10 Delicious Uses for Overripe Bananas

Don’t throw away overripe bananas! They’re nature’s gift to the home cook

Don't know what to do with overripe bananas? We'll make it a piece of cake.

Overripe bananas seem to be the red-headed step child to many. Undesirable, they get thrown away and understandably so as a blemished banana can appear off-putting. The truth, however, is that overripe bananas offer a wealth of culinary uses. They are not only nature’s gift to a cook but also the gift that keeps giving. Why?

Click here to see 10 Delicious Uses for Overripe Bananas (Slideshow)

Overripe bananas provide a cook with many uses. They are a baker’s secret weapon in creating moist, naturally sweetened goods. Its nature’s way of giving us the baker’s trifecta of sugar, oil/butter, and eggs all at once as overripe bananas have the ability to sweeten, moisten, and bind. 

When bananas ripen their starch turns into sugar, accounting for the sweet taste. The more it ripens, the more the depth of sweetness intensifies. You can reduce the sugar in many recipes and instead use overripe bananas. Also, a half-cup of mashed, overripe banana is equivalent to one cup of oil and one large egg.

In fact, many cooks purposely over-ripen bananas because they deem the taste and texture superior to ripened bananas. To speed up the process, ripened bananas can be placed with an apple in a brown paper bag. The apple will give off ethylene, a gas that will serve as a catalyst for over ripening bananas.

Many of us need not conduct this science project at home and can simply rely on our inability to go through an entire bunch, thus effortlessly procuring overripe bananas. Voilà! Now you have an ingredient that can serve as a foundation for a bevy of cakes, muffins, loaves, and puddings.

You may be thinking if I didn’t even have the time to eat all my bananas, what makes you think I’ll have time to cook with it? Au contraire, herein lies the beauty of overripe bananas! They can be frozen in full form, peel and all, for up to three months and can be defrosted in the refrigerator overnight for use the next day. Even when the peel is black, it is suitable, some would even say desirable, to cook with or freeze.

Whether you choose to use your overripe bananas in the immediate future or freeze them for later use, you will never again be without a use for them. Overripe bananas are an edible testament to one man’s trash being another man’s treasure.

Want a treasure trove of recipes? Click here for 10 Delicious Uses for Overripe Bananas 

Banana Fritters

You can never go you wrong with something sweet and deep fried. This recipe will have you wishing your bananas are overripe just so you can treat yourself to these tasty fritters!

Click here to see the recipe for Banana Fritters.

Banana Ice Cream

Techincally this isn't an ice cream. There are neither egg yolks nor cream. There's no churning either. There is, however, tons of flavor without tons of calories and fat. You only need three ingredients, frozen overripe bananas being one of them, and a food processor and you'll have in your hands an ice creamy treat that'll make you go bananas over the taste! 

Click here to see the Banana, Honey, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream Recipe. 

Be a Part of the Conversation

Have something to say?
Add a comment (or see what others think).

Comments 1

Like this story? Get updates by email, facebook and twitter
Get daily food and wine coverage

Latest from The Daily Meal

The Daily Meal Video Network
DIY VS. BUY: Potato Chips



I find the first couple of sentences in this article completely offensive! 'The red-headed stepchild to many' quote is an entirely inappropriate and unacceptable use off language. I am guessing that your editor Soni will at sometime in her life been in the horrendous end of comments and casual racist remarks because of her Asian heritage, what difference is there in casting this exact attitude to that of Celtic Red-hair? She should be ashamed. JR

Add a Comment

Upload a picture of yourself no larger than 3MB, please see Terms for details
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human