3 Recipe Ideas for Overripe Bananas

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Now I don’t know if this happens to you too but I always seem to have leftover bananas that are starting to go a bit brown by the time I get around to eating them. I think it’s because when I buy a bunch of bananas I love them when they’re really fresh and still slightly firm but then there’s that bit in between where they’re not quite overripe yet but I’m too nervous about their texture to bite into one. So I let them get overripe and then don’t want them to go to waste. Luckily I have learned a few things to do with overripe bananas now that I really enjoy - and here are three different recipes I like making for using up those overripe bananas.

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1. Banana Bread

It’s a classic!

I follow this recipe here, but I substitute the apple juice for a whole grated apple. This is absolutely delicious and because when the bananas are overripe they are even sweeter than usual you do not need tons of added sugar to make this tea-time sweet treat - just a bit of honey and you’re off.

To make this recipe vegan. you can substitute the eggs for a cup of non-dairy milk and a teaspoon of baking soda, then add splashes of the non-dairy milk until it’s a ribbon consistency and bake as normal.

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2. Ice Cream

Yuummmm! This is my all-time favourite. I am so fond of ice cream but as we all know it’s not exactly the healthiest of treats. Until I made this for the first time, I didn’t believe that it could really taste like or feel like the consistency of ice cream at all - but it really does. It’s so sweet and creamy - the more ripe the banana, the sweeter the ice cream. And it takes no time at all to make with just two ingredients. It couldn’t be simpler!

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Recipe (serves 1):

1 Frozen Banana

A splash of milk (any milk works, dairy, non-dairy etc.)

Blend your frozen banana until smooth and to help it get to the desired consistency add a splash of milk until creamy. The less milk you use the better.

I always like to put the banana mix back into the freezer after blending it to allow it to firm up again and then eat about an hour later.

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You can also add cocoa powder to make it chocolatey or add other tropical fruits such as frozen pineapple or mango to create different flavours. It’s so fun to experiment with as you can make any sort of flavour as long as you have that banana base to get the creamy consistency.

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3. Two Ingredient Banana Cookies

Again, I was very skeptical about how using just two ingredients could possibly produce a cookie. These are so quick to make and they do satisfy that certain desire for something sweet and chewy. You can also add various things to spice the cookie up such as raisins, chocolate chips, nuts etc and they take less than 20 minutes from mashing bananas to eating which I think is spectacular. Now it’s all well and good baking treats - even healthy ones - but I always find that I’m so anxious to actually eat the treat that I end up sneaking a bite here and there or tasting the batter a bit too much and by the time they’ve finished baking I’m full. This recipe is too quick to worry about that so it’s the perfect thing to throw together when you want to snack.

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You’ll need…

- 2 ripe bananas

- 85g oats

Mush the bananas, add the oats, chuck on a piece of baking paper and whack into the oven. 15 minutes later, chomp them down.

Recipe complete.

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Do you have any other ideas for using up overripe bananas? I would love to hear what you do, let me know in the comments below.