You bring your lovely bananas home partially green and it seems within seconds there are brown spots they quickly become less appealing to eat as each day passes. Before you know it, there are more black than yellow areas all hints of greenness disappeared. However before you head for the nearest bin even if its a compost bin have a look at these options. There are quick options for when you are heading out of the door!
- Banana porridge
- Mashed Banana & Peanut Butter on toast
- Banana Ice Cream (quick method)
- Baked Banana
- Banana & Mixed Fruit Crumble
- Banana Flap Jacks
- Banana over ripening prevention
Freezing is a quick way of delaying any further ripening and saving them for use at a later date. You can actually freeze with the skin on, it will go black. (ensure when defrosting you place in a bowl as there will be liquid seeping)
Bananas are best put in an air tight container or freezer bag. I tend to use reusable jars. But whatever you use, you can peel and cut into chunks, there by being able to remove the amount of chunks you may want for later. If space is tight you can mash up and place in a freezer bag, flatten to remove air and seal. You then will have a nice flat shape that can slot in pretty much anywhere in the freezer. Labelling your item with how many mashed bananas it contains can be helpful for future use.
As a morning porridge fan this is usually my quick go to with any sad looking bananas. Simply peel and slice in with the oats and water before cooking. However if I have forgotten you can add in after and mix. Also works well with other liquidy breafast cereals like Ready Brek, Weetabix, Bran and Shreddies.
Mashed Banana & Peanut Butter On Toast
This is a nice quick substantial snack or meal. Simply peel the banana and mash the inside with a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter (or any nut butters) a touch of salt to taste (optional) once or mashed up just spread over the toast. Sometimes I sprinkle a little chia seeds or pumpkins seeds on top depending on how I am feeling. But definitely easy and yum!
Whether you create a banana smoothie or add the banana as part of the content for another smoothie recipe, smoothies are a good way of using them up as they are going to be mixed in anyway.
Easy Banana Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup of banana pieces (frozen works best or add some ice cubes)
- 1/4 cup of Plain Greek Style Yogurt (optional)
- 1/4 cup of milk ( dairy , nut milks or oat milk)
- 1 -2 tsp of Vanilla Essence or 1-2 tsp of honey
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. serve immediately.
Banana Ice Cream (Quick Method)
This is one of those things you can pull out of the bag when someone is coming over for dinner and you have forgotten dessert!
- 3-4 ripe bananas (preferably frozen)
- 3-4 tablespoons of milk
If the bananas are not frozen peel and slice thinly, place on a tray and pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour or until they pieces are frozen.
Once frozen blend, adding small amounts of the milk until you have a smooth creamy ice cream style consistency. Scoop into your serving dishes and perhaps add a topping.
For topping sprinkle of crushed nuts, seeds, chocolate and/or toffee sauce, a drizzle of honey or all of the above!
You can keep the skin on here and the banana can be popped in foil and placed on the BBQ in the season. Just slice the banana long ways so that you have 2 halves, place on a baking sheet covered with foil or baking paper, and bake for 10-15 minutes.
A multitude of toppings can be used here, sprinkled before cooking or after. Cinnamon, coconut, crushed nuts, chocolate chips, nut butters, honey, maple syrup, to name but a few. or perhaps a side of yogurt or ice cream!
Once cooled off to handle dig in and eat from the skin, kids love it!
Banana and Mixed Fruit Crumble
Mixed fruit crumble is a great way of using up that fruit that is starting to look past its best and less likely to make it out of the fruit bowl to be eaten in its own right. Bananas can be part of that mix that make up a tasty crumble. For my recipe on this please click the link below:-
Banana Flap Jacks
Flap Jacks are also one of those creations that can use up leftover bits of pieces and over ripe bananas are no exception as a tasty added ingredients to bring great flavour. For my recipe on this please click on the link below:-
Add bananas to my Quick Flap Jack recipe
Banana Over Ripening Prevention
Try some of the following to delay the speed in which bananas ripen.
- Keep in a cool dark place away from other fruit preferably hung
- Wrap the stems in a plastic wrap
- If peeled add citrus
- For an extended period consider freezing