Bananas are delicious, healthy & convenient for a quick snack before hitting the gym! Packed with fiber, potassium, antioxidants and vitamin B6, bananas are proven to be better than a sports drink! It can even be thrown into your bag for a 3pm mid-day snack or incorporated into your favorite breakfasts or smoothies. Bananas are typically sliced on top of breakfast foods such as toast or oatmeal. When they become overripe and spotty, the texture may not be as appealing. Keep reading to find out creative ways to use your overripe bananas on your countertop. Don't let them go to waste!
1. Banana Bread, Muffins & Cakes
Overripe bananas is one of secret ingredients in a baked dessert. It contributes to moisture and sweetness without added refined sugars. When your bananas blacken or get spotty, use them in a baked recipe or place in your fridge until needed. The secret is, the darker the banana, the better your baked good will be!
2. Mashed on toast/bread/english muffins
If your bananas are too mushy to be sliced, mash some up on top of toast in replacement of other spreads. This has been one of my favorite creations recently. The bananas tend to taste more sweet when mashed up, which I love!
Along the same lines of mashing on toast, mash up an overripe banana and stir it into your bowl of warm oatmeal. Top it off with some walnuts, cinnamon & brown sugar if desired. No need to add any source of sweetener, the bananas will do it's job! To get a little more creative, caramelize bananas with 1/2 tbsp maple syrup and ghee butter on a pan for 2-3 minutes.
Blending overripe bananas into your smoothies gives it a nice creamy texture. Blend together peanut butter, small handful of raw oats, cacao powder, milk of choice with several ice cubes and you got yourself a get mid-day refreshment or post-workout smoothie! Get creative with your smoothies because bananas work well with a variety of combinations. Have fun with it!
Adding bananas into a cookie recipe tends to make it softer. It may not contribute to a nice crispy cookie, but for those who like soft cookies, this is a great option! It is a great natural way to sweeten us your baked cookies without the added sugars. A simple 2 ingredient recipe requires only 2 ripe bananas and 1 cup raw oats. Mash both ingredients together, shape into cookies and bake at 350F for 20 minutes. If desired, add in cranberries, nuts, chocolate chips or other mix-ins of choice!
Get creative in your kitchen and incorporate some of these ideas when you have overripe bananas. Even better, create some of your own creations and share them with us!