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Chances are, you have a few old bananas on your counter. Look no further: here are more than 66 banana recipes for how to overripe bananas!

Two slices of peanut butter banana loaf bread topped with maple glaze

BEST Overripe Banana Recipes

Do you often find yourself with overripe bananas? I do, all the time. We eat so many that I tend to buy huge amounts. And because you can’t buy perfect bananas (they’re usually too green), I have to let them sit and ripen. And then they’re all ripe at the same time and I need to eat 12 bananas or they go bad.

I love putting bananas in baked goods. One, they’re great for breakfast. Two, they’re a great way to get rid of some of the fat. And three? They taste good! If you have some bananas on your counter that are just waiting to be used, check this list.

How to freeze overripe bananas

Have some bananas on your counter that have turned brown spotted? My mom calls them “tired” bananas and they’re perfect for baking.

Don’t feel like baking right now? FREEZE your overripe bananas to make in banana recipes later!

Just pop them in the freezer in their peels. They’ll turn a dark brown color – that’s okay. To thaw, just leave on the counter on a plate. They’ll be mushy when thawed, but cut open the top and squeeze out the banana to make cakes, bread and more.

close up of stack of chocolate chip banana bread

Banana Bread Recipes

Banana Bread is such a delicious and easy way to use up overripe bananas! Usually bread uses 2 or 3 bananas and the more brown spotted the better.

Best Banana Bread Recipe
The best banana bread recipe: it's my mom's recipe and is great for using overripe bananas. It's easy and so delicious.
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sliced banana bread on teal plate
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a delicious breakfast recipe everyone loves! My mom’s banana bread recipe is filled with chocolate chips for the breakfast your kids will want to eat. 
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sliced bread with melted chocolate chips baked in.
Triple Chocolate Banana Bread
Triple Chocolate Banana Bread – this EASY banana bread is the BEST RECIPE! It’s my mom’s banana bread recipe with TRIPLE the chocolate!
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Slices of Triple Chocolate Banana Bread on a white napkin.
Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Maple Glaze
This Easy Peanut Butter Banana Bread is peanut butter infused banana bread topped with a maple glaze – three things that truly belong together!
Overhead shot of peanut butter banana loaf and slices topped with a maple glaze
Banana Nut Bread Recipe
The BEST Banana Nut Bread with pecans is an easy recipe adapted from my mom's banana bread. It's filled with chopped pecans and cinnamon and topped with a cinnamon glaze!
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loaf of banana bread with glaze and pecans sliced on cookie sheet
Avocado Banana Bread
Avocado Banana Bread is an easy delicious banana bread recipe that uses avocado instead of oil. This bread is moist and perfect without butter and is so yummy with chocolate chips.
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Avocado banana bread loaf cut into slices and stacked in front of the rest of the loaf
Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe
Easy Strawberry Banana Bread – a banana bread made from pancake mix and filled with tons of strawberries and a strawberry glaze on top. Perfect for brunch!
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sliced quick bread with pink frosting on teal tray
Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread
Easy Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread is banana bread recipe filled with pumpkin spice! Warm cinnamon and nutmeg flavors in the bread and the glaze!
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Slices of pumpkin spice banana bread slices
Biscoff Banana Bread Recipe
My favorite banana bread mixed with Biscoff cookie butter – this is the best combination!
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sliced banana bread next to a serrated knife on a cutting board.
Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe with Cinnamon Sugar Topping
A twist on my Mom’s Banana Bread this quick bread is easy and full of blueberries then topped with a cinnamon sugar topping!
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sliced banana bread with blueberries baked in on a cutting board.
Healthier Banana Bread
Everything you love about my banana bread recipe with just a few reductions and ingredient swaps – no strange ingredients just a banana bread with less fat and processed sugar.
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stacked banana bread on a drying rack with chocolate chips baked in
Zucchini Banana Bread Recipe
Cinnamon Sugar Zucchini Banana Bread – an easy banana bread recipe with zucchini and a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping baked right in. This is the perfect banana bread recipe!
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sliced banana bread with shredded zucchini baked inside.
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Breakfast Recipes

Banana is perfect in breakfast recipes – from bars to cookies to coffee cake. It’s so easy to add an overripe banana to almost any baked good.

Banana Breakfast Bars Recipe
An easy, fast, healthy breakfast or snack! These banana breakfast bars are a cross between a granola bar and a banana blondie! Banana Breakfast Bars are an easy breakfast or snack with real ingredients and flavor. They’re a copycat of the bars you buy, but homemade so they’re better for you and cheaper too!
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banana bar on parchment
Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Fluffy pancakes filled with bananas and chocolate chips! The perfect indulgent pancake breakfast!
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stack of banana pancakes with chocolate chips and syrup on white plate
Buttermilk Banana Pancakes with Coconut Maple Syrup
Buttermilk makes pancakes super fluffy and perfect! These Buttermilk Banana Pancakes add some extra flavor with mashed and sliced banana and they’re all topped off with coconut maple syrup.
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stacked pancakes on a white plate with banana slices on top.
Banana Breakfast Cookies Recipe
Banana Breakfast Cookies are a healthy banana cookie with oatmeal and mini chocolate chips! Eat cookies for breakfast – they're portable for on-the-go.
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stack of cookies
Cream Cheese Banana Muffins Recipe
Cream Cheese Banana Muffins – this EASY banana muffins recipe is my favorite and it’s FULL of a sweet cream cheese mixture! Everyone loves these muffins!
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stacked banana muffins with cream cheese and pecan baked in.
Banana Bread Muffins
Banana Bread Muffins are so easy to make! This recipe is my favorite banana bread recipe made into banana nut muffins, perfect for breakfast or brunch!
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muffin in brown liner in a stack of 2
Banana Blueberry Muffins Recipe
Banana Blueberry Muffins – easy dairy-free blueberry muffins that are also banana muffins! Soft, moist, and fluffy, they’re the perfect muffin recipe.
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stacked blueberry muffins on a drying rack
Banana Coffee Cake Recipe
Banana Bread Coffee Cake – this EASY coffee cake recipe is full of banana bread flavor with a nutty streusel on top! It’s everyone’s favorite breakfast or brunch recipe!
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coffee cake on a white plate next to some banana slices.
Overnight Banana Stuffed French Toast
French toast casserole with tons of banana flavor.
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banana baked french toast on white plate with berries
Sweet Potato Banana Muffins
These Skinny Sweet Potato and Banana Muffins are a great healthy breakfast option. With no added sugar, these are sweetened with maple syrup.
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Banana Monkey Bread
Easy monkey bread with banana and nutella!
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Slice of banana bundt cake

Cakes & Cupcakes

If you haven’t ever made cake with overripe bananas you’re missing out – from scratch cakes to using cake mix – bananas add so much flavor!

Banana Bundt Cake Recipe
This Banana Bundt Cake is the perfect banana cake recipe made in a bundt pan. It's like a pound cake but more moist and fluffy!
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Perfect banana bundt cake
Banana Cake with Caramel Filling
Anyone can make this Easy Banana Cake recipe! Layer cakes that start with cake mix are so easy. This easy cake recipe has caramel filling and is frosted with cream cheese frosting!
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slice of easy banana cake on plate
Easy Banana Cupcakes
A fluffy banana cupcake with a Golden Oreo crust and cream cheese frosting!
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banana cupcakes next to golden oreos with white frosting.
Banana Split Cupcakes
Fun banana cupcakes filled with strawberry filling and decorated to look like ice cream!
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banana split cupcakes in a clear ice cream tray.
Banoffee Cupcakes
These easy chocolate cupcakes are actually BANOFFEE Cupcakes filled with dulce de leche and banana!
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sliced open banoffee cupcake
Homemade Banana Pudding Cake Recipe
Banana Pudding Cake is an easy banana cake topped with a banana pudding frosting!
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square slice of cake on a white plate next to a fork.
Two easy chocolate chip banana bars with chocolate ganache on top stacked on eachother with more bars in background

Cookies & Bars

Banana Cookies are so good and a fun way to use up those overripe bananas!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
These Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies are the absolute best way to use up those old bananas. These cookies are soft, chewy and full of chocolate chips and banana flavor!
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stacked cookies with chocolate chips baked in and bananas in the back.
Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bars
These Chocolate Chip Banana Bars are SO easy to make and have just 4 ingredients. They’re great for using up overripe bananas! Add some chocolate and you have a delicious banana dessert recipe.
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Two easy chocolate chip banana bars with chocolate ganache on top stacked on eachother with more bars in background
banana pudding recipe in trifle dish

Pudding & Pies

Banana is fantastic in pudding and pie – while you want more ripe bananas for these, they’re still a great way to use them!

Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding Recipe
This is our favorite easy banana pudding recipe. It's a famous banana pudding made with condensed milk and pudding mix and lots of Nilla Wafers! This is the only banana pudding recipe you need and it's so good! #recipe #easy
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banana pudding in a clear glass tub with sliced bananas and cream inside.
Easy Banana Pudding Recipe
An Easy Banana Pudding Recipe is the perfect potluck or summer dessert made with butter cookies, pudding mix, fresh bananas and whipped cream.
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bananas and pudding stacked with crumbles on top.
Banana Cream Pie Recipe
Make my easy banana pudding recipe from scratch! This simple pie is easy to make and full of fresh sliced bananas and homemade pudding.
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banana cream pie with sliced bananas on top.
Old Fashioned Banana Pudding Pie
This Old Fashioned Banana Pudding Pie Recipe starts with a cookie crust and has homemade pudding, cream cheese whipped cream and lots of bananas and it’s totally no bake!
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Slice of old fashioned banana pudding on white and blue flowered plate
Banana Pudding Dream Dessert
No Bake Banana Pudding Dream Dessert – this easy dessert lasagna recipe is made with BANANA pudding! It’s layered with no bake cheesecake and a Golden Oreo Crust!
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Slice of No Bake Banana Pudding Dream Dessert on a dark blue plate with the rest of the cake in a glass dish in the background
Coconut Banana Cream Pie Recipe
A from scratch pudding pie filled with coconut vanilla pudding, bananas, and coconut whipped cream! It’s the marriage of two amazing pies: coconut cream and banana cream pie!
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one triangle slice of banana cream pie topped with shredded coconut on a white plate.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
This Banana Pudding Cheesecake is made with a vanilla wafer crust, loads of mashed and sliced bananas, and banana pudding mix! It’s got the best banana pudding flavor you could have in a cheesecake and it’s completely addicting!
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Unique Banana Recipes

These are some fun other ways to use up overripe bananas – these unique recipes aren’t your standard ways of baking with bananas!

Banana Cream Pie Cookie Cups Recipe
Banana Cream Pie Cookies are a semi-homemade cookie cup with sugar cookie dough and banana pudding. This is such an easy recipe everyone will love!
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Close up shot of a banana cream pie cookie cup topped with a banana slice
Easy No Churn Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream
This Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream is no churn and super easy to make! It tastes just like a DQ Blizzard and is so good!
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Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream {without a machine!} - Crazy or Crust
Skinny Banana Cream Pie Milkshake
Like a banana cream pie in drinkable form! This milkshake has lower calories and fat than a traditional one and it tastes like banana cream pie!
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banana cream pie milkshake in milkshake glass
Banana Chocolate Chip Shortbread Icebox Cake
Banana Chocolate Chip Shortbread Icebox Cake – this easy NO BAKE recipe is also gluten-free! Layers of cookies and banana pudding – the best party dessert.
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Closeup shot of piece of banana chocolate chip shortbread icebox cake on white and blue plate
Banana Cheesecake Bars with Golden Oreo Crust
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slice of banana cheesecake bar on white plate with caramel sauce
Baked Cinnamon Sugar Banana Lumpia
With a little bit of cinnamon sugar, you can bake these to crisp perfection, enveloping a piping hot, caramelized banana!
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Banana Nice Cream
This 5-ingredient Raspberry Banana Nice Cream is the perfect low-calorie treat! Vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened, this healthy yet still rich dessert makes for the sweetest scoop ever!  If you love this recipe, you will also love my Skinny Banana Pudding Milkshake and Skinny Chocolate Milkshake!
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Banana Whipped Cream
Banana Whipped Cream over butterscotch pudding!
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Over 66 Overripe Banana Recipes – tons of ideas for baking with banana that’s not just banana bread! Banana cake, cookies, pie and unique banana recipes too!

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I was given 3 cases of bananas. Some are VERY ripe and some aren’t. What can I make with all these bananas that I can freeze and have for later?????? HELP! !!!

    1. Bread works best for freezing, or muffins! Or, just freeze the bananas themselves, then defrost on the counter/in the fridge before you want to use them! The skins will turn brown but they’ll be perfect for baking.

  2. Love anything with bananas! Pinning this collection! (I actually have some frozen bananas I forgot about until now, so finding this collection was very timely).

  3. I love, love, love bananas.  I eat one every day.  Even so, by the time the week is up, several of them are overripe and I end up freezing them!  Consequently, I have way too many bananas in my freezer!  Your post is a great round-up of ideas for using my frozen bananas!  Thank you – I’m a happy girl!

  4. As a girl with more than a few bananas that desperately need to be used up or frozen, this post makes me very happy.