Recipes for brown bananas

Chances are you have overripe bananas on your counter. Look no further: here are 66 recipes for how to use them!

Do you often find yourself with overripe bananas? I do, all the time. We eat so many bananas that I tend to buy huge amounts. And because you can’t buy perfect bananas (they’re usually too green), I have to let them sit and ripen. And then they’re all ripe at the same time and I need to eat 12 bananas or they go bad.

It’s a popular problem, I think.

I love putting bananas in baked goods. One, they’re great for breakfast. Two, they’re a great way to get rid of some of the fat. And three? They taste good! If you have some bananas on your counter that are just waiting to be used, check this list. I have over 66 recipes using overripe bananas…find something you love.

Banana Breakfast Bars

Banana Pound Cake

Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Maple Glaze

Banana Blueberry Baked Pancake

Healthier Banana Bread

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Mom’s Banana Bread

Banana Coffee Cake

Banana Cake with Caramel Ganache

Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes

Avocado Banana Bread

Baked Banana French Toast

Banana Split Cupcakes

Biscoff Banana Bread

Banana Breakfast Cookies

Flufffernutter Nutella Banana Bread

Banana Nut Chip Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sweet Potato Banana Muffins by Beyond Frosting / Banana Caramel Cream Dessert by Glorious Treats / Banana Monkey Bread with Nutella Ganache by Wine & Glue

Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes by Amy’s Healthy Baking / Banana Pudding Cheesecake by Life, Love, and Sugar / Low Sugar Banana Scones by The Gunny Sack

Whole Grain Banana Waffles by The Lemon Bowl / Banana Split Poke Cake by The Domestic Rebel / Funfetti Banana Bread by Something Swanky

Banana Crumb Snack Cake by Julie’s Eats and Treats / Peanut Butter Banana Cookies by Gimme Some Oven / Cinnamon Sugar Banana Lumpia by Damn Delicious

Maple Cinnamon Banana Bread by Lemons for Lulu / Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal by Barefeet in the Kitchen / Peanut Butter Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins by Love from the Oven

Raspberry Banana Ice Cream by Grandbaby Cakes / Strawberry Banana Cake at Lil’Luna / Strawberry Banana Popsicles by The Slow Roasted Italian

Chocolate Banana Applesauce Cake by Mom on Timeout / Chocolate Chip Banana Bourbon Blondies by The Messy Baker Blog / Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread Sheet Cake by Picky Palate

Coconut Banana Scones by Roxana’s Home Baking / Baked Peanut Butter Banana Bread Donuts by Just About Baked / Chocolate Banana Smoothie by Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

Banana Rolo Ravioli by Kitchen Meets Girl / Banana and Toasted Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies by RecipeGirl / Zucchini Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting by I am baker

Banana Bread Bars with vanilla bean brown butter glaze by Averie Cooks / Banana Bread Crumb Cake by Cookies and Cups / Caramelized Banana Pound Cake by Buns in My Oven

Banana Brownies by Back for Seconds / Banana Brownies with Peanut Butter Banana Frosting by Taste and Tell / Banana Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting by Shugary Sweets

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Muffins by Center Cut Cook / Banana and Nutella Oatmeal Cookies by Heather’s French Press / Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Two Peas and Their Pod

Banana Split Lush by Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen / Grilled S’mores Banana Boats by Very Culinary / Snickerdoodle Banana Bread by Sweet Basil

Banana Cookies by Chef in Training / Butterscotch Pudding with Roasted Banana Whipped Cream by The Food Charlatan / Maple Sugar Banana Rolls by Bakeaholic Mama

Banana Toffee Scones by Inside BruCrew Life / No Bake Oreo Banana Cream Pie by I Wash You Dry / Banana Split Bites by Baked by an Introvert

Marbled Chocolate Banana Muffins by Bake. Eat. Repeat. / Toasted Coconut Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches by Life Made Sweeter / Humingbird Cake by Baking the Day

What’s your favorite way to use overripe banana???

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Published on: January 17, 2015

Banana Breakfast Cookies make a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go…plus they’re naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas!

May I interest you in a COOKIE FOR BREAKFAST?!?!

Oh. Do I have your attention now? Good. Because that’s exactly what I’m sharing today…oatmeal banana cookies studded with chopped nuts, kissed with peanut butter (or your favorite nut/non-nut butter), and sweetened with a touch of honey. They’re easy to make, they’re healthy, and they’re downright addictive. They’re also gluten-free (as long as you make them with certified GF oats) and you can make them vegan (using agave syrup or kosher maple syrup in place of the honey), in case you happen to care about those kinds of things.

My kids actually don’t care about the pedigree of their breakfast. Their primary concern is that breakfast tastes good…better yet if it’s served under the guise of dessert. So yup…anytime “breakfast” and “cookie” are used in the same breath, my offspring are pretty much guaranteed to be immediate fans.

Now don’t get me wrong…I enjoy a good cookie for breakfast as much as the next (30) 8-year-old. But these Banana Breakfast Cookies are appealing for so many more reasons. First of all, this is a great recipe for your how-am-I-going-to-use-up-all-of-these-ripe-bananas file. I don’t know about you, but I buy extra bananas every time I go the grocery store just so I’ll have overripe bananas to bake with…and then I scramble to use them up before they go bad. What can I say…it’s an illness.

In addition to bananas, these cookies boast additional wholesome ingredients, including oats, nuts, and nut butter. Of course, feel free to add a handful of chocolate chips or raisins if you wish to balance out all of that goodness with a bit of sweet decadence.

How to Make Banana Breakfast Cookies

Finally, these Banana Breakfast Cookies are an absolute cinch to make. No mixer is even required! Simply…

  1. Mash the ‘nanners.
  2. Dump all of the ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. Plop the resulting (stiff) dough onto a cookie sheet.
  5. Then pop the pan in the oven and wait patiently for your breakfast of champions to emerge!

These treats are not only perfect as a quick breakfast on a busy morning or even for eating on the run, but they’re also excellent tucked into a lunchbox or enjoyed as a snack.

That’s all folks! Easy, tasty, healthy Banana Breakfast Cookies. Now you can have your cookie (for breakfast)…and eat it, too. 😉

Banana Breakfast Cookies Recipe

Banana Breakfast Cookies

Banana Breakfast Cookies make a wholesome, yummy breakfast on-the-go…plus they’re naturally sweetened, gluten-free, and perfect for using up ripe bananas! Pin Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Keyword: banana breakfast cookies Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 12 cookies Calories: 174kcal Author: Samantha at Five Heart Home


  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large bananas, ripe or slightly overripe, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, or your favorite nut or non-nut butter, like almond butter or sunflower seed butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, or your favorite nut
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or raisins, optional


  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Measure oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl; whisk to combine. Stir in mashed banana, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, pecans, and chocolate chips. Scoop dough using a scant 1/4-cup measuring cup for form 12 cookies. Flatten the top of each cookie on the baking sheet and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely on baking sheet before storing in an airtight container.


  • For slightly sweeter cookies, you may increase honey to 1/4 cup.
  • Cookies will not spread, so its shape on the baking sheet is how it will look once it’s baked.
  • For gluten-free cookies, just be sure to use GF certified oats. For vegan cookies, you may substitute agave nectar or kosher maple syrup for the honey.

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Adapted from Food Network

More Wholesome Breakfast Ideas

  • Wholesome Breakfast Cookies
  • Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
  • Healthy Whole Wheat & Honey Banana Muffins
  • Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil
  • Whole Wheat Pancake Bites

You may also like:

  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • Easy Spanish Rice
  • Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Muffins
  • Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake

What to Do with Brown Bananas

Yes, we have brown bananas! What do we do with them today? Why, freeze them, of course, to use in baking, smoothies, and other banana desserts. You can certainly bake and blend today, but if you don’t have time, follow these easy steps for freezing brown bananas to use later.

You had high hopes when you bought that bunch of bananas. Pack them in lunches. Make Monkey Salad. Enjoy a post-workout snack packed with potassium.

But, now….

Well, they’re getting a little brown. And you know if you pack them in lunches they’ll just be a squishy mess by meal time. They’re still good, but they’re, well, brown bananas.

One thing for sure: you don’t want to throw them away. That is not a cheap eat. That’s waste. They’re still good, you know, but what to do with them?

The obvious answer is to bake your brown bananas into banana bread or banana muffins. But, you do not have time for homebaking right now, despite the fact that your quickly-ripening bananas demand it. Good thing for you, you’ve got a couple storage options.

What to Do with Brown Bananas so They Aren’t Wasted

Can you refrigerate bananas?

Most people store their bananas at room temperature. They taste best that way and of course, a green banana will ripen faster at room temperature. But, getting the bananas to ripen is not your problem right now. You want to slow down the process.

Place your brown bananas in the refrigerator. This will slow down the enzyme action that will (eventually) lead to decay. The bananas will continue to ripen, just more slowly. They’ll turn brown, but they’ll be okay — as long as they’re not oozy or fuzzy. In fact, they will actually deepen in flavor, great for baking.

Storing your bananas in the fridge will buy you a little time. But for longer storage…

Can you freeze brown bananas?

Freezing has a more dramatic effect on enzyme action, serving as a way to preserve brown bananas for a little while longer. While frozen bananas are not as tasty for plain eating as fresh, they do wonderfully well for baking, smoothie-making, and chocolate dipping.

How to freeze bananas:

Peel the brown bananas and slice them. (No, you don’t need the banana slicer! A regular table knife will do.)

Place the slices on a lined baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the freezer until the slices are very firm, 20 minutes to overnight. Don’t leave them open in the freezer too long as their aroma will start to creep into other frozen foods. Banana-scented pizza? No thanks.

Place the frozen slices in a labeled, ziptop freezer bag, and immediately return the bag to the freezer. Use within the next month or two.

To use: simply thaw briefly before using in baked goods or use them as is for milk shakes and smoothies. Leave them frozen if you’re going to make frozen chocolate banana bites.

What can you do with brown bananas?

When you’ve got a little more time on your hands, you can thaw your frozen bananas and use them in any number of recipes. Consider these delicious uses for ripe bananas:

1. Bake someone happy!

Bananas are delicious baked into any number of goodies. Typically, you’ll need mashed bananas for baking recipes, so you don’t need to worry that your frozen bananas get mushy when you thaw them.

Choose one of these yummy options or scroll down for more:

  • pancakes
  • muffins
  • coffeecake
  • banana bread, banana bread, and banana bread
  • cake

2. Blend it up.

Smoothies are a delicious way to use up bananas, which add a sweetness and creaminess to smoothies. People who typically don’t like bananas, tend to enjoy them in smoothies, sometimes without even knowing it.

You can fill your freezer with freezer smoothies or simply add a bag of sliced bananas to your Smoothie Station.

You don’t need to thaw bananas before blending them, though you do want to use a high power blender so that you don’t get stuck with a frozen chunk.

Don’t forget! You can also make Banana Ice Cream!

3. Make chocolate-dipped banana slices.

I know. I’ve already mentioned these twice, but they bear repeating. These Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites are amazing. They taste like ice cream. So delicious! The ones coated in chocolate and dipped in coconut are my fave.

With these tips and tricks, you’ll never look sideways at brown bananas again. You’ll rejoice at the sight!

Check out these banana recipes for more tasty inspiration:

Enjoy a delicious afternoon pick-me-up with this smoothie full of strawberries and banana.

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Maple, bananas, and oats make a delicious combination in these simple but hearty muffins.

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Indulge in your chocolate craving with this coconut banana bread studded with chocolate chips.

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Naturally-sweetened pancakes? Sign me up! Bananas give these pancakes body, flavor, and sweetness.

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Enjoy an easy bundt cake dessert with one of the best flavor combos: chocolate and bananas.

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Coconuts, mango, and bananas play so well together in this frosty and refreshing smoothie. You’ll want to make extras for the freezer.

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Go nuts with this coconut cashew banana bread. It’s hearty, healthy, and filling.

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Fill your freezer with this delicious, dessert-like smoothie, loaded with strawberries, mango, and banana.

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The Banana Pecan Coffeecake that Tastes like Toffee

Nuts, bananas, and toffee goodness? It’s all wrapped up in a perfect coffeecake.

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Enjoy a simple afternoon snack with this chocolate chip banana bread that you can whip up in about an hour.

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How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home

You don’t need to wait until fair time to enjoy a frozen chocolate banana. Make your own at home!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

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Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (URS: Pantry Staples)

Chocolate cream cheese tops tender banana cakes for an easy dessert that can’t be beat!

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55 Ways to Use Up Ripe Bananas

Wondering what to do with ripe bananas on your kitchen counter? I love banana recipes, so I decided to put together a HUGE list of 55 things to make with ripe bananas!

(Psst! Be sure to check out our family’s very favorite Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread Recipe! We also really love these Homemade Breakfast Cookies!)

We love bananas at our house, but occasionally, life happens and it’s easy to let bananas go past their prime. Or, sometimes, I’ll find bananas marked down at the store because they are starting to get too ripe.

I’m really weird in that I prefer to eat bananas when they have some black spots on them, but the rest of my family won’t touch them once they are at the “Black Spot” stage.

When we have an abundance of over-ripe bananas, I either freeze them to use in smoothies and baking later, or I go ahead and make one of our favorite banana recipes with them.

What to Do With Ripe Bananas

I thought it might be fun to put together a list of some of my favorite things to make with ripe bananas!

The recipes on this list are a mixture of some of my favorite banana recipes right here on this blog, plus some other recipes I gathered from other sites that I hope to try soon.

Most of them are fairly healthful (with a few exceptions) and many of them are family favorites. Enjoy!!


  • Homemade Breakfast Cookies
  • Banana Walnut Oatmeal
  • Fourth of July Toast
  • Healthy Banana Pancakes
  • Brown Sugar Banana French Toast Casserole
  • Pan-Fried Cinnamon Bananas
  • 3-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Pancakes
  • Breakfast Banana Split
  • Banana Pancakes
  • Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
  • Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups
  • Healthy No Bake Banana Bread Breakfast Bars


  • Chocolate Banana Roll-Ups
  • Banana Coconut Pudding
  • Breakfast Banana Pops
  • Copycat Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas
  • Baked Banana Chips
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Energy Bites
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Pops
  • Nutella Banana Crepes
  • Nutella & Banana Sushi
  • Raspberry Banana Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
  • Banana Ice Cream — 10 Different Flavors
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Quesadilla
  • Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas


  • Freezer-Friendly Banana Bread
  • Freezer-Friendly Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
  • Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
  • Gingerbread Banana Bread
  • Honey Cinnamon Banana Bread Scones
  • Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Scones


  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • Chocolate Banana Muffins
  • Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Muffins
  • Banana Crumb Muffins
  • Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins
  • Whole-Wheat Banana Coconut Muffins


  • Clean Eating Banana-Coconut Smoothie
  • Pick-Me-Up Smoothie
  • Blueberry Banana Green Tea Smoothie
  • Green Monster Spinach Smoothie
  • Cinnamon Roll Smoothie


  • Chocolate Bottom Banana Bars
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
  • No Bake Banana Split Cake
  • 4-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Double Chocolate Banana Cake
  • Brown Sugar Banana Blondies
  • Whole Wheat Banana Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  • Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding
  • Healthy Chocolate Banana Fudge
  • Banana Fritters with Vanilla Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Banana Tart

What are YOUR favorite ideas for what to do with ripe bananas? Tell us in the comments!

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Banana Pudding is the perfect recipe for using up 5 overripe bananas. So easy to make and pure comfort food, no wonder it’s so popular. Just serve with ice cream!

NB: I first published this recipe for Banana Pudding (one of our favourites) in January 2014 so it was in serious need of a photographic update as my photography has vastly improved since then and my equipment has too.

I’ve come to realise we have a slight banana addiction judging by the number of banana recipes I’ve posted! So anyway back to the original post:

After the excesses of Christmas we all need to tighten our belts and save money where we can. Reducing our food waste is a good place to start. As a nation we all throw away far too much food as we just don’t get round to using it before it perishes.

If you’re anything like me, sometimes your fruit bowl just gets just a bit out of control and before you know it a whole hand of bananas has suddenly gone from ripe to overripe. Yes you can make banana cake but this usually only uses up a couple of bananas and yes you can freeze bananas but mine tend to never see the light of day once they’ve ventured into the freezer!

So Banana Pudding has become my go to recipe when it comes to salvaging lots of overripe bananas.

It won’t win any beauty contests but it’s gooey in the middle, crispy around the edge and is delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – true comfort food.

Even better Banana Pudding is quick and simple to make and can will happily stay in a warm oven until you’re ready to serve it. My family love this pudding and polish it with gusto.

It’s great to see fruit which looked fit for the compost heap make such a delicious pud – definitely a win win situation for your purse and your tummy!

More Banana Recipes

I do hope you try my Banana Pudding but for more banana pudding and dessert inspiration you might like the following:

  • Banoreo Cheesecake
  • 3 Ingredient Banana Nutella Pancakes
  • Hazlenut Chocolate Banana Delight with Meringue
  • Banana & Chocolate Quesadilla
  • Sin Free Chocolate Mousse
  • Upside-down White Chocolate Banoffee Shortcake
  • Banana & Raspberry Ice Cream
  • Baked Rum Bananas
  • Vegan & Gluten Free Banoffee Pie

Don’t forget to share your Banana Puddings with me tagging @FabFood4All on social media!

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Banana Pudding

A fab comforting Banana Pudding which makes use of an excess of ripe bananas! Course Dessert, Pudding Cuisine British Keyword banana, easy, quick Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Total Time 55 minutes Servings 4 Author Camilla Hawkins

  • 5 large ripe/overripe bananas about 900g – 1kg unpeeled weight
  • 50 g butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 115 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 115 g plain flour
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease a 20cm round dish.
  3. Mash the bananas into a pulp.
  4. Mix in the melted butter, vanilla extract, sugar, beaten egg and sifted flour.
  5. Pour into the dish and bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are a simple & delicious ripe banana recipe that’s even better than banana bread! Great for breakfast, lunch and even dessert! Check out all the 5 star reviews- everyone raves about this easy banana recipe!

Be sure to check out our updated collection of BEST BANANA RECIPES EVER!

Best ripe banana recipe ever

This recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bars is my favorite banana recipe ever. Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a snack! They are delicious, filling, and your whole family will love them. I love that they have a ton of bananas in them. I like to bake a batch, cut them into squares and freeze them individually for when we’re on-the-go! I’ve made these tasty treats for years and our family can’t get enough! They’re perfect for a snack, but I also like to eat them for breakfast. They’re chock full of bananas and I use whole wheat flour to make them more filling. I know the addition of cinnamon may seem a little different, but I encourage you to try it. It adds just a nice pop of flavor. I’ve recently made a couple variations on this recipe! You’ve got to try our Double Chocolate Banana Bars as well as our Peanut Butter Banana Bars.

How to make Healthy Banana Bars

There are several things you can swap out in this recipe to make them healthier. Here are some ideas:

–I use brown sugar instead of regular granulated sugar to add more sweetness with less sugar. That being said, you can decrease the sugar to 1/2 cup. Just make sure you’re using VERY ripe bananas to add sweetness there.

–You can replace half or all of the oil with applesauce. I’m more of a fan of using half coconut oil and half applesauce, personally.

–Use almond or cashew milk in place of regular milk

–Swap out regular flour with almond flour. Just add a rounded teaspoon of baking soda instead.

–Add in 2-3 TBSP of ground flax! No one will notice and it gives an added boost of fiber.

–Check out my double chocolate version of this recipe. I added cocoa powder and tons of ground spinach. No one can taste the difference and if you blend the spinach small enough (blending it with the coconut oil helps) you can’t see the difference either.

How can I ripen bananas quickly?

Ripe bananas are used in banana bread because they have a stronger, more pronounced flavor. There are several ways to help bananas ripen faster so that you can make banana bread. Here are my preferred methods:

  1. Ripen bananas in the oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place bananas peel and all on the parchment and bake for 30-40 minutes, until peels are black & shiny. Let cool 1 hour and proceed with banana bread recipe.
  2. Ripen bananas in a paper bag. If you have more time, place bananas in a paper bag with an apple. Fold and secure closed. I usually leave bananas like this for a full day, then proceed with the Banana Nut Bread recipe.

Chocolate Chip Banana Recipe ingredients

Here’s what you need to make our Chocolate Chip Banana Bars~

–5 very ripe bananas (about 1 2/3 cup) – yes, you can use frozen bananas! Once you’re ready to use the frozen bananas, thaw them out slightly, then peel them and place the bananas in a bowl. Once they’re fully thawed, drain out the liquid and proceed with the recipe.

–3/4 cup brown sugar

–1/4 cup oil (any type- I use coconut)

–1/4 cup milk

–2 eggs

–1 3/4 cup flour (I regularly swap out all-purpose flour for whole wheat!)

–1 tsp baking soda

–1/2 tsp salt

–1 tsp cinnamon

–1 cup mini chocolate chips, divided

How to make Chocolate Chip Banana Dessert Bars

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 15×10.5″ pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Peel bananas and mash well. Stir in brown sugar, oil, milk and eggs until combined.
  3. Add in dry ingredients and stir. Fold in 1/2 the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining chips on top. Bake 18-22 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely and cut into squares.

Yields 24 bars. Scroll down for PRINTABLE RECIPE.

I like to make a batch, then cool, cut and freeze in individual baggies. Since they’re filling, they make a wonderful snack, breakfast or school lunch addition.


Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are a simple & delicious ripe banana recipe that’s even better than banana bread! Great for breakfast, lunch and even dessert! Check out all the 5 star reviews- everyone raves about these Chocolate Chip Banana Bars! 4.93 from 79 votes Pin Course: Breakfast, lunch, Snack/ Dessert Cuisine: American Keyword: banana bars, banana dessert, banana recipe Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 22 minutes Total Time: 37 minutes Servings: 24 Calories: 146kcal Author: Butter With A Side of Bread

  • 5 very ripe bananas about 1 2/3 cup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil any type- I use coconut
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips divided

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 15×10.5? pan with non-stick spray.
  • Peel bananas and mash well. Stir in brown sugar, oil, milk and eggs until combined. Add in dry ingredients and stir. Fold in 1/2 the chocolate chips.
  • Spread the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle remaining chips on top. Bake 18-22 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely and cut into squares.
  • Yields 24 bars.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.7mg Tried this recipe?Mention @jessicalovesbutter or tag #jessicalovesbutter!

Have more ripe bananas? Here are our favorite RIPE BANANA RECIPES:

  • Banana Cream Cookies
  • Banana Split Milkshakes
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
  • Banana Cinnamon Coffee Cake
  • Nutella Banana Muffins

Can you use frozen bananas in banana bars?

A lot of people freeze over ripe bananas to use them later on in banana bars. It’s a simple way to amass a collection of ripe bananas to use in this recipe. you don’t even have to peel the bananas prior to freezing! Once you’re ready to use them in this banana bars recipe, thaw them out slightly, then peel them and place the bananas in a bowl. Once they’re fully thawed, drain out the liquid and proceed with the recipe.

Can you freeze Chocolate Chip Banana Bars?

Yes! I freeze these banana bars often! My favorite way to freeze them is to cut them into 2″-3″ squares and place in a small baggie. Place all of the individual baggies in a larger ziplock bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Then you have individual servings of chocolate chip banana bars that are perfect for an on-the-go snack or school lunch! You can also freeze a half pan of these banana bars. Instead of baking in a 10×15 pan, bake them in 2 quarter bakers sheets or 9×13 pans. Simply cool fully, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 2 weeks.

Are banana bars gluten free?

My traditional recipe for chocolate chip banana bars does contain gluten, however you can substitute a gluten-free flour blend or use almond flour instead. If you swap out regular flour with almond flour, just add a rounded teaspoon of baking soda instead.

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10 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

If there’s one food that I buy way too much of on a weekly basis it’s bananas. We must go through 3-5 daily, so it’s tough not to grab a big bunch or two every time I’m at the grocery. After all, bananas are inexpensive, super kid friendly, high in potassium and easy to digest. These 10 ways to use ripe bananas will save you any time you’ve got a few lying around and need a little extra inspiration. All of these recipes are super duper simple and let the natural sweetness and texture of the bananas do much of the work. If you don’t have time to make anything before they go really brown you can even freeze them or pop them into your morning smoothie.

What’s your favorite way to use ripe bananas? Love for you to tell me in the comments below!

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25 Delicious Recipes for Brown Bananas

June 27, 2015

I buy bananas with good intentions. They sit on the counter waiting to be grabbed for a quick snack. Sometimes they are eaten up quickly. Most often, however, they sit there till they start to turn brown and gross.

I hate to waste food so I’ll throw them in the freezer to use in recipes. When they turn brown like this, I can’t bring myself to eat one as is, but I don’t mind using them up in a recipe. In fact, some recipes require the bananas to be overripe! They have many, many uses.

My mom always made banana bread with them. I remember having an after school snack of banana bread warm out of the oven and topping it with butter. The butter would melt and flavour the bread even more. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Classic banana bread is one use for your brown bananas, but I’ve discovered a bunch of other yummy ways you can use them. Don’t let those bananas go to waste!

Recipes for Brown Bananas

Here are 25 delicious recipes for your brown bananas.

1. Banana Cake: Sweet, dense and packed full of flavour. The cream cheese icing is the perfect complement.

2. Caramel Banana Muffins: Incredibly moist and flavourful banana muffins topped with a sinfully sweet ribbon of homemade caramel.

3. Banana Chocolate Cake: Rich, luscious and fully of yummy chocolate flavour. You won’t be able to stop at just one piece.

4. Banana Split Brownies: Delicious homemade brownies with a hint of banana and topped with strawberry cream cheese frosting. A fun dessert that everyone will enjoy!

5. Cinnamon Banana Pancakes: Add some cinnamon and bananas to your next batch of pancakes. My family gobbled this delicious breakfast up in record time!

6. Banana Bread Breakfast Casserole: Use up your brown bananas and leftover bread in this crowd-pleasing breakfast recipe! It comes together in 10 minutes, bakes for 1 hour and is a recipe you’ll find yourself making again and again.

7. Banana Cake with Toffee Frosting: A deliciously moist banana cake with a rich toffee frosting. It’s also easy to make and the perfect way to use up those brown bananas!

8. Banana Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting: The epitome of decadence! One of the yummiest cupcake recipes yet!

9. White Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread: My version of banana bread with a sweet twist!

10. Peanut Butter Banana Cookies: These peanut butter banana cookies are easy to make and super yummy!

11. Banana Oatmeal Cupcakes: Basically banana bread, but in cupcake form!

12. Paleo Banana Bread: Enjoy banana bread on a Paleo diet.

13. Banana Bread Pancakes: Pancakes fuse together with Banana Bread to create a family favorite breakfast!

14. Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread: The bread is soft, moist and the cream cheese layer is like having a layer of cheesecake baked into banana bread.

15. Banana Pudding Ice Cream: A creamy and rich banana pudding ice cream with real banana flavor and wonderful pieces of Nilla wafers mixed in.

16. Banana Caramel French Toast Bake: Filled with ripe bananas, BAILEYS® Caramel Coffee Creamer, and caramel sauce, this Banana Caramel French Toast Bake is an easy breakfast that makes getting up in the mornings just a little bit easier!

17. Banana Yeast Bread: Fragrant and tender bread with a hint of cinnamon. Use ripe bananas for best results. Very easy in the bread machine.

18. Banana Flaxseed Waffles: A delicious combination of sweet, ripe bananas and ground flaxseed, mixed in a batter of just five ingredients, and made into crispy waffles.

19. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Super moist and sweet chocolate chip banana bread is the ultimate quick bread recipe!

20. Banana Bundt Cake with Walnut Cream Cheese Frosting: A super moist banana cake recipe that can be made in a bundt pan. Recipe uses one cup of vanilla Greek yogurt which gives it a super moist bite. Use ripened bananas for best flavor, and allow cake to cool before frosting.

21. Blueberry Banana Granola Bar: These soft and chewy homemade granola bars are gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free.

22. Banana Bread with Splenda: Perfect for those of you looking for sugar alternatives.

23. Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins: Perfect to take on the go for a quick breakfast or snack.

24. 3 Ingredient Breakfast Cookies: A great way to start your day with an easy recipe.

25. Banana Pancakes: A yummy breakfast twist that your family will love.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to use brown bananas in addition to banana bread! This is a great list to inspire you to enjoy those bananas at the bottom of your freezer.

Whatever you do, DO NOT throw them away. Put them in the freezer until you are ready to use them.

If you don’t want to EAT the bananas, here are 8 unusual uses for bananas you might want to try.

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What is your favourite way to use brown bananas?

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Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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