Overripe Bananas…Now What? // DIY Whole Wheat Banana Bread

We’ve all been there. Brown, speckled bananas littering our countertops and much too overripe to eat on their own.

To toss or not to toss?

Here’s a hint… don’t toss them in the trash…

Instead, try using some of those bananas for something far better!  I actually googled this topic and learned that many other bloggers and people have come across this same dilemma. I personally loved the ideas that were found on the Alimentageuse Blog! Check out her overripe banana post. I  honestly can’t wait to try out her vegan, chocolate banana creamsicles which are guilt-free!

As a full-time college student, and working part time in an office on campus, my bananas are victims of overripe-ness. So turn those oversweet fruits into…

–>Frozen Bananas!

Frozen banana!

Frozen banana!

Freeze those speckled, sugary fruits in time. After removing the banana from its peel, pop them in a ziplock bag and freeze them. In a few hours, you have a creamy, low-calorie banana pop. I always have a sweet tooth and I’m a huge ice cream addict all the time, so these are absolutely perfect! 🙂

–>Smoothie Base!

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If the frozen banana idea sounds too simplistic , then use the frozen bananas as a creamy smoothie base. Check out my previous Tropical Smoothie post.

or… my personal favorite…

–> Whole Wheat Banana Bread!

Whole Wheat Banana Bread! (Simple, eggless, and oil-free)

Whole Wheat Banana Bread! (Simple, eggless, and oil-free)

Most of my college friends know that banana bread is my potluck item of choice. So here’s the recipe I use. It’s simple, egg-free, and made with whole wheat flour!

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup sweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • cinnamon and brown sugar (for sprinkling)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (ie walnuts, almonds) *OPTIONAL*

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After mixing your applesauce, sugar, flour, bananas, salt, and vanilla extract... add some baking soda!! (not to be confused with baking powder....)

After mixing your applesauce, sugar, flour, bananas, salt, and vanilla extract… add some baking soda!! (not to be confused with baking powder….)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First, preheat your oven at  325 F (160 C). Grease your  7X7″ tin or a 9X5″ bread tin with Crisco or a small slice of butter and a paper towel. (You don’t want your banana bread to stick to your pan! Also, a 7×7″ tin cooks faster.) Next, mix your applesauce and sugar in a bowl. ( If you use unsweetened applesauce, add about 2 tablespoons of sugar extra.)  Next, add your mashed bananas. Then add flour, salt, vanilla essence and baking soda. Mix quickly but thoroughly. Pour your mixture into the tin. Sprinkle generously with some brown sugar and cinnamon powder and place it in the oven immediately. Cook your bread for 60 minutes(1 hour).

Finished product: a slice of banana bread!

Finished product: a slice of banana bread!

**PRO TIP: Pour your mixture at the center of the tin, this creates an even layer of banana bread in the tin. Also, bake the mixture until a know insert in the center of the bread comes out clean. (A bit of mashed banana on the knife is ok since there’s a lot of fruit).

Hopefully a few of these ideas are useful in salvaging those extra bananas! 🙂

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