It happens to us all.
We buy bananas, sometimes too many, and they end up not getting eaten up fast enough or in some cases… at all.
Then as nature begins to take its course; the bananas go from a bright, yellow color to a more dull yellow and those signature brown spots start developing.
Not only that, but the banana begins to get softer and in case you didn’t know, overripe bananas become mushy due to the starches breaking down to sugar and eventually (if left long enough) the decomposition process begins.
But before that phase kicks in, while they are still just spotted, you can salvage them as to not waste them with the following suggestions.
What to Do With Brown Spotted Bananas
1. Bake with them
Use overripe, brown spotted bananas for banana bread, banana pudding and other desserts.
If you have a dessert in mind but perhaps you want to wait a few days (until the weekend, for example) peel them, put them into a plastic storage bag, and refrigerate them until you’re ready to bake up your goodies!
But if you don’t intend to BAKE with them anytime soon…
2. Freeze them
Overripe bananas freeze well and can be used in shakes, smoothies and banana ice cream!
Simply peel them and put them into a freezer bag and into the freezer for later use. They store well in the freezer for up to about 3-4 months.
You can also put the peeled bananas on a tray or plate slightly spaced apart, freeze a little bit and then place into bags. This helps them to not stick together inside of the bag.
You can even make healthy, raw & living food puddings such as banana-papaya pudding simply by blending 1 banana and 1 half of a small papaya (seeds removed, please) until smooth and creamy.
Fruit puddings can be made blending banana with other fruits as well – strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mango, pineapple, etc.
3. Dehydrate them
Overripe Banana Benefits
Aside from the ability to use overripe bananas in the aforementioned ways, another benefits is the fact that they are easier to digest.
However… if you are diabetic, watch your glucose levels as the starches are broken down into simple sugars which may raise blood sugar levels. So again, monitor yourself.
It has also been suggested that ripened bananas with brown spots (prior to the stage that the entire banana turns brown) can potentially act as an anti-cancer agent!
“Tumor Necrosis Factor(TNF-α) is a cytokine, substances secreted by certain cells of the immune system that have an effect on other cells. This is indeed helpful in fighting abnormal turmor cells in body. Research done on ripening bananas has proved that the levels of TNF-α induction increased markedly with dark spots on skin before the entire banana peel turned brown” Read more about the effect brown spotted bananas have on cells…
So the next time you find yourself with brown spotted bananas, don’t throw them away… remember these tips!