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In the heat of summer bananas seem to go from green to freckled in the blink of an eye. But don't throw them out when they start going black. Peel them and wrap them individually in cling (Saran?) wrap and place them in the freezer. They are great for making milkshakes as the flavour is enhanced. They also make excellent, no mess banana popsicles (ice lollies/lollys).  :)

You can also use them for banana bread, but that takes more work  ::)
 

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I love frozen bananas. Don't need to go to the bother of wrapping in plastic wrap. You do have to peel them. I then lay them in a shallow covered food container. Put that in the freezer. After they're frozen, just put them in some kind of a zip-lock bag. That's all you need to do.
 

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Sandpiper said:
I love frozen bananas. Don't need to go to the bother of wrapping in plastic wrap. You do have to peel them. I then lay them in a shallow covered food container. Put that in the freezer. After they're frozen, just put them in some kind of a zip-lock bag. That's all you need to do.
Thanks. I wrap them individually as they are easier to separate, or to eat as a popsicle.
 

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T.L. Haddix said:
You can also make banana soft-serve ice cream with them. Flavor it however you want. You basically just put the frozen bananas (broken into manageable chunks) in a food processor or blender, and puree. Add vanilla, chocolate, strawberries, mango, etc. Dress it with honey, chocolate sauce, etc. ;)
Maybe we can start a "Frozen Banana Cookbook" ;D
 

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Jan Hurst-Nicholson said:
Thanks. I wrap them individually as they are easier to separate, or to eat as a popsicle.
It's ridiculous what I used to do when I froze bananas. Again, just put them in a shallow covered food container and put in freezer. They can touch some. After they're frozen, just separate them and pop them off container with a table knife. Then put 'em in a zip-lock bag. At that point after they're already frozen, they won't freeze together. A whole lot easier.
 

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T.L. Haddix said:
You can also make banana soft-serve ice cream with them. Flavor it however you want. You basically just put the frozen bananas (broken into manageable chunks) in a food processor or blender, and puree. Add vanilla, chocolate, strawberries, mango, etc. Dress it with honey, chocolate sauce, etc. ;)
I put just a little milk, few frozen strawberries, half large frozen banana, and an ice cube in my Vitamix this morning. It did come out kinda like soft serve ice cream / sorbet.
 

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Also, if you put a little lemon juice on your peeled bananas before you freeze them, they won't go all dark when left in the freezer for extreme lengths of time.

Another also, you can also use the skins in banana bread. Just put the unpeeled bananas in a blender and whip 'em into frothy puree before incorporating into the overall mixture. I have relatives from Brazil who do that and it doesn't seem to detract from the final product or their overall health.
 

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Christopher Bunn said:
Also, if you put a little lemon juice on your peeled bananas before you freeze them, they won't go all dark when left in the freezer for extreme lengths of time.

Another also, you can also use the skins in banana bread. Just put the unpeeled bananas in a blender and whip 'em into frothy puree before incorporating into the overall mixture. I have relatives from Brazil who do that and it doesn't seem to detract from the final product or their overall health.
I wonder if the peel makes the flavour more pronounced?
 

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I am so surprised to see this thread after thinking about how I would love to have some fried plantains earlier today, and was wondering if bananas would quench my desire.  Now after thinking about this, here is this thread.  Amazing!

I am going to try some of the recommendations.  Good to know.
 

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If anyone cooks with Bisquick they have a super easy & super delicious simple one dish recipe for banana bread.

When bananas get to the over ripe stage I just peel them & put in a zip lock and toss in the freezer. Anything I use them in they'll be mushed up anyway so it doesn't matter what they look like.

Also use them in smoothies... 1 cup each of plain yogurt, milk, ice, frozen fruit and a couple of bananas. YUMMMM.

What other recipes do you use bananas in?
 

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Sandpiper said:
The best flavor / food combination -- banana, peanut butter, and chocolate. :) :) :)
Well, maybe if you leave out the peanut butter! ;D

Betsy
 

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We make yonanas with out extra-ripe ones.  Fools the kids into thinking they're eating ice cream, but they're getting nanners.  Tee hee.
 
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