5 Ways To Use Up Overripe Bananas

I really really enjoy baking and bananas are one of my favourite pieces of fruit. My household found ourselves living amongst bananas last week so it was serious baking time or they would have just ended up being thrown out. So, here are 5 ways I used them up.

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This flapjack recipe is actually one I kind of made up as I went along and to my surprise, it actually worked and my sister for one loved them. I’m a gooey flapjack lover usually, but these are quite light and of course quite soft from the bananas. The ingredients are:

  • 110g butter
  • 95g sugar (either light brown or caster sugar)
  • 340g oats (use less if you prefer slightly more gooey)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 4tbsp golden syrup

You then want to melt the butter and sugar together, combine the mashed bananas and then add the oats, cinnamon and syrup. Leave in the oven on gas mark 4 for approx 25 minutes – leave for less or more time depending on your taste – and that is them done!

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Pancakes / Fritters

Banana fritters are what I always make with overripe bananas however they aren’t that aesthetically pleasing so I photographed banana pancakes despite preferring fritters and this is the recipe I use for fritters.

  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 200g plain flour
  • 50ml milk
  • 3tbsp sugar (use either caster or brown)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt

Combine all these ingredients together and then fry with oil! If you haven’t tried banana fritters before you really really need to go and make these!

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Loaf Cake

For the simple banana loaf cake, I use a trusty recipe from BBC Good Food. Click on the link for the method they suggest – and the ingredients are:

  • 2 bananas
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 170g self raising flour
  • 170g soft margarine
  • 3 eggs
  • Few drops vanilla essence

This cake doesn’t rise amazingly as I’m sure you can see from the image above so if anybody has a recipe that works better than this then please let me know. However, as expected, this cake tastes so good!

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

I used this recipe from Baking Mad for these chocolate chips and the only alternative I made is that I used both milk and white chocolate chips. These taste so good – the only thing I made the mistake of is not filling the muffin cases high enough so they didn’t puff as much as I’d like them to.

  • 100g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 225g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 3tbsp milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 100g chocolate chips

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Deliciously Ella’s Chewy Sultana Cookies

Ok, so this is quite bad as these are the only actual healthy recipe within this post but these are genuinely so good. of the easiest recipes I have discovered on her blog and because of this I have made these many many times. You can check out the full blog post here but below is the simple ingredients list!

  • 270g oats
  • 150g sultanas
  • 4 bananas
  • 4 red apples
  • 3tbsp honey
  • 2tsp cinnamon

So, there you have it for my 5 ways to use up overripe bananas and most of the ways are unhealthy so I’m sorry! The mass of bananas I had are the reason behind a fair few pounds weight gain this week because I honestly love anything including banana so much & now this week has been all about eating healthy again!

Let me know what you think of these recipes and comment below if you try any of them!