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What else to do with overripe bananas?

I freeze them for smoothies, and try different banana bread recipes (though I've yet to find one that doesn't keep me searching for more) but what else do you do with a bunch of overripe bananas?

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  1. pancakes.....
    i love banana bread - I make banana cake - just use a lighter bread recipe. THen I use banana and rum in the icing - so good. Banana must be very ripe - I find the very ripe ones out of the freezer are perfect for icing. I use butter and 10x - rum takes the place of vanilla - I use double the amount I would for vanilla - A little milk or cream to adjust

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    1. cake...with chocolate frosting

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        1. re: Janet

          They're too overripe for Bananas Foster...that's one of my favorite desserts though!

        2. Relish.com has a Banana Breakfast Coffee cake with streusel-nut topping. They also have Banana cupcakes with a Lemon cream cheese frosting listed on same page.

            1. re: Uncle Bob

              Love that, but with firmer bananas! I add a little cinnamon too... it's also good on a waffle spread with peanut butter!

            2. As you already know, ultra-ripe bananas are ideal for smoothies and banana bread. Trim away bruises, slice, stir them into vanilla yogurt and top with granola. Also add them to curry dishes, where they melt into the sauce and add a delectable flavor back-note.

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              1. Ice cream. With chocolate chips/chunks.

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                1. re: hondo77

                  Yes...my husband makes the Alton Brown banana ice cream recipe, it's awesome..thanks!

                2. Mash them up with honey (or other sweetener), warm up, and stir into steel cut oats.

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                  1. re: link_930

                    Exactly. Well, I used 5-grain cereal, and threw the mashed bananas in while the water was boiling to make it all banana-y. Salt, honey, butter, ground flax seed -- good to go.

                  2. If you find yourself in such a situation at the same time as you need 50 servings of punch, here's a good one. Typically, you need to plan ahead when you're making this, though, to ensure you'll have the bananas.

                    Banana Punch:

                    6 cups water
                    4 cups sugar
                    Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves; don't boil.

                    5 overripe bananas, mashed
                    1 46-oz. can pineapple juice
                    1 12-oz. can orange juice concentrate, diluted as can directs
                    3 tablespoons lemon juice

                    ginger ale as needed, 3 or 4 2-liter bottles per recipe

                    Mix the above and add to the sugar water. Divide into two freezeable containers and freeze until the day of the party.

                    About an hour before serving, remove from freezer just long enough to get soft around the edges. Place about half of a container (scoop it out with a big spoon) into a punch bowl. Pour a 2-liter bottle of COLD ginger ale over it.

                    The nice thing about this punch is that your punch-to-ginger ale ratio isn't all that critical - it tastes great any way you mix it. (Allow about 3 or 4 bottles of ginger ale when you prepare the punch.)

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                    1. re: mercyteapot

                      Wow, that sounds good....I might have to plan a party just to make this. ;-)

                    2. Make banana pudding

                      or mix with your pancake batter to make banana pancakes

                      1. for an easy craving fix...chop the banana up into a bowl of microwavable oatmeal. microwave it all together- it'll taste like banana bread- DELICIOUS

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                        1. re: Garlecchina

                          So you use just the oatmeal, then, or do you actually add the liquid and make it per packet instructions? Sounds like a great idea! TIA

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Straight up or guild the lily and drizzle them with a little honey and a dash of cinnamon.

                            I think I remember seeing (forget where at the moment) a recipe for banana pops (probably a kid-oriented recipe)Cut bananas into 3-4 inch lengths, freeze the banana with a popsicle stick pushed in one end, then dunk it in chocolate, and sprinkle with nuts, allow it to harden and pop them back in the freezer. The idea being they're healthier than the commercial popsicles.

                            1. re: maplesugar

                              I think the kids would love that, thanks!

                          2. Kaya Appam - southern indian banana fritters
                            are so yummy even for me who usually hates ripe bananas

                            .75 pound of coarsely chopped Jaggery (can substitute brown sugar or palm sugar)
                            jaggery is available at Patel Brothers and other indian stores.

                            Melted in a saucepan with 2-3 teaspoons of water
                            until you have a smooth consistency.

                            Let cool and add melted Jaggery to3-4 mashed ripe bananas

                            add 1 -2 teaspoons of freshly ground Cardamom powder
                            and 1 teaspoon . Baking Powder
                            mix well.

                            Add 1/2 - 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
                            can also substitute wheat flour

                            the consistency should be a somewhat thicker than pancake batter.

                            If the consistency is too thin add some more flour or if it is too thick dilute with water and add jaggery/sugar accordingly.

                            heat up oil on stove for deep frying or use mini deep fat fryer (preferable)
                            Drop spoonfulls batter into the hot oil turning every once in a while in order to get nice brown color throughout.

                            the batter lasts in the frig for up to a week. Once time we had most of a case of bananas left over and made the fritters for many parties and events
                            clients and staff loved them.
                            the cardamom is amazing

                            good served plain
                            can be served hot (yumm)
                            or room temperature

                            hot with vanilla or mango ice cream or kulfi is great too.

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                            1. I like to add it to curry. Also we love BBC rum drinks in the summer, the full name is Bailey Banana Colada, it's a severely alcoholic drink that tastes like a delicious milkshake. I freeze overripe bananas to have on hand for this, uses quite a few.

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                              1. re: coll

                                Now that is right up my alley....(see my post on the spirits board about sweet and creamy cocktails :-) Thanks!

                              2. Thanks everyone, for all the great suggestions and recipes!

                                1. Add em to trifle

                                  Battered and Fried Elvis Sandwiches

                                  Slice and Grill

                                  Make Peanut Butter Cookie Dough; slice into rounds, then create a divot in half of the cookies, place a banana slice in the divot with a little brown sugar, then sandwich with the remaining cookies and seal the edges. Bake and await the gooey center surprise.

                                  1. Well, the kids won and got their choice: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. I am keeping these other suggestions for next time though!