A Whole Bunch of Tasty Brown Banana Recipes


By Amy Gorin, MS, RDN

Have a whole bunch of brown bananas in your kitchen, or even bananas with black spots? Try these tasty ripe banana recipes to make use of each and every brown banana.


I always seem to have at least a few brown bananas on my countertop. Are you with me?


There's no need to let them go to waste. The fruit is packed with fiber and naturally sweet flavors that are delicious for breakfast, dessert, or snacktime.


Looking for healthy-cooking inspiration? I've got 40-plus recipes for banana bread, chocolate chip muffins, chocolate banana ice cream, banana pudding, and more!


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Brown Banana Breakfast Recipes


On their own, bananas with dark spots–those unsightly black spots or brown spots–aren't so attractive. But they sure can make tasty breakfast delights. Eating bananas was never to scrumptious.


Go ahead and try these peanut butter banana creations and more from myself and my registered dietitian nutritionist colleagues. I've even got chocolate chip banana combos for you!


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1. Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies from Marisa Moore, RD, owner of Marisa Moore Nutrition


2. Cinnamon Crunch Zucchini Banana Bread from Julie Kay Andrews, RD, nutrition blogger at The Gourmet RD


3. Sunrise Orange Muffins from my own kitchen


4. No Oats Oatmeal from Allison Speck Walker, RD, nutrition blogger at I Rock Health


5. Peanut Butter Banana Mini Muffins from Laura Yautz, RD, nutrition blogger at Being Nutritious


6. Healthy Coffee Smoothie from my own kitchen


7. Banana Nut Smoothie from Christie Gagnon, RD, nutrition blogger at Hoorah to Health


8. Healthy Avocado Smoothie from my own kitchen


9. Vegan Banana Bread and Chickpea Smoothie from Sarah Gold Anzolar, RD, owner of Sarah Gold Nutrition


10. Banana Cherry Berry Bread from Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, author of Read it Before You Eat it


11. Green Banana Mint Pancakes from Laura Yautz


12. Whole-Wheat Tahini Banana Bread from Dara Garau, RD, food blogger at How to Eat


13. Banana Almond Mango Overnight Oats in a Jar from my own kitchen


14. Reduced-Sugar Banana & Zucchini Muffins from Edwina Clark, RD, owner of Edwina Clark Nutrition


15. Whole-Wheat Yogurt Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips from Sarah Gold Anzolar


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16. Banana Walnut Scones from Karman Meyer, RD, author of Eat to Sleep


17. Chocolate and Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie from Shahzadi Devje, RD, owner of Desilicious RD


18. Banana Chocolate Walnut Energy Balls from Alena Kharlamenko, MS, RD, owner of Alena Kharlamenko Nutrition and Wellness


19. High-Protein Vanilla Smoothie from my own kitchen


20. Cold Brew Coffee Protein Smoothie from Megan Byrd, RD, nutrition blogger at The Oregon Dietitian


21. Apple Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel from Kelsey Lorencz, RD, nutrition blogger at Eating with Heart


22. Strawberry Basil Protein Smoothie from Megan Byrd


23. Simple Banana Muffins from Rosanne Rust, RD, author of DASH Diet for Two


24. Overnight French Toast from Shannon Garcia, RD, owner of Kiss in the Kitchen


25. Healthy Green Muffins from my own kitchen


26. Orange Strawberry Smoothie from my own kitchen


27. Mini Banana Muffins from Leah Forristall, RD, food blogger at Simply Nutrition


28. Yummy Banana Bread from Melissa Mitri, RD, owner of Melissa Mitri Nutrition


29. Gluten-Free, High-Protein Pancakes from Anne Mauney, RD, nutrition blogger at Fannetastic Food


30. Chocolate Banana Nut Energy Bites from Brittany Poulson, RD, author of The Healthy Family Cookbook


31. Wild Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie from my own kitchen


32. Microwave Banana Oatmeal from Anne Mauney


33. Coconut and Mandarin Orange Vegan Smoothie Bowl from my own kitchen

Brown Banana Dessert Recipes


What else can you do with spotted bananas? Um, how about banana cake made with ripe bananas, as well as banana ice cream? Just wait till your banana ripens, then get baking!


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34. Wild Blueberry Nice Cream from my own kitchen


35. Peanut Butter Brownies from Sarah Pflugardt, RD, owner of Sarah Pflugardt Nutrition


36. No-Added-Sugar Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from Shahzadi Devje


37. Baked Banana Donuts from Rosanne Rust


38. Chocolate Banana Nice Cream from my own kitchen


39. No-Added-Sugar Fruit and Nut Bread from Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, author of Expect the Best


40. Healthy Smash Cake from Josten Fish, RD, food blogger at Muscle & Manna


41. Sweet Rice with Berries from my own kitchen


42. Vegan Chocolate Dairy-Free Pudding from my own kitchen


43. Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream from Elizabeth Ward


44. Banana Cantaloupe Ice Cream with Pistachio from my own kitchen



Want even more recipes for cooking with overripe bananas? I share the best and most delicious ways to add the fruit to recipes in my EverydayHealth.com post.


Psst...one of my favorite ways entails using a food processor or Yonanas machine to whip up a batch of banana ice cream. I also love a smoothie with banana!


This blog post was updated in August 2020.


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