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What To Bake With Frozen Bananas

Mar 18, 2016

When you have kids who eat a lot of bananas, a few overripe ones are inevitable. Luckily, bananas can be frozen whole, right in their skins. Just toss them directly into the freezer. If you like smoothies, slice the bananas first and store them in a freezer bag. It will make it easier to pop them into the blender.

Overripe bananas are sweeter and more intensely flavoured than those that haven’t ripened yet—making them perfect for baking.

If your bananas are ready to bake before you are, throw them in the freezer. To thaw, set them in a bowl (they will leak as they thaw). To speed up the process, put the frozen bananas in a bowl of warm water and they’ll be ready to squeeze out of their skins into your mixing bowl in no time.

If you (like me!) get an avalanche of frozen bananas every time you open your freezer door, here are a few ways to use them.

Banavalanche: a mass of frozen bananas falling rapidly out of your freezer.

Peanut Butter And Banana Brownies

Peanut butter and banana is a classic pairing—not only in sandwiches. Bananas make a delicious addition to a batch of brownies. Both are delicious with chocolate! 

Peanut butter and banana brownies

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Cinnamon Banana Waffles

If you just have a banana or two that needs using, it makes a tasty addition to a batch of waffles. 

Banana waffles

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One-Bowl Banana Bread

Everyone needs a good, basic banana bread in your repertoire. Dress it up with a handful of chocolate chips, nuts, fresh or frozen berries or a shake of cinnamon and raisins. 

Banana Bread

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Honey-Banana Muffins

It’s always nice to have a batch of freshly baked muffins on hand for breakfast, lunches or after-school snacks.

Honey banana muffins

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Article Author Julie Van Rosendaal
Julie Van Rosendaal

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of six best-selling cookbooks (with a seventh due out this fall), the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One. She is a recipe developer, TV personality, food stylist and writes about food for local, national and international publications. She is perhaps best known as the voice behind her popular food blog, Dinner with Julie, where she documents real life at home in Calgary with her husband and nine-year-old son. Connect on twitter @dinnerwithjulie.


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