WFMW – Using Up Old Bananas

July 18, 2007 at 12:01 am (Works For Me Wednesday)

I thought that everybody knew this trick but in talking with some ladies lately I discovered that it just ain’t so, so here it is.

If you’re like me we often end up with one or two bananas in the bunch that go bad before we eat them. Really once they starting turning brown on the outside my kids refuse to eat them no matter what they actually are like on the inside.

But overripe bananas are AWESOME for cooking. So take those old bananas and toss them in the freezer for a later baking episode. There are two ways two do this. First, you can throw them in a gallon Ziploc bag still in the peel. Then when you’re baking something you can usually pry out the number of bananas you need (you can always do a quick partial defrost in the freezer if you can’t separate them).  Then when they are thawed you split open the peel at the bottom and then just kind of  squish out the banana.

If that seems a little gross to you then you can peel them before you freeze and freeze them in quart size bags – usually 3-4 bananas to a bag. At least that seems to be what my two favorite recipes call for.

As a bonus I’ll even give you the two favorite recipes:

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares – super yummy, not super sweet and don’t even have a strong banana flavor

Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. baking mix (i.e. Bisquick or generic)
2 egg whites, gently beaten
3-4 mashed bananas
1/4 c. chopped nuts (optional).

Combine sugar and baking mix. Add egg whites and bananas. Stir. Ad nuts. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.

Back to Shannon’s for more ideas.



  1. Karen@FamilyBriefs said,

    Definitely peel them before they go in the freezer. You don’t want to have to hold a frozen banana while you peel it and you can’t imagine how hard it is to get the peel off!

  2. Chrystal said,

    I use frozen bananas (not in the peel) too! I especially love frozen bananas in smoothies!

  3. Sincerely Anna said,

    That looks like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Jen said,

    I can personally testify to the yumminess of this recipie of Julie’s. I had some of them she made and couldn’t stop eating them!!!

  5. Tina said,

    I am totally making the squares this weekend. Thanks so much for the tip!!!

  6. 3foldcord (N Millar) said,

    I have loads of bananas to use up….and as I’m from the U.K I was wondering what Bisquick baking mix was? Is it a type of flour mixture?

    N Millar

  7. Tracy said,

    One of my favorite uses is for smoothies! Once frozen, I drop them in a blender with some juice, berries and honey. YUM!

  8. Kellyn said,

    Great recipe! Thanks

  9. Linda said,

    Thanks for the receipes I will try them both!

  10. Stacey said,

    I love banana bread and always use my old bananas from the freezer!

    I’m gonna have to give those banana squares a try though or maybe you could just make some for next week’s potluck 😉

  11. Linda said,

    I am going to have to try that recipe! Sounds great.

  12. Cindy said,

    N Millar from the UK asked what Bisquick is … it’s an allpurpose baking mix, the basis for pancakes & waffles, biscuits, self-crusting pies, dumplings, etc. I imagine it’s a combination of flour, baking soda, salt, etc.

    Ditto on using frozen bananas in smoothies … delicious!

  13. Kim said,

    It’s sad, but I have NEVER thought about freezing my over-ripe bananas to cook with. I’ll be doing it now! Thanks.

  14. Desert Diva (Julie) said,

    For some reason I haven’t been getting comments to my email – I thought y’all left me until I came and checked the blog 🙂

  15. Kelley said,

    Thanks for sharing those recipes, Julie. Freezing bananas works for me too. I’m definitely going to try those bars because sometimes I get tired of banana bread. I also have a “diet” ice cream recipe using frozen bananas. I’ll send it to you soon.

  16. Desert Diva (Julie) said,

    Just testing my comments again.

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