10 Ripe Banana Recipes That Aren’t Bread

You have so many other options when it comes to capturing bananas' intense natural sweeteness.

When life gives you ripe bananas, don’t think banana bread is the only way to use them.

 

Delicious Ripe Banana Recipes

Ripe bananas are a superhero in the kitchen. A banana’s sweetness actually intensifies as it ripens, making it perfect for baking.

 

But before you decide to bake another banana bread, here are some creative ways to put them to work.

 

Bonus: Banana Hacks

Extend Freshness

Ever wonder why a bunch of bananas at the grocery store are wrapped in plastic wrap around the stem? When bananas begin to ripen, they release ethylene gas from their stems. Wrapping traps the gas and slows the ripening process.

 

Ripen other fruit, fast

You know that thing about putting underripe fruit in a brown paper bag to make it ripen faster? Well, it actually works. Need to use that unripe avocado before you miss completely miss the ripe window? You can speed up the process by placing it in a brown paper bag with a banana and let the ethylene gas do its work.

 

Peel and Freeze

Peel and break the banana into chunks, place in plastic bags, and freeze! Now they can easily be added to recipes like smoothies or banana ice cream.

 

Ripen in the oven

Need a slightly sweeter, perfectly mushy banana fast? Poke holes in it with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 300ºF for 15-30 minutes, or until completely brown.

 

What’s your favorite way to use bananas (other than making banana bread, of course)? 

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