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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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I'd love to hear from you! What are your favorite things to make with brown bananas?

 

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