We’ve all been there. Left the banana’s sitting in the fruit bowl just too long so they turn all black. The recent warm weather here in the UK sent a whole bunch black seemingly overnight in our household. Never one to willingly waste food I began looking into my options. Apart from the obvious banana cake or banana bread (there’s a limit to how much you can physically eat at once), what else could you do with black bananas?
Perfect for lazy sunday mornings listening to Jack Johnson, banana pancakes are a quick and delicious breakfast or brunch idea. Mash a few into your favourite pancake recipe for a quick tasty variation.
Banana nut Flapjacks
Priya over at Dietitian UK recommended using over-ripe banana’s to make her Healthy Banana & Sultana flapjacks. I’m not a huge sultana fan so I created my own recipe for banana nut flapjacks instead which have gone down a real storm in our kitchen!
Peel, chop and freeze them in ziplock bags then throw a few chunks into a smoothie for extra creaminess. Try this green smoothie for something a bit different, or go for a safer (but just as tasty option) blending together milk, ripe banana, honey and oats.
Next time I’ve got some over-ripe banana’s I’m going to give this banana gelato a go – looks delicious!
Fried honey banana’s
With just a handful of ingredients, these fried honey banana’s would taste amazing on their own, added to pancakes or on french toast. Yum!
Frozen banana bites
Depending on how ripe they are (probably wouldn’t work if they are totally black), over-ripe banana’s can be cut into chunks, rolled in chocolate and frozen for a quick sweet treat. Roll in nuts or coconut for some flavour variations as well.
Banana iceblocks/ice lollies / popsicles
Blend up your banana’s with milk, add a bit of honey to sweeten then freeze in ice block molds for a refreshing summer treat.
Baked Banana Crumble
This recipe for Baked Banana Crumble looks like a tasty dessert to use up those ‘mushysqushy’ bananas!
A pudding option for anyone who avoids dairy or is vegetarian, the main ingredient keeping this banana pudding thick and creamy is actually tofu!
Keeping to the sweet theme here, sesame crusted banana fritters sound amazing – definitely one to try next time as a quick and easy dessert!
What other ways have you tried to avoid wasting overripe banana’s?