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Easy Homemade Banana Bread with Overripe Bananas Recipe plus a Banana Chocolate Milkshake - Kids Cook Monday

Updated on July 6, 2015
I used a bundt pan this time. Much more fun!
I used a bundt pan this time. Much more fun! | Source

The Best Thing to do with Old Bananas?

The best thing to do with over-ripe bananas is to make banana bread. I mean, when else do you make banana bread? When the bananas are spoiled, right? At least that is the truth for me. I don't purposely plan to make banana bread, but when I have a few rotten (well, almost) bananas, I'll think, "Oh, it's time to make banana bread." It's a rare treat, at least in my kitchen, that family and friends always enjoy.

So, do you have to make the banana bread as soon as the bananas go bad? No way! I put the rotten banana (rarely more than one at a time in my house) in a freezer bag and stick it in the freezer. When another banana goes bad, I pop that one in there. While two bananas are enough with which to create a delightful banana bread, it is not necessary to make the bread even then. I've frozen the bananas for months, and they work fine when you are ready to make your bread. Get the kids involved! It will be a good lesson for children to know that they can save and use old bananas. What a great recycling lesson!

This banana bread recipe uses half white and half wheat flour, and applesauce instead of oil.

Save Ripe Bananas for Banana Bread

Bananas starting to get too ripe....
Bananas starting to get too ripe.... | Source

Even Black-Peel Bananas Work Great!

Really ripe bananas. These are the ones I pulled out of my freezer.
Really ripe bananas. These are the ones I pulled out of my freezer. | Source

Ingredients for Banana Bread

1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup wheat flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 over-ripe bananas (the really dark ones out of the freezer work well)

1/2 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup sour cream or 3 Tbs. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Optional:

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 to 1 whole 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (Being a chocoholic, I prefer chocolate chips.)

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

I love adding chocolate chips!
I love adding chocolate chips! | Source

Instructions for Making Banana Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together butter, sugar, and eggs. Sift dry ingredients together, and then combine with first mixture. Mixing and stirring are jobs that kids can do to help, as is blending with a hand-held mixer. Stir current mixture by hand, as it will be too thick for beaters.

Next, peel those bananas, adding them along with the applesauce, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix all this up well, for a few minutes, with the mixer. Add in nuts and/or chocolate chips, as desired. Pour into buttered or sprayed 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes and check it, as ovens do vary. To check for doneness, take out the bread and and insert a toothpick. I thought this was a neat baking trick when I learned it as a child. If the toothpick comes out clean--without gooey batter--then the bread is done. Empty onto rack to cool.

Banana Chocolate Milkshake!

Great flavor with the chocolate, and I've got to believe it's a healthy milkshake with the banana, right?
Great flavor with the chocolate, and I've got to believe it's a healthy milkshake with the banana, right? | Source

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And a bonus Banana Chocolate Milkshake!

Okay, so now you have your banana bread. That's the usual thing to make when you have over-ripe bananas. But here's an added bonus if you want a sweet treat--a banana (preferably with chocolate) milkshake. This is a quick and tasty treat for the whole family! And a great reward for everyone involved in the baking of the bread!

Don't have time for breakfast? This banana chocolate milkshake is also a simple, nutritious treat to make and drink when you're in a hurry. If you're like many folks, you're usually in a hurry in the mornings. With this quick recipe, you can drink your breakfast, either while you're getting ready for work or, like me, on the drive to work. Believe me, it goes down good and easy!

All you need are three ingredients:

1 or 2 over-ripe bananas ( I used a black and less black banana to make a large shake!)

1 glass of your favorite milk (or less to leave room for blended bananas)

Several squirts of chocolate syrup (I use sugar-free!)

Mix all three ingredients up in a blender until smooth. Add a straw and you have a delicious, refreshing, and pretty healthy milkshake.

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I used to be hesitant about buying too many bananas at a time because they would get too ripe before they were all eaten. That isn't an issue now, as I have some great ways to use them when I'm ready. Buy those bananas, let them rot, and make a shake! Yummy!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're welcome, Justin-fo! Hope your son enjoys the milkshake!

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      Justin 3 years ago from South Bend, IN

      My 12 year old makes great Banana Bread. However, the Banana Chocolate Milkshake looks like the bomb! I will be sharing with my son to create a new delight for the family. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      healthwealthmusic--Yep, you can freeze the whole banana and just squeeze out the insides later when you need them. Of course, peeling and smashing first works, too. Oh, believe me, I like banana bread

      SO much better with chocolate chips! :-)

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Hmmm, freezing the bananas right in the peel is a new idea to me! We also peeled and and smashed the bananas before freezing them. And I have never tasted banana bread with choc. chips. Maybe I'd like it better then!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yummy, MarieAlice! Carrot bread makes me think of cream cheese frosting. I actually put some on my banana bread the other day! Good! (I had choc chips in the bread. It really set it off!)

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      MarieAlice 5 years ago from Peru

      my mother in law always bake this banana bread for my kids (well, I don´t know if is the same recipe you shared with us). They love it (and me too) I guess that with the same recipe she also makes carrot or pumkin bread and they also taste delicious!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Vellur!!!! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rtburroughs--I love recipes, too! Why don't you create one with Andes mint candies? Favorites--I make some killer chocolate chip cookies! :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Yummyyyyyyyy mouth watering. Delicious photos. Voted up.

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      Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

      When we were kids we would make banana bread with our mom. I won't say when, because that will give away my age, lol. I haven't tried it with the apple sauce. I love reading recipes (and writing them)I would love for somebody to create a recipe using Andes mint candies. If I were to do it I would probably use Hershey's dark cocoa as a base.

      Besides banana bread, what are some other favorites of yours?

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, prasetio! I hope it will be a good lesson for kids and healthy cooking!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I love banana. This is good lesson for kids and they can cook healthy recipes by using banana. Good job, Victoria. Rated up and take care!

      Blessing,

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So true, Maddie! Thanks for the comments!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      akeejaho--That is quite an honor to be asked, though! Very cool!

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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      I always use my overripe bananas for bread or muffins.

      Because they're so sweet, they allow you to cut down on the sugar in the recipe, too!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Movie Master--I have always frozen bananas. It works fine. Hope you like the recipe!

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      akeejaho 5 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

      Harry & David is an Oregon based company in direct competition with the likes of Swiss Colony. They are an international company now, and I was going to have a position in their Test Kitchen. When I realized they were going to purchase all rights and royalties, I backed out. I have engineered several recipes with my Significant Other, and felt selling all rights was not in our best interests. (So I didn't)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Just what I needed, a recipe for banana bread, I have never made it, looks delicious and easy!

      What a great idea to freeze overipe bananas.

      Many thanks and voted up

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cloverleaf and randomcreative--I've been doing the freezer trick for storing bananas for as long as I can remember. I don't remember if I thought of that on my own or got that from my mom. I'll have to ask her. Thanks to you both! Both of you are awesome hubbers, by the way!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      akeejaho--I'm not usually a fan of fruitcake but I would try yours! Sounds yummy. Who are Harry & David? Recipe gurus? Thanks for the comments!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great recipes as always! I am not a big fan of bananas but do enjoy banana bread. Thanks for the freezer tip with over ripe bananas.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I always enjoy making banana bread, or banana muffins for that matter. I had never thought about putting the over-ripe bananas in the freezer until ready to use though - nice tip!

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      akeejaho 5 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

      I used to purposely keep banana's in the freezer for just making banana bread. Brings out the sweetness. Maybe next Christmas season I will release my recipe for fruit cake (not using the normal glaced fruits) which uses Banana's and pear butter for the base, and dried fruits soaked in Rum and nuts for the filling. Almost sold the recipe to Harry & David, but glad I didn't in retrospect.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      steph--It's really moist. Actually, my last batch fell apart--haha. I think I put too many chocolate chips in there perhaps. But, boy, does it taste good. Yeah, the kids will love it! Good luck!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I do the same thing! Save my old bananas for banana bread! But I definitely want to try your recipe with the applesauce, 1/2 wheat and white flour and sour cream. My kids will love it. Best, Steph

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rebecca--I tried the shake and I liked it! Hope you and your kids do, too!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Now that's what I call using over ripe (?) fruit wisely. I love the banana bread recipe with the sour cream. I am bookmarking the banana choc milkshake recipe to make with MY kids. I never thought of that. Great ideas!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, RealH! Oh, no, freeze with peel on! Do I need to clarify this in hub or is the photo enough? Yeah, have the kids make it! haha. Thanks, girl!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Victoria - sounds great! I'm so glad you included the picture though because I was going to ask if I leave the peel on before freezing (the photo answered!) lol. I love banana bread - maybe I can actually have the kids make this FOR me, yanno? Lol

      Up and all that!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      vespawoolf--I do hope you try it. I just made it today so I could take pictures of it for this hub. It's good! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Melovy--less fat with the apple sauce. Of course that may be offset with the sour cream--haha. I had some of this today with butter on it...with my coffee. Yum!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thanks for the great recipes. I like that your banana bread is lower fat with the addition of applesauce. I'll bookmark this for future use. Voted up and useful!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, Sunshine, you have a bunny rabbit! How neat! I bet he (she?) loves bananas! Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      We love banana bread (and banana muffins) and your recipe looks very appetising. I would never have thought of using apple sauce in it, but will definitely give it a try.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I toss out my bananas or feed them to my bunny rabbit. Your recipes look easy enough for a kid to make...Oh Kids Cook Monday, duh!:) Yummy hub!