When people think of ripe or overripe bananas they immediately consider banana bread, but baking bread is time-consuming and heats up the home. This might be ideal during the cold months of winter, but not during the warmer months of summer. Instead of throwing very ripe bananas away or taking the time to bake banana nut bread or other baked goods, try these easy alternate options. Ripe bananas really are very versatile!
Make Chocolate Covered Bananas
Family members might not want to eat overripe bananas, but put them on sticks and dip them in chocolate, and watch the overripe fruit disappear like magic! After placing the ripe bananas on sticks, place them in the freezer for at least fifteen minutes. Melt chocolate almond bark in the microwave just until it can be stirred with a spoon. After coating the ripe bananas, roll them in chopped peanuts, crushed pretzels, coconut, or colorful sprinkles before the coating hardens, and place the treats in the freezer until they completely harden. Chocolate covered frozen bananas are not really new, but the crisp chocolate and crunchy peanuts will taste absolutely delicious when paired with extra sweet ripe bananas on sticks.
Add Flavor to Ordinary Pudding
When bananas become too ripe to eat alone, add mashed bananas to chocolate or vanilla pudding. The pudding will be more nutritious and filling. Best of all it will taste great, and the ripe fruit will not go to waste.
Make an Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert
Ripe bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate are a tasty combination. For a very fast and easy dessert, mash ripe bananas, and stir in enough peanut butter to create a thick mixture. Top it with chocolate chips, and add a dollop of whipped cream and chopped nuts, if desired. This simple dessert is absolutely delicious and could not get any easier. Place it in the freezer to create a treat similar to ice cream.
Freeze Measured Mashed Bananas for Future Use
When ripe bananas cannot be used right away for any purpose, try this easy method of preservation. They can be frozen for future use. To make usage much easier, mash the ripe fruit with a small amount of lemon juice to prevent darkening, and measure it in advance. Label the freezer bags to identify the contents and amounts.
Feed Rose Bushes
Roses love the bananas that people will not eat, and this includes the peels. Instead of tossing away one or two that are extremely ripe, give roses a treat along with a boost of vitamins. Work the fruit and the peels into the soil near the roots where it will do the most good. The roses will grow and bloom better than ever.
Make Delicious Yogurt Banana Smoothies
Fruit and yogurt smoothies are delicious and healthy, and what better way to use sweet ripe bananas than in smoothies? Place one ripe banana, one-half cup of yogurt, one-half cup of crushed ice, and one half-cup of milk in a blender. Blend the mixture until it is smooth and ready to drink. Honey and extra sweeteners are not necessary since the ripe banana will make it naturally sweet.
Try Mashed Banana and Peanut Butter or Nutella Sandwiches
Another one of the best ways to enjoy ripe bananas is with peanut butter or Nutella and bread. Instead of using the usual jam or jelly, mash a ripe banana. Add a layer of marshmallow cream in between the banana and peanut butter or Nutella hazelnut spread. Kids absolutely love it.
Enjoy a Moisturizing Facial
Those refusing to eat ripe bananas should smear them on their face, but not just for laughs. Ripe bananas can be used to make a moisturizing natural facial. Combine ripe bananas with a dollop of honey and just enough uncooked rolled oats to create a thick paste. Rub the mixture into the skin, and allow it to magically moisturize the face for several minutes before rinsing it away. Follow up with a favorite face cream for baby soft skin that cannot be achieved with store-bought products.
Bananas can be quite expensive, and they are worth saving and using – even if they are very ripe. Try the aforementioned ways to use them. They might not all be new, but they provide alternate options to the usual nut bread and other baked goods.