18 ways to use overripe bananas

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If your family is anything like mine, bananas are either gone in a day or sitting for a week. When I find myself with a bunch of overripe bananas, I reach for my trusty banana bread with Splenda recipe. But what if you want to change it up? Today, I’m sharing 18 ways to use overripe bananas for those times when banana bread isn’t hitting the spot.

Lately, I’ve been slicing bananas and adding them to oatmeal with a little cinnamon and nutmeg for a hearty breakfast and it’s great for ripe or just past bananas. But for those times when we just let them go too far, it’s nice to have other options.

Whether you want to try banana stuffed french toast, make banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, or pop a tasty mug cake in the microwave, this list has something for everyone to enjoy!

When your bananas are too ripe to eat, here are 18 recipes beyond banana bread that you can make!

18 ways to use overripe bananas

1. Easy Banana Bread
2. Banana Pudding
3. Steel Cut Oatmeal Pudding with Bananas and Strawberries
4. Peanut Butter Honey Banana Fudge
5. Banana Pudding Parfait
6. Banana Pecan Cake
7. Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie
8. Chocolate Chip Banana Fluffernutter Crepes
9. Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake
10. Mini Banana Nut Muffins
11. Caramelized Banana Pecan Oatmeal
12. Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
13. Banana Pecan Coffee Cake
14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast
15. Caramel Banana Pie
16. Crispy Banana Fritters
17. Greek Yogurt Banana and Strawberry Breakfast Bowl
18. Banana Nut Scones with Maple Glaze

Not sure you are ready to use those bananas just yet? Peel them and throw them in a freezer bag for later! Use them frozen in a smoothie or thaw them out for your recipe. Boom. No more waste. Anyone else getting hungry?

What are your favorite ways to use overripe bananas? Share in the comments below! 

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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  1. I need to hold on to this list, the ripeness threshold for me is pretty low! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing my peanut butter banana cream pie, have a great rest of the week!

  2. Thank you for including our Banana Fritters in this delicious round-up! That Banana Pecan cake sounds to die for!