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5 simple ways to put overripe bananas to good use
Whatever you do, don't toss them!
Sasha Alonzo
05.24.22

Most people would agree that bananas are a simple choice that most people love when it comes to fruit.

They’re inexpensive, healthy, and delicious, so most people always have them on hand. However, they do ripen quickly, and sadly, many spotty bananas get tossed out. But stop judging a banana based on its peel! Those spots mean more flavor and added sweetness.

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Other ways to use them

Before you resort to throwing away the unsightly banana, try these super easy and tasty recipes from YouTuber, Sarah Fit.

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“Here are 5 of my favorite ways to use these bananas in banana recipes like banana bread but not just boring banana bread!” – Sarah Fit

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

1. Banana Protein Pancake

Grab your spotty bananas, some protein powder of your choice, and an egg. Mix them together in a bowl and make these super healthy pancakes on a hot griddle. You can also change it up and use banana, egg, and flaxseed for a different flavor. This is a versatile recipe that has endless possibilities.

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

2. Frozen Banana Ice Cream

Freezing bananas is one of the best things you can do when they become overripe. This way, they are ready when you’re ready. To make a delicious, frozen treat, blend frozen bananas and almond milk together. Just two ingredients and you have yourself a healthy, sweet dessert.

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

Load ’em up!

Add toppings of your choice such as chocolate chips or walnuts.

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

3. Two-Ingredient Oatmeal Banana Cookie

You can use your ripe bananas to make a super easy, healthy cookie. Grab about a half cup of oats and a banana and mix them together. Add in any toppings such as raisins, chocolate chips, or nuts. Mix and form the ‘dough’ into a cookie and microwave. It’s that simple! You can have yourself a warm, delicious, satisfying treat that can be ready in seconds.

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

4. Banana Bread Muffins

Most people immediately think of banana bread as the only answer to a bunch of brown bananas. Banana bread or banana muffins are always a favorite so why not try to make them a little healthier? Sarah shares her simple and low-calorie recipe for banana bread muffins that are perfect she says for an “after school snack or after workout snack.” – YouTube – Sarah Fit

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

5. Banana Milkshake

“I love to have milkshakes when I’m craving something cold and sweet and delicious but don’t want to go to the ice cream store and get something that I know will be a calorie bomb.” – Sarah Fit

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

In a blender, Sarah adds almond milk, frozen bananas, a little greek yogurt for protein, and either chocolate or peanut butter. But really…why not add it all?

This is another versatile recipe that can be changed according to your taste or craving.

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

Extra sweetness

Bananas that are very ripe are sweeter so they are the perfect ingredient for all of these easy, healthy snacks.

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Bananas that are a little old or overripe are actually sweeter than their green counterparts…they are a great healthy option to buy if you are on a budget as a pre-workout snack or even an afternoon pick-me-up.” – Sarah Fit

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YouTube screenshot - Sarah Fit

Watch the video below to learn more about these healthy recipes. Your stomach will thank you!

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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