Got Over-Ripe Bananas? Here’s What To Do…

I buy bananas like crazy! I love to have them on-hand because they’re ridiculously cheap to buy and are great for a nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert.

I buy a lot of bananas, but am usually the only one eating them (unless my roommate steals them, which does happen on occasion, though he always tells me :)) so inevitably, a few of them are bound to become a little over-ripe before I can eat them. There are many tried and true recipes that incorporate over-ripe bananas, usually in the form of muffins, breads, or smoothies. Here’s a couple of unusual, yet very easy and tasty ways to use up those bananas…

Baked Banana Sundae

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Chocolate, chips or chopped
  • Peanuts, chopped
  • Any other toppings you can think up!

Directions

Cut off the ends of your banana and slice it down the middle – just the peel, be careful to not slice the actual banana. Then chop up your nuts and chocolate.

Place your banana in a square of foil, then stuff the banana with chocolate and nuts and wrap the foil loosely around and bake at 350º for about 15 minutes.

Remove the foil packet from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Then open and enjoy straight from the foil, or top with whipped cream and a cherry!

Don’t be freaked out when the banana peel comes out black – it’s supposed to look like that. The banana ends up soft and sweet, and the salty nuts and creamy chocolate are perfect accompaniments to it! This is a very easy and very tasty treat that uses few ingredients and is done in no time.

Frozen Banana Pops

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Good quality dark chocolate
  • Sea salt (optional)
  • Wooden skewers (I had some leftover from the last time I made kebabs)

Directions

Unpeel your banana and cut in half, then slide each half onto a wooden skewer. Freeze these bananas on a sheet of parchment paper for about 4 hours.

Melt your chocolate over a double boiler, (or if you’re like me – in the microwave) then remove your bananas from the freezer and get ready to dip!

Dip your bananas into the bowl of chocolate and use a spoon to make sure the entire surface of the banana is covered. Sprinkle with sea salt, or any other topping you might prefer (nuts, toffee, candy, sprinkles, etc.) Put the chocolate-covered bananas back into the freezer for about 1 hour so the chocolate can set, then enjoy!

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