Love bananas but always struggling to eat them all before the last couple start going black? Then it’s time to start cutting back on unnecessary banana waste and learning how to use them.
If you need some ideas on what to make with leftover bananas, then here are 20 great recipes to get you started.
Banana condensed milk golden syrup cake
This crowd-pleasing upside-down cake will make you nostalgic for the tastes of your childhood, even if it isn’t quite like anything you’ve had before. This could be a modern classic in the making.
Banoffee sheet cake
If banoffee isn’t everyone’s favourite dessert flavour then it’s surely in their top 5. This sheet cake is incredibly easy to make if you’re using store-bought dulce de leche, and only slightly more difficult if making your own.
Banana French toast
Make your next breakfast or brunch the moment you finally up your French toast game. It could be as simple as topping it with caramelised bananas and pecans.
If you prefer to keep breakfast simple, or if you’re overdue a trip to the shops, then these banana pancakes are for you. Why? They use just two ingredients – bananas and eggs – plus whatever you choose to top them with. They’re gluten-free too.
Banana white chocolate toffee cookies
Toffee is the flavour that unites your old bananas with decadent white chocolate here. What a way to treat your sweet tooth to something special.
Banana and chocolate tarte tatin
Turn those over-ripe bananas into a crowd-pleasing dinner party favourite. As impressive as it looks and tastes, this luxurious dessert uses just 5 ingredients and only needs about 20 minutes of prep.
Banana split brownies
Imagine all the joy of a banana split condensed into lunchbox friendly brownie bars. These are perfect for picnics and long journeys, but be warned: they’re incredibly moreish.
We couldn’t not mention banana bread. For decades it’s been the culinary standard for using up old bananas, and for good reason. It’s pretty good even when done badly, but we reckon this recipe is one of the best.
Banana monkey bread
If you’re looking to put a spin on an old favourite, then try this upside-down pull-apart monkey bread. It works equally well for picnics and very informal brunches. Just be sure to provide plenty of napkins.
Vegan banana bread
Want to make that banana bread vegan? Then drop the eggs, throw in plenty of coconut, and bind the cake with almond meal – an absolute must-have for vegan bakers.
Vegan vanilla bean banana ice cream
Freeze those over-ripe bananas now. They will be your secret to making unbelievably creamy vegan ice cream.
Coconut banana cream truffle pie
This decadent dessert pie demands less than half an hour of work. Then just let it set in the refrigerator. It could usurp the classic cheesecake as your go-to low-effort dessert.
Banana pudding cheesecake
But hold on second. It isn’t time to give up on cheesecake just yet. Just add mashed bananas and a vanilla wafer crust to take it to the next level.
Strawberry banana smoothie
The strawberry and banana combo is a great way to start your day on a high note. Using at least some frozen fruit is a surefire way of making super smooth smoothies, so freeze your fruit as soon as you know you won’t be eating it all fresh.
Banana peanut butter chocolate milk-shake
More of a milk-shake person than a smoothie person? Then health-kick be damned. This banana peanut butter chocolate milk-shake is pure bliss. Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds.
Banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
The flavour of banana bread and the texture of chewy oatmeal cookies, all enhanced by gooey chocolate chips. Kids and adults both will love these.
Peanut butter banana cookies
There are few food combinations quite as simple and enjoyable as peanut butter and banana. Why wouldn’t you want to make it even more joyous by focusing all that flavour into a cookie?
Chocolate chip banana bread waffles
Waffles? Banana bread? Why choose? You really can have both – and you can have them vegan too.
Fudgy banana bars
Bananas, white chocolate, and browned butter create a “blondie” brownie with a texture closer to fudge than cake.
These are almost too good and also too easy to make. Try them once and you’ll see what we mean. It’s just too tempting to make them all the time.
Did you know you can even cook with banana peel? Click here to find out how.
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