One thing you can guarantee about kids is that they are contrary. One week they love something, the next they won’t touch it with a barge-pole. Such is the case, in our house, with bananas.

My children always used to enjoy a banana or two, but now they are met with scorn and disdain. Trouble is, I keep buying them on autopilot, so every week or so I find myself lumbered with squishy, overripe bananas and a lack of ideas for what to do with them.

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How ripe is too ripe?

A few weeks ago I put out a cry for help on Twitter for recipe ideas for my surplus bananas and half an hour later I had a long list of suggestions. At the time I joked that “I could feel a blog post coming on”. So, as promised, here it is.

Uses for overripe bananas

 Five Uses for Overripe Bananas

The easiest thing to do with overripe bananas is to cut them up, freeze them, and then add them to smoothies. So many good smoothie recipes have bananas for flavour and thickening, and the riper they are, the more flavour you get. Check out my Ultimate Breakfast smoothie  or 10 Summer smoothie recipes for some examples

overripe bananas

A favourite online cookery website of mine is the BBC Good Food site. The site contains over 5,000 recipes so is always a great resource if you are lacking in culinary inspiration. And their recipe for Microwave Banana Pudding has got to be worth a try!

For basic, child-friendly dinners and recipes to cook with your children you can’t beat Netmums. Most of the recipes have been submitted by mums, or tested by them, and they have a great recipe for Banana Flapjack which is perfect for school lunchboxes.

While you are on Netmums, check out these Banana Muffins too

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Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas – Quick and easy recipe for overripe bananas, perfect… –

Now you can’t think of bananas without thinking of Banoffee Pie (well I can’t!). There are lots of recipes out there but one very simple one that I have tried is Cheats Chocolate Banoffee Pie using Carnation Caramel, and it is delicious.

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I know I’ve said there are 5 recipes, but I’m adding a bonus couple of my own, which I have added to the site since I wrote this post.  This banana bread has been very popular on Pinterest recently, so I recommend you give it a go, and also check out Mary Berry’s banana and chocolate loaf


If you have any other great recipes for overripe bananas then please do share and leave us a comment.

By Debbie O’Connor

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