Uses and Recipes for Overripe Bananas

Overripe Banana Recipes

Have a bunch of overripe bananas taking up space in your fruit bowl? Here are some great ways to use them up.

Banana Bread

Homemade banana bread
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Overripe bananas are great for adding moisture and flavor to bread recipes. Enjoy some of these recipes for breakfast or dessert. You can even freeze extra loaves to enjoy later. Just wrap them well, and they should freeze beautifully.

Banana Cake

Banana Cake
Banana Cake. Yuri F/Moment/Getty Images

Bananas can take the place of some of the oil in cake recipes, making them lower in fat, without sacrificing any flavor. In fact, adding bananas actually makes a cake taste better. 

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins
Banana Muffins. Jacob VanHouten/E+/Getty Images

Muffins also benefit from the flavor and moisture that bananas lend, and they make an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Whip up one of these recipes on the weekend, and enjoy easier mornings throughout the work week.

Banana Pancakes and French Toast

Bananas Foster French Toast
Bananas Foster French Toast. wsmahar/Getty Images

Dress up basic pancakes or french toast by adding your overripe bananas to the batter. It'll turn them into a more filling, restaurant-quality meal that your whole family is sure to enjoy.

Banana Smoothies and Milkshakes

Banana and Chocolate Smoothie
Banana and Chocolate Smoothie. Mike Kemp/Getty Images

Bananas give smoothies and milk shakes a creamy texture, and add just enough sweetness than you can often skip adding sugar to the recipe. Freeze the bananas before you toss them in the blender, for the best results.

Banana Puddings and Custards

Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding. Photo © Flickr user luvsickmedia

Whip up a quick banana pudding to enjoy with tonight's dinner. It's a great use for overripe bananas.

Banana Cookies

Banana Cookies
Banana Cookies. Photo © Flickr user Gudlyf

Reduce or replace the butter or oil in cookie recipes by swapping in bananas. It's a great way to cut the fat and calories.

Banana Pies

Banana Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie. NRedmond/E+/Getty Images

Banana pie -- in any form -- is always a crowd-pleaser. Here are several recipes to test out on your family.

Short on Time?

How to Freeze Bananas. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Just toss your bananas in the freezer (with or without the peel), and pull them out when you're ready to use them.

Note: Banana peels turn black when refrigerated or frozen, but that doesn't mean that the fruit has gone bad.