8 Ways To Use Up Those Old Bananas

 

This week it was reported that in UK households we throw away 1.4 million edible bananas each year.

The report claims that 30% of us bin a banana if it has a minor bruise, and 13% turn their noses up at a bananas that are a little green.

But bananas aren’t a one-trick fruit, and eating them fresh isn’t the only way to go  – there’s more than one way to skin a banana! If you find your banana has gone past the point of palatability as a fresh fruit snack, pop it in the freezer and save it for one of these fantastic recipes.

Banana Pancake with Raspberries

Banana Crumb Muffins

Classic Banana Bread

Banana Protein Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Frozen Banana Bites

Banoffee Pie

Baked Banana

 

Banana Pancakes with Raspberries
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Soya, Nuts, Gluten & Egg Free Option
Suitable For: Vegan, Gluten Free Option

 

Ever had banana IN a pancake? Give it a try – you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Ingredients: low FODMAP gluten-free flour, gluten-free baking powder, guar gum, banana, egg*, dairy-free milk (soy & nut free), lemon juice, dairy-free margarine, frozen raspberries, maple syrup. *To make vegan & egg-free: use egg replacer or flax egg

Recipe & image: A Less Irritable Life

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Banana Crumb Muffins
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Soya. Gluten & Nut Free Options
Suitable For: Vegan, Gluten Free Option

 

It’s hard to go past a good banana muffin, but it’s the crumble on top of these that really sets it apart! You only need one bowl and 30 minutes to whip up a batch of these beauties.

Ingredients: Ingredients: bananas, ground flax, brown sugar, dairy-free butter or coconut oil, vanilla extract, bicarbonate soda (aka baking soda), salt, all purpose flour*, oats*, walnuts*, raw sugar To make gluten-free: use gluten-free flour and oats. People have made this recipe and added their gluten-free suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the blog. To make nut-free: omit walnuts

Image & recipe: Minimalist Baker

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Classic Banana Bread
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Soya, Nuts. Gluten Free Option
Suitable For: Vegan

 

Banana bread isn’t soft and fluffy like a cake, it should be a lovely dense loaf. The trick to a good banana bread is to use frozen bananas (if you can) and to make sure you bake it all the way through. You may have to leave it in the oven a little longer than the suggested time, but test whether it’s cooked through with a skewer to make sure it’s not undercooked before you take it out of the oven.

Ingredients: low FODMAP gluten-free flour, gluten-free baking powder, guar gum, banana, egg*, dairy-free milk (soy & nut free), lemon juice, dairy-free margarine, frozen raspberries, maple syrup. *To make vegan & egg-free: use egg replacer or flax egg

Image & recipe: The Full Helping

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Vitamin C Protein Smoothie
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Nuts, Gluten, Soya-free option
Suitable For: Vegan & Gluten Free

 

This smoothie is perfect for breakfast on the go or a post-workout snack. With so many vitamin-rich fruits and silken tofu for protein, it really packs a nutritious punch!

Ingredients: kiwi fruit, banana, orange, ginger root, syrup (agave etc), silken tofu. Note: to make soy-free use a suitable protein powder instead of silken tofu.

Image & recipe: The Flexitarian

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Raw Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Soya, Nuts, Gluten
Suitable For: Vegan, Paleo & Gluten Free

 

Frozen bananas make a fantastic ice cream and the internet is full of wonderful suggestions. This is possibly one of the easiest recipes you’ll find, so it’s a good one to start on.

Ingredients: bananas, cocoa powder

Image & recipe: Simple Veganista

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Frozen Banana Bites
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Soya, Gluten. Nut Free Option
Suitable For: Vegan, Paleo & Gluten Free

 

Similar to a banana popsicle, but without the stick, these sweet frozen treats are easy to portion control for a delicious summer dessert.

Ingredients: bananas, nut butter, cacao, lemon juice, salt, agave To make nut free: use sunflower butter instead of nut butter

Image & recipe: Yes, I Am Vegan

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Banoffee Pie
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Soya, Gluten
Suitable For: Vegan & Gluten Free

 

Best way to hide the fact that your banana is a little over ripe? Slice and layer them over date caramel and cover in whipped coconut cream. Yum!

Ingredients: dairy & gluten free biscuits, dairy-free butter, dates, almond butter, almond milk, vanilla essence, bananas, coconut cream, choc sprinkles or grated dark chocolate

Image & recipe: Veg Hot Pot

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Chocolate Baked Banana
Free From: Dairy, Egg, Nuts, Soya, Gluten
Suitable For: Vegan & Gluten Free

 

Perfect for BBQ season, or just baked in the oven, this sweet & gooey dessert is simply delicious!

Ingredients: bananas, chocolate buttons, your choice of ice cream or cream to serve.

Image & recipe: BBC Good Food

No foil? No worries! If you’re out camping, just pop the banana straight in the embers of a fire with pieces of the chocolate of your choice. Easy!

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By |2017-12-06T17:53:59+01:00May 17th, 2017|Blog, Recipes|