Waste Not, Want not: Freezing Bananas

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I know what you’re thinking!

“Please stop trying to save the world by telling us not to waste our food”!

But, really, you guys…

Seriously…

If I told you that it is sacrilege to throw away your bananas, would you listen?

If I told you that you can do a million things with over ripe bananas, would you listen?

If I told you that I am not going to make you bake a banana bread (at least not right now), would you listen?

If I told you freezing your bananas might make you lose weight, would you listen?

Ahhh, I knew I’d get your attention eventually!

And watch how easy it is:

Step #1. Notice ripe bananas

Step #2. Throw them in the freezer

There, now was that so hard?

Waste Not, Want not: Freezing Bananas Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon

Now, I know (again) what your saying…

“Do you honestly think we are so stupid that your seriously need to do a post about this?”

Yes, I say!

Not about the stupid part…I honealty think you guys are like super smart…like super duper smart…no, seriously…

But, I was in the middle of doing a post for meal prep and I thought “I should tell everyone, not just to freeze your bananas, but also what you can do with them!

Okay…let’s just get the logistics out of the way.

Freeze them in their skin if you are busy/lazy/ran out of plastic wrap and they will come out of the freezer black (like above) and you will have to peel them with a knife (don’t microwave them because the liquid will come out of them).

You can totally do that but this is a better way…

Peel the ripe bananas and wrap them individually in plastic wrap (then you can put each of the wrapped bananas into a large freezer bag) like the opening picture in this post.

You can pull out as many as you need for baking a luscious banana bread like this beauty…

Waste Not, Want not: Freezing Bananas Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon

Or make a smoothie like this gingerbread smoothie…that’s the losing weight part!  I have a version of this smoothie everyday (with the addition of frozen spinach or spirulina and some protein powder…it’s a perfectly filling way to start your day and shave a few calories off of your regular (and probably non-filling) breakfast!!

Waste Not, Want not: Freezing Bananas Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Duringon

Or you can just take the frozen bananas and pulse them in a food processor until it becomes creamy like ice cream and then you can enjoy a beautifully (and naturally) sweet ice cream treat.

So, remember me when those over ripe bananas are crying because you actually thought of composting when you noticed them on your counter.

Imagine those crying bananas.

Why would you be so cruel?