Freeze Those Old Bananas–Here’s How

This delicious box of overripe bananas was given to us this week.  That’s a lot of bunches…

Far more than we could think of eating so to the freezer they go.

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Peel and slice into 2-3 ” chunks.  Lay in single layer on lined cookie sheet; you could put lots more on than pictured here.

Put the pan in the freezer for several hours or until frozen firm.  Bag up and use as needed.  Use how, you wonder?  For baking, remove amount needed and thaw then mash.  Slice it from frozen to add to porridge. For smoothies, use frozen. 

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Get bags as free of air as possible. They will keep for several months in the freezer.

We bagged 7 kg of frozen bananas, about €24 worth.   That’s enough to make over two dozen 5 x 9″ loaf pans of Banana Chocolate Whole-grain Cake and enough extra to use for porridge, smoothies, and pancakes.  About four cups worth was too mushy and went to the chickens. I will definitely be gifting some cake away to the generous donor. Banana baking love .

You don’t have to wait for free bananas to stock your freezer.  If your local produce market doesn’t sell them discounted, ask them!  That’s what I did.  This box was a bit too ripe looking to appeal to even the half price shoppers and was heading to the bin.  But beneath most of the peels were perfect bananas for the freezer.

20 Comments

  1. I do the exact same thing with bananas! love them in my smothies! have you tried banana ice cream (nanaicecream)? my favorite is to blend in a food procesor 4 – 5 bananas with a hint of water if need be, add a little of almond butter or peanut butter and top it with chocolate chips or cacao nibs. Or you can add other fruit (frozen or fresh). The possibilities are endless 🙂

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  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    I do the banana icecream too like healthysweetidentity – it’s amazing. I just whizz up the frozen bananas and once it has that thick consistency of ice cream add some homegrown frozen raspberries!

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  3. Pingback: Banana Chocolate Whole-grain Cake | The Aran Artisan

    • Hiya Kathy, They separate into a syrup and flesh. This is easily mixed into the wet mixture. I have in the back of my mind to discover other uses for the syrup other than pouring it on porridge. The banana smell is intense and wonderful. The syrup was a happy discovery just waiting to be further explored.
      You have me smiling from ear to ear! Thanks and Enjoy! Melissa 🙂

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