Bananas: who doesn’t love ‘em? Wholesome, delicious and easy to eat on the go, it’s no wonder they’re a beloved breakfast staple and any time-of-day snack. They’re just as tasty when overripe – a classic ingredient to bake into muffins and puddings.
Looking for some more creative ways to enjoy ripe bananas? Here are 12 delicious ones to try…
Spread on crumpets
Or on muffins, fruit loaf or toast, for that matter. Sweet, overripe banana is a great alternative to butter – add sweet or savoury extras such as jam or cheese.
Try this recipe for Banana Jam Crumpets.
Instant ice cream
Well, almost instant. You have to freeze (yes, freeze) the peeled bananas first, then just whizz in a blender. Add a little milk, if you like - coconut works beautifully. Holiday in a bowl.
Make vegan cakes
Banana works as a binding agent in cakes and biscuits, so there’s no need to use egg. Makes gloriously gooey brownies, too.
Use your loaf
Banana bread is a classic that can equally be served with ice cream as a dessert or as breakfast on the go. The best news? The riper the bananas, the more beautifully moist the bread.
Top with cinnamon, syrup, berries, coconut, chocolate buttons - whatever you fancy. Then either roast on a tray or wrapped up in foil. A gooey, creamy, sweet delight.
Mix raw oats, thick yoghurt, milk, chopped banana and seeds (chia, sesame, etc) and leave in the fridge overnight.
You can also add berries or grated apple to this pre-prepared brekkie.
Don’t fritter away your uneaten fruit. Turn it into fritters, instead. These delicious morsels will make you happy you let those bananas get a bit too brown...
A homemade snack that uses up the bunch AND has less sugar than shop-bought versions? Banana chips, made with just the fruit and a squeeze of lemon, are winners all round.
Yep, that’s right - ripe bananas mash up beautifully with avocados to bulk out your dip while adding a hint of sweetness. Not only is it cheaper, but rich in potassium, too.
Mix mashed banana into your batter for fluffy, naturally sweet pancakes - or top regular pancakes with slices of soft banana and drizzle with honey. Perfect weekend brunch fodder.
Jazz up your roast
Adding a peeled, ripe banana to the meat tray will give a rich sweetness to your roast dinner, for a tasty change.
French toast sandwich
Crisp on the outside, gooey in the centre, bursting with creamy sweetness - yes please!
Main image credit: Capture Collect
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