Don’t toss an overripe bunch of bananas just yet, instead consider one of these brown-banana recipes
1. Mix Brown Bananas Into Oatmeal and Add Chocolate
Use ripe bananas to sweeten an overnight oats recipe. Or combine them with zucchini, unsweetened cocoa powder, and oats for a delicious oatmeal-based bread. “This Chocolate Zucchini Bread Oatmeal is one of my favorite oatmeal recipes because the sweetness from the ripe banana and the richness from the cocoa allow you to sneak in some veggies,” says Jessica Cording, RD, who is in private practice in New York City.
2. Make Banana Muffins With Coconut and Yogurt
Combine ripe bananas with banana yogurt and coconut for Banana Coconut Mini Muffins, suggests Devin Alexander, a celebrity chef and the author of The Most Decadent Diet Ever in Manhattan Beach, California. “These muffins curb your craving for sweets without overdoing it,” notes Alexander.
3. Microwave a Cinnamon Roll and Add Banana
Who says cinnamon rolls have to be hundreds of calories and take forever to make? This Skinny Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting from Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, a dietitian in Franklin, New Jersey, and the author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies, “packs in all the flavor of those cinnamon rolls at the mall with a quarter of the calories,” says Palinski-Wade. “The addition of the banana and dates boosts the fiber and antioxidant content, while reducing the need for added sugar.”
4. Make Sweet Banana Cookies With Oats and Walnuts
For this treat, you’ll swap sugar for bananas. “The ripe bananas add sweetness so you don’t have to use sugar,” explains Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, who is in private practice in Chicago and is the author of The Superfood Swap. She recommends her easy 3-Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies, which also feature nutrient-rich oats and walnuts.
5. Have Bananas for Breakfast (in Cookies!)
Or make a three-ingredient cookie recipe with peanut butter from Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, who is in private practice in Atlanta.
6. Serve Up Some Quick Microwave PB and Banana Cookies
Want a recipe with a little more sweetness? This 5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie from Lyssie Lakatos RDN, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, dietitians in private practice and personal trainers in New York City, features chocolate chips as well as brown bananas.
7. Blend Brown Bananas and Sweet Potato Into a Refreshing Smoothie
Frozen brown bananas are game changers for smoothies because their sweetness erases the need for added sugar and their coldness means you don’t have to use ice. Try this Sweet Potato Smoothie from Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, who’s in private practice in Woodmere, New York, and is the author of Read It Before You Eat It. Bonus: “This recipe is a good source of calcium, derived from the almond milk and Greek yogurt,” Taub-Dix says. Freeze your bananas a few hours before you need ‘em: Just peel, slice, and stick in a zip-top freezer bag.
8. Bake Mini Banana Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting
Puree those brown bananas, then combine them with low-fat plain Greek yogurt, unsweetened cocoa powder, and other ingredients. “Chocolate Banana Mini Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting are a great way to rock through those brown, overripe bananas,” notes Julie Hartigan, a chef in Hoboken, New Jersey.
9. Fry Up a Batch of Banana-Nut Pancakes
Brown bananas easily sweeten up a batch of Healthy Banana Nut Pancakes without any need for added sugar.
10. Make Banana Pancakes With Peanut Butter Ricotta
Looking for a recipe with chocolate chips? Opt for Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Pancakes. “The optional peanut butter ricotta topping will boost the protein of your pancakes, making them a great satisfying meal to start the day,” says Mandy Enright, RDN, a food blogger and dietitian in Neptune, New Jersey.
11. Bake Classic, Comforting Banana Bread
This might just be the most obvious thing to do with overripe bananas! For a nutritious crunch, add walnuts and coconut in this Vegan Coconut Banana Bread With Walnut Streusel. “This banana bread recipe is packed with wholesome ingredients like whole-wheat flour, bananas, and warming spices,” says Emily Kyle, RDN, who is in private practice in Rochester, New York.
12. Add Bananas to Homemade Salted Peanut Butter Cups
Store-bought PB cups have nothing on these homemade treats courtesy of Abbey Sharp, RD, a culinary nutritionist in Toronto, Ontario. Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups With Banana and Dark Chocolate are naturally sweetened with brown bananas rather than sugar.
“You get healthy fats, protein, and fiber from the nut butter and lots of potassium from the bananas — all in a totally decadent treat,” Sharp says.
13. Whip Up Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Banana
Mixing bananas into this creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding makes for a decadent dessert that’s rich in healthy fat from avocado. Plus, “doing so is a great way to use up ripe avocados, in addition to ripe bananas,” says Andrea Docherty, RD, who is in private practice in Windsor, Ontario.
14. Add Chia and Banana to Pudding for a Filling Breakfast or Snack
You can also make this Chunky Monkey Chia Pudding from Rebecca Clyde, RDN, who is in private practice in Salt Lake City. Whether it’s for an energy-boosting bite in the morning or afternoon, this recipe is sure to do the trick.
15. Blend a ‘Nice Cream’ With Salted Chocolate Chips and Banana
Frozen brown bananas make the best base for fruit-based “nice cream.” Consider this no-churn recipe for Salted Chocolate Chip Banana “Ice Cream,” which is vegan-friendly and contains no nuts or gluten.
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