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Ten Ways to Use Up Bananas

I dived into the supermarket yesterday for a couple of bits, and was just charging past the fruit and veg, when I spied some bags of bananas starting to go a bit brown, and reduced to 25p. I grabbed a bag, and galloped on, with happy thoughts of banana bread bouncing around my head!

I thought that there must be other ways to use them up, besides the obligatory (and delicious!) banana bread, so I posted in the Make Do and Mend-able Facebook group, and as ever, the wonderfully resourceful types on there had a pelthora of suggestions. So many, that I struggled to narrow it down to just 10, but here goes:

1. Banana Bread

You can’t do a post about using up old bananas, without including banana bread. I have it on good authority that it is in fact illegal.

  • My favourite is Nigella’s recipe from How to Be a Domestic Goddess. I do it as per the recipe, except I substitute orange juice for the rum, to soak the raisins in.


  • Nora shared a link to her blog post for this delicious looking Apricot Glazed Banana Loaf
  • Cristina recommended this one from the BBC Food site. She shuns convention, and bakes it in a 12″ round tin, and stirs chcolate chunks into the mix just before tipping it into the tin.
  • Pippa adds walnuts AND choc chunks to hers!
  • India adds a mix of chocolate chunks and fruit (eg balckberry or cranberry) and tops it with crumble mix. When it’s out of the oven she decorates it with any leftover fruit, and drizzled melted chocolate!
  • And Clare gave the thumbs up the to Hummingbird cake-a variation on banana cake, with added crushed pineapple, pecans, and cream cheese frosting-sounds pretty good to me! Here’s a recipe from Jamie Oliver to try out.

2. Banana Muffins

  • This is my second ‘go-to’ for manky bananas! My favourite is another Nigella recipe, this time from her Kitchen book, and is for her Chocolate and Banana Muffins. I went crazy this time and added white chocolate chunks…!


  • And Karen shared this recipe for Banana & White Chocolate Chip Muffins:
    In a bowl, mix 10oz SR flour, 1tsp Bicarb of Soda, and 0.5tsp salt.
    Mash 3 biggish bananas with 4oz brown sugar and add to the dry stuff (I usually do it in a jug so it’s easy to pour into the muffin cases)
    In another jug, add 1floz oil, and 
    make up to 1/4 pint with milk and 1 egg, beat together and mix into your dry ingerdients.
    Add 1 packet of choc chips (about 4oz).
    You don’t have to mix well, small lumps of flour won’t matter.
    Pop into 10-12 cases and into the oven on 180 degrees for about 20-25mins…yummy!

3. Banana Flapjack

Alison shared this recipe for breakfast flapjack: “I have to bake without wheat, eggs and milk and this is a great recipe – no added sugar either.
Mix 2 mashed bananas, a grated apple, about 10oz oats, vanilla essence and a few raisins, and then stick in the oven for 20 minutes or so – dead easy!”

4.Banana Fritters

Virginie’s mum always makes them for parties and they always disappear:
Mash the banana, add 1 egg small egg per bannana (less if medium or big eggs), some flour, some sugar.
Mix all of it then add water-you want it to be about porridge thick.
Fry in a really hot pan, sprinkle with sugar and serve warm!

5. Banana Frittata

This recipe is from Christine:
Slice the banana and fry gently in coconut oil, no need to turn slices over.
Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl, turn heat high under the pan add the eggs.
Cook for a few minutes so eggs are starting to set, sprinkle cinnamon on top and zap under a hot grill for about 2 minutes till cooked.

6. Baked Bananas

This is from Liz:
Put a little bit of orange juice in a baking dish with old bananas halved lengthwise and an optional sprinkling of sugar. Bake in the oven for I think about 20 mins.
Yummy! Even more yoummy if add cream!

7. Banana Sandwiches

This is actually from my mother-in-law!
We were eating banana muffins for pudding, and she remarked that she used to have banana sandwiches: mash banana with brown sugar, and use as the filling for a sandwich!

8. Fried Bananas

Jane’s fave is: Bananas halved and gently cooked in butter, then add golden syrup. Simmer for few mins and serve with ice cream or cream

9. Banana ice cream

Frozen bananas whizzed up with cream make a delicious banana ice cream, according to Sarah.
While Heather advocates making it without the cream, and just the frozen bananas!

10. Freeze them

Talking of freezing bananas…
There is no excuse ever to throw away a manky looking banana-they freeze well and can be used in baking/smoothies/milkshakes and ice cream.
There are, it seems, lots of methods for freezing them!

  • Wendy advocates putting them in the freezer as they are. Then when you are ready to use them: take out of freezer and defrost in microwave for 30 seconds; then snip off the end and squeeze out. Great for smoothies, cakes and banana flapjack.
  • Joy peels them and freezes them whole in a plastic lunchbox. She then eats them still frozen and reckons they taste jusy like banana ice cream!
  • Catherine peels them, cuts them into 4 and then pops the pieces in a tupperware box in the freezer, ready to add pieces to smoothies or milkshakes.
  • Karen mashes them 1st, before freezing.

Have you got a favourite banana recipe to add to the list?


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