Recipes for Over Ripe Bananas

What to do With Black Bananas

Bananas are one of my favourite fruits, and they are convenient to pack in lunch boxes. But I have quite a small family and fruit doesn't last long in our house.

Whenever I buy a bunch of bananas, I tend to get a larger pack as it works out more cost effective in the supermarket. However, a week later I’ll discover a couple have been eaten and the rest have ripened and turned black. This is not so great on the shopping budget.

Luckily bananas still have their uses even when they are beginning to turn to mush. They may not be great to snack on at lunch time, but they can be great for cooking.

Left over bananas need not go to waste!

What Can I Make With Bananas?

There are so many recipes to make with ripened bananas. Banana bread and banana fritters tend to come to mind, but because bananas go with a variety of flavours you can vary the recipes to make them different.

For example, you can have any flavour ice-cream to go with your fritters, or pour on a caramel or Irish whiskey cream sauce. It doesn't have to be the same each time.

Banana Bread

Banana bread is great when you want to use up your bananas. Make it in a loaf tin and keep in an airtight container for a sweet treat, or when the kids come home from school.


  • 285g/ 10oz Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 110g/4oz Butter
  • 225g/8oz Caster Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 4 Ripened Bananas, Mashed
  • 85ml/3 fl oz Milk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2oz/50g Walnuts Chopped (Optional)

For a chocolate version, add 50g/2oz Plain Chocolate Chips


Pre-heat the oven to 180c/350f/Gas 4

Using an electric whisk, cream together the butter and caster sugar until light and creamy

Slowly add the eggs, bananas, milk and vanilla extract, beating well

Sift in the flour, bicarbonate and salt (and optional walnuts and chocolate chips), folding into the mixture

Add the mixture to a greased loaf tin (20cm x 12.5cm) and cook in the centre of the pre-heated oven, for approximately 1 hour.

When the banana bread is golden brown and springs up when pressed in the middle, bring out of the oven to cool. Turn onto a wire rack after 10 minutes, cool then enjoy!

For a quick and easy dessert, why not make banana pancakes?

Banana Pancakes


  • 100g/4oz Self Raising Flour
  • 100ml Milk
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 1oz Oil for frying
  • 2oz Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Ripe Banana, Roughly Mashed
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon


In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon.

Make a well in the centre and break in the egg. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking at the same time using a large whisk.

Once the batter is a smooth consistency, mix in the banana.

Heat the oil in a frying pan, coating the bottom of the pan.

Ladle in some of the batter to form a pancake. After a few minutes the underside will brown and will be able to be flipped over. Cook both sides until golden brown.

Cook all of the pancakes, serving with chopped bananas and maple syrup or toffee sauce.

Banana Smoothies

This is a great way to get fruit into your children, and use up those bananas too!

It can be varied, using different fruit depending on what you like.

Banana and Berry Smoothie


  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Mixed Berries
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes
  • 1 Cup Low Fat Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • Splash Orange Juice


Using a blender or a smoothie maker, add the banana chopped along with the fruit.

Start to blend, adding the honey, yogurt, ice and orange juice. Once it is of smooth consistency, pour into a glass and serve.

This recipe can be used with milk instead of yogurt, and with any fruit such as strawberries or mango.

You can even make a banoffee smoothie, adding a spoonful of caramel condensed milk to banana, milk and ice cubes.


5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Baked Banana with Chocolate Buttons

One for the Kids...

Baked Banana with Chocolate Buttons


  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 1 Pack of Chocolate Buttons (use milk chocolate, white chocolate or both)


Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6

Make a slit down the side of the banana using a sharp knife.

Slot the chocolate buttons through the slit into the banana.

Wrap in tin foil and bake for around 10 to 15 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.

A family favourite of mine has to be banana and chocolate muffins, made with mashed banana and cocoa, or chocolate chips.

There are so many ways to cook with over ripe bananas. You an even make savoury dishes, baking banana with streaky bacon!

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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

WOW! These ideas will definitely get used in my house! The muffins look delish and I've never heard of the baked banana with chocolate buttons before. Must try that one as well! Great hub! Voted up and shared and pinned :)

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greatstuff 4 years ago from Malaysia

There are a few ideas for overripe banana and you have covered most of it here. One of my favorite that we have in Malaysia is the banana 'pancake' with coconut. We wrap the mixture with banana leaves and heat it on a hot plate. No oil, just the heat. Not so common nowadays, unless you go back home to grandma's house.

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meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

Great hub Emma. When I was a little girl my mum always used the last few "turning" bananas to make banana custard.

Useful and shared.

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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

Oh, banana bread - there is NOTHING better than the smell of warm banana bread! I definitely have to try the banana pancakes - those would be a HUGE hit in my house!

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anupma 4 years ago from India

Yummy recipes. I like baked banana with chocolate buttons most. thanks for sharing. Banana is a very nutritious fruit. It is very good for health. And truly speaking I never tried this, but now I will do.

Thanks for sharing.

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Salty Tanned 4 years ago from Montréal

Have you tried bananas flambées?

It is quite simple yet a very festive desert.

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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I like all these recipes! I have tried many versions of banana bread, pancakes and smoothies, but your last recipe (baked banana with chocolate buttons!) is totally new to me. It sounds very nice and super easy. I'm actually surprised I've never heard of it before.

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi CassyLu1981 - thanks for sharing and pinning. Try the banana with chocolate buttons - great for grown ups too ;)

greatstuff - that sound delicious. I love coconut, sounds like something to try.

meloncauli - yes banana custard. I haven't had that in ages, but it's gorgeous. I used to make that for my son when he was little. Thanks for sharing!

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi leah - yes, I made that banana bread yesterday and I keep eating it (along with the muffins!). The pancakes are lovely too ;)

anupma - thanks for your comment. You really must try these recipes!

Salty Tanned - I think I had banana flambe when I was young, but not recently. Must check out the recipe - thanks!

Hi Om - the chocolate buttons one is a hit with the kids. I like to make it when the oven is on after cooking a main meal. It's such a quick and easy dessert.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love banana nut bread and it's so much better made with overly ripe bananas. all of your recipes look and sound delicious..Thank you..

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thanks for your comment always exploring. Bananas are so versatile and great for a dessert or treat.

Thank you for stopping by :)

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I love bananas but have never made banana bread, thank you for the recipe - I shall have to make the pancakes too!

Thank you and voted up.

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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Good advice. I think I have an enzyme floating around my house that turns green bananas black within a couple of days. You present excellent alternatives to the compost heap.

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Movie Master, there are so many different things to make with bananas. If you have the time, try out these recipes! Thanks for the vote.

rfmoran, I think I have that too ;)

I buy bananas which are slightly green, but they still seem to ripen in a day. I just can't get them eaten - so they end up in a pudding instead!

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Salty Tanned 4 years ago from Montréal

Green conservation bags help keep bananas longer. Not only bananas but most vegetals. I buy them here at a discount store for $1.50 They begin to loose effectivness after a couple of years.

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi Salty Tanned - That's a great idea, I have never thought of that. They are cheap and last quite long time. A really good way to keep veg fresh - thanks!

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lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

Banana bread is amazing, the blacker the banana the better and you can usually get them so much cheaper as well. Even better put the banana in the freezer until you are ready to make your cake.

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Great advice lemonkerdz! Thanks for coming by :)

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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

Great tips, try looking up pisang goreng, a Malaysian dessert using over ripe bananas, very tasty. I will try your banana cake recipe this sunday.

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Emma Harvey 3 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

They look nice ketage, will give those a try. I have some over ripe bananas in my fruit bowl at the moment. Try the banana cake too - a great way to use up those bananas!

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