Food & Drink

19 Delicious Things To Make With Overripe Bananas

PSA: Do NOT throw away those overripe bananas. PSA #2: Maple Bacon Banana Donuts.
08/27/2014 07:00am ET | Updated July 25, 2016

As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Taste will focus the entire month of July on simple ways you can reduce food waste in your own home.

Way-ripe bananas are the black sheep of the fruit kingdom. They get a lot of flak for being too sweet, too mushy, too hideous, too icky.

But the ugly fruit can transform dishes in ways its more yellow, firmer counterpart cannot.

As a banana ripens, its starch changes from complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. This process makes the banana taste sweeter. And the sweeter the 'nanner, the more enjoyable banana breads, pancakes, cheesecakes and doughnuts will be. Bananas also become softer as they ripen, which makes them easier to mash and adds a density to recipes.

So, if you've ever scrunched your nose at a spotty banana or tossed it in the trash while holding your breath, it is now time to apologize. And a tip: If you've got a bunch of dark bananas looming on your countertop, remove the peels and pop them into the freezer. (The peels will be more difficult to remove when they're frozen.) You'll be prepared when you're struck by the desire to bake one of the heavenly recipes below.

1
Grilled Banana Bread Peanut Butter S'more With Vanilla Marshmallows
Half Baked Harvest
2
Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread
Averie Cooks
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3
Peanut Butter Bacon And Chocolate Chip Waffles With Banana Maple Syrup
Bacon Egg And Cheesecake
4
Coconut Banana Cream Chocolate Truffle Pie With Dulce de Leche
Half Baked Harvest
5
Banana Bread With Greek Yogurt Frosting
The Clever Carrot
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6
Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins
Averie Cooks
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7
Moist & Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Life Love And Sugar
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8
Peanut Butter Banana Cake With Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting
Desserts With Benefits
9
Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake
Averie Cooks
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10
Maple Bacon Banana Donuts
Lorimer Street Kitchen
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11
Toasted Coconut & Chocolate Chunk Roasted Banana Bread
Half Baked Harvest
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12
Roasted Banana Cake
The Faux Martha
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13
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Life Love And Sugar
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14
Banana Bread Pancakes
Pass The Sushi
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15
Chocolate Chip Banana Coffee Cake
The Faux Martha
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16
Banana Bread With Chocolate Swirl (Gluten-Free)
Healthy Nibbles And Bits
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17
Banana And Chocolate Chip Baked French Toast
Foodie Crush
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18
Fudgy Banana Bars With Vanilla Bean Browned Butter Glaze
Averie Cooks
19
Black-And-White Banana Loaf
Brown Eyed Baker
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