Easy Banana Recipes

Delicious Ways to Use Up Overripe Bananas

Did you know that Americans waste $165 billion in food every year?

The very, very, very best way to save money on groceries is to not waste food! Throwing away food is exactly the same as tearing up your hard-earned dollar bills and tossing them in the trash.

So what do you do with the overripe bananas lingering around your kitchen? If you’re like me, you always have them.

My husband loves bananas and will take a couple of them with him to work with him every morning. But he likes them a little green. Same with my kids. Once they start getting spotty, they’re goners.

It’s tough to gauge exactly how many I need, so I always have a few rejects.

Sound familiar?

You might not enjoy brown bananas, either, but whatever you do, don’t toss them!

Since my middle name is frugal and wasting food is akin to blasphemy, I know lots of tasty ways to use up those overripe bananas. And I mean lots!


Easy Banana Recipes 

From breakfast to desserts, I’ve got you covered. Just click the photos if you want the recipes.


1. Classic banana bread recipe

In my book, banana bread is king when it comes to overripe bananas. The darker and uglier the bananas, the more flavorful and sweet your bread will be.

There are so many yummy varieties, I couldn’t possible choose just one! So I started with a classic banana bread, no crumb topping, no frosting, nothing fancy. Just a delicious, sweet, moist loaf of banana bread. Just click the photos below for the banana bread recipes from my blogging friends.

Banana Bread Recipe
Classic Banana Bread from An Italian In My Kitchen

2. Chocolate banana bread

Check out this moist, rich, chocolate banana bread version, studded with chocolate chips! Click the photo for the recipe.

Chocolate Banana Bread Recipes
Chocolate Banana Bread from Crafty For Home

3. Egg-free banana bread

Everyone deserves delicious banana bread no matter what their allergies or sensitivities! Just look at the texture of this incredible recipe.

Egg Free Banana Bread
Egg Free Banana Bread from Danielle Murrihy


4. Paleo banana bread (gluten-free and sugar-free)

I couldn’t leave this paleo banana bread recipe out, because it’s right up my alley (I eat gluten-free and sugar-free) and because it’s so yummy that I have to double the recipe just to make sure I get a taste!

Paleo Banana Bread Recipe
The Best Paleo Banana Bread from One Wholesome Life

5. Banana bread mug cake

And how about this gluten-free, sugar-free, single-serving banana bread you can make in a mug! Talk about quick and easy! And chocolate chips!

Gluten Free Banana Bread
Healthy Single Serving Banana Bread (gluten and sugar free!)


6. Banana bread muffins

My kiddos use the terms cupcake and muffins interchangeably. I understand their confusion when we’re talking about these tender little morsels. I’m tempted to call them cupcakes myself! Click the photos for the recipes.

Banana Muffins
Fluffy banana muffins from Crafty For Home
Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins
Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins from A Sweet N Simple Life



7. Healthy banana oatmeal cookies

Adding fruit to your cookies makes them healthy, right? Okay, maybe only a little, ha, ha! But it does make them soft, tender, and incredibly delicious. Click the photo to get the recipe.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Live Well Play Together


8. Banana fritters

I first tasted banana fritters during college, when a Filipino friend in my apartment complex made them. I’ve never made them myself, but I still dream of them! The warm banana inside sort of melts into the crispy, fried dough on the outside. They’re amazing plain, but this Nutella dipping sauce sounds especially divine! Click the photo for the recipe.

Banana Fritters
Banana Fritters with Nutella Dipping Sauce


9. Banana chocolate chip donuts

Boy, oh boy! The banana recipes just keep getting better and better, huh? This one sounds like a terrific way to use up overripe bananas.

These donuts are one of those healthy snacks that your kiddos won’t even realize are healthy. They’ll feel like a treat! These healthy banana donuts are sweetened with honey, and packed with plain yogurt, rolled oats and bananas. And don’t they look delicious?

Banana donuts
Healthy banana chocolate-chip donuts from Delicious on a Dime


10. Banana breakfast bars

Banana breakfast bars are the perfect quick and easy breakfast or afternoon snack. These are made with simple, nutritious ingredients like yogurt, oats, and bananas.

Banana Breakfast Bars
Banana breakfast bars from Mom to Mom Nutrition

11. Banana pancakes

You can keep breakfast super simple with these two-ingredient banana pancakes. They are literally just eggs and bananas.

Use one egg and one medium banana per person you’re serving. Throw those two little ingredients into your blender, then pour the mixture onto a hot, buttered skillet, and you’ve got a little piece of heaven on a plate!

Fair warning — these pancakes taste like bananas, and not buttermilk pancakes. They are definitely not a replacement for your favorite Saturday morning recipe.

Another warning — this batter is pretty fragile. Heat your skillet to about medium and be sure it is buttered plentifully. Keep them small, so they’re easier to flip. Use a thin, metal spatula and flip them gently.

It takes some finesse. When my kiddos tried to make me these they were a mess. I ate scrambled banana pancakes for breakfast that morning. I still licked my plate clean!


12. Banana bread overnight oats

If your morning are crazy busy, but you still want a nourishing, hearty breakfast, these Banana Bread Overnight Oats are the answer. You can make a bunch of them in single-serving jars, and just pop one in the microwave before you run out the door in the morning, easy peasy!

Banana Oatmeal
Banana Bread Overnight Oatmeal from Lemons and Zest


13. Banana smoothies and milkshakes

When bananas are just too ripe and mushy for your taste, add them to smoothies and milkshakes. There’s pretty much no smoothie on the planet that doesn’t benefit from the addition of a ripe banana. They’re sweet, creamy and nutritious. And if you freeze them first, they make it just a little frosty!

A favorite among my kiddos is the banana, peanut butter, chocolate smoothie. Click the photo for the recipe!

Banana smoothie
Peanut butter chocolate banana smoothie from Glitter on a Dime


14. Banana cake

This Banana Cake is sweet, dense and packed full of flavor. The cream cheese icing is the perfect complement. What a yummy way to use up overripe bananas! Click the photo for the recipe.

Easy banana recipes
Banana cake from Simply Stacie


15. Banana Nutella ice cream

With only 2 ingredients, this rich, creamy Banana Nutella Ice Cream is such a simple treat idea for the summer. Doesn’t it look heavenly? I’m betting it will become a fast favorite at your house, just like it is at mine!

Banana Ice Cream
Banana Nutella Ice Cream from Cincy Shopper


16. Banana walnut brownies

Move over banana bread! These banana walnut brownies are a decadent way to use up those ripe bananas. Gooey and rich, they are extra delicious warm and melty. Click the photo if you want the recipe.

Banana Brownies
Banana walnut brownies from Sparkle Living


17. No-bake banana bread bites

Simple and quick to concoct, these delectable morsels will quell your banana bread cravings.

Banana Bread Recipe
No Bake Banana Bread Bites from Lemons and Zest


18. Healthy peanut butter and banana dog treats

Hey, dogs like bananas, too! And they’re not going to waste as long as someone (including animals) is using them.

In fact, bananas are a hot commodity among all of the animals on our farm. When we throw them into the cow pasture, all of the cows come running, udders swinging, and fight over every last bite. The chickens fight over them, too.

Occasionally, I’ll find entire boxes (40lb) full of overripe bananas at the grocery store for around $5 for the entire box. I can’t possible fit that many in my freezer, so I’ll buy them (yes, the whole box!) for the sole purpose of treating our animals.

Enough about our farm. If you have a dog, I bet it would really like these dog treats. Click the photo for the recipe.

Peanut butter banana dog treats
Peanut butter banana dog treats from Simply Nicole


19. Banana oatmeal baby food

This recipe’s author uses this exact recipe to help her baby sleep all night. My youngest is five-years-old, but I would have given my eye teeth for this recipe when I had babies! Click the photo if you need this recipe.

Banana Oatmeal
Banana oatmeal baby food to help your little one sleep all night from Pregnant Mama Baby Life



*Tip for freezing bananas: Back when we were newlywed, and I realized that you could find overripe bananas for super cheap (I’m talking pennies on the dollar!) in the produce department, I quickly learned how to freeze them. I’m not the queen of frugal for nothing!

Now I regularly buy like 10 large bunches of brown bananas, just to freeze them to use in these recipes.

I first tried freezing them in the peel, but quickly learned that that frozen peel was dang hard to get off! And I had to scrape all the stringy things off with a knife, because they were stuck good. No bueno!

Next, I tried peeling and freezing them whole, smushed in a ziploc. Well, then I had a ziploc-sized chunk of frozen-solid banana to deal with! Did you know you can’t thaw a huge, frozen, banana chunk in the microwave very well? Ask me how I know.

I finally figured out that it was easiest to peel the bananas, slice them onto a baking sheet in chunks about 2″ thick, and freeze them until partially solid before filling my freezer bags. It takes a little extra effort upfront, but it makes the rest of the job much easier!



I hope you found a few easy overripe banana recipes so you can use up those extra bananas and reduce your grocery bill! Did I miss any of your favorites? Please share it in the comments.

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  1. I’m always looking for what to do with Bananas, especially ripe bananas. What a nice round up post with so many ideas. Thanks!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Thanks, Rebecca! It’s always helpful to have several yummy, easy banana recipes on hand!

  2. These are very creative ideas, I am always looking for what to do with ripe bananas, they go bad so quickly. I love the donuts idea, will definetely give it a try.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      You should try the banana fritters, too. Yum! 🙂

  3. Chocolate chip banana bread or muffins is always my go-to recipe for overripe bananas. But those donutes and that Nutella ice cream look delicious! I’m going to have to try out one of those recipes next time I have some leftover bananas.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Yeah, I’ve got my eye on that banana Nutella ice cream, too! I love all of these easy banana recipes!

  4. Banana oatmeal helped our baby sleep at night, but that’s because we had to feed it to him every morning or he got constipated, haha. But, really, it’s the perfect baby food! And I’m going to have to try those banana fritters – I’ve never seen anything like that, but they sound good!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Banana fritters are delicious! And how about that nutella sauce?

  5. Definitely pinning, bookmarking, AND writing these recipes down. We love bananas but on occasion I end up with some brown ones!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      They are pretty great banana recipes. 🙂

  6. I can never seem to use all of my bananas, no matter how hard I try! I will definitely be using some of these recipes when my bananas eventually get overripe 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      No problem, Brooke! I’m glad I can help you with your surplus bananas! 🙂

  7. I just pinned this. I am always looking for ways to eat my overripe bananas. I love the idea about freezing them in slices first. It does take a little extra work. I usually just throw them in the freezer with the peel on. It’s a pain to get off. You are right!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      My Grandma always says, “A stitch in time saves nine” and it’s true in this case. Peeling and slicing the bananas first saves ultimately saves time, even if it costs you a bit upfront. I’m glad you found some banana recipes you could use!

  8. I’m thrilled I saw this! I have leftover bananas every single week and usually throw together bread or muffins. I needed new ideas.

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I think it’s a pretty common predicament. Glad I could help you out with some new banana recipes!

  9. This is fantastic! Bananas always seem to go bad before we can finish them all…this is perfect!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Bananas and avocados are the hardest fruits for me to keep track of! One minute they’re too green and the next minute, they’re overripe. At least that’s how it feels. 🙂

  10. Blue DeBell says:

    I had no idea there were so many uses for overripe bananas, this is a great way to save money and get some delicious treats out of it too!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Yes! I’d be lost without all of these easy banana recipes!

  11. These are all such wonderful ideas! I would love to whip up some Paleo Banana Bread!

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      Thanks, Kimmy! That paleo banana bread is really delicious — I whipped some up yesterday morning and it was gone before noon!

  12. Never throw out those bananas . There is always something to be made with them. Don’t waste food.’

    1. Amy Saunders says:

      I’m with you there, Candy! 🙂

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