7 Delicious Uses For Overripe Bananas

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Written by: Kat Gal

Bananas remind me of college times. Every Saturday before track meets, our coach loaded up the van with food: bagels, granola bars and BANANAS. We knew that the potassium content was good for running and recovery. Bananas are also cheap – that alone was enough to make them my college staple.

Bananas are not just for thrifty college students and athletes, though: they’re for everyone – including YOU – because they are abundant in health benefits that nobody should miss out on.

Nutritional Benefits Of Bananas

  • Bananas are high in potassium, manganese, fiber, copper, biotin, vitamin C and vitamin B6.
  • They are good for cardiovascular health. They are high in potassium that lowers blood pressure, contain sterol that is responsible for keeping your cholesterol levels in check and are high in fiber that is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.
  • They aid your digestion, because of their fiber and pectin content.
  • They help your athletic performance, because of their vitamin and mineral value, potassium value in particular, which aids in muscle recovery.

Most people prefer unripe, green or yellow bananas. You may have even considered throwing away those spotty brown bananas sitting in your kitchen…

But WAIT – don’t throw away your overripe bananas! They are actually good for you!

Why Are Ripe Bananas Better?

  • As they ripen, bananas produce more antioxidants
  • It’s easier to digest ripe bananas.
  • The dark spots on the peel create a so-called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that kills cancerous and abnormal cells.
  • They are sweeter, making them more delicious.

Can Type 2 Diabetics Eat Ripe Bananas?

Yes. However, because ripe bananas are higher in sugar content, for those with Type 2 Diabetes, it is best to combine them with nut butters to slow down the absorption of sugar. As always though, consult your doctor or holistic nutritionist for advice regarding your personal situation.

Besides eating them as they are, there are SO many ways you can use overripe bananas.

Here Are 5 Ideas To Help Get You Started

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Regular Banana Ice Cream
 
Tip: There are endless ice cream flavors you can make. Check out these 15 ideas.
Ingredients
  • 2 overripe frozen bananas
  • Vanilla Ice Cream:
  • 2 overripe frozen bananas
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Ice Cream:
  • 2 overripe frozen bananas
  • 1-3 tbsp cacao powder (or carob, if you are avoiding cacao)
  • optional: ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Add your ingredients to a blender. Blend well until achieving desired consistency.
Notes
Image source: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/two-ingredient-banana-peanut-butter-ice-cream/

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Banana Pudding
 
Making banana pudding uses the same steps as making banana ice cream, but instead uses room temperature overripe bananas rather than frozen ones.
Ingredients
  • 2 overripe bananas
Instructions
  1. Add it to the blender and blend it until desired consistency.
  2. Tip: Add any ingredients you’d like (vanilla extract, almond extract, almond butter, cacao, nuts, superfoods, Organifi Green Juice Powder, etc.) to create the desired consistency.
Notes
Image source: http://resersfoodservice.com/product/resers-banana-pudding/

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Banana Smoothies
 
Smoothies are a great option for breakfast, as a snack, or as lunch. You can get sustained energy, necessary fiber and essential nutrients in a yummy drink. If you make green smoothies, as a bonus, you can get your greens in too. You can add seeds, like chia, hemp, or flax, or plant-based protein powders for extra protein for post-workout recovery.
Ingredients
  • Berry Hemps Smoothie
  • 1 frozen overripe banana
  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries (or any berries you’d like)
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut water or purified water (more liquid if desired)
Instructions
  1. Add them to your blender and blend away.
Notes
Image source: http://www.themeaningofpie.com/2011/08/mixed-berry-and-banana-smoothies/

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Spinach-Kale Banana Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 overripe banana (frozen or room temperature, as desired)
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 cup of coconut water, purified water, or almond milk
Instructions
  1. Add them to your blender and blend away.
Notes
Image source: http://heartmindandseoul.com/kale-banana-smoothie/

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Easiest, Most Nutritious Organifi Green Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1 scoop of Organifi Green Juice Powder
  • 1 cup of coconut water, purified water, or almond milk
Instructions
  1. Add them to your blender and blend away.
Notes
Image source: http://how.tomake.in/tips-to-prepare-best-milkshakes-and-smoothies-recipes/

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It’s like having grandma over to visit again. Delicious… and as a bonus, they are healthy and nutritious and are also free from processed sugar and gluten.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of *gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ cup of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of nut butter of your choice
  • ¼ tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp of salt
  • 3 tbsp of raisins, vegan dark chocolate chips, or nuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Mash bananas, then add nut butter
  3. Add all other ingredients and combine well
  4. Make cookie shapes and put them on a baking sheet
  5. Bake for 14 minutes
  6. *oats are naturally gluten-free, however, they are one of the easiest grains to be cross-contaminated
Notes
Image source: http://bakedbree.com/banana-oat-breakfast-cookies

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Banana Bread
 
I love baking and banana breads were one of the first things I ever learned to bake. They may not be something you should indulge in every day, but once in awhile can definitely be part of a happy diet. They are great for breakfast, as a snack, or as dessert. Add some nut butter or homemade Nutella on top to achieve heaven.
Ingredients
  • 3 large overripe bananas
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 flax egg OR ½ of an extra banana
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil or vegan butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 ½ cups coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. ions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch pan, set aside.
  4. In a bowl, mash bananas.
  5. Beat in coconut sugar, then flax egg and the coconut oil or butter.
  6. In another bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda, add to banana mixture and stir until all flour is moistened.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes.
Notes
Image source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20144/banana-banana-bread/

How do you like to use your overripe bananas? Share your tips and recipes below.

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Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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