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Uses for Overripe Bananas

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How can I use over ripe bananas?

By Marla from Jenison, MI

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By Anonymous [848]12/29/2009

Polynesian Deep Fried Sweet Puffs

These puffs are yummy plain, but also taste good sprinkled with powdered sugar or gently spread with your favorite jam or jelly.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup water
3 cups vegetable oil for frying

Combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Stir in the bananas, vanilla extract, and water to make smooth sticky dough.
Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees.
Scoop up about 1/4 cup of batter with a large spoon and use another spoon to push it off into the oil.
Fry in small batches of 4 or 5 until they float to the top and turn golden brown, about 3 minutes.
Flip them over to fry the other side.
Remove from the fryer and let drain on paper towels.

Submitted by Deeli, Richland, WA

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You can also mash some up and add it to whipped cream.

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As a whipped cream substitution:

2 large ripe bananas, sliced
3 tsp sugar
2 egg whites

Whip all of the ingredients together :-)

By Namratha [1]12/29/2009

You can also make banana crunches. Take besan flour, add water to make a semi solid, add required salt. Cut the banana's into 4 inch pieces. Dip these bananas into the mixture and deep fry. You can spice it up with chillies by adding chili paste in besan. Kids will like it.

By Namratha [1]12/29/2009

You can make a banana milk shake. Cut these bananas into pieces depending upon the size of the banana and grind them (don't need a juicer for this as banana's very soft). Add milk, then add yogurt (only a couple of tablespoons. Yogurt should be put in to remove the milk smell while drinking. If you are OK with the smell, don't have to add yogurt).

Add sugar (ripe banana's are generally sweet, so sugar may not be necessary). You may add honey instead of sugar to make it healthy and fat free). You can make it thick by adding less milk and eat it or add more milk (little milk and little water can be used) to make it watery and drink it as a banana milk shake. It hardly takes any making time and is also healthy as it contains banana and milk. can be had at room temperature or cold. Tastes good in any way.

By Georgieanna Cooke12/28/2009

Cut in half, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and saute in a pan with a little butter till softened.....delicious!

By Roopa Chandrasekhar [2]12/27/2009

You can puree them, and use them in French toast batter. Or else you can also use them in smoothies along with any berries you have, and some milk. Even if they have turned dark, don't worry because the french toast/smoothie will still taste great!

By Lucy (Guest Post)05/30/2008

Don't eat them, instead make a gorgeous facial mask by mashing it up, adding a splash of honey & leaving it on for 15 minutes. It smells delicious.

By (Guest Post)10/17/2007

Yeah i've never made banana bread but I do freeze my bananas for banana pancakes - they're the best!! So yummy and delicious.

By Linda (Guest Post)08/29/2006

If they are black inside as well as outside, bury them at the base of a rose bush or other shrub. As they decompose they feed the plant healthy nutrients.

By Maryeileen [76]08/29/2006

EXTREME BANANA NUT BREAD (or muffins*)

2 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 C butter or margarine, softened (I use butter)
2 C white sugar (I use 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 Splenda)
2 C mashed overripe bananas
4 eggs, beaten
1 C chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or line with parchment paper) two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.

Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter (or margarine) and sugar until smooth. Stir in the mashed bananas, eggs, and walnuts until well blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture, and stir just until blended. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the crown of the loaf comes out clean. (I cover loosely with foil if it starts browning before the center is done.)

Let the loaves cool in the pans for at least 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely. Wrap in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture. Ideally, refrigerate the loaves for 2 hours or more before serving.

* For muffins, preheat the oven to 375 and bake for about 20 minutes. Use cupcake/muffin liners so you don't have to grease the muffin tins.

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By eve [16]12/30/2009

Wonderful ideas. I freeze the whole banana too. My favorite way is in pancakes or muffins but I am going to try those puffs.

By Mary Pardue [9]12/30/2009

Banana Bread! You can even mash them, then freeze in a ziplock bag to make banana bread another day.
Huggybear Zeeland, MI

By Lee Taylor [10]12/29/2009

Mix them into hot oatmeal or make banana bread or muffins.

By Luz12/28/2009

If I had an overripe banana I made them a banana cake or banana bread which my husband like it.

By Dena Roberts [31]12/28/2009

Great for muffins and banana bread. I peel them and put them in a freezer bag and keep them frozen until I have time to use them. The riper the better! Really soft ones, I just stick the whole, unpeeled banana into the freezer. Then, when it is frozen, I peel it and stick it into a freezer bag, and back into the freezer it goes.

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What can I do with overripe bananas? They are black, but I don't want to throw them away.

Kimberly from Sumner, WA


Over Ripe Bananas

If you have leftover, over-ripe bananas, don't throw them out. Use them for banana bread or even banana pancakes. Banana pancakes are probably the most moist, heavenly pancakes our family has ever tried.

By Robin (11/26/2004)

By ThriftyFun

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

I place my over-ripe bananas, still in their peel, in the freezer. It doesn't take long to thaw them and they can be used in cakes, muffins, sauces, and the list goes on. These bananas, mashed, are yummy with peanut butter on a sandwich. (11/26/2004)

By Marian

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

From time to time my supermarket has overripe bananas bagged at 3 lbs. for 39 cents. I puree these with a little orange or lemon juice and freeze in pre-measured batches. I store 1 1/2 cups for my favorite cookie recipe, 1 cup for bread, etc. I tape a masking tape label on each container showing the amount and date frozen. I also keep a list by date of everything I have in the freezers so nothing overstays its usefulness. Beth (11/26/2004)

By Beth

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

I skin the bananas and freeze them. Since I'm watching my weight, I love to make a banana smoothie out of them. In your blender add 8 cubes of ice (I smash it into smaller pieces before putting in the blender), 1 frozen banana broken into chunks, 3/4 cup skim milk, and 1 tsp sugar. Blend until smooth. Very filling and satisfying. (11/26/2004)

By Pat

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

I mix them with a little honey and oatmeal and use for a great moisturizing scrub/mask for dry skin. This also works great on feet and elbows. (01/01/2005)

By cjgeo

Overripe Bananas - Natures Breast Lift

It sounds ludicrous, but it works. Take two overripe bananas and mash them slightly. Take an old bra and put it on. Place the mashed bananas inside your bra and leave it on for about 30 minutes. The effects can last up to 3 days. Because this is messy I recommend you only use before special events or at night when you're not likely to have company. Good luck. Take care of yourselves and those you love. And may your breasts be as perky as they were in high school. (01/23/2005)

By Suzanne S.

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

I freeze banana chunks on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Then toss the chunks into a good sized Ziploc, as I can add to it, as needed. For a fast breakfast, I put in a blender, a cup of yogurt (any flavor), a splash or 2 of milk, 3-4 frozen banana chunks anad voila, I have a nutritious breakfast shake. One could also add a splash of OJ or vanilla to it, but no sugar is needed. (02/03/2005)

By badwater

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

Peel bananas and cut up in a cookie storage container, top with chocolate syrup, ice cream (favorite kind) then chocolate syrup again and last chopped up nuts. Cover and freeze. Cut in squares when you feel a need for a sundae or banana split. (08/20/2006)

By Diane

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

Extreme Banana Nut Bread (or muffins*)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened (I use butter)
  • 2 cups white sugar (I use 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 Splenda)
  • 2 cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour (or line with parchment paper) two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.

Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter (or margarine) and sugar until smooth. Stir in the mashed bananas, eggs, and walnuts until well blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture, and stir just until blended. Divide the batter evenly between the two loaf pans.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted into the crown of the loaf comes out clean. (I cover loosely with foil if it starts browning before the center is done.)

Let the loaves cool in the pans for at least 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely. Wrap in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture. Ideally, refrigerate the loaves for 2 hours or more before serving.

* For muffins, preheat the oven to 375 F. and bake for about 20 minutes. Use cupcake/muffin liners so you don't have to grease the muffin tins. (08/29/2006)

By Maryeileen

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

If they are black inside as well as outside, bury them at the base of a rose bush or other shrub. As they decompose they feed the plant healthy nutrients. (08/29/2006)

By Linda

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

My family loves monkey tails. We take our overripe bananas, cut them in half put a Popsicle stick in the flat end freeze them on wax paper. Then dip them in melted chocolate, we buy the tub of chocolate from the produce section for strawberries. (05/28/2007)

By April

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

Cook for 10 minutes in a hot oven, peel, sprinkle on a little lemon juice, enjoy. (01/22/2008)

By Neil

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

Don't eat them, instead make a gorgeous facial mask by mashing it up, adding a splash of honey and leaving it on for 15 minutes. It smells delicious. (05/30/2008)

By Lucy

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

Try making Chicken and Banana Curry. It's absolutely fabulous and really simple to make (I've also seen recipes online for shrimp and banana curry if you want to go fancy.) The basic recipe for chicken and banana curry is: Saute some roughly chopped onions and mushrooms. To the saute pan add diced chicken, chicken stock, coconut milk, chopped dates, and curry powder. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Add sliced bananas and continue simmering for 5 more minutes. Serve over rice. (07/15/2008)

By Jen

RE: Uses for Overripe Bananas

I saw James Martin make banana ice cream. Take frozen bananas, buttermilk, and some sugar, mix in a food processor. Instant ice cream, must be made and eaten straight away. (09/01/2008)

By Gemma

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