We LOVE bananas, and when it comes to baking, the possibilities are endless – especially if they’re ripe and ready!
So, if you find yourself faced with a mountain of ripe bananas and a head void of inspiration, fear not. Keep reading to explore 27 ripe banana recipes you’ll love.
Banana bread is the most obvious recipe you can create with ripe bananas, and there are so many variations to explore.
This banana bread breakfast bowl is just one of them.
This will take ten minutes to prep and thirty minutes to cook, and it’s loaded with oats, bananas, berries, and all the good stuff!
Here’s another banana bread variation you can try with these banana bread snack cakes.
Ready in just forty minutes, these snack cakes are the perfect afternoon treat, and the dusting of powdered sugar will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Moist, fluffy, and decadent, these are just what the doctor ordered.
Who doesn’t love muffins? The whole family will adore these banana and oat muffins, and in just half an hour, you’ll have used up all those bananas on the counter!
Bursting with pecans, oats, bananas, and cinnamon, these are warming and hearty.
Store in an airtight container to snack throughout the week.
This is one recipe we just can’t get enough of.
These banana fritters with caramel sauce are ready in half an hour, and they’re so moreish that you may need to double the recipe!
Dripping in sauce with a crispy golden batter, you’re in for a real treat.
Vegans fear not – you won’t be left behind with this decadent vegan banana bread.
Enjoy this for breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack, and have it ready to go in just 50 minutes.
With plenty of banana, vegetable oil, baking powder, spices, nuts, and sugar, you won’t miss the egg!
Want to try your hand at making ice cream? This speedy recipe certainly lives up to its name, and it can be made in just 5 minutes (with freezing time!).
This ice cream is no churn and low in fat; plus, it counts as one of your five a day! Simple, delicious, and healthy, what more could you want?
Now, get ready for a real treat with these chocolate banana bundles – just look at them!
These will be ready to devour in 30 minutes, and they’re bursting with chocolate, puff pastry, banana, sugar, and ice cream.
It’s the perfect sweet treat for the whole family and at just a fraction of the price that a dessert parlor would charge!
Fancy something a little different? Why not try making this healthy banana and zucchini bread?
This requires around 1 hour and 30 minutes in the kitchen, but it’s worth every second.
Loaded with oats, nuts, seeds, bananas, zucchini and plenty of cinnamon, this is bursting with fiber and works brilliantly as a nutrient booster breakfast.
If you’re in need of another sweet treat, use your bananas to create this divine banana and pecan cheesecake!
It takes 45 minutes to prep and another 45 to chill; just look at those layers!
Packed full of nutty crust, cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla, you won’t want to share a single crumb of this creation.
This french toast with bananas and maple syrup is the stuff of dreams.
Ready in 35 minutes and loaded with flavor, that buttery brioche and sweet syrup will keep you coming back for more every.
Here’s another banana bread variation for you, with these beautiful banana bread waffles.
These will take just 30 minutes to make, and they’re gorgeous on their own or with a generous dollop of ice cream.
Drizzle with caramel and chocolate chips for a real sweet treat.
12. Acai Bowl
If you want something a little healthier, why not try this acai bowl?
Bursting with flavor, nutrients, and a beautiful coconut topping, get prepared to dive into the tastiest breakfast you’ve ever eaten.
It’ll only take 15 minutes to create, too, so you won’t be running late to the office for the sake of a tasty breakfast!
Scone lovers, this one’s for you. These banana bread scones are ready in just 35 minutes, and you’ll get a massive 12 servings from this recipe!
Cinnamon, ricotta, maple syrup glaze, and plenty of mashed banana… our stomachs are rumbling already!
Who doesn’t love cookies? These banana and oatmeal cookies are a healthier alternative to your standard store-bought choc chip treats, and you can make a big batch for a fraction of the price.
Loaded with banana, vanilla, oats, and choc chips, they’ll be ready in just 30 minutes.
These are perfect for a quick snack, but you definitely won’t want to share!
Smoothies are one of the easiest recipes out there, and this banana, clementine, and mango recipe is destined to become a staple in your household (see also ‘27 Tasty And Delicious Mango Recipes‘).
Ready in just 25 minutes, this recipe will yield you an impressive six servings, so you’ll have plenty to share around!
Loaded with vitamin c, fruit, and yogurt, this is the perfect way to kickstart your day.
This orange banana nut bread is yet another banana bread variation you’ll want to enjoy time and time again.
With prep, baking, and cooling, this will take just over an hour to create, and it comes out of the oven moist and bursting with flavor every time.
Orange juice, walnuts (see also ‘31 Incredible Walnut Recipes‘), bananas… What more could you want from your bread!?
Vegans, you’re in for another treat with these vegan chocolate banana muffins (see also ‘33 Irresistible Muffin Recipes‘).
There’s so much to love about this recipe, especially because you can create a batch of 12 muffins in just 35 minutes!
You also only need a few staple ingredients to pull these off, and the banana and cacao nibs pair beautifully together.
So what are you waiting for?
If you’re getting bored of fruit-filled, citrusy smoothies, get ready to dive right into this incredible peanut butter banana smoothie.
You’ll still get a generous burst of nutrients, but yes, this is a little unhealthy.
This will take just 5 minutes to create, and it’s full of flavors like honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and of course, your bananas and peanut butter.
We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did!
Here’s one for the parents. Use your ripe bananas to create a delicious weaning recipe for your little ones with this banana and avocado puree.
Loaded with nutrients and texture, this is a great way to start weaning, and it’ll take just 5 minutes to put together!
Sweet, creamy, and packed with nutrients, you might not even have to airplane this one.
No sugar banana and honey biscuits? Yes, please!
These super tasty biscuits are ready to demolish in 35 minutes, and you read that right, they contain no sugar!
Whip these up with just ten ingredients, including cream cheese, coconut, pistachios, vanilla, and honey, and have a tasty snack to come back to time and time again. Enjoy!
This classic dessert takes on a moreish banana twist with these banana bread dumplings with golden syrup.
This dessert is bound to be a hit with the whole family, and you won’t have to work too hard to create it.
These can be ready to feast on in just 40 minutes, and they’re oozing with flavor and texture.
Serve with a hearty helping of vanilla ice cream to really get mouths watering.
Do you like banana splits? If you’re anything like us, you’ll LOVE the flavor but hate the mess.
There’s never been an elegant way to eat a banana split until now… These banana split brownies give you all the joy of this classic dessert, condensed into a brownie.
You’ll need to set aside around 2 hours to create these, but you’ll be rewarded with two dozen of these delectable bites.
Top with peanuts, cream cheese, strawberry preserve, and more sliced bananas for a real treat.
If you’ve always loved flavored milk, you need to try this Korean banana milk (see also ‘25 Delicious Traditional Korean Desserts To Try Right Now‘).
This drink is a real hit in Korea, and it’s easy to see why. With punchy aromas and a light yet creamy texture, this milk does it all.
With the help of your kitchen blender, you can create this milk in just 5 minutes, and you’ll only need a few ingredients to do it!
This will be a real crowd pleaser, especially with the kids.
It’s time for another cheesecake recipe with this cranberry cheesecake banana bread.
Like any good cheesecake, this one demands a bit more time in the kitchen (almost two hours), but it’ll go down a treat with your guests.
Loaded with orange, cranberries, banana, yogurt, cream cheese, and more, this is decadent and moreish – but never moreish enough to make you pass on another slice…
Get ready to feel like a kid again with these Nutella banana french toast roll-ups.
This recipe is one of our favorites, and it’ll only take you 20 minutes! Perfect for breakfast, lunch (or brunch), these are oozing with Nutella, banana, and perfectly toasted bread roll-ups. Enjoy!
We all love apple crumble, but have you ever tried banana crumble?
This banana alternative will take you 30 minutes, including prep, and it’s best served with a generous portion of vanilla ice cream.
This is the perfect winter warmer; crunchy, hearty, and creamy (even with the ice cream!).
Last but not least, we have this carrot cake and banana bread. Just take a look at that icing!
You can make this recipe in just under an hour, and its cream cheese topping, and hints of spice, nuts and fruit will elevate your culinary status to new heights.
Decadent, creamy, moist, and moreish, this is one you really need to try.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Difference Between Ripe And Unripe Bananas?
In terms of appearance, your ripe bananas will be perfectly yellow (or have faint black spots appearing), and your under-ripe bananas will still be green.
When bananas ripen, their starch turns into sugar. Unripe, or ‘green’ bananas will contain mostly starch. All bananas contain a good amount of fiber and are low in fat and protein.
Can You Eat Overripe Bananas?
Although they may look unpleasant, overripe bananas are completely safe to eat. In fact, when bananas are overripe, they contain higher levels of vitamin c and antioxidants!
Brown spots won’t affect the quality of your banana. However, a completely black banana should be thrown away and not consumed.
The Bottom Line
If you love bananas as much as we do, you’ll get plenty of enjoyment from these 27 ripe banana recipes!
So, get your bananas and aprons ready; it’s time to bake up a storm in the kitchen!
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