Freezing Bananas

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.

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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.

Frozen Banana pieces on tray

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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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December 12, 2019

Simply sandwich creamy peanut butter between slices of banana, then dip it in melted chocolate. A perfect grab and go treat!

Chocolate added to Peanut Banana Bites

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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.

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