The Best Way To Use Up Ripe Bananas

Last time I talked about how to use up spinach.  Bananas are another one…they’re cheap and you buy them in a big bunch.  First you’d like to eat them, but they aren’t ripe. Then you wait.  There are only a couple of days at which they’re at their prime…and how many can you eat a day? Before you know it, you’re risking letting them go over-ripe.  Don’t do it.  Do something with them.  Save those bananas before they go brown.  My two favorite ways of using up ripe bananas are:

  1. Peeling them, slicing them, and freezing them, and then adding them to smoothies.  Smoothies made with frozen bananas are far tastier than those made with room temperature.
  2. Everybody’s favorite, banana bread!

This recipe is great because it’s far higher protein than your typical banana bread, which makes it a way better snack!  It also has no refined sugars.  No sugar period, actually (well…that changes a little if you opt to add the chocolate chips). Either way, it’s a damn good banana bread.

This recipe makes a serious loaf.  It fills up the loaf pan, just barely to the brim, and it rises nicely.  It’s super moist and delicious!  Here we go.


  • 5 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. egg whites
  • 1/8 c. molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used almond)
  • 1 cup flour (I used spelt)
  • 3/4 ground flax seed
  • 1 cup oat bran
  • 1-2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
    And if you want to get a little crazy:
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. in a large bowl, mash bananas (I like to use a potato masher)
  3. add all wet ingredients, and whisk together
  4. add dry ingredients
  5. fold in chocolate chips
  6. grease and flour, a loaf pan (or line with parchment paper)
  7. pour in your mixture
  8. bake for approx 75 minutes


In these photos, it is pictured with my favorite ridiculous topping, Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, by the Peanut Butter & Co.  Would you believe it’s not really higher calorie than regular peanut butter?

In my next post, I will show you how to take this recipe to the next level!   I have told you what to do with the leftover bananas.  Next I’ll tell you what to do with the left over banana bread.  That is, if you have any leftover…which is doubtful!


11 thoughts on “The Best Way To Use Up Ripe Bananas

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  2. This was pretty good. I made some substitutions…2 cups whole wheat flour instead of other flours, honey instead of molassas, and did not have ground flax. (Could not make it to the store to buy these ingredients). It was not the typical taste of banana bread, but it is much healthier than bread with white flour and sugar. I put aluminum foil over the top half way through since the top cooked much faster than the inside.

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