Nothing is more frustrating than spending time and money on groceries, only to see the food you buy go bad before you have a chance to use it. With inflation causing a steady rise in food prices across the country, spoiling food is even more of a problem now. But once you spot mold on that loaf of bread or notice a funny smell coming from your chicken, you’ll want to toss these items right away. Thankfully, there are still some foods that can be salvaged once you start seeing the signs that they’re starting to go bad—take bananas, for example.
If you can get bananas while they’re overripe, you can still make many recipes with them. And while you’ve most likely heard of using overripe bananas to bake banana bread, you may not know that there are other uses for this fruit since it’s going bad.
Read on for 7 ways to use bananas while they’re going bad, and for more recipe inspiration, check out 10 New Cookbooks We Can’t Wait To Put On Our (Oven) Gloves In 2023 .
Best banana bread ever
Banana bread is one of the most obvious ways to use up overripe bananas. But this classic recipe is simple to make and a delicious way to make sure you aren’t wasting your money on produce.
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Southern style banana pudding
Anyone who grew up in the southern US had banana pudding like this, layered with vanilla wafers and topped with meringue. The recipe calls for ripe bananas, but the pudding works great with overripe bananas due to its smooth, creamy texture.
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Whole30 Sweet Potato Banana Muffins
If you follow the Whole30 diet or are just looking to consume less gluten and dairy, these muffins are for you. Using “very ripe” bananas and mashed sweet potatoes in this recipe adds a ton of natural sweetness without the added sugar.
Check out our recipe for sweet potato muffins.
Whole30 Banana Bread Pancakes
Another Whole30-approved way to use up bananas that are going bad, these Banana Bread Pancakes use ingredients like almond flour, cinnamon, ghee, and a ripe banana. The ripe banana adds a creamy texture and a dose of sweetness, which means the riper the better!
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Snickerdoodle Protein Muffins
Snickerdoodle cookies are great, but have you tried Snickerdoodle Muffins? These muffins offer the same cinnamon-vanilla combo we love about the Original Cookies, but with a protein boost. The recipe calls for a mashed banana, and overripe bananas are easier to mash.
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Banana bread granola
You might not associate homemade granola with overripe bananas, but this recipe is the perfect way to use up that spoiled product. An added bonus to this recipe is that it makes about 12 servings, making it great for meal prep.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Strawberry Banana Quesadilla
Quesadillas don’t have to be salty and filled with cheese. They can also be sweet and filled with fruit. This fun twist on a classic quesadilla makes for a delicious dessert and gives you the perfect excuse to use up those bananas.
Get the recipe from Ambitious Cooking.