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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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                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                          Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                          But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                          I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                          Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                          1. Nuts

                                          The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                          Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                          Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                          Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                          2. Blueberries

                                          Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                          When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                          3. Tomatoes

                                          Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                          4. Broccoli

                                          While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                          Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                          Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                          5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                          Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                          The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                          Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                          6. Soy

                                          Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                          Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                          Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                          7. Dark Chocolate

                                          When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                          Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                          8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                          Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                          B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                          Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                          Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                          To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                          9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                          Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                          Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                          Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                          10. Gingko Biloba

                                          This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                          It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                          However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                          11. Green and Black Tea

                                          Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                          Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                          Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                          12. Sage and Rosemary

                                          Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                          Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                          When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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