Monday, March 11, 2013

20 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

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While I love to eat bananas in their original form, I much prefer them baked, grilled, whipped, blended, and frozen. I love it when our bananas get so ripe that my kids won't eat them because they look funny, because that is when bananas are at their best--ripe & sweet!

20 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

  1. Banana Oatmeal Muffins at Family Balance Sheet
  2. Banana Walnut Baked Oatmeal at Family Balance Sheet
  3. Grilled Banana Splits at Family Balance Sheet
  4. Banana Nut Pancakes at The Happy Housewife
  5. Banana Daiquiri at The Daily Noff
  6. Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies at OMFG So Good
  7. Banana "Ice Cream" at Whole Living. Just TWO ingredients!
  8. 3 2 1 Custard at Greenbacks Gal. Just 3 ingredients! Also a Paleo recipe.
  9. Eatmore' Fudge Squares at Chocolate Covered Katie
  10. Banana Blueberry Swirl Popsicles at Martha Stewart
  11. Banana Pops at Bakers Royale
  12. No Bake Banana Sundae Cheesecake at The Messy Baker Blog
  13. Dark Chocolate & Banana Truffles at Love and Olive Oil
  14. Bananas Foster Bread Pudding at Confessions of a Baking Queen
  15. Back Yard Bananas Foster at The LoveBite
  16. Barbecued Stuffed Bananas at The Paleo Mom
  17. Roasted Banana Cake at The Faux Martha
  18. Slow Cooker Honey Bananas at skinnyms.
  19. Butterscotch Banana Blondies at Hungry Rabbit
  20. Coconut Lemon Banana Bread at Good Life Eats

Did you know you can freeze ripe bananas? I do it all the time when I don't think I'll use them up before they get too bad. I just unpeel them and stick them in a freezer bag. When I want to use them, I thaw in a strainer, unless I'm using them for smoothies, to allow them to drain a bit before using them in recipes. You can also freeze in their peel, but I think it's easier to peel before freezing.

For even more Ripe Banana recipes, check out my Pinterest Board, "Ideas for Ripe Bananas". I'm always adding to it. If you have a recipe you'd like me to include on the board, leave the Pinterest link in the comments.

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  1. LOVE this post. I'm always trying to think of something to do with the "black" bananas! :)!

  2. Visiting from Sharefest. What a great post! I always thought my only options were smoothies and banana bread. :)

  3. I always put them in the freezer only to throw them out a year later after they've become dried out and mangled. Now I see banana oatmeal muffins in my future. Stopping by from SITS.

  4. Stopping in from SITS.
    I love bananas, I will definitely be trying some of these

  5. I just always make the same tired old banana bread. Sometimes I add chocolate chips if I'm feeling adventurous. This list rocks!


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