Six Ways to Use Up Ripe Bananas

Written by Anna Pashkova, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM-EP / Reviewed by Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, CD, FAND

Wondering what to do with those ripe bananas sitting on your counter? We’ve lined up scrumptious banana recipes, from bread to oatmeal to smoothies to cookies. There is something for everyone!

The Best Ways to Use Up Ripe Bananas

Banana Crunch Muffins

If you love making banana bread with your ripe bananas, but are looking for another option to change it up a little bit, these muffins are for you.

This one uses two large ripe bananas. What makes this recipe incredible is the crunchy cinnamon sugar topping with oats.

Better yet, they’re also made with oat flour, which is basically ground oats and can quickly be whipped up at home!

A tender, delicious, and satisfying way to use up those bananas.

Banana crunch muffins as one of the six ways to use up ripe bananas.

Strawberry Banana Cashew Smoothie

Smoothies are one of the easiest and fastest ways to use up bananas. You can either freeze them first or throw them into the blender fresh.

They’re great since they add a bit of sweetness, creaminess, thickness and added potassium!

Cashews are also thrown into the mix in this recipe for extra richness and nutrients.

If you’re a peanut butter lover, you may also enjoy these Peanut Butter Banana Shakes.

Overhead shot of strawberry banana cashew smoothies made with ripe bananas.

Soft Batch Breakfast Cookies

Yes, cookies for breakfast. They’re wholesome, filling, and customizable and can be enjoyed with any other meal or as a snack.

The base of the cookies are made from whole wheat pastry flour and oats, with yogurt and other ingredients added in.

Mix in mashed ripe bananas into these cookies and prepare yourself for the week ahead!

Side shot of stacked breakfast cookies on a wire rack.

Cinnamon Crunch Zucchini Banana Bread

Here’s the banana bread recipe 🙂 If you have two ripe bananas laying around, this ones for you.

What’s different about this one from your traditional banana bread is that it’s also made with zucchini and has the best crunchy cinnamon topping.

And if you love the quick bread vibe, but still want something a little different, try making this incredible Carrot Apple Bread with Walnut Streusel.

Zucchini banana bread in a tin

Caramelized Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Ripe bananas provide the perfect opportunity to level up your breakfast oatmeal.

While there’s a whole lot of goodness going on in this recipe, they’re really the star ingredient. It’s a healthy, balanced, and nutrient-dense meal that’s super tasty.

All it takes is 15 minutes to make and will last as leftovers for up to 5 days.

This recipe uses up 3 yellow bananas, so if you have some that are close to going really ripe, make this recipe ASAP!

Caramelized banana and peanut butter oatmeal in a white bowl as a way to use up ripe bananas.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

A wildly easy dessert that’s extra delicious in the summer, but honestly so good all year round.

Depending on how many bananas you’d like to use up, adjust this recipe as needed.

They’re dipped in melted chocolate and covered with your toppings of choice before being placed in the freezer to solidify.

The best part? They last up to 2 whole weeks!

Frozen banana pops as an option to use up ripe bananas.

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