Frugal Recipes – 5 Ways You Can Use Brown Bananas

The amount of produce that is wasted each year is unbelievable, both by manufacturers who have surplus crops and people who purchase food that goes bad.

But if you’ve got some brown bananas hanging around, why not find ways to use those brown bananas so that you can avoid just tossing them in the trash, maximize your investment and feed your family?

Here are 5 ways to use brown bananas :

Bake banana cake. Nobody will ever know that you used brown bananas in this delicious recipe.

¾ cup oil
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup orange juice
1 ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour

Mix all ingredients together. Place in a greased 9×13 pan or two 9” round pans, bake for 25-20 minutes at 350 degrees. This recipe freezes well.

Freeze them. Yes, you can freeze bananas. If you can’t use your bananas before they totally rot,  you can freeze them for up to 3 months.  I freeze brown bananas to make banana bread later all the time.
Make banana pancakes. Not only will this recipe help you use those brown bananas, it’ll disguise these healthy items in a fun breakfast.

4 bananas mashed
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
¼ tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
½ tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients together and fry on medium heat until brown on both sides.

Make smoothies. Use brown bananas in a smoothie with yogurt, berries and milk, or whatever smoothie ingredients you like. You can also use frozen bananas for your smoothies.

Stack them in a sandwich. Banana-peanut butter sandwiches are a delicious treat. Brown bananas will maintain a smooth consistency for your sandwich without sliding out of the bread. Banana-peanut butter sandwiches work well with both creamy and chunky peanut butter.


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