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14+ Ripened Banana Recipes

on May 17, 2021
last updated February 7, 2024
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Delicious ripened banana recipes to avoid food waste, including this super simple, yet extra delicious banana strawberry milkshake.
pink milkshake with whipped cream surrounded by sprinkles and strawberries

Have some bananas on your hands you need to use up stat? Have no fear! I have ripened banana recipes for you that’ll make you glad you let them sit in your fruit bowl this long!

As an environmental scientist, I am always looking for ways to reduce food waste. Bananas are one of those produce items that go from perfect to entirely overripe seemingly overnight.

Green tip: Of the billions of pounds of food wasted annually, it is estimated that 50% of it happens in our homes. It’s always best to avoid food waste as much as you can!

But the good news is, the riper the banana, the more flavorful! As a banana ripens it gets sweeter and sweeter, which means it becomes even better to add to a milkshake, bread, pancakes, and endless other delicacies!

Here’s my list of ripened banana recipes to whip up to avoid throwing those delicious fruits out!


1. Banana Strawberry Milkshake

pink milkshake with whipped cream surrounded by sprinkles and strawberries
This Banana Strawberry Milkshake is the ultimate nostalgic treat that’ll put a smile on your face with just 3 simple ingredients in the blender!
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2. Bananas Foster Pancakes

stack of banana pancakes with bananas foster sauce on top
These Bananas Foster Pancakes boasts a tall stack of banana pancakes topped with a rum-based caramelized banana sauce to define the term brunch goals.
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3. Moist Molten Nutella Banana Muffins

Moist banana muffins stuffed with nutella.
These Nutella Banana Muffins are comprised of a moist, fragrant banana muffin stuffed with creamy, nutty, chocolatey Nutella for an iconic flavor combo with the best-ever textures.
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4. Blender Banana Bread

Slices of Vegan Blender Banana Bread stacked on top of each other with a sunflower
Don't chuck out those overripe bananas! They are perfect for this healthy, moist and delicious Vegan Blender Banana Bread.
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5. Baby Banana Pancakes

Baby Banana Pancakes in a serving bowl with utensils, juice, and syrup bottle
These Baby Banana Pancakes are fluffy little dime-sized pieces of heaven! Add them to a bowl with syrup for the ultimate breakfast experience.
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6. Easy and Healthy Banana Porridge

breakfast of porridge with peanut butter and bananas and cofee
This Banana Porridge is the easiest, most delicious way to use up those overripe bananas! Put your own twist on it with your choice of toppings!
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7. Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins (Vegan-Friendly)

basket of blueberry banana oatmeal muffins
These delicious Vegan Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins are the best way to use up those ripe bananas and sneak in extra fruit, fiber, and healthy grains.
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8. Strawberry Banana Pancakes with Whole Wheat

stack of whole wheat pancakes with bananas and strawberries and syrup being drizzled on top
This strawberry banana pancake recipe is light and fluffy. Made with whole wheat flour, top these tasty breakfast pancakes with fresh fruit and syrup!
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9. Four-Ingredient Banana Bread

4 ingredient banana bread sliced and stacked on top of one another
With just 4 ingredients, you can have the very best from-scratch, moist, and light banana bread. This 4 Ingredient Banana Bread is a busy bakers dream!
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10. Moist Banana Carrot Muffins

overhead shot of muffin tin filled with carrots and banana carrot muffins
These Banana Carrot Muffins are moist and fluffy and boast strong flavors from the real bananas and carrots and added cinnamon.
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11. Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins stacked on top of one another
These quick and easy moist Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are the perfect snack to whip up in less than 30 minutes and in just one bowl!
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12. Fluffy Banana Bread Cookies (Vegan Friendly!)

Banana Bread Cookies on cooling rack and in box
These Banana Bread Cookies are the perfect cross between fluffy, moist banana bread, and an aromatic, flavorful and chewy cookie for a whole new tasting experience!
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13. Moist Banana Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Banana Bread Loaf with three slices
This Banana Zucchinis Bread is extra-moist and packs tons of banana and cinnamon flavor. The perfect way to sneak in extra veggies!
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14. Marbled Cream Cheese Banana Bread

Marbled Cream Cheese Banana Bread
This Marbled Cream Cheese Banana Bread takes fruity and moist banana bread to the next level with a swirled velvety and sweet cheesecake layer.
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15. Five-Minute Banana Bread in a Mug

Banana Bread in a Mug topped with sliced banana and whipped cream
This Banana Bread in a Mug is the perfect single-serve treat, with moist texture, plenty of fruity flavor, and aromatic cinnamon to tickle your taste buds in just 5 minutes!
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16. Moist Pumpkin Banana Muffins with Crumble Top

Banana Pumpkin Muffins on cooling rack
Savor the delightful blend of real pumpkin and banana in every bite of these moist Pumpkin Banana Muffins, crowned with a delectably crumbly topping.
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I hope this list of Ripened Banana Recipes inspires you to get the most out of your produce—overripe or not! If you’re still unsure where to start, here is hands down the easiest way to avoid throwing out that ripened banana: a 3-ingredient banana strawberry milkshake!

pink milkshake with whipped cream surrounded by sprinkles and strawberries

14+ Ripened Banana Recipes, including Banana Strawberry Milkshake

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14+ ripened banana recipes to avoid food waste, including this super simple, yet extra delicious Banana Strawberry Milkshake.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Banana Strawberry Milkshake

  • 1 large banana (ripe)
  • ½ cup strawberry ice cream (dairy or non-dairy)
  • ¼ cup milk (dairy or plant-based)

Optional Garnish Ideas

  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream (dairy or plant-based)
  • 1 teaspoon rainbow sprinkles
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 small sugar cone
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Instructions
 

  • Peel your banana and add it to your blender with the ice cream and milk.
  • Blend on high until smooth – about 30 seconds.
  • Garnish with toppings of choice and serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • The riper the banana, the better!
  • If your milkshake seems too thick, add another tablespoon of milk.
  • Check out this delicious collection of my best milkshake recipes that are sure to bring all your friends to the yard!
Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Bananas, Birthday, Easy, Overripe Banana Recipes
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