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24 Best Recipes for Ripe Bananas

It’s such a bummer when bananas start to turn brown and mushy before you get to eat them. But don’t throw them away just yet!

Instead, try these insanely flavorful recipes for ripe bananas.

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Banana Muffins With Chocolate Chips

Ripe, and even overripe bananas make the perfect baking ingredient. In fact, the blacker the peel, the better it is!

It makes bread, cakes, and other baked treats moist and so much sweeter. 

Don’t waste ripe bananas ever again! With these 24 recipes, you can give your aging fruit a new purpose. They’re so good, you’ll go bananas! 

Ready? Let’s begin!

20+ Easy Ways to Use Up Ripe Bananas

1. Banana Pancakes 

Give your regular pancakes a fun and fruity twist! 

They’re crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and loaded with bananas. These pancakes have bananas in the batter itself. Yum!

Topped with butter, maple syrup, and even more bananas, they’re full of bright, warming flavors to get you going in the morning.

2. Banana Ice Cream

What a perfect summer treat! This banana ice cream may be decadent, but it’s secretly healthy.

Freeze those mashed bananas to make the most luscious and velvety dessert!

Want chocolate, peanut butter, cookies ‘n cream, or pina colada ice cream? This recipe has it all, so take your pick.

Banana Bread

3. Banana Bread

Start your day with something sweet! This banana bread is tender and moist with a crisp cinnamon crumble on top. It’s love at first bite!

Have a slice with your favorite cup of coffee for a hearty, energizing breakfast. It’s great for an afternoon snack or dessert, too! 

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Banana Muffins with Fresh Bananas

4. Banana Muffins

These banana muffins are fluffy and tender. They’re my favorite breakfast on the go! 

They’re so quick and easy to make, to boot. You’re done in under 30 minutes! 

It’s not magic, it’s Bisquick. The handy-dandy baking mix never disappoints. I’ve used it several times to trick my friends into thinking I’m a baking pro!

5. Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double the chocolate, double the fun! 

Loaded with bananas and chocolate chips, these muffins are an explosion of flavors. They’re a breeze to make, too.  

6. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins 

If you’re looking for something hearty and decadent for breakfast, look no further. We have a winner!

These banana chocolate chip muffins are both fruity and chocolate-y. They’re easily one of the best muffins you can ever have.

They’re freezer-friendly, too! Make a large batch, freeze, and reheat!

7. Banana Cake

This banana cake is phenomenal. So moist and sweet!

The cake itself is dense, but it’s light at the same time. It’s made even better with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting.

The balance of flavors is nothing short of amazing.

8. Bananas Foster

Want something exciting to do with your bananas? Well, bananas foster it is! 

This sinful treat is made of sweet bananas spiked with a buttery rum sauce.

With a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, the dessert is impossible to resist. I dare you to try!

9. Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas

This recipe may be simple, but it’s pure genius!

Just pan fry bananas in cinnamon and sugar for the most drool-worthy dessert. These guys are heaven in a bite.

Eat them on their own, with a scoop of ice cream, or on top of French toast or pancakes. Delightful.

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

10. Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Here’s a simple 5-minute breakfast sure to make your mouth water. Who says healthy drinks can’t taste amazing?

This smoothie features the iconic combo of peanut butter and bananas. No one can resist this sweet and creamy breakfast treat!

11. Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberries and bananas together make a beautiful flavor harmony in your mouth. That’s why I love these two fruits in my smoothie!

In this classic recipe, you can have the creamiest, tastiest smoothie with just 4 ingredients. Done in under 5 minutes, it’s the perfect breakfast for busy mornings.

12. Chocolate Banana Smoothie 

Minimal effort, maximum flavor: that’s what this chocolate banana smoothie is all about.

Chocolate, peanut butter, and banana. This combo is a match made in heaven. All those lovely flavors in one smoothie? I’m in!

This smoothie could not be easier to make. All you need are 6 ingredients and 5 minutes.

13. Banana Cookies

Tired with banana bread? Make banana cookies instead!

These cookies are so good, and they’ll disappear so fast, it’ll be like they never existed!

They come together in no time, too! These crisp and tender cookies bake for only 15 to 20 minutes. 

14. Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

Here’s a recipe that will surely impress. Soft and sweet cookies with bananas and chocolate chips… it’s a masterpiece!

You can’t go wrong with these cookies. They’re sweet, fruity, and chocolatey. Get in my belly, already!

15. Banana Cream Pie

Indulge yourself with this sweet and decadent homemade pie. Buttery crust loaded with bananas, custard, and whipped cream.

It’s everything you can ask for in a dessert!

16. Hummingbird Cake

Ever heard of the hummingbird cake? If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat!

This Southern layer cake has combined flavors of bananas, pineapple, and warm spices! It has toasted pecans and a cream cheese frosting. 

Imagine all those flavors and textures in one dessert! Like a cross between a butter cookie and a pina colada, this cake is both sinful and heavenly.

17. Banana Cream Icebox Cake

In need of a cake, but can’t bake a thing to save your life? This banana cream icebox cake is the stuff of dreams!

With layers of graham crackers, bananas, pudding, and whipped cream, this dessert will absolutely knock your socks off. Plus, it’s a cinch to make.

Just arrange all the layers, refrigerate, and you’re done. Serve it to your friends, and in just seconds, poof, it’ll be gone!

Homemade Banana Pudding

18. Banana Pudding

This banana pudding has layers of Nilla wafers, bananas, pudding, and whipped cream. It’s a simple dessert with perfect flavors.

All you need are 7 simple ingredients and 30 minutes of your time! It’s the most effortless way to impress your friends.

19. Banana Bread French Toast

This recipe combines the goodness of two dynamite dishes for an explosion of flavor.

Use slices of banana bread to make a sweet and fruity French toast. It’s so simple, it’s genius! 

20. Banana Breakfast Bars

These bars will give you all the nourishment you need in the morning. They’re the breakfast of champions!

There’s no need to head to the bakery for fresh banana breakfast bars. They’re so easy to make at home!

You can have your favorite treats at a fraction of the cost!

21. Banana Bread Coffee Cake

Bananas plus coffee together makes the most stunning cake. This flavor combo is just spot on!

It’s perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, and even dessert. With how good this banana bread coffee cake is, you’ll definitely crave it for days.

22. Banana Bundt Cake 

Moist and tender banana cake loaded with pecans and topped with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Ahh… that’s the stuff. 

If you think this gorgeous cake requires expert baking skills, you are mistaken, my friend. It’s so easy, anyone can whip this up!

23. Banana Brownies

Peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate together in one brownie? Count me in!

Time to put a fun and creative spin on the classic. Combining the goodness of three yummy ingredients, these brownies are the bomb! They’re fudgy and chewy, too. 

They’re darn quick and easy to make, too. With these brownies, you can’t ask for more.

24. Banana Chocolate Cake 

A cake that only requires 6 ingredients? You must think I’m crazy!

I’m not, though. This banana chocolate cake only calls for cake mix, oil, eggs, bananas, and chocolate chips. That’s it!

If you’re looking for an impressive dessert that comes together in no time, this is it. It may be a simple recipe, but it makes a perfectly tender, moist, and delicious cake.

24 BEST Things To Make With Ripe Bananas

Wondering what to make with ripe bananas? From banana muffins to banana cream pie here are 24 creative recipes that will give your bananas new life!


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24 Recipes for Ripe Bananas

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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