Cheap & Green in 2013 #7:Five Ways to Use Overripe Bananas

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Bananas are so hit and miss in our house. Either I buy them and they are gone within 24 hours, or they sit on the shelf for days until they look like this. ^


I know there are people who only eat super-ripe bananas, but none of them live in my house. But, I absolutely cannot bring myself to throw them out. The first thing you have to do is peel, cut, and freeze them. I just throw them in a ziploc bag or a pyrex and throw ’em in the freezer. Once the icky bananas are frozen, there are lots of ways to go from yucky to yummy:

1. First, and most obvious, is as a sweetener and/or fat replacement in muffins or quick breads.My favorite recipe is for no-sugar added breakfast muffins.

2. Freeze for smoothies — over-ripe bananas work perfectly in my Freezer Smoothies.

3. Chocolate-Covered Bananas – Slice, freeze, drizzle with melted chocolate chips. Yum.

4. Banana Fro-yo — If you’ve seen the ads for those “Yonanas” machines, you know that you can make 1-ingredient fro-yo with JUST bananas. The key is they can’t be excessively overripe. There still needs to be some yellow on the banana or they will come out tasting like ass. Trust me, I learned that the hard way. Just slice, freeze, and blend. Done.

5. Make banana pancakes. Replace the eggs (or half the eggs, according to your taste) with 1/2 cup banana mush for a health and taste boost.


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  1. Awesome ideas! We always have overripe bananas. Pinned.

  2. I use them in place of eggs. In fact, I even dehydrated the peels.

  3. Tastes like ass??! Ewwww….
    Sorry that you even know what that tastes like. TMI

  4. I agree with you, Molly. Totally unnecessary.


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