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We go through literally about 4 to 5 bunches of bananas a week. At least. My son alone eats about three a day, and that’s only because I limit him to three a day. It was one of his first words, as a matter of fact. “Nah-nah!” He loves them. I can barely manage to save a few brown ones to bake with or use in smoothies.

This list of recipes contains a little bit of everything, but as always, all the recipes are easy to make. You’ll find desserts, smoothies, pancakes, and of course breads and muffins on this list.

Leave a comment and let me know what you plan to try first!

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

If you don’t have ripe bananas, you can still make these recipes today! There are two main ways to ripen bananas quickly.

Brown Paper Bag Method

This method is slower – it will still take 1 to 3 days for your bananas to ripen, depending on how ripe they are to begin with. Place them in a brown paper bag and fold over the top. To expedite the process, also place an apple, avocado, or tomato in the bag with the bananas.

The science behind this method is that ethylene gas builds up inside the bag and helps ripen the bananas more quickly.

Oven Method

Preheat your oven to 300ºF. Place bananas (with the peels still on) on a parchment paper baking sheet and put in preheated oven for 20-40 minutes or until they’re dark blackish brown. They’ll look super ugly, but they’ll be soft and sweet on the inside. Don’t be alarmed if they leak a little juice/sugar – that’s what the parchment paper is for.

Cool well before handling and using in your recipes.

This method works best for bananas that are at least a little ripe, not bright green bananas.

How to Freeze Bananas

If you have too many bananas to use right now, you can freeze them for later! You can head to our tutorial to learn how to freeze bananas, but I’ll give you the short version here.

  1. Line a pan with parchment to prevent the bananas from sticking.
  2. Cut the ripe bananas in slices and lay them in a single layer on the lined baking sheet.
  3. Freeze until firm, 1-2 hours.
  4. When they’re firm, move them into a freezer-safe container, where they’ll keep for 3 months.

Frozen bananas are great for smoothies straight from the freezer, or thaw them overnight in the fridge to use in baked goods.

Frozen bananas in a freezer bag.

16 Banana Recipes

Whole wheat banana bread, partially sliced.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread Recipe

4.64 from 61 votes
Whole wheat banana bread is a staple in my house – my kids love it and it's a perfect way to use ripe bananas. It freezes well and makes a great lunchbox treat!
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Overhead view of a glazed donut topped with walnuts and a banana slice.

Baked Banana Donuts

5 from 2 votes
Brown sugar glazed banana donuts are irresistibly good. These baked donuts are easy to make, too!
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Banana popsicle surrounded by banana slices.

Banana Popsicles

5 from 2 votes
This frozen treat is a super easy banana recipe! You'll love banana popsicles because they are deliciously creamy, easy to make, and economical.
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Banana cake with white cream cheese frosting, topped with bananas and nuts.

The Best Banana Cake

4.64 from 11 votes
Old fashioned homemade banana cake is hard to beat! Make your own cake with ripe bananas and a hand mixer, it's so easy. 
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A muffin pan full of whole wheat chocolate muffins, sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins – healthier!

4.75 from 4 votes
Triple chocolate banana muffins, chock full of dark chocolate chunks and mini chocolate chips, are nutritious and filling with whole wheat flour and very little oil. You're going to love these muffins!
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Pile of banana bread muffins, one cut to show texture.

Banana Bread Muffins

4.70 from 10 votes
Banana bread muffins are everything you love about banana bread but with a much shorter baking time. No slicing required!
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These easy and healthy banana pancakes taste just like banana bread in a whole wheat pancake form! They freeze well and will make mornings delicious! Get the healthy pancake recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Healthy Banana Pancakes – Whole Wheat

4.84 from 6 votes
Healthy banana pancakes taste just like banana bread in a whole wheat pancake form. They freeze well and will make your mornings easy and delicious!
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Pull our your blender and make these easy (AND HEALTHY!) banana coconut blender pancakes. They're a taste of the tropics! Get the easy breakfast recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Banana Coconut Pancakes

5 from 2 votes
Pull out your blender and make these easy and healthy banana coconut pancakes. They’re a taste of the tropics!
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This whole wheat banana bread uses very little oil and 100% whole wheat flour. The caramel bits add the perfect touch of sweetness. Get the easy quick bread recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Whole Wheat Caramel Banana Bread Recipe

4.50 from 2 votes
This whole wheat caramel banana bread is made with less oil and 100% whole wheat flour. The caramel bits add just the right touch of sweetness.
Overhead view of a banana muffin with streusel.

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins With Streusel

5 from 2 votes
Whole wheat banana muffins with crunchy streusel topping are so delicious. Perfect for breakfast, snack, or lunchbox treats. 
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This peach banana and honey smoothie is a perfect snack or breakfast for kids and adults. A secret ingredient gives an extra boost of protein! Get the easy recipe on RachelCooks.com

Peach Banana Cottage Cheese Smoothie

4.38 from 24 votes
This peach banana cottage cheese smoothie is a perfect snack or breakfast for kids and adults. Cottage cheese gives an extra boost of protein!
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Milkshake

4.67 from 9 votes
This peanut butter chocolate banana milkshake is cool, refreshing and perfect for a summer day. You’ll love the combo of these three classic ingredients.
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Banana cupcakes topped with chocolate frosting and banana slices.

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

5 from 5 votes
These banana cupcakes are the perfect combination of banana and chocolate.
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Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread | RachelCooks.com

Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

5 from 3 votes
This chocolate banana bread is (almost) guilt-free and is a perfect way to start your morning. Tastes great with coffee!
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Chocolate Walnut Breakfast Cookies

4.60 from 5 votes
Chocolate walnut breakfast cookies are a great balance of health and decadence with chocolate, walnuts, whole wheat flour, and banana.
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Banana cake with chocolate frosting being scooped out of pan.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

5 from 7 votes
This banana chocolate chip cake is ultra-moist, flecked with chocolate chips, and topped with a thick layer of chocolate cream cheese frosting.
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Loaf of healthy banana bread, partially cut into slices.

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

5 from 5 votes
This healthy banana bread recipe is an easy, low-fat quick bread that's tender, moist, and full of banana flavor! A simple swap of oil for applesauce is all it takes.
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Overhead view of three mango smoothies.

Mango Smoothie Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Perfect for a quick breakfast or refreshing snack, a mango smoothie with bananas is creamy, delicious, and easy to make!
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3 Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    I freeze my bananas before they get too brown but then they are ready for the recipes you suggested. We like the bananas in our smoothies and the dogs like them in their homemade dog treats.

  2. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen says:

    This is a great round-up. I always default to banana bread or smoothies when I have a mess of bananas laying around. Now I’m going to branch out!

  3. Maria says:

    love them all!