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5 ways to use overripe bananas

Nutrient-rich bananas are a staple in most fruit bowls. According to Countdown, Kiwis bought a whopping 18kgs of them per person last year, so what do you do when they get overripe?
5 ways to use overripe bananas

5 ways to use overripe bananas

5 ways to use overripe bananas

Unfortunately according to Love Food Hate Waste, we throw away 18 million bananas in New Zealand every year because they get ripe too fast. Here are five easy ways to use them without putting them in the compost.

Bake it

It may seem like a no-brainer, but your weekend baking will always benefit from a dose of overripe bananas. Add to your next banana cake or batch of banana bread, use to sweeten up muffins or keep cookies and biscuits moist and chewy.

We love this banana bread recipe from Food to Love.

Blitz it

Want a creamy, sweet smoothie without adding any naughty ingredients? Look no further than the humble banana. Use an overripe banana in this cranberry and apple pie smoothie that has all the flavours of a sugar, dairy-ladened milkshake, without the nasties.

Put it in a pud

Move over chocolate, there’s a decadent new dessert star. Use overripe bananas to create this indulgent self-saucing pudding.

Start your day with it

Bananas and eggs are the key to creating these easy two-ingredient pancakes. Spread with peanut or almond butter and enjoy!

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Bottle it

While we don’t often think of pairing banana with savoury dishes, this ferociously good banana chutney is here to prove us wrong. Leave for a week for the flavours to develop then serve with jerk chicken, curry or pan-fried fish. Heaven!

This article originally appeared on Food to Love.

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