You never need to throw away a ripe banana. A ripe banana is a banana that is no longer all yellow – it is now covered in brown spots all over. My kids like completely yellow bananas and won’t eat a banana if it starts getting those brown spots. So, those bananas sit out on the counter turning browner and browner…which is a good thing – the perfect thing actually – if you are wanting to bake with them. Ripe bananas are exactly what you need to bake delicious things like banana bread.
How to save a banana.
If you aren’t ready to bake with your ripe bananas, save them in the freezer. To save a banana: I peel the banana, break it into smaller pieces and put it into a freezer bag. Then I toss it into the freezer. Frozen bananas can also be used to make smoothies. But today, we’re talking about baking with bananas!
Banana bread is my go-to recipe when I have ripe bananas to use up. Everyone in my family loves it, and it is a quick and easy bread to bake. I normally find a simple recipe for banana bread. But there are all sorts of banana bread recipes for anyone who wants to go beyond the basics. I couldn’t resist adding recipes like Nutella and Toasted Pecan Swirl Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Banana Bread, and many others to my Foodie Collection.
So…what is this thing called a scone?
I have never actually eaten a scone. I am sort of familiar with what they are – a biscuit-like cake thingy I see for sale at bakeries and coffee shops. Traditionally, they are not very sweet to eat, which is why they are often served with jam and cream. Adding fruit like banana can sweeten scones up and add a moist quality to the texture (scones tend to be dry). The interesting recipes I collected for banana scones feature Banana-Rum Scones and Banana Bread Scones with Maple Sugar Glaze…yum!
Do you call it a biscuit or a cookie? In England and Australia, they use the word “biscuit” for what we Americans call a cookie – and that rule is also going to apply to the word biscuit in this blog post. So check out delicious banana biscuit recipes including frosted Banana Cookies and Kelsey Nixon’s Banana Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies as featured by Rachael Ray.
I hope you’ll want to click on the collection pictures below to check all of the wonderful banana recipes I found:
What is your favorite way to use ripe bananas? Check out the Foodie recipe collection above and let me know which banana recipe is your favorite!