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.
Chocolate Banana Brownies
Banana Chia Pudding
Frozen Banana Bites
Creamy Banana Shake
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!
Vegan Banana Pancakes
Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie
Vegan Banana Muffins
Gluten-Free Banana Bread Pancakes
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!
Vegan Banana Cream Pie
Vegan Banana Cake
Vegan Banana Bread
Imagine serving these moist banana blondies with creamy peanut butter frosting for your next party or brunch. It’s a real crowd favorite!
Whole Wheat Banana Bread
Do you have a favorite banana recipe? Please share it in the comments below!