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5 Amazing Things to Do with Overripe Bananas

by Muobo
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5 Amazing Things to Do with Overripe Bananas

A week ago, my husband brought home a big bunch of bananas. They were unripe, which was a good thing as I knew the three of us (my daughter inclusive) would never be able to finish that big a bunch before they all went bad.

Hubby decided to tie the bananas up in an airtight bag so they could ripen on time. However, he made a mistake of tying them all and you can imagine my surprise when three days later, all the bananas became ripe at the same time. The very thing Id been trying to prevent had just happened. I had close to 30 bananas on hand and didn’t know what to do with them. Banana is high in calories so I knew attempting to eat them all, even spread over the day would be bad for my weight loss regime.

However, a quick Google search soon put me out of my worry. I got some pretty amazing recipes that saved the day and I must confess that while a few of these recipes didn’t come out with that smooth touch that comes from expertise and long practice, they did save me from wasting some perfectly good bananas and my family loved them, which is all that matters anyways. Lol

That said, here are five amazing recipes I found for overripe bananas. I didn’t try them all, but you can or try any that catches your fancy.

overripe bananas
overripe bananas

5 Amazing Things to Do with Overripe Bananas

1) Banana Smoothies and Milkshake

This was a favourite with my daughter. I made a few of the overripe bananas into smoothies and a few glasses of milkshakes and she couldn’t seem to have enough of both.

Here’s a simple banana milkshake recipe even a novice can use:


2-3 Large overripe bananas
1 Cup milk
1 Cup vanilla ice cream
1 Pinch ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon sugar


  • Peel and place bananas in a bowl to be refrigerated for 15-20 minutes.
  • Next, pour all ingredients into a blender and pureed till you get a soft paste.

For the smoothies, I used yogurt in place of milk as I wanted a thicker consistency. I also replaced the sugar with honey, then added two teaspoons of peanut butter.

2) Banana Cookies

Cookies are a favourite with kids, adults too if you are looking for a light snack to take alongside your coffee or tea and I made sure to make a few batches of it from my overripe bananas.

I found a nice recipe online, but since mine didn’t turn out so great, I don’t think I should be sharing it here. Suffice it to say that it served the purpose and my family had a nice time munching on the cookies during this covid 19 lock-down period.

Related: How to Make Delicious Banana Pancakes

3) Oat Sweetener

I also used some of the oats as a sweetener for our oats for dinner that day. Instead of the regular sugar alongside the milk, I pureed some bananas and stirred this into the oat and it turned out great.

4) Ice Cream

Banana ice cream is great anytime as this is one flavour I love, right behind vanilla. I pureed a number of overripe bananas and made them into an ice cream, most of which I stored.

I saw this really simple one-ingredient banana ice cream online that required just one ingredient (your overripe bananas), however, I wanted something a little more tasty, one that wouldn’t have a purely banana taste. Here’s one I finally found:


3 Large bananas

  • 3 cups cream
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Peel the bananas, cut into chunks and place in a large bowl then freeze for 6-8 hours.
  • Next, pour the bananas into a blender along with the other ingredients and puree.
  • Pour into a glass cup and go ahead to have a swell time.

Related: Here’s a Simple Recipe for Making Mayonnaise

5) Microwave Banana Pudding

For a really simple overripe banana recipe, you can make a delicious recipe your family can have as a dessert.


  • 3-4 Large overripe bananas
  • 100g Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100g Flour
  • 100g Jaggery or panela sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk


  • Using a baking dish, spread the butter over it and microwave on High for a minimum of 30 seconds and no more than a minute.
  • Next, mash two third of the bananas, the flour, sugar, cinnamon and milk and add into the melted butter.
  • Whisk your eggs and also add this to the mix then stir until well mixed.
  • Slice the remaining banana on top and return the dish into the microwave for another 7-8 minutes.
  • Bring out, allow cool and then serve.

Other recipes you can make with overripe bananas include banana bread, banana muffins, banana fairy cakes, and chocolate baked bananas.

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