It seems bananas can go from green to ripe, to over-ripe before you know it. If you have some bananas you need to use before they go bad, you’ve come to the right place.
The go-to recipe for using bananas seems to be banana bread and while that is a fantastic option, there are so many alternatives you’ll be buying bananas more often just to whip up some of these recipes.
From classic banana bread or banana bread with a twist to caramelized banana French toast and banana smoothies, you’re sure to find some recipes you love on this list.
17 Recipes For Ripe Bananas
Bananas are a remarkable tropical fruit that provides you with plenty of potassium and vitamin B6. They are sweet, delicious, and very versatile. Here are 17 recipes for ripe bananas.
1. Classic Banana Bread
You can’t compose a list of recipes for bananas and not include a banana bread recipe so let’s start with a tried and true banana bread recipe.
This simple recipe is so easy you don’t even need a mixer and most of the ingredients are a staple in any baker’s pantry. You’ll need soft and sweet bananas to make this classic banana bread.
2. Cranberry Orange Banana Bread
Basic banana bread is already a delicious dessert but have you ever added cranberries, oranges, and an orange glaze on top? If not, you need to!
This beautiful bread uses basic baking ingredients, dried cranberries, and orange juice to make an extra moist bread. The glorious orange glaze is made from powdered sugar and orange juice and drizzled on top.
3. Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Covered with chocolate chips, this moist double chocolate banana bread is filled with bananas and bursts with rich chocolate flavor. Get your loaf pans ready!
Enjoy a slice for breakfast with a steaming cup of coffee or for a little extra protein to get you through the day, add a smear of peanut butter and enjoy.
4. Banana Nut Muffins
As renowned as banana bread, banana nut muffins are a great way to use up ripe bananas. As perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast as they are an after-lunch snack.
These tasty banana nut muffins have walnuts folded into the batter as well as baked on top for a little extra crunch. If you’re craving some extra sweetness, mix in some chocolate chips.
5. Banana Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins
Sticking with the muffin theme, these banana raspberry white chocolate muffins are to die for! The tart raspberries contrast beautifully with the sweetness of the ripe bananas and white chocolate.
The raspberries add a beautiful burst of color to these muffins. Both fresh and frozen work for this recipe but frozen raspberries hold up a little better when being mixed in the batter.
6. Blueberry Banana Muffins
This delectable recipe is a combination of two wonderful treats: banana bread and blueberry muffins. These muffins are jumbo-sized allowing you to enjoy the amazing flavor longer.
Don’t be afraid of brown bananas. The riper they are, the better they are for this recipe and the sweeter your blueberry banana muffins will be.
7. Two Ingredient Banana Oat Cookies
Yes, you read that right! Two ingredients are all you need to make these mouthwatering banana oat cookies. If you’ve got bananas and you’ve got oats, you can have a fresh batch of cookies in no time.
This flourless and sugarless cookie is a healthy breakfast option. To ramp up the flavor, feel free to add in some chocolate chips, dried fruit, or nuts.
8. Chocolate Banana Brownies
Brownies! Need I say more? Perfect for any potluck or delightful for dessert, these chocolate banana brownies are made from bananas and stuff you probably have in your pantry.
The sweet banana flavor stands out against the smooth chocolatey flavor but doesn’t overpower the melty chocolate chips. Top it off with some whipped cream. Yum!
9. Caramelized Banana French Toast
French toast is already a fantastic breakfast food but this recipe with caramelized bananas is an explosion of flavor that will leave you reaching for the bananas at the store more often.
The bananas are caramelized by placing them in a skillet with salted butter and pan-frying until they are crispy, golden brown on the outside, and sweet, soft, and gooey on the inside.
10. Vegan Banana Drop Biscuits
Golden brown on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, these vegan banana drop biscuits are simple yet satisfying and oh so delicious.
Smear these beautiful biscuits with some maple butter for some added sweetness. To make the maple butter, simply mix equal parts vegan butter and maple syrup.
11. Brown Sugar Banana Pancakes
Pancakes are popular to serve for breakfast or brunch. If you’ve been looking for a way to step up your pancake game, give this recipe a shot.
A combination of pancakes and banana bread, these brown sugar banana pancakes are moist, fluffy, sweet, and satisfying. Top them with some fresh bananas and maple syrup.
12. Breakfast Banana Bars
Free of refined sugar and gluten, these three-ingredient breakfast banana bars are perfect when you need a grab-and-go breakfast and great as a quick, healthy snack.
Bananas are high in potassium and oats are a good source of fiber and carbohydrates and when combined, make a healthy, long-lasting breakfast or snack.
13. Banana Cake
Sometimes you just get a craving for some cake. If you have some ripe bananas, and a cake craving, why not kill two birds with one stone with this easy banana cake.
The bananas make it extra moist and it’s topped with a simple cream cheese frosting that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Top with some chopped nuts for some nice crunch.
14. Homemade Banana Pudding
Banana pudding is a classic dessert that is sweet, creamy, crunchy, and gorgeous! It is layer upon layer of vanilla wafer cookies, bananas, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream.
Banana pudding is a fun dessert that allows you to be creative with the presentation. Layer it in a clear bowl to wow, or create single servings in a wine glass or mason jar.
15. Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Strawberries and bananas are two peas in a pod; a classic combination of two fruits that were made to be together. They come together with 2 other ingredients to make a fast, easy smoothie.
Frozen strawberries, bananas, milk, and ice. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Any kind of milk will work for this recipe. Easily add a handful of fresh spinach to make a green smoothie.
16. Peanut Butter Banana Shake
Many milkshakes are made with ice cream but if you don’t want the added sugar, this recipe is for you. Using frozen bananas and ice, you can get a perfect shake consistency.
This recipe uses honey as a sweetener and gets more sweetness from the banana. It’ll taste as sinful as any other sweet dessert without the sugar.
17. Banana Ice Cream
Frozen bananas when blended have the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. This recipe is versatile, creamy, and vegan. All you need is bananas, a blender, and creativity to customize your flavor.
Using frozen bananas, optional milk, and a pinch of salt as a base, create any flavor your heart desires. Try mint chocolate chip, strawberry, pina colada, pistachio, or cookies and cream.
Ripe bananas are great for baking but don’t underestimate them. They are great for so many other things as well: pan-fried and caramelized, frozen and blended, or sliced for a garnish.
You can make anything from banana bread, muffins, and cakes to smoothies, ice cream, or pancakes. You’ll be buying extra bananas just so they can ripen up and be put into one of these 17 incredible recipes.