what do you do with over ripe bananas?

United States
June 21, 2010 2:34pm CST
What do you do when your bananas get over ripe? Do you just throw them away or do you make things with them? I have a cake called 'hummingbird cake' that takes 4 very ripe bananas and whenever we have something at church they always ask me to make this cake. I also make banana bread and sometimes muffins, but I think the cake is the best. So how about you, what do you do with your ripe bananas????
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Jun 10
I try not to let them go there because i don't like them ripe to start with. I just buy 2 or 3 at the time. U can't beat a good banana pudding & i also love banana bread. I use to make a banana spice cake that was good. I had a customer at the shop that said she froze them & used them for cooking whatever but i never tried freezing them.
• United States
21 Jun 10
I have always used a banana pudding mix to make the banana pudding!!! Then I put sliced bananas in it. I have frozen them and I personally don't like them frozen. what I made with them seemed that the banana 'fell' to the bottom and didn't blend like they normally do. I think you have the right idea to just buy 2 or 3 at a time. Right now I have 4 very ripe bananas that I think will become a hummingbird cake, I will make it now and refrigerate and use it Thursday at church when we begin our new Christian Fellowship hour. I promised refreshments and my pastor told me I HAD to bring a pineapple pie!!!! Nice to hear from you again!!! Have a happy day!!!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
21 Jun 10
Your pastor would be out of luck if he expected a pineapple pie from me. I hate pineapple, don't even like to smell it, lol. I believe u have everyone spoiled to your cooking. We our having homecoming at church sunday & my friend had already told me she wants 'copper pennies'. Then she said one of us need to cook some white beans, one of the members really likes them. To be honest i thought she could have just gone on & fixed them but she knew i'd say i would. i has already volunteered to bring quite a few things so i think i have them spoiled to. Her sister wanted me to bring some slaw that i make that she likes. good to hear from u to. Happy days to u.
• United States
21 Jun 10
My husband is with you on the pineapple!!! I love it!!!! Yes, you are right I do have everyone spoiled to my cooking. Even people I don't know have had something that I made somewhere and ask me about it. Hope you have a wonderful picnic. We will have one in July. oh and thanks for your response, think I forgot that before until it was to late.
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@eileenleyva (10971)
• Philippines
21 Jun 10
Christmas, I do not allow the bananas to turn over riped. It is very expensive. But now that you gave us a plan B, care to teach us how to make the bread, the muffin and the hummingbird cake? Please!
• United States
21 Jun 10
Hello eileenleyva, yes I can teach you. The cake is a very easy cake to make. I have thought about posting this question different times. The other day in someones post some one wrote that her husband threw away a banana because it was to soft and I thought you have to be kidding doesn't anyone make something with them. Alot of times when my bananas get to ripe I just throw them out to the raccoons as I don't want to mess with making something iwth them. But I will get back with you with the recipes. Thanks for your response.
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• United States
22 Jun 10
What I like about this cake is that it is all mixed in one bowl and does not require a mixer to be used. Just hand stir all the ingredients together. I love to make this cake with my grandchildren!!!! HUMMINGBIRD CAKE 3 cups (750ml) all purpose flour 2 cups (500ml) white table sugar 1 teaspoon (5ml) baking soda 1 teaspoon (5ml) salt 1 teaspoon (5ml) cinnamon Mix above ingredients in a large bowl. ADD to the mixture 3 eggs 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil 1&1/2 teaspoon (7.5ml) vanilla stir into the dry ingredients ADD to this mixture 1 cup (227g) canned crushed pineapple undrained 1 cup (227g) chopped pecans 4 ripe bananas Stir all this together. Pour mixture into 3 greased 9" round (23-cm) pans or one 11x15" pan. Bake at 350degrees F. (180C.) for 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife or tooth pick come out clean. Remove from pans and cool completely. FROSTING 1 8 oz (227g)package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup (125ml)butter, softened 3&1/2 cups (875ml) powder sugar 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla Beat with mixer until fluffy. Spread between layers, on top and sides of cooled cake. Sprinkle top with additional chopped pecans. Cake is best if refrigerated at least 24 hours before serving.
• United States
3 Jul 10
The muffin recipe is posted on #20 comment on here.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
23 Aug 10
I put them in the freezer until I have time to bake banana bread that is yummy.
• United States
23 Aug 10
I tried that once and didn't like the results. Freezing is not one of my talents. Do you peel them before you freeze them? I fed my last ripe ones to the raccoons. It was just to hot to make bread and they really liked them. Thank you for your response.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
23 Aug 10
Freezing bananas is easy. You do not have to peel them; just stick them in the freezer.
• United States
22 Jun 10
How many hummingbirds do you need to make this cake? I eat no matter how ripe they get, I just ate two the other day that were so soft I could have poked a hole in the shin and squeezed em out like toothpaste.
• United States
22 Jun 10
"skin" not "shin" But really, they don't usually get that ripe, I eat them pretty quick.
• United States
22 Jun 10
I am very picky about my banana's. I don't like them green and I don't like them to ripe. Yours sound like the ones i just use to make this cake. The recipe is at the first post. We have a joke about the hummingbirds and this cake I tell everyone it takes 4 (bananas!). One time, our pastor daughter was about 10 and I had made this cake for a dinner at church and she wanted to know what was in it and her mother told her hummingbirds feel the crunch (pecans!)....pooor girl...she really believed us! Thanks for the response.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
29 Jun 10
Hi, Christmas2006. I will just slice the bananas up and eat it just as they are. I don't really have any special thing that I do with them. If I have some left over pudding, I will make add the over ripe bananas to it.
• United States
2 Jul 10
Thank you for your response, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. This week now is a busy week for me and haven't been on much. I have never added the ripe bananas to my pudding. I have put in firm ones when I make pies and pudding. I have 4 now that I have to do something with tomorrow, not sure what I will do with them. Certainly not buy any more for awhile!! I already have a cake in the freezer that I made before so maybe I will make bread and put it in the freezer.
• Philippines
24 Jun 10
The only thing I do with over riped bananas is banana bread. My family loves this recipe and keeps asking me to do it. I also want to know how to make banana muffin.
• United States
3 Jul 10
I just made 2 loafs of banana bread yesterday. I have one to eat and the other I took to church and stuck in the freezer. We have a Thursday fellowship so will serve it then. The banana muffins are very easy. No mixer required. 1&3/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 cup white granulated (table) sugar 2&1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt In large mixing bowl stir together the above ingrediants. Make a well in the center of your bowl. (Do this by pushing the dry ingrediants to the sides.) In the well add: 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 ripe bananas Stir this into the dry ingredients. Stir just till moistened; batter will be lumpy. Spoon into greased or paper-bake-cup-lined, muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans. Serve warm. Makes 10-12 muffins. If you have any questions or problems please let me know and I will try to help you.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
22 Jun 10
We dip them in batter and fry them as fried bananas. Otherwise we mash them, add flour, water, a pinch of salt and fry them as banana fritters. They should all taste as delicious.
• United States
22 Jun 10
Someone else said to make the banana fritters. I have never done that but have made apple fritters. Thanks for your response.
• Philippines
22 Jun 10
we have the same idea. that is what we usually do. other than that to make it fast, we do hotcake - banana flavor. It tast like banana cake as well. Some people throw it because they have no idea what to do with it. Some people make a catsup out of it.
• United States
22 Jun 10
I have throwed them away before just because I didn't want to make anything with them. I love to watch the raccoons try to peel them!!!! I know what to do with them but sometime it is having the time to do it or wonder who I can pawn the baked goods off on after I make it, so I have figured it is a waste of other ingredients to make something. I have added extra milk to my banana bread before and made pancakes with it. The other day, I even tried to make french toast with my banana bread. I just couldn't decide if I really like it or not. My husband was NOT impressed with my 'creativiness' and wouldn't eat it!
@marguicha (100329)
• Chile
22 Jun 10
I normally eat them whenthey are not overipe. Just as Jo does (Antiquelady), I buy 2 or 3 at a time because I live alone. When they are riper, I blend them with milk and sugar and make with anana milk that tastes delicious. It is specially goodwhen the sun is shining and I dont care so much for hot drinks. Take care!
• United States
22 Jun 10
Well, my daughter was just here and I tried to talk her into leaving them grandchildren so I could have them make my cake but she said they have to go home and clean house, her and the 2 oldest are going to go on a 3 day girlscout camping trip, unfortunately, our weather report is for storms all week. I guess I will have to make my cake on my own! I have thought about stiring a ripe banana into icecream sometime but have never got brave enough to try it. I don't drink milk so it would have to be ice cream. I would guess it matters on how much to ripe the banana is????? Thanks for your response.
@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Jun 10
Oh I used to throw them away till my mother in law taught me to make Malpooye thats Indian sweet pan cakes using them. But still its really best to eat them before they ripen. Would love to know your recipe for cake though...I have never heard of anyone making cake using Bananas
• United States
22 Jun 10
Hello mansha, I just posted the recipe in the first post. Others have asked for it too. I give this recipe away all the time here at home. Thanks for your request and also for your response.
• India
22 Jun 10
U know what i hate bananas.We hardly buy bananas.But now for my baby i bring only two at a time.But your idea of making cake,bread etc are quite innovative ya.I never even thought of using bananas this way.Can you please send me your cake recipe.
• United States
22 Jun 10
I am glad to hear that you are feeding your baby somehting you don't like. So many times parents don't give their children what they don't like themselfs. My best friend does NOT like bananas. I just posted the recipe in the first response. Thaks for the request and also for replying.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
22 Jun 10
I usually don't have over ripe banana, because all my family member love fruit very much so when me buy it, its always gone in one or two day. Banana is quite cheap here, so we have so many cuisine using banana. I have tried banana caramel cake, the taste really good but my all time favorite is baked banana cheese.
• United States
22 Jun 10
I have never heard of baked banana cheese, maybe you could post your recipe for this and share with the rest of us. Thanks for your response.
@oldchem1 (8144)
22 Jun 10
I have several recipes that I fall back on when my bananas go too over ripe. I make a lovely date and blueberry cake that has bananas in, banana bread, banana muffins and several other banana cakes - they are all low fat and sugar free ones too so good for the old diet!!
• United States
22 Jun 10
Maybe I should get your recipe especially for the lowfat sugar free! I am starting a christian fellowship time at our church this Thursday and am planning my refreshments. I don't do anything sugar free except very simple things. I was going to make my hummingbird cake but one reason its called hummingbird is because of all the sugar in it!!!!! I think most of my people that will be there are probley sugar free people. Thanks for your response.
@apoorva5 (120)
• India
22 Jun 10
i am having recipe using ripe banana which is very easy to make and it takes less time and yummy to taste and the name of the recipe is banana sweet and u can find in http://my-mouth-watering-recipes.blogspot.com
• United States
22 Jun 10
Thank you for the link. I don't have very many banana recipes so this will come in mighty helpful. Thanks for your response.
@peavey (16856)
• United States
22 Jun 10
When bananas get overripe, I put them in the freezer then make banana shakes or malteds with them. I hardly ever make banana bread or anything like that because it wouldn't get eaten here, but malteds are a favorite.
• United States
22 Jun 10
Wow hard to believe noone would eat banana bread! I gave my son in law a loaf the last time I made it and him and the neighbor sat down and ate the whole loaf, we still had 1/2 of one so I gave him my other one too! Thanks for your response.
@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
21 Jun 10
Yes, if fact I have a few banana there now that I need to do something with because once they are to ripen I can't eat them like that. So what I usually do is like you make either banana bread or banana muffins. You can even blend them into a health shake also.
• United States
22 Jun 10
I have 4 that tomorrow are going to become a hummingbird cake. We are not eating the banana bread that well. I have never tried the shakes. I did buy some banana ice cream once and didn't like it. Thanks for your response.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
21 Jun 10
I try very hard to not have over ripe bananas. I like my bananas a little green, some might say a lot green, so I really never have any around that are over ripe. I eat one banana a day and I buy only what I need twice a week and get the greenest ones I can find at the store.
• United States
22 Jun 10
My daughter likes the slightly green ones. I don't. but I think that is smart to buy only what you need. I just never think to do it that when I am getting them. Will have to do it.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
21 Jun 10
It always happens. You have bananas that are getting to the point of no return. When this happens to me, i like to solve the problem by making banana bread.
• United States
22 Jun 10
It seems like one day they are fine then the next they are ready for bread. I just made 3 loafs last week. Gave 2 to my son n law and we ate most of hte other one then I threw it out to the raccoons. I am really tired of making banana bread.
• United States
21 Jun 10
Normally when my bananas get over ripe I make banana bread. But, I am a very busy lady and sometimes I just don't have time to bake before the bananas go totally bad. So, I will put the over ripe bananas in the freezer until I have the time to bake them.
• United States
21 Jun 10
Do you peel your bananas before you freeze them? I tried freezing them both ways and I didn't like them either way. My biggest problem right now is that it is so hot to have the oven on. I don't have air conditioning but I am lucky that our kitchen is opne with a nice breeze in 3 directions so it isn't all that bad. I think I like my cake better then the bread but not sure why. Thanks for your response.
21 Jun 10
In our house it really doesn't matter what I would do with over ripe bananas because there are just so many of us that a bunch of bananas lasts for about two days at most so I can buy a huge bunch and know that they will always be eaten up before I have to worry about anything going off or over ripe. If I had a choice then I would definitely make banana bread as there is just something ridiculously tasty about this that I enjoy so much more than just eating a banana or any banoffee pie that I have tried in the past. I love banana bread with a nice smear of strawberry jam as it's just lovely and sweet and the perfect snack.
• United States
21 Jun 10
I use to be like that and never had ripe bananas and if I wanted them I had to buy them special but my kids have all growed up and I swear them bananas rippen faster then they use to!!! I need to do as antique lady suggested and only buy 2 or 3 at a time!!!! I have never thought to put jelly on the bread, my favorite is red raspberry jam, but my husband has used peanut butter before and I made some french toast with it the last time I made bread! I will have to do it again to decide if I really liked it! Thanks for your response.