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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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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                          Video Summary

                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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