We all love bananas, raw or baked in desserts and breads. That’s why this handy guide on buying bananas, storing bananas, freezing bananas, along with many easy vegan banana recipes, comes in so handy. You’ll love everything from Vegan Banana Bread to Banana Chia Pudding and everything in between!
Looking to make some of your favorite banana recipes vegan? This post will show you how.
There are a lot of health benefits when it comes to bananas. Here are a few of the highlights:
- They’re a great source of potassium with over 9% of recommended daily requirements
- You’ll find even more vitamins in bananas, such as B6 and C
- Bananas contain many minerals such as magnesium and copper
- Each banana contains around 3 grams of fiber
- The most controversial part of bananas is their high carb content, upwards of 20 grams per banana.
Banana Fun Facts
I love these fun facts about bananas!
- Bananas actually grow pointing up
- The banana fruit develops from the flower of the plant which is referred to as the Banana Heart. Ahh, that’s so sweet!
- You’re in good company if you love them, because bananas are one of the worlds most popular fruits.
- There are numerous varieties of bananas cultivated across the planet, but we see mostly just one, the cavendish. Believe it or not, the cavendish is not the most flavorful banana, but it is easy to transport so that’s why it is so readily available at our local grocery store.
Cooking with Bananas
In addition to the health benefits, bananas are a great friend to vegan cooks. Here’s why:
- Bananas can be mashed and use as an egg replacer (more on that below)
- Their creamy texture makes them perfect for using in everything from Green Smoothies to Banana Shakes, to Banana Ice Cream
- If you’re looking to make baked goods without refined sugar, bananas offer sweetness that can make baked goods naturally sweet and delicious.
What Bananas are Best?
I recommend buying a mixture of bananas, some that are yellow or even those with some brown spots to use immediately. You can also buy some that are slightly green. Avoid overly green bananas as sometimes they don’t ripen adequately. Choose fruit that is plump and not overly bruised. Some bruising will happen and that fruit can be used for baking.
How to Store Bananas
What do you do with all those beautiful bananas once you get them home? Here are some great tips:
- Slow Down Ripening — If you have some bananas you want to last for awhile, store them away from other fruit. You can also store bananas in the fridge to slow down their ripening. Be forewarned, the banana skins will turn black, but the fruit inside will taste fine.
- Speed Up Ripening — If you want to make a banana cake and you need ripe bananas, that’s the time when you can only find green ones in the store. There are some ways to make bananas ripen more quickly. You can store them in a paper bag for a day or two. If you need them ripe and fast, consider baking them!
- Freezing Bananas — This is our favorite tip for reserving the present state of banana flavor. However, it will change the texture of the fruit. I prefer to slice the bananas into equally-sized pieces and place those pieces on a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Then freeze them for 30 minutes or so and transfer them to a freezer bag.
Dealing With Overly Ripe Bananas
Ripe bananas are ones that have a few or many dark brown spots. When the bananas start to get more brown spots than yellow, your bunch is headed toward the “overly ripe” category. If you find yourself with a bunch of bananas on the verge of going bad, you do have options. Here are my favorites:
- Freeze overly ripe bananas for use in Green Smoothies or my favorite Vegan Chocolate Shake
- Add bananas to baked goods like Whole Wheat Banana Bread. Then you can choose to eat that bread right away or freeze it for later.
- Make dried banana chips that you can add to Peanut Butter Granola or serve as a snack. Dried banana chips are a great way of preserving some of the flavor of ripe bananas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some popular questions oftentimes asked about bananas.
What to do with lots of ripe bananas?
Where is the best place to store bananas?
Bananas will ripen quickly in warmer temperatures so be sure to store them in a cool location away from direct sun. Once you’re bananas are at the perfect level of ripeness, you can transfer them to the fridge where they will slow down ripening quite a bit.
Can I freeze bananas?
You can easily freeze bananas for later. To do this, peel the bananas and either freeze them whole or cut them into slices. Frozen bananas will keep up to 6 months in the freezer and they’re perfect to use in baked goods, smoothies, and more.
Banana Egg Replacer
A mashed banana makes an excellent egg replacement for many baked goods, particularly those that call for one or two eggs. That’s a handy trick for veganizing your favorite recipes. Bananas will leave a subtle or strong banana flavor to a recipe so be prepared.
To use bananas as an egg replacer, substitute ¼ cup of mashed banana for each egg. Please note, that recipes that call for multiple eggs may be trickier when it comes to substitutions.
Vegan Banana Recipes
Delivering the best recipes for bananas is a goal, which is why I’m excited about what comes next. If you’re curious about how to bake with bananas, these recipes will be a good start!
Healthy Banana Recipes
You’ve got a dilemma. What to do with overripe bananas. Use them to make some healthy sweets! You’ll find everything here from Banana Brownies, Vegan Banana Pudding, and even some Frozen Banana Bites.
Enjoy this creamy, delicious, and gorgeous vegan banana chia pudding with a berry sauce on top. It’s a perfect healthy dessert option!
These fudgy, gooey chocolate banana brownies are extra moist, healthy, and super tasty. Have these for dessert, a snack, or even breakfast!
These frozen banana bites feature layers of bananas sandwiched with peanut butter and then dipped in chocolate. It’s a healthy, tasty treat!
The easiest dessert, this 2-ingredient banana nice cream is so good! Forget the ice cream maker, all you need is a freezer and a blender.
Banana Smoothies & Shakes
Bananas add lots of creaminess to smoothies and shakes. Here are the recipes to provie it!
This almond milk smoothie is creamy and delicious! Made with only 6 ingredients (including ice), this smoothie is easy, healthy, and amazing!
You’ll love this creamy banana shake that’s infused with banana flavor. It’s made with only four ingredients and is ready in minutes!
It takes only minutes to enjoy this thick vegan chocolate Milkshake made with cocoa powder and vegan ice cream. Add your favorite toppings!
This vegan green smoothie is packed with healthy greens, but don’t worry, it tastes good, too. Make this smoothie a healthy everyday habit!
This creamy mixed berry smoothie features strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Serve it for breakfast, snacktime, or dessert!
Start your day right with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie. It’s made with bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate protein powder.
Vegan Banana Recipes for Breakfast
Making recipes from bananas for breakfast is a favorite. Here, you’ll find everything from pancakes to muffins, and even smoothies!
Make these Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes over the weekend and enjoy them the rest of the week. They’re easy to make and dairy free too!
Fluffy and easy, these tasty vegan banana pancakes need to be on your breakfast menu! Serve with fresh fruit, peanut butter, or maple syrup.
These Vegan Banana Muffins are easy to make with only a few ingredients. Moist, delicious muffins are topped with a streusel, crumb topping!
Add some healthy to your day with this Green Tea Smoothie. This rich and creamy smoothie is green thanks to spinach and tastes great thanks to bananas!
Make these delicious Gluten-Free Banana Muffins for a perfect breakfast treat any day of the week. The streusel topping is great, too!
Vegan Banana Muffins
Gluten-Free Banana Bread Pancakes
Banana Bread Recipes
Baking with bananas makes moist and delcious goodies, such as banana bread. Here are some favorites you’ll want to make over and over again!
This whole wheat banana bread creates a moist, lightly sweetened, flavorful quick bread. It’s not only healthy, but it’s also the best ever!
This delicious Strawberry Banana Bread recipe is easy to make and yields a moist bread with a crispy top crust.
Super moist Vegan Banana Nut Bread that’s both egg and dairy free. One delicious slice after another is filled with ripe bananas and walnuts.
Sweet Bananas Recipes
If love to cook with bananas, these dessert recipes will be your favorite! Everyone loves this a good banana cream pie, banana cake, or even some vegan banana cookies. Here are some of our favorite desserts infused with bananas!
Moist and fudgy, these Vegan Banana Blondies come with a Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting to tempt your tastebuds. It’s a fabulous dessert!
This vegan banana cream pie has layers of deliciousness, including a cookie crust, vanilla filling, bananas, and coconut whipped topping.
This moist chunky monkey cake is made with bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate. This dairy-free cake is easy and uses everyday ingredients.
This vegan banana cake is a tender, moist cake with ginger and cinnamon and topped with a dreamy, creamy vegan cream cheese frosting.
The flavors of chocolate, peanut butter and banana combine in these Chunky Monkey Cookies, with lots of deliciousness in every bite!
Imagine serving these moist banana blondies with creamy peanut butter frosting for your next party or brunch. It’s a real crowd favorite!
Do you have a favorite banana recipe? Please share it in the comments below!
Vegan Banana Recipes + Vegan Banana Bread
- Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Spray a large loaf pan** with vegetable spray.
- In a food processor, add the bananas, vegan butter, sugar, vanilla, milk, flax, and cornstarch. Pulse in short bursts until combined, leaving some banana chunks. Set aside.
- In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Fold the chopped toasted nuts into the flour mixture. Stir until the nuts are coated. Add the wet ingredients. Stir until just combined.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- When done, remove the pan from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Then invert on a wire rack to cool completely.
- To store, let the loaf cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. It will keep at room temperature for up to 4 days, refrigerated for up to 7 days, or frozen up to 2 months. To thaw, leave the loaf at room temperature. Then heat up individual slices in a toaster oven or microwave.
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