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Thinking Outside the Loaf: What To Do With Overripe Bananas

By Sarah Matheny on June 17th, 2009

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What mom hasn’t found herself with a few sweet smelling, cheetah-like, fruit fly swarming friends in her fruit bowl, and neither the time nor desire to make yet another loaf of banana bread?

Here are a few of my favorite things to do with bananas that, like Janice Dickinson, are past their prime:

  • Freeze ‘em! Peel your bananas, slice them in thirds and throw them in a Ziploc bag. Frozen bananas can be thrown into smoothies or blended with the milk and nut butter of your choice to make “ice cream.”
  • Melt ‘em! Peel the bananas, throw them into a microwave-safe dish, and nuke them for a minute or more, until the bananas melt into a caramel-like sauce. Stir this sauce into oatmeal or yogurt, or pour it on top of pancakes or waffles.
  • Skewer ‘em! Stick skewers into the peeled fruit and freeze them for a couple hours before dipping them in chocolate or smearing them with peanut butter and rolling them in granola or chopped nuts.

And if worse comes to worse, you can always grab a shovel and bury them in your backyard, preferably in the middle of the night. It may or may not help out your plants, but it will keep your neighbors guessing.

  • http://static.twirlit.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/aysha-manori.jpg Aysha Manori

    I usually lightly pan fry them and put them over french toast with honey or light syrup… so yummy!

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  • Sara

    Yay, bananas! I love bananas so much that I once wrote a song about them. Have I said too much? Anyway, don’t forget about banana muffins. I have a bunch of frozen bananas in my freezer at all times for muffins or smoothies. Good stuff!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous

    I love the “skewer-em!” idea! Looks so great with the chocolate and coconut (two of my favourite things!).

  • girlatastartup

    Will have to try that skewer/freeze idea!

  • Jane

    What a coincidence, just today I noticed there was a plethora of overripe bananas at the house I nanny at, and not being able to stand the sight of produce being thrown out, I made a batch of banana muffins for them. There were still some left, so i’ll have to freeze the rest- thanks for the idea!

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