All the recipes you'll ever need to help you use up the bunch of ripe or overripe bananas sitting in the fruit bowl. When it comes to these recipes, the spottier and darker the bananas are the better. This post is filled with delicious banana bread, muffins, oatmeal and smoothie recipes. Which will you try first?
Bananas ripen at a rapid pace and have quite a short shelf-life compared to other fruits. While there may only be a short window to enjoy them by themselves, a world of possibilities opens up once bananas start to turn brown.
So if you have found yourself with a bunch of too ripe or even overripe bananas - never fear! There's plenty of delicious recipes that will put those bananas to good use.
But first, here's a few ways to extend the life of your bananas and tips on how to freeze them to use at a later date!
What's the best way to store bananas?
Looking to get the most life out of your bananas? Bananas are best stored at room temperature - either in a fruit basket or on a banana hanger. Here's some more helpful tips to ensuring you store them correctly...
- Keep bananas at room temperature until fully ripened. Don't place bananas in the fridge until they are ripe. But while we're on the topic I suggest leaving bananas out of the fridge full stop. I recommend freezing your bananas in slices if you find yourself with a lot of ripe bananas that you aren't sure what to do with.
- Don't store bananas in sealed bags. Bananas give off gas called ethylene during the ripening process. Having bananas in a sealed bag would mean the bananas would brown faster as the gas would have nowhere to escape too.
- Keep them away from other fruits and vegetables. Just like bananas, other fruits and vegetables omit gases that speed up the ripening process. Keep bananas away from other fruits and vegetables so they don't ripen faster.
Is it OK to put bananas in the fridge?
It is OK to put bananas in the fridge, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should. Firstly, you should never place bananas in the fridge before they are ripe, as the fridge will slow down the ripening process and the flavour and texture won't develop properly.
Putting bananas in the fridge once they are ripe can help them stay ripe for a few days, but the extension is so negligible there's really no need to refrigerate them. I'd recommend freezing them instead following the instructions below.
If you are going place your bananas in the fridge just be aware that the skins will most likely turn completely black within a day or two. This is OK and doesn't mean they have gone bad. This is a helpful guide if you're wanting to know more about the scientific reasons behind the peel turning black!
It is SO easy to freeze bananas to use in smoothies, nice cream and popsicles. Here's what you need to do...
- Remove the skin.
- Cut into slices and place on a plate or tray.
- Place plate / tray in the freezer for 1 hour until banana slices are solid.
- Place banana slices in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Do you have an air fryer?
Did you know you can bake all sorts of delicious things in your air fryer, including banana muffins and bread!
Don't have an air fryer? Never fear - here's 12 delicious ripe banana recipes to use up your bunch...
Ripe bananas can be used up in so many ways. I actually look forward to when my bananas start to go spotty now as it means I can make one of these delicious recipes!
With so many ripe banana recipes to choose from the only question is - which will you try first?
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