5 healthy ways to get rid of ripe bananas

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We’ve all been there. They start off green and impossible to eat, and before you know it they’ve gone brown and mushy. There are however, a few ways to use those mushy ripe bananas without throwing them away. Here are five delicious recipes you should try:

  1. Banana loaf

Makes 1 loaf

4 ripe bananas

5 tbsp sugar

1 cup flour (white or wholemeal)

120g butter (melted)

2 eggs, whisked

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C degrees. Mash the bananas with a fork until you get a smooth paste. Add eggs, sugar, vanilla, butter (melted, but cooled down), flour and baking powder and mix well.
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper, pour in the mixture and cook in the oven for 50 minutes, until the top is dark golden.

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  1. Banana pancakes

Makes 6 small pancakes

1 ripe banana

2 eggs

Optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla essence and 1/4 tsp baking soda for fluffier pancakes

Method

  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Mash the banana with a fork until you have a smooth and liquid mixture.
  3. Add the eggs into the banana mixture, add the vanilla and baking soda and mix well. Cook on a non-stick frying pan with a dash of butter or oil for 2-3minutes each side on medium heat.
  1. Banana Ice Cream

 Makes 4 servings

2 ripe bananas

Optional: grated dark chocolate or 1 tbsp peanut butter

Method

  1. Cut the ripe bananas into small slices (or “coins”), add them to a container and place them in the freezer overnight, or for at least 3 hours.
  2. Blend the bananas in a food processor or blender, preferably a small one. Stop frequently and use a spoon to keep pushing the banana back into the middle of the blender. Keep blending until suddenly; you get creamy banana ice cream!
  3. Add peanut butter and blend for a few more seconds, or add grated dark chocolate on top for serving.

Alternatively: put the ice cream in a container and freeze for an hour to get a more firm ice cream.

  1. Sweet potato and banana smoothie

1 cooked sweet potato (frozen or cooled down)

1 frozen banana

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup almond milk

½ cup Greek yogurt

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg (optional)

Method

  1. The sweet potato can be either precooked in the oven (roast in skin for 1 hour on 180°C degrees and simply peel the skin off) or in the microwave (peeled) for 10 minutes. Freeze the sweet potato or leave it in the fridge to cool down.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

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  1. Banana and cashew nut smoothie

½ cup milk (nut or diary) OR ½ cold brew coffee

1  frozen banana

2 Medjool dates

¼ cup raw cashew nuts (pre-soaked overnight)

3 tbsp oats (pre-soaked overnight)

1 tbsp cocoa

Method

  1. Remove water from cashews and oats and add them to a blender. Add the frozen banana, milk/coffee, dates and cocoa and blend until smooth.
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