How to Use Your Overripe Bananas – A Collection of 30 Recipes

How to Use Your Overripe Bananas – A Collection of 30 Recipes

Answer truthfully…. How often does your kitchen contain bananas that are starting to get more than a few black spots?  I think we all have good intentions when we go to the store and load our carts with fresh produce.  We think about the healthy meals we will prepare and all the fruit our families will eat instead of “junky” snacks.  But, there always seems to be veggies that go limp and fruit that passes its prime before we have a chance to use it. Even when our fruits and veggies start to get a bit old, there are lots of ways to use them.  Today our focus is bananas because I ended up with almost a full bunch that got all brown on me last week.  Thanks to the contributions of lots of other fabulous bloggers, we bring you this big list of over 30 recipes to help you use up those overripe bananas. This first recipe is what I made myself this week with my bunch of brown bananas:



Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread

2 cups flour 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3 large overripe bananas 1/4 cup sour cream 2 large eggs 6 Tbsp melted butter, cooled 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup chocolate chips Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and lightly flour a 9″x5″ loaf pan. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mash the bananas.  Add in the sour cream, eggs (lightly beaten),  butter and vanilla.  Mix well. Gently fold the wet ingredients and the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients and mix just until it’s all combined.  Batter will be very lumpy.  Scoop into the prepared pan. Bake 50-55 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. And now for the other amazing recipes, all using overripe bananas!!



Baked Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Squares

Oatmeal Banana Bites

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Healthy Banana Oat Pancakes


Banana Bread:

Very Moist Banana Bread

Melt in Your Mouth Banana Bread

Banana Bread Using a Boxed Cake Mix

Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread

Bundt Banana Bread

Cranberry Cherry Banana Bread

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Sour Cream Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread



Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins for Kids

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins #2

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cranberry Banana Muffins

Cheerios Banana Raisin Muffins

Banana Nut Crunch Muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins with Toasted Coconut

Healthy Banana Muffins


Ice Cream and Smoothies

Raw Banana Ice Cream

Monkey Milk Shakes

Dairy Free Banana Split Ice Cream

Banana Almond Paleo Smoothie

Simple Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Milkshake


Bananas Foskey Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Banana Cake

Elvis Cupcakes

Banana Spice Cookies 

What is YOUR favorite way to use overripe bananas? Leave us a comment below.

How to Use Your Overripe Bananas – A Collection of 30 Recipes' About Chrysa

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  1. Thanks so much for including my banana muffin recipe 🙂 I can’t wait to check out all the other recipes

  2. Love this compilation! SO many tasty recipes to choose from. I cannot wait to try the Peanut Butter Banana Cake. YUM!

  3. Great round-up! Thanks for sharing some of my recipes. 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for sharing mine. Going to check out the others!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing my recipe! I love bananas!

  6. The first and last photo look especially good to me. We had a whole case of brown bananas last week at work that were thrown in the garbage!! We could have all made a lot of recipes like this, and saved so much waste. It bummed me out.

  7. omg thank you I ALWAYS seem to have some “leftover” or “over ripe” bananas no matter how well I “plan” This will be perfect! Going to share a link on my facebook page but also on my blog – everyone needs this for sure!!

  8. Thank you for including me – love to see all of these recipes!

  9. This is such a great list! Thanks for including my Banana Spice Cookies!

  10. Bananas don’t seem to stay around at my house long enough to get overripe, but most of these yummy recipes can still work. Thanks.

    slehan at juno dot com

  11. Oh my – we have a few bananas laying around so I think I might just have to try a new recipe! 😉

    Thanks for sharing my Bundt Banana Bread! 🙂

  12. Thanks so much for sharing my recipe! Off to check out the others.

  13. Thanks for sharing my Raw Banana Ice Cream recipe! Looking forward to browsing the others! 🙂

  14.' Robin Wilson says:

    I use over ripe bananas in a shake or smoothie. But I shall make your bread the next time! I think that it is a much better use of them. Actually I will probably buy some at the store just to make the bread and surprise my hubby. He loves banana and zucchini bread but I haven’t made any in recent memory. Thanks!

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