Bananas are a great fruit that we are able to grow a lot of. The only thing is that they tend to spoil fast. Banana bread is only one of the many ways in which you can use your delicious homegrown or bulk purchases of bananas. Here are many more ways to use bananas before they go off.
Ways to use bananas
The best way to make use of fresh bananas is of course to use them up before they can become overripe. There are a lot of great ways to use fresh bananas.
Smoothies make for a great way to use both fresh and frozen bananas. Bananas make a great addition to protein and meal replacement shakes as well when you mix them in a blender.
Bread and muffins
Of course, you know that bananas make a great sweet and flavourful bread and muffins. Try playing with your recipe adding other fruits like strawberries or blueberries for a fun and creative touch. These delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are a yummy snack, or maybe try some fresh banana waffles for breakfast.
Substitute when baking
A great way to use up extra bananas is to use them as a substitute for eggs when baking. From cakes to your favourite brownie recipe, bananas make a great substitute. Use 1/4 cup mashed banana for each egg you are substituting.
You can use bananas to make a healthy pancake alternative. These have a great flavour and fluffy texture making them a great option for those looking to enjoy pancakes with fewer carbs. Beat 1 egg, 1 mashed banana and 2 TBSP of self-raising flour in a bowl and cook in a skillet. Serving size = one.
Banana pudding is a fun treat that uses up bananas both for flavouring and garnishing. This is a classic dessert or comfort food worth making for your family.
You can use frozen bananas in your blender to make a healthier version of ice cream. This is a fun way to make a healthy treat on a hot summer day. Add in more flavourings or even your favourite protein powder for a healthy and fun summer treat. Just pulse one frozen banana in a food processor until smooth. Makes around 1 cup.
These Raspberry, Banana and Mango Popsicles also make a delicious and healthy snack on a hot day.
Banana cream pie
Make a fun baked dessert by whipping up a banana cream pie to use up extra bananas. Add some homemade whipped topping or serve with ice cream.
A great way to have fun with bananas is to make a Thai-style fried banana. These fun bite-sized treats are a great treat for snacking.
This fun treat is great for serving over ice cream, oatmeal, or pancakes. Bananas foster makes a great filling for crepes and make a great substitute for maple syrup as a topping for waffles and french toast.
Chocolate-covered bananas are a fun treat that kids and adults alike love. You can take them up a notch by adding nuts or sprinkles. These can be made in small slices or larger half or full bananas on a stick to be eaten like a freezer pop on a hot summer day.
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Hopefully, these ways to use bananas will help you use all your bananas before they go off.
Are there any other ways that you use your bananas?