Bananas are rich in minerals and vitamins such as potassium. It’s good for the heart and helps in losing weight. It has an amazing flavor, too. You can enjoy them fresh, dipped in peanut butter, added to smoothies, and a whole lot of other recipes. One problem is that these bananas can quickly ripen and rot, especially in humid environments.
It would be such a waste to throw away an entire bunch of bananas. Not everyone has the time to save overly ripe bananas and bake these into amazing banana bread and muffins.
You can freeze bananas to keep the flavor and keep them from rotting too soon. You can use this as a cost-saving measure. Buy overly ripe bananas at a bargain prize, freeze them and turn them into amazing dishes. You can also buy a lot of bananas during peak season (when prices are most likely cheaper than when off-season), freeze and enjoy over the next few weeks.
Can you freeze bananas?
You can very well freeze bananas. The peel can be kept or removed before freezing. Do note that the skin will turn black even during the freezing period.
Frozen bananas with black peel can still be safely eaten, as long as the flesh has none.
You can choose to freeze whole fruits or mash them first. You can freeze just ripe or slightly over ripe bananas.
The best ones to freeze are bananas that are starting to turn over ripe. The flavor at this point is at its best. By freezing, you stop the ripening process while preserving the full, strong, sweetest banana flavor.
The flavor does not change when you freeze bananas. The texture, however, may not be as firm as fresh bananas. The banana can turn mushy as it thaws.
The best way to enjoy frozen bananas is by mixing into frozen confections like smoothies or ice cream. You may thaw them and use them in baking, too.
How to freeze bananas
You can choose to peel bananas before freezing them whole or with their peel on.
Freezing whole bananas
- Peel or remove the peel, it’s your choice. Peeled bananas last about a month longer than frozen bananas with the peel on. Frozen peeled bananas lasts about 3-4 months. Unpeeled ones last for 2 months.
- Wash the banana if keeping the peel.
- Place on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, about 30 minutes or so.
- Place in a sealable freezer-safe bag.
Freezing banana chunks
- Slice bananas in even chunks.
- Arrange on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze for 2 hours, until solid.
- Transfer to a freezer-safe container.
- Freeze until ready to use.
- This can keep for 3-4 months.
Freezing mashed bananas
- Peel bananas and mash to desired consistency.
- Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice for every cup of mashed bananas.
- Mix well.
- Place in sealable freezer-safe containers.
- This can keep solid for 4 months.
Frozen Banana Recipes
You can enjoy frozen bananas in numerous ways. You can use them while frozen solid or you can thaw them before cooking.
Frozen Banana Smoothie
Enjoy a refreshing nutritious treat by adding frozen bananas instead of ice, like in this recipe. Frozen bananas also add creaminess to this drink.
Frozen Banana Ice Cream
You can enjoy ice cream without worrying about added calories from dairy ingredients or added sugar. This one is definitely healthy and delicious.
Frozen bananas can be used for baking warm breads and delicious muffins, too. Thaw frozen slightly overripe bananas before baking.