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20 Recipes That Prove a Ripen Banana Is Still Good to Go!

20 Recipes That Prove a Ripen Banana Is Still Good to Go!

Every time I hear someone say they they can’t do anything with a ripe banana, I cringe. There are so many things you can do with ripe bananas!

Sure, they aren’t as appetizing by themselves, but they most definitely can serve you in a variety of ways. Cookie, cakes, smoothies, and breads — there’s just no going wrong here.

Here is a compilation of recipes I’ve gathered for you from around the internet. With this much variety, you’re bound to find what makes your taste buds happy.

1. Chocolate Banana Smoothie

    This is a no-brainer. Smoothies are the easiest solution when it comes to figuring out what to do with ripe fruit, frozen fruit, or fruit that’s about to spoil.

    1 c. milk

    1 chocolate scoop of protein

    1 ripe banana

    3/4 frozen fruit

    1 tbsp. of peanut butter

    *Don’t forget you need the best blender .

    2. Banana Pancakes (So yummy!)

      Mix pancakes how you would normally and add in one ripe banana

      3. Chewy and Moist Oatmeal Banana Cookies

        3/4 cup salted butter, softened (I use Challenge Butter)

        1 cup brown sugar, packed

        1/2 cup sugar

        1 egg

        1 tsp vanilla extract

        1 cup mashed bananas

        1 1/2 cups flour

        1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

        1 tsp baking soda

        1/4 tsp ground cloves

        2 tsp cornstarch

        3 cups old fashioned oats

        Click here for further instructions.

        4. Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake

          1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)

          3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

          about 3 extra-large ripe bananas or 4 small/medium, sliced in half horizontally and then sliced in vertically (if banana is ‘fat’, slice each half into 3 or 4 long vertical pieces)

          1 cup all-purpose flour

          3/4 cup granulated sugar

          2 teaspoons baking powder

          pinch salt, optional and to taste

          1 large egg

          1/2 cup buttermilk (or Powdered Buttermilk, use 2 tablespoons with the dry ingredients + 1/2 cup water added with the wet)

          1/3 cup sour cream (lite okay, or plain Greek yogurt may be substituted)

          3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

          2 teaspoons vanilla extract

          salted caramel sauce for drizzling, optional (homemade or store bought)

          5. Waffled Banana Bread

            1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

            ¾ cup sugar

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            ½ cup chopped walnuts

            1 tsp baking powder

            ½ tsp baking soda

            ½ tsp ground cinnamon

            ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

            ¼ tsp fine salt

            1 cup smashed banana (2 to 3 small bananas)

            ½ cup vegetable oil, plus more for brushing waffle iron

            ½ cup sour cream

            1 tsp pure vanilla extract

            2 large eggs

            Soft unsalted butter and confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

            6. Banana Cream Pudding

              1 qt milk

              2 cups plus 1/4 cup sugar

              8 large eggs, separated, whites discarded or store for another use

              1 tsp banana extract

              ⅓ cup bourbon

              ½ cup cornstarch

              Salt

              ½ tsp pure vanilla extract, plus a splash

              2 Tbsp butter, cut into cubes

              1 cup heavy cream

              4 bananas, sliced

              1 box vanilla wafers

              ⅓ cup creme de banana

              7. Chocolate-Banana Pancake Breakfast Casserole

                4 Tbsp unsalted butter, plus more as necessary and for greasing the baking dish

                1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

                6 Tbsp granulated sugar

                1 ½ tsp baking powder

                1 tsp baking soda

                Kosher salt

                1 ¾ cups buttermilk

                7 large eggs

                2 cups half-and-half

                1 tsp pure vanilla extract

                2 bananas, thinly sliced

                1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

                Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

                8. Grilled Banana Pound Cake with Chocolate Sauce

                  Nonstick cooking spray

                  1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

                  2 cups light brown sugar

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                  1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for dusting pan

                  6 eggs

                  1 ¼ cups mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)

                  1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

                  ½ tsp lemon extract

                  3 cups flour

                  1 cup sour cream

                  1 pinch kosher salt

                  Chocolate Sauce

                  1 ⅓ cups heavy cream

                  1 cup honey

                  ⅔ cup dark brown sugar

                  ½ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder

                  2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

                  Big pinch of salt

                  4 Tbsp unsalted butter

                  Unsalted butter, melted, for serving

                  9. Banana Crunch Muffins

                    3 cups all-purpose flour

                    2 cups sugar

                    2 tsp baking powder

                    1 tsp baking soda

                    ½ tsp salt

                    ½ lb(s) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

                    2 extra-large eggs

                    ¾ cup whole milk

                    2 tsp pure vanilla extract

                    1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (2 bananas)

                    1 cup ripe bananas, medium-diced (1 banana)

                    1 cup walnuts, small-diced

                    1 cup granola

                    1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut

                    Dried banana chips, granola, or shredded coconut (optional)

                    10. Banana Bread

                      1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

                      1 cup granulated white sugar

                      2 large eggs

                      3 medium bananas, very ripe

                      1/4 cup milk

                      1 teaspoons vanilla

                      2 cups all-purpose flour

                      1 teaspoon baking soda

                      1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

                      1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

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                      11. Banana-Date Smoothie

                        Serves 2

                        2 medium bananas, ripe

                        1/4 cup pitted dates, such as Medjool

                        2 cups almond milk

                        2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked if time allows (see Recipe Note)

                        1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

                        1/2 lime, juiced

                        4 ice cubes

                        Dash of cinnamon

                        Dash of sea salt

                        12. Ice cream

                          Freeze banana slices until you have a decent amount, then blend them to create the best vegan ice cream ever! Those frozen slices can also be stirred into a regular ice cream base, too.

                          13. Death by Chocolate Banana Bread

                            Cooking spray, for pan

                            1/2 c. cocoa powder, plus more for dusting pan

                            1 c. all-purpose flour

                            1 tsp. baking soda

                            1/4 tsp. kosher salt

                            3/4 c. sugar

                            1/2 c. melted butter

                            1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

                            1/4 c. buttermilk or sour cream

                            1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

                            3 super-ripe bananas, mashed

                            1 c. semisweet chocolate chips

                            14. Tropical Green Smoothie

                              Makes 2 large smoothies

                              1 large banana, as ripe as possible, frozen

                              1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

                              1 big handful mixed greens (spinach, kale, baby swiss chard, etc)

                              1/2 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen is fine, just be sure it’s nice and sweet if using fresh

                              1 1/2 cups cold coconut milk

                              1 lime, juice and zest

                              15. Banana Ketchup

                                2 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil

                                1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion (about 1 small onion)

                                2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)

                                1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño from (about 1 small jalapeño)

                                2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

                                1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

                                1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

                                1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large bananas)

                                1/2 cup white vinegar

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                                2 tablespoons honey

                                2 tablespoons rum

                                1 tablespoon tomato paste

                                1 tablespoon soy sauce

                                1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

                                Water, as needed

                                16. Banana Chips

                                  10 ripe , but firm bananas, thinly sliced

                                  freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon is plenty)

                                  17. Peanut Butter Banana Cups

                                    3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (can also be dark chocolate cut into small pieces from a bar)

                                    1 medium banana, peeled and sliced into 16 rounds

                                    1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter, store bought or homemade

                                    1 tablespoon melted coconut oil, (unrefined extra-virgin preferred)

                                    16 (1.25-inch) baking cups

                                    18. Banana Chocolate Muffins (with 3 ingredients)

                                      Chocolate cake mix.

                                      3-4 bananas, mashed

                                      Optional – 2 eggs

                                      19. Sweet Potato Banana Bites

                                        1/2 c cooked, mashed sweet potato (approx 1 medium)

                                        1/2 cup mashed banana (approx 1 medium)

                                        1/4 c nut butter

                                        2 eggs

                                        cinnamon, to taste

                                        Optional mix-ins: dark chocolate chips, fruit, chia seeds, etc.

                                        20. Baked Banana Nut Donuts

                                          Doughnuts

                                          2 medium (235 grams) ripe bananas, mashed

                                          1 large (50 grams) egg

                                          1/3 cup (80 grams) unsweetened applesauce

                                          1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

                                          1/3 cup (40 grams) whole-wheat flour

                                          1/2 cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour

                                          3/4 teaspoon baking powder

                                          3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

                                          1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

                                          1/4 teaspoon salt

                                          Cream Cheese Glaze

                                          3 tablespoons low-fat cream cheese, softened

                                          2 tablespoons powdered sugar

                                          1 tablespoon nonfat milk

                                          2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted if desired

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                                          Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                          Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                                          In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                                          And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                                          Why is goal setting important?

                                          1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                                          Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                                          For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                                          Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                                          After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                                          So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                                          2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                                          The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                                          The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                                          We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                                          What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                                          3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                                          We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                                          Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                                          But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                                          What you truly want and need

                                          Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                                          Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                                          Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                                          When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                                          Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                                          Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                                          Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                                          Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                                          The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                                          It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                                          Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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