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10 Things to Do With Ripe Bananas

If you’re anything like me and you trigger an avalanche of frozen bananas every time you open the freezer, you may need some fresh inspiration when it comes to using them. Overripe bananas add sweetness, flavour and moisture to far more than just muffins and quick breads; here are 10 delicious recipes that will help you get rid of them before they even make it to the freezer.


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  • Homemade Banana Milk 1 of 10
    Homemade Banana Milk
    Flavored milks are all the rage these days - but this easy to whiz together milk is made with actual bananas, not just the flavouring, which means your kids get all those nutrients too!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • No-Cook Peanut Butter & Banana Pudding 2 of 10
    No-Cook Peanut Butter & Banana Pudding
    What could be better than creamy peanut butter and banana pudding for a simple after school snack?
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Cinnamon Banana Waffles 3 of 10
    Cinnamon Banana Waffles
    Cinnamon and bananas are divine in waffles - make a batch on the weekend and reheat in the toaster during the busy midweek!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Peanut Butter and Banana Birthday Cake 4 of 10
    Peanut Butter and Banana Birthday Cake
    Elvis would be proud - peanut butter and banana make a perfect pairing not only in a sandwich, but in a layer cake as well! Moist banana cake layers are slathered with peanut butter frosting.
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free Peanut Butter, Oatmeal & Chocolate Chunk Cookies 5 of 10
    Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free Peanut Butter, Oatmeal & Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    These divine goodies contain no eggs, butter or flour, and are sweetened with ripe bananas. They just may become your new go-to cookie recipe!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Banana Bacon Pancakes 6 of 10
    Banana Bacon Pancakes
    Fluffy pancakes studded with chunks of banana and crumbled bacon makes breakfast divine - there's mashed ripe banana in the batter, too!
    Dinner with Julie has the recipe!
  • Banana Oat Pancakes 7 of 10
    Banana Oat Pancakes
    A stack of substantial pancakes makes a delicious breakfast, especially when fortified with oats and sweetened with ripe bananas!
    Simple Bites has the recipe!
  • Creamy Banana Rum Pudding 8 of 10
    Creamy Banana Rum Pudding
    If the only pudding you've had is out of a box, it's worth giving the real thing a try! Fresh cream, bananas, butter and rum flavouring - a winning combo in the middle of winter.
    Cheeky Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Scones 9 of 10
    Banana Chocolate Chip Scones
    Why should bread get all the bananas? They also add flavour and moistness to scones, and chocolate is a perfect pairing!
    The Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Banana, Oat and Peanut Butter Smoothie 10 of 10
    Banana, Oat and Peanut Butter Smoothie
    Toss overripe bananas in the freezer - chunked first, if you like - to toss into hearty, protein-rich peanut butter smoothie made with oatmeal!
    Family Bites has the recipe!

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