10 Easy Banana Recipes to Use Up Overripe Bananas

Every time I go to the grocery store I pick up a bunch of bananas. I’ll eat one or two of them and forbid myself from eating any more. “I’m going to make {insert easy banana recipes here} with those.” The problem is I never actually use the bananas until the very last minute.

10 easy banana recipes to use up overripe bananas

You know, when nearly every speck of yellow has been overcome with that unappealing brown color that leads so many banana snobs to toss the fruit. 

Normally, my go-to for overripe bananas is banana bread. But jeez, talk about a broken record. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good banana bread recipe, and there are so many ways to jazz up traditional banana bread. I just want to branch out and try more banana recipes that don’t involve a loaf pan. So, I did what any banana hoarder in my position would do.

I took to the internet.

That’s when I found the inspiration I needed to create this list of 10 easy banana recipes that I can’t wait to try! 

banana cookie recipes

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a banana cookie, but these look delicious! Chocolate chips make everything better and the banana oat cookies sound like a healthier alternative. I think I’ll try them both! 

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie

Banana Oat Cookies

Banana Cake Recipes

banana cake recipes

Because I’m anything but simple, I thought a plain banana cake would be too boring. This caramel banana pecan cake looks absolutely sinful, but it’s nothing a trip to the dentist can’t remedy! 

And can we focus on those banana split cupcakes for a hot minute? They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

Caramel Banana Pecan Cake

Banana Split Cupcakes

Banana Smoothie Recipes

banana smoothie recipes

I love smoothies, and they seem perfect for using up banana recipes on the fly. They’re usually pretty quick to make so there’s no waiting around while the bananas ripen even more! 

When was the last time you saw the words “healthy” and “banana cream pie” together? Never? Me either! But here you have it. With a nice helping of protein to boot. 

And that strawberry banana oatmeal smoothie? That looks like the breakfast of champions, and people like me!

Healthy Banana Cream Pie Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothies

Banana Popsicles Recipes

banana popsicles recipes

Have you ever stuck a popsicle stick in one end of a banana and let it freeze? I’ve done it and it’s a nice refreshing treat, but nothing overly special. These banana popsicle recipes, on the other hand, are definitely special. 

There are so many fun flavor combinations here that you’ll never get bored with these banana popsicles. I’m especially excited to try the banana berry popsicles. They look like a great mix of sweet and tart. Not to mention… purple! 

I’m also loving that there’s a breakfast popsicle – hello morning treats! That’s some truly inspired incentive for getting the most important meal of the day handled. 

Banana Yogurt Pops

Peanut Butter and Banana Yogurt Pops

Banana Berry Popsicles

Blackberry, Banana and Oat Breakfast Popsicles

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty eager to try these easy banana recipes. I have 4 ugly brown bananas just sitting here waiting to be used. I think they’re a little too ripe for popsicles, they would probably taste fine but they’d sure be ugly! 

I think the best recipe for these incredibly overripe bananas is either the banana and chocolate chip cookies or the banana split cupcakes. I just know mine won’t come out nearly as adorable as the ones above. But I’d sure have fun eating them, haha!

What about you? What’s your favorite way to use up overripe bananas? 

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