No Waste, All Taste: 7 Overripe Banana Recipes

No Waste, All Taste: 7 Overripe Banana Recipes | the good stuff

Overripe bananas seem to be the black sheep of fruits. They’re mushy, overly sweet, and gooey. When a banana ripens, starch is broken down into simple sugars, which make bananas sweeter. This process also makes bananas softer and easier to mash.

This overripe, soft, sugary fruit isn’t ready to be thrown in the trash, they’re ready to make some delicious foods. Peel those ripened bananas and store them in the freezer, then check out these seven overripe banana recipes.

Love bananas? Try sliding them onto a sweet and savory breakfast skewer! Whether ripe or green, these wonderful yellow fruits are a great way to give yourself an energy boost, too.

1. Banana Pancakes


Source: Williams-Sonoma

Give your favorite breakfast food a tropical vibe by adding very ripe bananas in your pancake mix. The result: light, fluffy, moist pancakes with a subtle hint of banana. Top with a drizzle of chocolate and powdered sugar for an extra sugary treat!

2. Banana Chocolate Chip Bread


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This crowd-pleasing recipe turns boring, traditional banana bread into a moist, rich, chocolate chip treat. You’ll look forward to your bananas ripening so you can bake up this simple recipe.

3. Banana-Chocolate French Toast



Make use of those over-ripened bananas by mashing them into a bowl and folding in your traditional French toast batter. The recipe is quick, simple, and easy to follow.

4. Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


Recipe: Taste of Home
Photo: My Kitchen Craze

This recipe is sure to make you the star of any potluck. Banana bars have a delicate, moist texture with a light, sweet hint of banana. Your taste testers will be coming back for more.

5. Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake


Source: Taste of Home

Go bananas for this coffee cake topped with cinnamon, sugar and pecans. This makes for a nice alternative to banana bread, and pairs perfectly with a light roast coffee.

6. Banana Pudding Cheesecake


Source: Life, Love & Sugar

This is for the cheesecake lovers. This recipe doubles down on your love of bananas by not only using ripe bananas but banana pudding as well. After roughly two hours of prep and bake time, you’ll have a delicious, creamy treat that will put all other cheesecakes to shame.

7. Maple Bacon Banana Doughnuts


Source: Lorimer Street Kitchen

What do you get when you combine the dense properties of a doughnut with the sweetness of a ripe banana topped with a maple glaze and crumbled bacon? Perfection! This recipe combines all your breakfast favorites into one compact treat.