Ways To Use Ripe or Overripe Bananas

Who doesn’t have ripe or overripe bananas on their hands every now and then? This collection of recipes includes 40 different Ways To use Ripe or Overripe Bananas. You can use the overripe bananas in all the bread, muffin, cake, cookie and pancake recipes. But I would use just ripe or barely ripe bananas for the desserts and salads so they stay fresher longer.

If you’ve got a batch of ripe or overripe bananas on your hands, here are some really fun Ways To Use Ripe or Overripe Bananas. Many of these are family favorites and they have differing degrees of difficulty. You’ll also notice I have several gluten free options.

Now there’s no excuses for throwing out old bananas! Try them in one of these great recipes. Enjoy.

40 WAYS TO USE RIPE OR OVERRIPE BANANAS

40 Ways To Use Ripe or Overripe Bananas | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

BREADS:

Banana Apricot Nut Bread

Banana Apricot Nut Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

We love this delicious bread. It’s especially great during the holidays for holiday baking.

Banana Walnut Bread

Banana Walnut Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This is a yeast bread for the breadmaker. Not your typical banana bread recipe. It’s light and fluffy.

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This is our favorite Banana Bread recipe. I got this recipe from my niece, Heather, and it’s my go-to banana bread recipe whenever I make it.

Chocolate Chip Banana Skillet Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Skillet Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This recipe is so decadent it’s like eating dessert. Drizzle with chocolate syrup and that’s what you have here!

Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread

Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This Banana Bread recipe is chocked full of cinnamon chips causing an explosion of cinnamon flavor.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Almond Bread

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Almond Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This gluten free version contains chocolate chips and almonds for a crunchy, delicious bread you’ll love.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Bread

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This is another gluten free extremely rich bread that’s filled with cinnamon chips. 

Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread

Healthy Blueberry Banana-Nut Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This amazing recipe uses blueberries instead of chocolate chips. So delicious.

Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread

Iced White Chocolate Cranberry Bread | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This version includes white chocolate chips and craisins with a scrumptious glaze over top.

CAKES:

Banana Cake with Butterscotch Fudge Frosting

Banana Cake with Butterscotch Fudge Frosting | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This cake is amazing. It’s one of those cakes you’ll be drooling over from the first bite.

Banana Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting

Banana Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This is our favorite Banana Cake recipe. I got this recipe from my neighbor in Massachusetts one summer in the 1990s. I loved it then and it’s still one of my favorite cake recipes of all time. The frosting is to die for!

Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing

Banana Sheet Cake with Caramel Icing | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

I got this recipe from a co-worker when I worked at Dallas Baptist University in the early 2000s. It’s fantastic.

COOKIES, BROWNIES & BARS:

Banana Blondies

Banana Blondies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are rich, decadent and some of the most amazing blondies you’ll ever eat.

Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

Banana Bread Bars with Browned Butter Frosting | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are more of a cake-like bar but just as good.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars

Banana Chocolate Chunk Snack Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

I loved the texture of these snack bars. Chocolate chunks are great used in these goodies.

Banana Mini Morsel Bars

Banana Mini Morsel Bars | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are very soft, almost pancake-like, but so tasty.

Chunky Monkey Brownies

Chunky Monkey Brownies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are absolutely amazing. I used baking melts and chocolate chips, but chocolate chunks and chocolate chips will work as well. I couldn’t get enough of these when I baked them!

DESSERTS:

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Our favorite Banana Pudding recipe. I would use ripe but NOT overripe bananas for this recipe.

Banana Split Dessert

Banana Split Dessert | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This dessert is wonderful during the holidays. I would use ripe, but NOT overripe bananas here so the bananas stay fresher longer.

MUFFINS:

Banana Chocolate Chip Coconut Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Coconut Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

I loved these jewels. They contain three of my favorites: bananas, chocolate and coconut. Soooo yummy.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These were fantastic – also another favorite.

Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffins

Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These muffins use cinnamon chips making them incredibly rich and flavorful.

Banana Nutella Swirl Muffins

Banana Nutella Swirl Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are absolutely delicious. You can’t go wrong with Nutella in your muffins!

Chocolate Banana Bread Streusel Muffins

Chocolate Banana Bread Streusel Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are amazing. The streusel and glaze make these decadent!

Chocolate Banana Streusel Muffins

Chocolate Banana Streusel Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These miniature muffins have wonderful flavor.

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

As you can tell, I can’t get enough of chocolate and bananas together!

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are the ultimate in chocolate and bananas.

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are my favorite gluten free version of chocolate and bananas together in muffin form.

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Streusel Muffins

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Streusel Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are amazing and have wonderful texture.

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Banana Blueberry Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These are delightful.

Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Blackberry Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This lovely version has fresh blackberries.

Healthy Gluten Free Mango Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Mango Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

I loved muffins filled with mangos.

Healthy Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Muffins | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

Strawberries and bananas are a wonderful combination.

PANCAKES:

Gluten Free Banana Bread Pancakes

Gluten Free Banana Bread Pancakes | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These pancakes are a scrumptious treat for family breakfasts, especially if you’re trying to stay gluten free.

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Pancakes

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Pancakes | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

These pancakes are great for breakfast or dinner!

SALADS:

Apricot Gelatin Salad

Apricot Gelatin Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this creamy #apricot #Jello #salad is one of our favorite summer salads. It's wonderful for #MemorialDay & other #holiday fun. #pineapple #bananas

This amazing gelatin salad has always been one of our favorites. Some friends of ours served this regularly whenever we ate at their house after we were first married. I suggest using only ripe bananas for this recipe.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

While this picture doesn’t show any bananas. I almost always include bananas in a fresh fruit salad. Use only ripe bananas here, not overripe.

Peaches and Bananas

Peaches and Bananas | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This is one of those comfort foods my mom used to make when we were kids. I always asked her to make this very simple recipe. Use barely ripe bananas here, not overripe.

Pineapple Mango Salad

Pineapple Mango Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

This salad is so amazing and the glaze is spectacular. Use ripe bananas but not overripe bananas for this recipe.

Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad

Pistachio Fruit Fluff Salad | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen

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