6+ Ripened Banana Recipes: Banana Strawberry Milkshake

By Marley Goldin
on May 17, 2021
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6+ 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 6+ ripened banana recipes to whip up to avoid throwing those delicious fruits out!

Ripened Banana Recipes

  1. Banana Strawberry Milkshake
  2. Bananas Foster Pancakes
  3. Banana Muffins with Nutella Ganache
  4. Blender Banana Bread
  5. Baby Banana Pancakes
  6. Banana Porridge

1. Banana Strawberry Milkshake

glass with pink shake and rainbow sprinkles garnished with a strawberry

Banana Strawberry Milkshake

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!

2. Bananas Foster Pancakes

Stack of banana pancakes with cut taken out of them topped with caramelized bananas with peel of ripened banana

Bananas Foster Pancakes

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”

3. Banana Muffins with Nutella Ganache

Banana Muffins with Nutella Ganache - Portrait With Liners

Banana Muffins with Nutella Ganache

These Banana Muffins with Nutella Ganache have a fluffy and moist base and decadent finish, making them the best way to use up those ripe bananas!

4. Blender Banana Bread

Slices of Vegan Blender Banana Bread stacked on top of each other with a sunflower for ripened banana recipes list

Blender Banana Bread

Don’t chuck out those overripe bananas! They are perfect for this healthy, moist and delicious Vegan Blender Banana Bread.

5. Baby Banana Pancakes

pouring syrup onto a bowl of baby pancakes with strawberries for ripened banana recipes roundup

Baby Banana Pancakes

These Baby Banana Pancakes are fluffy little dime-sized pieces of heaven! Add them to a bowl with syrup for the ultimate breakfast experience.

6. Banana Porridge

portrait of banana porridge with sliced banana, peanut butter, and coconut flakes

Banana Porridge

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!

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!

6+ Ripened Banana Recipes: Banana Strawberry Milkshake

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6+ ripened banana recipes to avoid food waste, including this super simple, yet extra delicious banana strawberry milkshake.


  • 1 banana, ripened

  • 1/2 cup strawberry ice cream (dairy or non-dairy)

  • 1/4 cup milk (dairy or plant-based)


  • 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!

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