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What To Do With Overripe Bananas

Updated on October 15, 2015
Typing the word bananas over and over again made me think of Gwen Stefani's "Holdback Girl" song. And now it's officially stuck in my head!
Typing the word bananas over and over again made me think of Gwen Stefani's "Holdback Girl" song. And now it's officially stuck in my head!

Brown Bananas

For years I would throw those overripe bananas in the freezer, saying to myself, "I'll use them for banana bread." Ha! Yeah right! The few times I actually took them out of the freezer, my fingers would practically get frost-bitten from taking off the peels. For those of you who have sensitive hands, you know what I mean!

Bananas are the one fruit I buy on a regular basis. It's such a great snack to bring on the road, and it is definitely one of my favorite ingredients for sweeter baked treats! Even though I buy the greenest ones possible, I am always having to freeze them. Peeling frozen by hand has not worked out so well- time for a new method!

Bringing it Back

Remembering my past work experiences at coffee shops, the light bulb went off! At Espresso Love, a cafe in Boston, I recalled having to freeze fresh bananas when we ran out of frozen ones (for smoothies). And the beauty of this trick is the method. Have you ever chopped up super-ripe bananas, thrown them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer? I have! And it's not pretty! Sadly, those suckers stick together at every point of contact. It's a pain to try and pull them apart.

Sweet Victory

The BEST way to freeze bananas- or almost any sticky fruit- is on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Just be sure the baking sheet fits in the freezer first! I usually have to move a few things around on the top freezer shelf, but it's totally worth it.

Line that baking sheet with parchment paper, chop up the bananas, place them on the parchment and freeze! That's IT! I usually forget about them in the freezer for a few days, too. Here's the very last step- once the bananas are frozen, peel the slices off of the parchment and throw them in a freezer bag. Couldn't get any easier, right?

No Cutting Board

Since the bananas are super ripe, I don't bother taking out a cutting board. After the parchment is on the baking sheet, I cut them up right there on the paper! Saves time and space. And it's one less dish to wash- LOVE IT!

Give 'Em Room

Make sure to space the slices out- if they're touching, they'll end up sticking to each other. This would completely defeat the purpose of laying them out on a baking sheet.
Make sure to space the slices out- if they're touching, they'll end up sticking to each other. This would completely defeat the purpose of laying them out on a baking sheet.

Necessary Supplies

The list is short & sweet! These are all the things you'll need to freeze those bananas:

  • overripe bananas
  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • butter knife

Now What?

I absolutely LOVE baking with bananas. There are so many quick recipes that include this incredibly versatile fruit. I should say- quick AND tasty recipes! Those frozen bananas won't go to waste now. And if you're a blender-junkie, they're the perfect addition to a healthy smoothie!

Fall is the perfect time to start baking any and all comfort foods, especially banana bread. Nothing can beat a warm slice lathered with some butter (or in my case, Earth Balance "butter"). I'm super excited to be baking up a storm- the colder weather is worth it! Very soon I'll be posting a few banana-filled recipes: muffins, breakfast bars and more!

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