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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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                                          Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                          The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                          The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

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                                          Review Your Past Flow

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                                          Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                          Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

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                                          Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                          Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

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