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

Do you often find yourself with overripe bananas? I do, all the time. We eat so many bananas 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.

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Table of Contents
  1. BEST Banana Recipes for Overripe Bananas
  2. How to freeze overripe bananas
  3. Banana Bread Recipes
  4. Breakfast Recipes
  5. Cakes & Cupcakes
  6. Cookies & Bars
  7. Pudding & Pies
  8. Unique Banana Recipes
Two slices of peanut butter banana loaf bread topped with maple glaze

BEST Banana Recipes for Overripe Bananas

It’s a popular problem, I think. Did you know you can also FREEZE overripe bananas to use later? Then you can make banana recipes anytime you want!

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.

Mom’s 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.
Check out this recipe
sliced banana bread on teal plate
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
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. 
Check out this recipe
close up of stack of chocolate chip banana bread
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!
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.
Check out this recipe
Avocado banana bread loaf cut into slices and stacked in front of the rest of the loaf
Strawberry Banana Bread
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!
Check out this recipe
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!
Check out this recipe
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!
Check out this recipe
Close up overhead shot of sliced biscoff banana bread loaf
Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread
A twist on my Mom’s Banana Bread this quick bread is easy and full of blueberries then topped with a cinnamon sugar topping!
Check out this recipe
Cinnamon Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread
Healthier Banana Bread
Cinnamon Sugar Zucchini Banana Bread
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!
Check out this recipe
Sliced Cinnamon Sugar Zucchini Banana Bread
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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
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!
Check out this recipe
Stack of Banana Breakfast Bars
Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Fluffy pancakes filled with bananas and chocolate chips! The perfect indulgent pancake breakfast!
Check out this recipe
stack of banana pancakes with bananas and chocolate chips
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.
Check out this recipe
Buttermilk Banana Pancakes on a white plate
Banana Breakfast Cookies
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.
Check out this recipe
stack of breakfast cookies with chocolate chips
Banana Blueberry Baked Pancake
Blueberry pancakes – baked! Way easier to make, and with some added secret banana flavor.
Cream Cheese Banana Muffins
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!
Check out this recipe
Stack of 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!
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!
Check out this recipe
stack of banana nut muffins in brown liners
Banana Blueberry Muffins
Banana Blueberry Muffins – easy dairy-free blueberry muffins that are also banana muffins! Soft, moist, and fluffy, they’re the perfect muffin recipe.
Check out this recipe
Two banana blueberry muffins on top of eachother
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!
Check out this recipe
slice of coffee cake on white plate
Overnight Banana Stuffed French Toast
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banana baked french toast on white plate with berries
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!
Check out this recipe
slice of easy banana cake on plate
Banana Golden Oreo Cupcakes
A fluffy banana cupcake with a Golden Oreo crust and cream cheese frosting!
Check out this recipe
hand holding sliced banana cupcake that has an oreo bottom and frosting
Banana Split Cupcakes
Cake recipe from Inside BruCrew Life
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banana split cupcakes in ice cream dish decorated like a sundae with a banana
Banoffee Cupcakes
These easy chocolate cupcakes are actually BANOFFEE Cupcakes filled with dulce de leche and banana!
Check out this recipe
sliced open banoffee cupcake
Banana Pudding Cake is an easy banana cake topped with a banana pudding frosting!
Check out this recipe
overhead shot of banana pudding cake
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!
Check out this recipe
Stack of banana chocolate chip cookies with one tilted on side of stack
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.
Check out this recipe
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!

Favorite 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
Check out this recipe
banana pudding recipe in trifle dish
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.
Check out this recipe
overhead shot of banana pudding recipe in pan
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.
Check out this recipe
Overhead shot of banana cream pie ready to serve with place settings and spatula
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!
Check out this recipe
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!
Check out this recipe
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
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!
Check out this recipe
Slice of Coconut Banana Cream Pie on a white plate with a fork

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!
Check out this recipe
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!
Check out this recipe
Banana Cream Pie Ice Cream {without a machine!} - Crazy or Crust
Banana Cream Pie Rice Krispie Treats
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!
Check out this recipe
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.
Check out this recipe
Closeup shot of piece of banana chocolate chip shortbread icebox cake on white and blue plate
Banana Cheesecake Bars with Golden Oreo Crust
Check out this recipe
slice of banana cheesecake bar on white plate with caramel sauce
Banana Recipes 1

Sweet Potato Banana Muffins by Beyond Frosting / Banana Caramel Cream Dessert by Glorious Treats / Banana Monkey Bread with Nutella Ganache by Wine & Glue

Banana Breakfast Cheesecakes by Amy’s Healthy Baking / Banana Pudding Cheesecake by Life, Love, and Sugar / Low Sugar Banana Scones by The Gunny Sack

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Whole Grain Banana Waffles by The Lemon Bowl / Banana Split Poke Cake by The Domestic Rebel / Funfetti Banana Bread by Something Swanky

Banana Crumb Snack Cake by Julie’s Eats and Treats / Peanut Butter Banana Cookies by Gimme Some Oven / Cinnamon Sugar Banana Lumpia by Damn Delicious

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Maple Cinnamon Banana Bread by Lemons for Lulu / Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal by Barefeet in the Kitchen / Peanut Butter Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins by Love from the Oven

Raspberry Banana Ice Cream by Grandbaby Cakes / Strawberry Banana Cake at Lil’Luna / Strawberry Banana Popsicles by The Slow Roasted Italian

Banana recipes 4

Chocolate Banana Applesauce Cake by Mom on Timeout  / Chocolate Chip Banana Bourbon Blondies by The Messy Baker Blog / Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread Sheet Cake by Picky Palate

Coconut Banana Scones by Roxana’s Home Baking / Baked Peanut Butter Banana Bread Donuts by Just About Baked / Chocolate Banana Smoothie by Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

banana recipes 3

Banana Rolo Ravioli by Kitchen Meets Girl / Banana and Toasted Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies by RecipeGirl / Zucchini Banana Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting by I am baker

 Banana Bread Bars with vanilla bean brown butter glaze by Averie Cooks / Banana Bread Crumb Cake by Cookies and Cups / Caramelized Banana Pound Cake by Buns in My Oven

Banana Recipes 2

Banana Brownies by Back for Seconds / Banana Brownies with Peanut Butter Banana Frosting by Taste and Tell / Banana Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting by Shugary Sweets

Banana Chocolate Chip Crumb Muffins by Center Cut Cook / Banana and Nutella Oatmeal Cookies by Heather’s French Press / Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream by Two Peas and Their Pod

Banana Recipes 5

Banana Split Lush by Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen / Grilled S’mores Banana Boats by Very Culinary / Snickerdoodle Banana Bread by Sweet Basil

Banana Cookies by Chef in Training / Butterscotch Pudding with Roasted Banana Whipped Cream by The Food Charlatan / Maple Sugar Banana Rolls by Bakeaholic Mama

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 Banana Toffee Scones by Inside BruCrew Life / No Bake Oreo Banana Cream Pie by I Wash You Dry / Banana Split Bites by Baked by an Introvert

Marbled Chocolate Banana Muffins by Bake. Eat. Repeat. / Toasted Coconut Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches by Life Made Sweeter / Humingbird Cake by Baking the Day

 What’s your favorite way to use overripe banana???

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!

Last Updated on July 9, 2022

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  1. This is a great round up! I used to throw out old banana and now I save them for smoothies and such, but baked good sound way better! Thanks for the link love to!

  2. OMG so my friends and I had a banana party last night,  joke–i didn’t see your post in time for it, sadly, but literally hundreds of beautifully overripe bananas died for our epic party, which included banana split pudding, banana bread, banana beer, and banoffee sticky pudding donuts. Talk about a party and a banana round-up with a heavy a-peel!! Hehe!  

  3. You know me too well, I always buy a bunch of bananas with the intention of making lots of healthy smoothies and then at least 1 or 2 of them end up sitting on the counter till they’re black and rotting – why I don’t freeze them before they get to that point is beyond me, but now I’ll be more motivated to save them so I can make some of these. I mean, who doesn’t love banana bread, but banana cream pie, all those cakes, cupcakes, and ice cream. I want them all!

    1. I am the SAME way!! I think “I’ll make bread, no need to freeze them” and then I find them 4 days later at the bottom of the pile…squished.

  4. The peanut butter banana bread with frosting looks yummy! Now if only I can manage to get ripe bananas. We eat them too fast!! Even when I buy more.

    1. Buy avocados at the same time. I always try to keep them separate but the rest of my family forgets and then I get overripe avocados and bananas!

  5. I buy bananas by the truckload, so many great things to make with them!  And now I have a whole lot more ideas to try out!  Thanks so much for including my muffins in this list!

  6. I keep seeing banana recipes on Pinterest lately, and now this! I think it’s high time I start baking with more bananas! 🙂

  7. I always have frozen bananas in my freezer. It’s a staple! I mostly use them for banana bread and smoothies. Now I have a lot more options, thanks to you! 🙂

  8. Always love having extra ideas for using up those overripe bananas…it’s great to mix it up and try something new!