cook/bake with it:

  • Toss bananas into the freezer, peel and all, and reserve for another day.
  • Slice bananas into 1’€-thick pieces and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then transfer to a ziptop baggie and store in the freezer. Use in smoothies as needed.
  • Mash 2-3 bananas (or however many your favourite banana bread recipe calls for) and place them in a ziptop baggie. Store packets in the freezer’€”make sure they’€™re labeled’€”until you have time to make banana bread.

However, if I feel like using them up immediately, below is a list of ideas for making use of your leftover bananas in new and interesting ways:

  • Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Muffins: These aforementioned muffins are perfect for tucking into the lunchbox or serving to friends at an after-school playdate.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Ice Cream: It’€™s still warm in some parts of the country so this would be perfect for a healthy after-school snack.
  • Banana Pancakes: Mash 1-2 bananas and add them to your favourite pancake recipe’€”no ingredient alterations required.
  • Whipped Banana Birthday Cake: Do you have a birthday to bake for? This whipped banana birthday cake is the perfect for any party celebration.
  • Banana Oatmeal: Add a large dollop of mashed bananas to your morning oatmeal, stirring it into the cereal before serving.
  • Chocolate and Banana Paninis: Perfect for breakfast, lunch or an after-school snack these sweet sandwiches are sure to delight the little ones.
  • Banana Bread Scones: A healthier and fun twist on classic banana bread.

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