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.
1. Banana Pancakes
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
Source: All Recipes
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.