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What can I do with overripe bananas?

Since bananas ripen so fast you may often find yourself with a bunch of overripe bananas that no one wants to eat. Don't throw the fruits away. Turn overripe bananas into delicious snacks and breakfast food by following these simple recipes.

Bananas have a nasty way of ripening together, all at once. You buy a bunch of dozen bananas, and realize they are not ready to eat yet; you let them sit for 24 hours and before you know they start turning brown and black. What do you do? While you may be tempted to toss them in the bin, don't. There are a number of ways to put overripe bananas to use.

You can always use them in a face pack. Add an egg and ½ tsp honey to a mashed banana and spread it over your face. Wash off after ½ hour for clear and baby soft skin. The minerals and vitamins in the ingredients add a natural glow to the skin.

You can also combine 2-3 overripe mashed bananas with 2 tsp olive oil and 2 egg yolks and use it as a hair pack. Leave on for 2-3 hours. The nutrients in the oil, egg and bananas will leave your hair manageable, lustrous and soft.

But, what if you want to eat the fruit? Worry not, for there are some easy to cook recipes that you can try. They are both delicious and nutritious.

Fry bananas with some sugar for a yummy snack

If you have a craving for something sweet, try this awesome recipe. My family loves it. The ingredients you require for this dish are available in every home. I call it caramelized bananas.


  • 4 overripe bananas

  • ½ cup sugar, preferably brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp cooking butter or oil

  • Big pinch cinnamon powder (optional)

  • 3-4 tbsp orange juice


  • Peel and slice the bananas length wise into two

  • Heat butter/oil in a non stick pan

  • Put the bananas on the pan, sliced side facing upwards

  • Sprinkle half the sugar, and orange juice on the slices and cook on low to medium heat until the sugar starts to change colour

  • Turn the bananas over sprinkle the balance sugar, orange juice and cinnamon powder and cook on low flame till the sugar darkens

  • Flip the bananas over. You will notice the sliced side has taken on a brown colour and caramelized nicely

  • Cook the other side of the banana so it gets a nice caramelized look

  • Remove on a plate and serve hot

Caramelized bananas can be eaten plain or served with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. The caramelized sugar will soon harden, so eat it fast. Also don't let the sugar blacken while cooking, as it will turn bitter.

Can I make halwa with overripe bananas?

Sure, you can. The good thing about halwa is that you can make different types using a variety of ingredients. Trust me, banana halwa tastes as delicious as any other halwa that you have eaten, and is perfect for a nice wintry day.
Healthy halwa from overripe bananas


  • ½ dozen overripe bananas mashed

  • Sugar 2 cups, preferably brown sugar or chinni ka burra

  • 2 tbsp ghee

  • Slivered almonds and pistachios for garnishing


  • Mash overripe bananas with a fork

  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan and transfer the bananas into it

  • Add the sugar and give it a good stir

  • When the sugar starts dissolving add the ghee

  • Keep stirring the mix to ensure it doesn't get caught

  • Cook until the ghee separates and the mix begins moving in a mass

  • Remove from fire and transfer into a serving dish

  • Garnish with chopped nuts and serve

Banana halwa is best enjoyed piping hot. This recipe can be tweaked and it is fine to use ripe bananas if you wish.

How to may pancakes using bananas?

Whenever I make pancakes I am transported back to my childhood. As the divine smell of pancakes wafts around my kitchen I picture myself as a child, dressed in my school uniform, eagerly waiting for my mother to serve delicious pancakes for breakfast. Here is my recipe of nutritious pancakes made from overripe bananas.


  • 1 cup maida

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour

  • 4tbsp oats soaked in 1cup milk

  • 3 large overripe bananas

  • 1 well beaten egg

  • 1 tbsp coarsely pounded saunf

  • ½ cup sugar

  • A pinch salt

  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

  • Butter/oil

  • 1 cup milk


  • Mash bananas to a smooth paste

  • Pass all the flours so no lump remains and air gets incorporated into them

  • Beat an egg until frothy

  • Mix all the ingredients except butter/oil to form a thick batter of pouring consistency – slightly thicker then dosa batter

  • Heat a skillet and smear a little oil/butter on it

  • Spoon a ladle of the batter onto the skillet, and shape it into a circle, a little smaller than a saucer

  • Let it cook for a minute or 2 and dot the side facing outwards with a little oil/butter

  • Turn the pancake over when you see the side curling upwards

  • Flip and cook the other side

The pancake is done when it takes on a rich brown colour. You can make them as thick or as thin as you like. Thinner pancakes are more like crepes. You can serve them with maple syrup, chocolate sauce or honey. They can be enjoyed plain as well. Crepes can be served with a filling of finely chopped fruits and fresh cream.

Can I use overripe bananas for baking a cake?

Of course you can. Overripe bananas make delicious cakes. My favourite is the banana walnut cake that can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. What's great about this recipe is that it is eggless. Could it get any better?


  • Maida ¾ cup

  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour

  • 3 overripe bananas

  • 100 grams cooking butter

  • Sugar a little less than ½ a cup

  • Milkmaid ½ cup

  • 1 level spoon baking powder

  • ¾ tsp vanilla essence

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 4 tbsp fresh curd


  • Pass all the dry ingredients through a sieve

  • Cream together butter and sugar till fluffy

  • Add milkmaid, vanilla essence and curd and mix again

  • Next fold in the flour and mashed banana to the mix, a little at a time

  • Drop in the walnuts, keep a few pieces aside for decorating the cake

  • Blend the batter together to make a homogenous mix

  • Grease a baking dish and pour the batter into it. Sprinkle the balance walnuts on top

  • Pre-heat the oven and bake for 25 -30mins at 180 degrees Celsius. Or bake in a microwave for 5 minutes at high

Nutritious banana and walnut cake
You can check if the cake is done by pushing a knife down the centre. If it comes out clean your cake is done; if not bake for another 5 minutes. If you are using the microwave let the cake stand in the microwave for 5 minutes before testing if it is done. In case it's not done, microwave for another minute.

The cake can be made with egg as well. Simply do away with the milkmaid and curd and replace it with 2 eggs. Increase the quantity of sugar to ¾ cup.

How about a bonda recipe using bananas!

By now you must know that I enjoy cooking. When I started experimenting with bananas I realize there is so much you can cook with this humble fruit. One fine day I put my culinary skills to test by making sweet bonda with discoloured and ripened bananas.


  • 4-5 overripe bananas

  • Maida 1 cup

  • Sugar to taste

  • Desiccated coconut

  • Baking powder ¼ tsp

  • Oil


  • Mash the bananas with a fork

  • Mix all the ingredients together, except the oil to form a smooth batter

  • Heat oil in a kadai and drop spoonfuls of batter into it

  • Fry bondas to a golden brown and serve

  • Do try these wholesome dishes, and stay tuned for some more delicious


Article by Juana
Juana is a freelance writer, with years of experience, creating content for varied online portals. She holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a teacher and as a soft skill trainer. An avid reader, she writes on a variety of topics ranging from health, travel, education and personality development.

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Author: BarathVikraman16 Jan 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 4

Juana you have given nice mouth watering recipes!
I would like to share my recipe using ripped banana, this is my kid's favorite recipe too.
Ripped banana can add an extra taste to your sweet recipes.
Make a dosa batter by soaking urad dal and rice along with fenugreek seeds.
After six hour grind the ingredients by using little water.
Avoid making the batter too much thin. Now add a pinch of salt and two fully ripped bananas in the batter.
Completely mash the bananas before adding them in batter.
Now add finely chopped green chillies and a tsp of sugar in the batter.
Heat the dosa tawa and spread the batter in a circular shape.
Put few drops of pure ghee from all the sides.
Make the dosa ready from both the sides till it turns golden in color.
Serve it hot with coconut chutney.

Guest Author: Jitendra Virgo18 Mar 2015

Thanks and Juana and Mathi for sharing nice recipes...

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