Two overripe bananas
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Best hack to stop your bananas going like this!

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
September 10th, 2016
Two overripe bananas

I’ll bet if you’re reading this you’ve got a fruit bowl full of bananas somewhere in your kitchen – and if you’re anything like me, those bananas are probably a depressing sight; soft, squishy and totally brown.

We often go nuts in the banana-buying department because just like their vegetable cousin, the potato, they’re just so bloody versatile. Even when they’re brown and squishy, there’s always something you can do with the humble banana. The question is, how do you get a bit more life out of your narnies before they age from gloriously firm yellow delights to haggard old has-beens in what seems like only a couple of days?

THIS is how…

Apart from chucking them in school lunch boxes, chopping them into cereal/porridge or making copious amounts of banana bread, there are SO many other things you can do with bananas. Here are a few ideas…

Caramelised bananas: SO good on top of pancakes. Melt two tablespoons of butter in a pan and add two chunky sliced bananas and two tablespoons of brown sugar. Cook for about 5 minutes, until those bananas, sugar and butter smell so good you know you’ll dive in too early and burn your tongue. Totally worth the burn though. Adding some cinnamon to this combo is also excellent.

Smoothies: FACT- You can blend up any concoction of green stuff and as long as you use bananas as a base, it’ll taste good. If your bananas are looking less then fresh, peel them and freeze in zip lock bags so they’re ready for you to whizz up in a blender for some smoothie goodness. Pour into a plastic cup with a cover and sell it to your kids as a banana milkshake. Sneaky.

banana saving trick

Bananas make EVERYTHING taste better. Even the green stuff.

Overnight oats: Put equal parts oats, yogurt and milk (non-dairy milk like almond works just as good) into a jar. Add in some sliced banana, mix, put in the fridge and BAM – you’ve got a creamy, dreamy brekkie ready to go in the morning. Add some nuts, coconut, more banana, sultanas, whatever, on top before shoving into your pie hole for a bit of extra flavour. Yum.

Banana ice cream: You know those bananas you froze? Whip them out and blend with a splash of milk and anything else you like (peanut butter is the bomb) and you’ve got banana ‘nice cream’ on your hands. Essential for summer.

banana saving trick

The makings of banana ice cream.

Banana toast: A quick and delish breakfast (or dessert) on a cold day.  Generously spread peanut butter onto toasted bread, add sliced banana, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon. This is also delicious with raisin toast or french toast.

Baby food combo: Just like smoothies, bananas taste good with pretty much any other fruit combo. My kids were MAD for mashed banana and avo when they were babies. Mashed bananas and mango is also a little bit of tropical heaven for bubs.

How do you use up your bananas??