10 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

By Polly Conner

10 great ways to use ripe bananas. Never throw them away again!

Bananas getting spotty and overripe? Time to throw them away?

Stop, I tell you. Stop! While you may see a banana decomposing right before your eyes, I see a banana that is in perfect condition to use as an ingredient. In fact, it’s when bananas are a bit mushy and starting losing their firm texture that they are the sweetest and should be saved and frozen for future recipes.

In fact, I intentionally overbuy bananas so that I have some get overripe. When they hit their prime and start to grow a tad old, I break them in half and throw them in a plastic bag.

Ways to use old bananas
There are so many ways to use old bananas.  Here are some ideas to get you started.

10 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

1. Dark Chocolate Banana Baked OatmealThis warm bowl of comfort is just pure dark chocolatey oatmeal goodness...filled with lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals!

 2. Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins

Whole Wheat Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins

3. Peanut Butter and Banana Baked OatmealDelicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

4. Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

healthy muffin recipe

5. Flourless Banana Muffins

Flourless Banana Muffin Recipe

6. Banana Split Power Smoothie

banana split smoothie


7. Banana Brownie Waffles

banana brownie waffles

8. Banana Pumpkin Bread

The BEST healthy whole wheat banana pumpkin bread recipe ever!

9. The Best Everyday Smoothie

The Best Everyday Smoothie Ever - Our family never gets tired of this delicious combination of juice, milk, fresh spinach, and tons of fruit.

10. Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

Banana-blueberry bread recipe

Make sure to check out other smoothie and breakfast recipes we have in our recipe index!


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4 replies
  1. Micah Klug says:

    I love th baked oatmeal recipe! Baked oatmeal is good about staying fresh in the fridge over a couple of breakfasts. MY favorite part about buying ripe bananas at discount price isn’t making and then freezing everything.

  2. Frances L says:

    I also make peanut butter banana pops with my overripe bananas. 2 mashed bananas + 1/2 cup peanut butter + a squeeze of honey is enough to fill 4 silicone push pop “tubes.” These are great frozen treats for the kids and myself – even those of us who don’t eat bananas plain!

  3. K. Ann Guinn says:

    Oh, my! What a wonderful list! I, too, buy extra bananas on purpose. They are healthy and so versatile, and a regular part of our breakfasts, smoothies and baking, but the best thing is they are one of the only foods, especially fruits, that are still CHEAP!. I also wrote a blog post on freezing bananas and using them. Thanks for some new recipes to add to my favorites!