Monday, December 14, 2009

Reduce Waste & Use What You Have: Over Ripe Bananas & What to Do with Them

I am an ardent saver of fruit that is overly ripe and on the cusp of going bad. Saving it for other uses is really a snap--just toss it in a plastic bag in the freezer. We perpetually have a big bag of over-ripe bananas in our freezer--as well as smaller bags of things like strawberries, blueberries, mangos, pineapple, etc. Always stuff that was on its way out if left to languish in the fridge much fruit is left behind at our house. Those overly sweet fruits (as they are inclined to be late in their lives) are a perfectly lovely additions to things like muffins, smoothies, pancakes, even made into glazes or sauces. Of course, banana bread is the old stand-by for overly ripe bananas--and yes, I am going to share the recipe for my version which incorporates oatmeal and other whole grains (as do most all baked goods I make). I love this bread--I eat a couple of slices each morning, slathered with peanut butter, aside coffee and half of a grapefruit--it is my go-to winter breakfast, if you must know.

And yes, you can use bananas from your freezer for this--simply defrost the amount you need and use them as you would any other over ripe bananas. You should be prepared for the fact that when you thaw bananas from the freezer they will have quite a bit of liquid floating around with them and that is okay--I simply mash this in with the rest of the banana and use as usual.

So here is my banana oatmeal bread recipe for you:

And if you care, here are some other recipes that will make use of your overly ripe bananas or other fruits stocked in your freezer:
Happy over-ripe fruit freezing and baking.


papelhilo said...

good idea !!

Sakunthala said...

I love banana cake. This looks delicious. I have my own version, but will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

ohhhh banana and oatmeal must give this one a go!! Thanx :)

Plum Handmade said...

Words cannot describe the deliciousness that is this bread.

KristenMary said...

This was really good, I blogged my results!

Anonymous said...

I would love to try this but cannot download the recipe. Why not put it in your post instead of having people download it?