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Freezing Bananas

This is a page about freezing bananas. Bananas are best when fresh but can turn brown and mushy quickly. A good way to preserve them is to freeze them for later use in baking recipes or smoothies.


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August 26, 2011

When the banana skins start to get brown, I peel the bananas and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Once I have them all wrapped, I place them in a freezer zip bag and store them in the door of my kitchen freezer. If I only want one for a smoothie or need several to make bread or muffins, the whole bunch isn't frozen as one big chunk!

By Donna from Edmond, OK

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I eat a banana every day, not only because it's delicious, but they are good for you. On these hot days, it's so refreshing to sit in the swing on the porch and eat a frozen banana.

To freeze them, I peel the banana and wrap it in plastic wrap. When I eat it, I just unwrap a portion of it and have the plastic wrap to hold it by.

By littergitter from NC

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This is a good way to use up bananas before they go bad. You can easily use them for diverse purposes such as smoothies or banana bread, when you cut them up, freeze separately on a tray, and then put them in a bag.

Prep Time: 15min



  • bananas
  • tray
  • knife


  1. Find a tray that fits comfortably in your freezer. Make sure it is metal or very firm plastic because the cold temperature makes things brittle and liable to shatter.
  2. Take your bananas and cut them up in quarters at least, better yet smaller. It depends on how many you want and how big your tray is.
  3. Place them on the tray so that they are not touching each other like in the picture. Leave in there from 1 to 5 hours, so that they are well frozen.
  4. Take the tray out, remove the bananas, put them in a Ziploc bag, label, and store. By doing all this you will mostly prevent the sad situation of having to unpeel frozen bananas (no fun) or having a giant mass of frozen banana that you can't bloody do much with.
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October 7, 2013

When deep-freezing bananas, the starch therein, or at least some part of it, turns to sugar. Will this be dextrose or fructose?
Thank you.

By Fluesterwitz


February 22, 20171 found this helpful
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The freezing should slow down the ripening, which is what converts the starch to sugar. It looks like ripening bananas develop fructose, glucose and sucrose. I didn't see any mention of dextrose at all, I think it comes from corn.

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January 20, 2013

If I dip bananas in lemon juice prior to freezing to prevent them from turning black, will the lemon juice ruin the taste of the banana?

By June


February 22, 20170 found this helpful
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Lemon juice will make them a little more tart so it just depends on what you are using them for. I generally like to add lemon or lime juice to my fruit salads.


I did see other people recommending soda water but I have not tried that myself. It should not change the flavor if it worked.

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December 5, 2012

What is the disadvantage of freezing? My teacher says we can't freeze bananas.

By Harish


December 5, 20120 found this helpful
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Yes, you can freeze bananas. You can't thaw them out and eat like you would right out of the peel, but they can still be frozen and used inside other dishes (banana bread, for example) or they make delish treats. You can freeze them right in the peel and then open up the peel, remove them and eat or run through a food processor a bit and have "ice cream". Frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, carob, peanut butter etc. are delicious.

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Can I freeze mashed, ripe bananas for future use?

By Sandy from Memphis, TN


April 10, 20100 found this helpful

I don't even bother to mash them. I just peel them, put them in a ziploc bag, squeeze any air out and freeze!

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April 12, 20100 found this helpful

I put the entire unpeeled banana into the freezer. When I am ready to use it, I let it thaw and then I snip the end off and squeeze.

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April 12, 20100 found this helpful

You can freeze them without peeling them if you want but I like to peel them then slice them thinly. They make a wonderful frozen snack and the kids love them that way.


I slice them and lay the slices on an acrilic cutting board. A small one. I freeze the slices on the board then put them in plastic bags. This keeps them from sticking together before they freeze.

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February 25, 2014

When is the best time to put the bananas in the freezer? I need to know the best time to cut them before placing in the freezer for my smoothies. When they are green or right as they start turning ripe?

By Dawn


March 30, 20141 found this helpful

When my bananas start to turn a little brown, I throw them in the freezer peel and all. When I want to use them for my smoothies I run them under hot water for a few moments and then peel them and throw them in my drinks.

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August 27, 20160 found this helpful

You want to wait until brown spots are forming. The brown spots indicate bananas are at maximum sweetness.


I have banana peanut butter smoothies 3-4 times a week.

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March 16, 2017

A common way to freeze bananas for use later is to simply freeze them with the peel still intact. This is a page about freezing bananas in the peel.


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February 27, 2017

Here is the perfect thing to do with bananas that ripen too soon. Mash them up and freeze them for a future batch of banana bread or pancakes, or just to add to a morning smoothie.

Freezing Mashed Bananas

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April 30, 2013

If you are not ready to use them now, you can freeze overripe bananas for use later in baking. This is a page about freezing overripe bananas.

mashed bananas in baggie

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April 10, 2010

I have a few bananas that are starting to turn. I want to use them in a recipe, but can't make it till Sunday. If I put the bananas in the freezer will they be alright to make the recipe Sunday?

Michele from Syracuse, NY


Freezing Bananas

I freeze bananas often and use them when I make banana bread. I just take them out of the freezer early enough so they are not frozen when I use them. I peel them and put them in Ziploc type bags when I freeze them. (05/09/2007)

By David

Freezing Bananas

You sure can freeze bananas. I do it all the time. Toss them in the freezer with the peel on, and defrost them when needed, What I do when thawed is, I snip the end of the banana and squeeze the banana out into a bowl. It is perfect for banana bread. One of our local grocery stores here in Canada, sell their very ripe bananas. You can buy 10 bananas for 9 cents. So I get a bunch and freeze them. I try to be thrifty.

Nancy (05/10/2007)

By Nancy

Freezing Bananas

I freeze them and put them in my smoothies with frozen strawberries. I find it easier to peel and wrap in plastic than to carve off the peel. But if you don't need them to be frozen, keep them in their peels like the others said. It is a natural preserver, I like that. (05/10/2007)

By Heather

Freezing Bananas

Peel them before freezing or live to regret it. (05/10/2007)

By Holly

Freezing Bananas

I throw my bananas in the freezer peel and all. Before I use them, I just microwave defrost them for a bit if I want them to be partially frozen for smoothies and micro a it longer if they need to be thawed. I then (as others mentioned) cut one end off and push the banana out whole. It is kinda funny how it just "falls out" of the peel in tact. Trying to peel them frozen is a nightmare. Don't even try it. Good luck. (05/10/2007)

By Andjerm

Freezing Bananas

I got mad at myself for buying too many bananas (or not eating enough) so now when they start to turn, I slice them onto an aluminum foil sheet and put the sheet into the freezer for a couple of hours. Then they go into sandwich bags and back into the freezer until needed. One banana is enough for a bowl of cereal or yogurt. I've found that the taste is definitely "ripe" but not overripe, even if the bananas were technically overripe when I froze them.


By Nancy from Nokomis

Freezing Bananas

I freeze bananas without the peel. I wrap them in plastic wrap and put in plastic bags. I slice them and they taste like banana ice cream. Really good. I also use them in smoothies. (05/10/2007)

Freezing Bananas

I just put the whole banana with peel in the freezer and my trusty OXO potato peeler has no problem getting the frozen peel off the banana. (05/10/2007)

By Heather

Freezing Bananas

If you are only trying to hold the bananas a few extra days, you can just put them in the refrigerator. The skin will turn black, but the inside will not ripen any further. I have never frozen bananas, but I am certainly going to try it.

By Betty Andrejczak

Freezing Bananas

I just throw the whole bunch in the freezer, unseparated, unpeeled. When I want one I just break it off from the bunch and just set it on the stove (I have a gas stove) while I'm doing other things and soon it's ready to peel. If I'm in a hurry I microwave it for about 10 seconds and peel it. I usually use them frozen in a smoothie or just to eat frozen on a hot day. (05/11/2007)

By Anna

Freezing Bananas

If I am in a hurry, I just put them unpeeled into a Ziploc bag, and then let them sit on the counter to thaw for a few minutes when I am ready to use them. But if I have the time, I peel them, mash them and measure them into Ziploc snack size bags, press as much air out as possible, label them, and freeze them.

I put 1/2 cup into each bag because I regularly make banana bars and the recipe calls for 1/2 cup mashed bananas. That is about one banana. When I find over-ripe ones on sale, I buy several pounds, and instead of mashing them with a fork, I cut them up and put them all in my mixer bowl and turn it on medium speed until they are mashed.

By Harlean from AR

Freezing Bananas

I peel bananas, cut them in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and then into the freezer. On a hot day, I eat it like a Popsicle very sweet and delicious. Maybe I need to stick a Popsicle stick in each one before I freeze it, hmmm. (05/19/2007)

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