4 Ways To Use Overripe Bananas

Bananas going bad? Check out these ideas for turning them into something tasty—and reducing waste!

“Exposing bananas to air accelerates the ripening process, so seal the stem of the bunch with plastic wrap to limit oxygen. This will keep them fresh for an extra week.” — Nicolas, Chef and Recipe Developer

1. In dessert

As bananas turn brown, their natural sweetness is accentuated. So it’s the perfect time to use them in your desserts! You can make pies, muffins, scones, cookies or even smoothies. Be creative! Bananas are versatile and easy to cook with.

2. In ice pops

Purée your overripe bananas with yogurt or ice cream, pour them into Popsicle moulds and freeze them. And for bananas that aren’t quite mushy yet? Cut them in half, insert a stick into each one, dunk the halves in melted chocolate and put them on a tray in the freezer for 2 hours.

3. Banana and rum jam

You don’t really need a recipe to make this banana and rum jam:

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar and a pinch of salt
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Some spiced rum
  • Bring to a boil while stirring, simmer on low for 15 minutes
  • Let chill and serve cold

4. In mini bread

Banana bread is a classic! Why not try our mini coffee banana bread recipe? It’s simple yet elegant, and everyone will love it!