20 Recipes That Prove a Ripen Banana Is Still Good to Go!

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Every time I hear someone say they they can’t do anything with a ripe , I cringe. There are so many things you can do with ripe bananas!

Sure, they aren’t as appetizing by themselves, but they most definitely can serve you in a variety of ways. Cookie, cakes, smoothies, and breads — there’s just no going wrong here.

Here is a compilation of I’ve gathered for you from around the internet. With this much variety, you’re bound to find what makes your taste buds happy.

1. Chocolate Banana Smoothie

This is a no-brainer. Smoothies are the easiest solution when it comes to figuring out what to do with ripe fruit, frozen fruit, or fruit that’s about to spoil.

1 c. milk

1 chocolate scoop of protein

1 ripe banana

3/4 frozen fruit

1 tbsp. of peanut butter

*Don’t forget you need the best blender .

2. Banana Pancakes (So yummy!)

Mix pancakes how you would normally and add in one ripe banana

3. Chewy and Moist Oatmeal Banana Cookies

3/4 cup salted butter, softened (I use Challenge Butter)

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup mashed bananas

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp cornstarch

3 cups old fashioned oats

Click here for further instructions.

4. Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

about 3 extra-large ripe bananas or 4 small/medium, sliced in half horizontally and then sliced in vertically (if banana is ‘fat’, slice each half into 3 or 4 long vertical pieces)

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch salt, optional and to taste

1 large egg

1/2 cup buttermilk (or Powdered Buttermilk, use 2 tablespoons with the dry ingredients + 1/2 cup water added with the wet)

1/3 cup sour cream (lite okay, or plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)

3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

salted caramel sauce for drizzling, optional (homemade or store bought)

5. Waffled Banana Bread

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup sugar

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

¼ tsp fine salt

1 cup smashed banana (2 to 3 small bananas)

½ cup vegetable oil, plus more for brushing waffle iron

½ cup sour cream

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

Soft unsalted butter and confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

6. Banana Cream Pudding

1 qt milk

2 cups plus 1/4 cup sugar

8 large eggs, separated, whites discarded or store for another use

1 tsp banana extract

&; cup bourbon

½ cup cornstarch


½ tsp pure vanilla extract, plus a splash

2 Tbsp butter, cut into cubes

1 cup heavy cream

4 bananas, sliced

1 box vanilla wafers

&8531; cup creme de banana

7. Chocolate-Banana Pancake Breakfast Casserole

4 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more as necessary and for greasing the baking dish

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

6 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Kosher salt

1 ¾ cups buttermilk

7 large eggs

2 cups half-and-half

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 bananas, thinly sliced

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

8. Grilled Banana Pound Cake with Chocolate Sauce

Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for dusting pan

6 eggs

1 ¼ cups mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp lemon extract

3 cups flour

1 cup sour cream

1 pinch kosher salt

Chocolate Sauce

1 &8531; cups heavy cream

1 cup honey

&; cup dark brown sugar

½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Big pinch of salt

4 Tbsp unsalted butter

Unsalted butter, melted, for serving

9. Banana Crunch Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ lb(s) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 extra-large eggs

¾ cup whole milk

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (2 bananas)

1 cup ripe bananas, medium-diced (1 banana)

1 cup walnuts, small-diced

1 cup granola

1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

Dried banana chips, granola, or shredded coconut (optional)

10. Banana Bread

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 cup granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

3 medium bananas, very ripe

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

11. Banana-Date Smoothie

Serves 2

2 medium bananas, ripe

1/4 cup pitted dates, such as Medjool

2 cups almond milk

2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked if time allows (see Recipe Note)

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 lime, juiced

4 ice cubes

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of sea salt

12. Ice cream

Freeze banana slices until you have a decent amount, then blend them to create the best vegan ice cream ever! Those frozen slices can also be stirred into a regular ice cream base, too.

13. Death by Chocolate Banana Bread

Cooking spray, for pan

1/2 c. cocoa powder, plus more for dusting pan

1 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

3/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. melted butter

1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

1/4 c. buttermilk or sour cream

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

3 super-ripe bananas, mashed

1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

14. Tropical Green Smoothie

Makes 2 large smoothies

1 large banana, as ripe as possible, frozen

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1 big handful mixed greens (spinach, kale, baby swiss chard, etc)

1/2 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen is fine, just be sure it’s nice and sweet if using fresh

1 1/2 cups cold coconut milk

1 lime, juice and zest

15. Banana Ketchup

2 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil

1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion (about 1 small onion)

2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)

1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño from (about 1 small jalapeño)

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large bananas)

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons rum

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

Water, as needed

16. Banana Chips

10 ripe , but firm bananas, thinly sliced

freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon is plenty)

17. Peanut Butter Banana Cups

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (can also be dark chocolate cut into small pieces from a bar)

1 medium banana, peeled and sliced into 16 rounds

1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter, store bought or homemade

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, (unrefined extra-virgin preferred)

16 (1.25-inch) baking cups

18. Banana Chocolate Muffins (with 3 ingredients)

Chocolate cake mix.

3-4 bananas, mashed

Optional – 2 eggs

19. Sweet Potato Banana Bites

1/2 c cooked, mashed sweet potato (approx 1 medium)

1/2 cup mashed banana (approx 1 medium)

1/4 c nut butter

2 eggs

cinnamon, to taste

Optional mix-ins: dark chocolate chips, fruit, chia seeds, etc.

20. Baked Banana Nut Donuts


2 medium (235 grams) ripe bananas, mashed

1 large (50 grams) egg

1/3 cup (80 grams) unsweetened applesauce

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup (40 grams) whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Glaze

3 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 tablespoon nonfat milk

2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted if desired

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