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Cutting down food waste: Seven fabulous recipes for your ripe bananas

Cooking Lovers

March 31st 2020 ・ 10 min reading

For many of us, reducing food waste is important, and the great news is, saving bananas that seem to be over ripe or going a little brown is really easy to do! If you have a few “mature” Chiquita bananas (brown or with brown spots), they can actually be the start of something really wonderful… Here are seven delicious recipes to turn those (over) ripe bananas into mouth-watering treats.

Freeze ‘Em!

Easiest way to save your “mature”bananas is to freeze them. Overripe bananas can be used in hundreds of banana recipes and will keep perfectly in the freezer. Peel them, cut them into chunks and pop them into a freezer bag. When they’re frozen, bananas are an excellent addition to healthy smoothies or even delicious ice cream recipes  like our sweet chocolate almond butter banana ice cream.

Chiquita’s Best Banana Bread

Well… of course! Who has not baked banana bread this year?! There are literally hundreds of great banana bread recipes to try and dozens right here on our Chiquita website. For example, our Best Banana Bread recipe has such an indulgent springy texture made from three ripe bananas, and a lovely crunch on top from pecans and walnuts. There’s also an (optional) additional hint of spice with ginger, vanilla and cinnamon, and some extra sweetness from honey.

Homemade Chiquita Banana and Blueberry Pancakes

A healthy breakfast couldn’t be easier with these super quick and easy banana pancakes that just need one ripe banana, two eggs and a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Simply drop a tablespoon or more of the mixture into an oiled frying pan to make each pancake, and serve with crispy bacon and maple syrup on the side. Yum!

Chiquita Banana Pecan Muffins

These banana muffins are deliciously moist, fluffy treats made from three ripe bananas and another less ripe one, as well as walnuts for crunch. The ripe bananas are mashed and the other one is cut into chunks – giving these banana muffins an unforgettable consistency. They bake well, rise nicely and taste just fabulous!

Leftover Vegan Chiquita Banana Bread Cookies

For easy vegan snacks, try these fun tasty cookies. You’ll need just two ripe bananas, almond butter and flour, flax seeds and a dash of cinnamon. Mix the ingredients together until you get a dough, cut into rounds, and bake for 10  minutes. Voila!

Sugar-Free Chocolate Chiquita Banana Mousse

Decadent and sugar free! For this fluffy treat, you’ll need a ripe banana, a ripe avocado, almond milk, maple syrup or honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, and a sprinkling of ground pistachio nuts and plump raspberries – sounds too good to be true!

Vegan Banana Oatmeal With Honey, Walnuts and Cinnamon

This comforting vegan oatmeal recipe gives a distinctive twist to a firm family favorite.  Simply combine a ripe banana with rolled oats, almond milk, dates, raisins (or cranberries), pecans and sesame seeds, and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. A satisfying meal on it’s own and 100% vegan!

So there you have it. 7 amazing banana recipes to try with your ripe bananas. You’ll never have to waste another banana again. Remember to share your banana recipes and tips on reducing food waste using #chiquitaBanana. Happy banana-ing friends!

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