Use it Up: Bananas

We buy bananas pretty regularly, and we never finish them before they start getting a bit past their prime. I’m not even much of a fan of bananas, but they are good for you, so I attempt to choke them down periodically. Once they start to get even the tiniest bit brown, I peel them and throw them in the freezer to use later.

The best way to use up frozen bananas is to make banana bread, but I’m not making it today, so we’ll have to save that for a later post. Usually, I use them up in smoothies. Any time I have any fruit that starts to get a bit soft, goes into my freezer, so I usually use a bunch at the same time in my smoothies. Today I have a super simple, delicious recipe.

You will need milk, bananas, and some form of chocolate powder or syrup. I have nesquik on hand, but hot cocoa works just as well. I used a few frozen bananas, and some fresh, about 6 total for two shakes.

Put the ingredients in the blender. Blend. Drink. Thank me profusely.

It tastes pretty much like bananas and chocolate, but this is an excellent way to satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthier way than eating a tub of ice cream, or an entire cake. You could add a little vanilla extract too, to give it an extra bit of flavor. I’ve also made these using chocolate protein powder, and they are very tasty. Now we can all watch our girlish figures together!


October 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Cooking.


  1. Sara A. replied:

    Keep ripe bananas in the fridge to slow down the browning. I like to set them out at room temp for about 5-10 min prior to eating. (If you are under the impression that bananas should not be refrigerated, ALL bananas are kept in fridges during shipping before they ever get to you.)

    • thatcleverchick replied:

      I buy green bananas and keep them in the fridge, and we STILL never get to them in time.

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