What To Do With Overly Ripe Bananas

These recipes prove you can love even the ugliest bananas!

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2. Use Them in Smoothies

Smoothies aren’t going away anytime soon, and ripe bananas have a place in almost any smoothie recipe. They provide a natural sweetness and a creamy texture that blends well. Even if you don’t have a lot of ideas for what to do with overly ripe bananas, you can simply pre-slice them and keep them in freezer bags so they’re ready to go when you need them!

Skinny Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Bananas are the star in this delectable smoothie. After all, what would a banana split be without a banana?! They taste just like the real thing, but they’re skinnied-down and hyped-up with protein thanks to protein powder and Greek yogurt.

Pineapple, Orange, and Banana Smoothie

Pineapple, orange, and banana blend so well together in this fruity smoothie by Gimme Some Oven. It’s simple and quick to make, and it’s naturally sweetened by the fruit.

Golden Milk Smoothie

Eating Bird Food gives us a smoothie that’s packed full of healthy ingredients, including mango, turmeric, ginger, and (of course) banana! It also works well to reduce inflammation or as an after-workout recovery beverage.

Banana Almond Flax Smoothie

This smoothie from Cooking Classy features simple ingredients that work well together, including almond, banana, and flax. It’s not too sweet, super healthy, and oh-so creamy.

Raspberry Banana and Raspberry Kale Smoothies

Tart raspberries are sweetened by bananas in these superfood smoothies. They’re made up of whole, healthy ingredients that come together to create a smooth, sweet treat. The folks at Cooking Classy are masters at making food taste great while still sneaking in the good-for-you stuff!

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

It’s always great when something that’s good for you also tastes delicious. Thanks to Fit Foodie Finds, these green smoothies are super healthy with ingredients like spinach, strawberry, and banana. And, they still taste incredible!

No list of ways to use up bananas would be complete without banana bread! Read on for more.

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Chef Heather

Heather is a trained chef and writer from Houston, TX. She has a degree in culinary arts, and is married to her culinary school sweetheart who is also a chef. Heather has a passion for creating healthy meals that don't sacrifice on flavor. She loves Crossfit and is always looking for ways to make healthier versions of her favorite meals. Heather believes the secret to sticking with any healthy meal plan is to include foods that you really enjoy!

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