It always seems to happen – you buy a bunch of bananas, and before you know it, they’re overripe. But don’t throw them out! As a cheap and nutritious food, bananas have many uses even past their prime. Let your overripe bananas help you eliminate debt by getting every penny out of them with the following recipes.
Avoiding Debt with Overripe Bananas
According to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans throw out between 14 and 25 percent of the groceries they purchase. This ends up costing the average family anywhere from $1365 to $2275 per year. Instead of wasting those hard earned dollars, save the bananas and use the cash to pay off consumer debt.
Bananas can be fairly cheap at 79 cents a pound (roughly). You can use them for many things when they’re mushy and past the point of no return. Bananas also freeze very well, so you can peel them or leave them unpeeled and pop them in the freezer for any of the uses below.
Baking with Overripe Bananas
Overripe bananas are fantastic for baking, for example.
- Use mashed bananas to make classic banana bread. Overripe bananas are perfect for this application, as they’re sweeter and easier to mash. You can customize by adding a handful of chocolate chips, walnuts, or raisins. Make banana bread cupcakes by baking in a muffin tin and adding cream cheese frosting.
- For a healthier and tasty replacement to oil, you can replace 1 cup of oil with ½ cup of mashed bananas for most any baking recipe. Because bananas are dense, this tends to work only for denser and thicker baked goods – don’t use this for something intended to be light and fluffy. Bananas also add a fantastic sweetness and flavor to baked goods, so you can remove some of the sugar in the recipe as well.
- You can replace eggs with mashed bananas as well! Replace 1 egg with ½ a cup of mashed bananas to add sweetness and bind your baked goods.
Banana Smoothie Recipes
Overripe bananas are also great in smoothies! A perfect breakfast or dessert, there are so many ways to use bananas in these nutritional powerhouse drinks. Here are some suggestions:
- Blend one overripe banana with 4 oz chocolate soy milk, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, and a dash of cinnamon for a decadent yet healthy dessert.
- Blend one overripe banana with 4 oz kefir (unflavored or flavored), a handful of baby spinach leaves (raw), and 8 frozen cherries. This probiotic and nutritionally packed smoothie is a great way to start the day with protein and fiber.
- Blend one overripe banana with 4 oz orange juice, ½ a cup of Greek yogurt, the zest of an orange, 4 baby carrots, 1 tsp honey, and 2 ice cubes for a smooth orange creamsicle delight.
Other Cost Saving Banana Recipe Tips
Other ideas are banana fritters, banana cheesecake, and my personal favorite, banana ice cream. It is unreal how good the ice cream turns out! No matter how you use the bananas, avoiding food waste is a great way to save money and eliminate debt.
Finally, for more tips on buying cheap produce and cutting grocery bills, see our other Eat Your Way to Debt Relief blog posts:
- Eat Your Way to Debt Relief: Great Uses for Stale Bread
- Eat Your Way to Debt Relief: Leeks
- Eat Your Way to Debt Relief: Sweet Potatoes
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