5 Healthy & Delicious Ways to Use Frozen Bananas
Bananas are affordable, abundant, and way too easy to take for granted. Finally though, it looks like they’re getting proper credit, and have moved beyond the oatmeal bowl and ice cream sundae center. These days, it’s all about taking this tropical fruit to the next level. My favorite way to do this is simple and easy—just pop ‘em in the freezer!
Aside from being an amazing source of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C, frozen bananas add a distinct richness to any recipe.
I have just two simple pro-tips to keep in mind when freezing your bunch: first, peel the skins before placing them in the freezer (it’s WAY harder to do this once they’re already frozen), and second, hold off on freezing until the bananas are a couple days passed ripeness. You know—brown spots, mushy bits, and all. Waiting until they’re overripe ensures they’ve reached optimal sweetness, which will make your frozen treats taste all the more delicious.
And unlike fresh bananas, these frozen bad boys have an extended shelf life, which means they can be kept in your freezer for up to one year without losing any of their nutrients or flavor.
So if you’re ready to cool down as the temperatures heat up, go ahead and freeze some bananas and try out these tasty, healthy treats.
1. Smoothies. Skip the ice and toss in a frozen banana instead for an ice-cold dose of non-dairy creaminess and all-natural sugar. It’ll also add thickness to your smoothie, which will keep you full for longer.
2. Vegan ice cream. Whipping frozen bananas in a food processor will give you a yummy bowl of velvety vegan ice cream. All you need to do next is add some toppings—try unsweetened coconut flakes, almond slices, or cacao nibs.
3. Snack bites. Top frozen banana slices with a dollop of your nut butter of choice and a dash of cinnamon, place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper, and place in the freezer to set. In one hour you’ll have yourself a nutritious grab-and-go treat. The banana’s potassium will help you maintain healthy blood pressure, and the nut butter’s protein will keep you energized.
4. Cocktails. Create your very own healthy banana daiquiri by blending frozen bananas with a little bit of triple sec and rum. The fiber in the bananas will keep you full, curb cravings, and help prevent overeating. Don’t forget to sit back, relax, and envision yourself on a warm, sandy beach while sipping on this refreshing tropical cocktail.
5. Popsicles. Simply blend one frozen banana with one cup of your favorite fruit and one cup of almond milk, pour the mixture into a popsicle mold or ice cube tray, and freeze until solid. If you’re short on time and don’t want to break out the blender, stay cool with our easy-to-make fresh fruit ice pops—they taste amazing with frozen banana slices!
What are some of your favorite ways to use frozen bananas? Let us know in the comments section below!