peanut butter banana muffin with a bite taken out

The Best Recipes to Make When You Have Ripe Bananas

The best ripe banana recipes for every snack and dessert occasion. You’ll find easy, healthy banana recipes, indulgent treats and plenty of unique ways to use overripe bananas. Smoothies, breads, pancakes, cookies and even tips for freezing bananas included!

It seems like everyone has been baking up a storm these past few weeks and I. Am. Here. For. It. I think you guys almost broke the internet with my famous cinnamon rolls last week, so I wanted to bring you some new breakfasts, snacks and desserts that are the perfect way to use up ripe bananas. In fact, did you know I have a recipe for banana bread cinnamon rolls? TOO GOOD.

I broke these ripe banana recipes into pancakes & waffles, smoothies, oatmeal, bread, muffins, cake & rolls, and bars, bites & cookies so that you can find everything that you’re looking for. You’ll find tons of easy recipes using ripe and overipe bananas and even no bake options that are perfect for weekday snacks, and plenty of banana baked goods you’ll make again and again.

How to freeze ripe bananas

Have lots of ripe bananas that you’re not going to use right away? Freeze those babies!

  1. Simply peel them and, if you’d like, slice them into 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container
  3. Freeze them for up to 6 months

If you’re using them for smoothies, I’d suggest slicing them into 1/2 inch pieces first before freezing. Feel free to then label your bag with how many bananas are inside. When you’re to use them you can then dump the banana slices right into your blender frozen!

How to use frozen bananas in baking

If you’re looking to use your frozen bananas for baking, simply thaw your frozen banana(s) at room temp before using. I’d recommend either freezing your bananas whole so that you know how many are in your freezer bag or container, or simply making sure to measure out the amount of mashed banana you’ll need for a specific recipe. Once the bananas are thawed you should drain off the excess liquid the bananas produce, then use the bananas in the recipe.

I hope you love these delicious, easy ways to use ripe bananas! If you make any of these ripe banana recipes I’d love for you to leave a comment & rating on the recipes – it lets me know how you liked it encourages others to do the same. Enjoy, xo!

Pancakes & Waffles

stack of banana pancakes on a plate

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (made right in the blender!)

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes with Wild Blueberry Maple Syrup

Cottage Cheese Banana Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Pancakes with Chocolate Chips

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Greek Yogurt Waffles (gluten free!)

Almond Butter Blueberry Paleo Waffles

Gluten Free, Protein-Packed Quinoa Flour Banana Pancakes

Oatmeal Blueberry Yogurt Pancakes (gluten free, high protein!)

Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Flour Waffles

Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes

Smoothies

dairy free peanut butter blueberry banana smoothie in a glass

Peanut Butter Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Immune Boosting Wellness Smoothie

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Triple Cherry Berry Watermelon Smoothie

Superfood Mint Cacao Nib Green Smoothie

Layered Banana Split Protein Smoothie

Vegan Almond Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Wild Blueberry Banana Spinach Power Smoothie

Good Morning Coffee Lover’s Smoothie

Antioxidant Triple Berry Smoothie

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie

Oatmeal

peanut butter banana baked oatmeal cups on a wooden serving board

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with Vanilla Bean Caramelized Bananas

Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Almond Butter, Strawberry & Banana Overnight Oats with Chia

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Sea Salt Banana Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chia Seeds

Bread

the best healthy banana bread sliced

Best Ever Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

Healthier Carrot Cake Banana Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Chickpea Flour Banana Bread (gluten free!)

Healthy Chai Banana Bread with Salted Cashew Butter Vanilla Glaze

Paleo Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Banana Bread

Nourishing Almond Flour Banana Bread

Healthy Marbled Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Paleo Banana Bread

Healthy Honey Flax Tahini Banana Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Vegan + Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Banana Bread

Muffins

Healthy banana muffin with a bite taken out

Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins (dairy free + gluten free)

Strawberry Kissed Almond Butter Muffins

Chunky Monkey Zucchini Banana Muffins

Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Healthy Dairy Free + Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Low-fat Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Flax Almond Meal Banana Muffins with Dark Chocolate (gluten free, paleo!)

Raspberry, Almond Butter & Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Paleo Double Chocolate Tahini Banana Muffins

Power Flax Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Muffins with Macadamia Nut Crunch

Skinny Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Vegan Paleo Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Strawberry + Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Muffins

Better-For-You Banana Muffins with Brown Sugar Walnut Crumble

Cakes & Rolls

grain free peanut butter banana cake on a cake stand

Vegan Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Damn Good Peanut Butter Banana Cake (gluten free, grain free)

Caramel-Walnut Upside-Down Peanut Butter Banana Cake

Whole Wheat Brown Butter Banana Bundt Cake with Dark Chocolate

Bars, Bites & Cookies

chia banana bread energy bites drizzled with chocolate

Chia Banana Bread Energy Bites

Paleo Zucchini Banana Bread Bars

Nutrition-Rich Omega 3 Blueberry Breakfast Cookies (gluten free + vegan!)

Chia, Quinoa & Banana Granola Bars

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies (vegan!

Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oat Breakfast Bars {vegan & gluten free}

2-Ingredient Healthy Banana Bread Breakfast Cookies

I hope you love these delicious, easy ways to use ripe bananas! If you make any of these ripe banana recipes I’d love for you to leave a comment & rating on the recipes – it lets me know how you liked it encourages others to do the same. Enjoy, xo!

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