Don’t bin your overripe bananas: try one of these delicious recipes instead

Brits throw away 1.4m edible bananas every day according to figures released in 2017 from Wrap, the government’s waste advisory body. The figures from Wrap found that 30 per cent of consumers will throw away a banana if it has minor bruising or a black mark. If the banana is green anywhere on the skin, 13 per cent will throw the fruit away.

But bananas that are “damaged” or overripe can be used for other things such as baking, or in salads and smoothies. So instead of throwing away your bananas, try one of our delicious recipes…

Upside down banana caramel cake

Flora Shedden’s has married two classics – the banana cake and and pineapple upside down cake – to create a sticky, sweet and gloriously indulgent bake. 

Upside down banana caramel cake


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Lisa Linder

Banana bread with orange and pecans

Diana Henry adds orange zest and crunchy pecans to her banana bread for a loaf with something extra. Try it for your next teatime treat. 

Banana bread


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Yuki Sugiura

Peanut butter, honey and banana loaf 

Kate Young’s twist on the lockdown classic is a must-bake for fans of peanut butter. Top with ricotta and an extra drizzle of honey for an indulgent breakfast. 

Peanut butter, honey and banana loaf


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Lean Timms

 

Brown-sugar-baked bananas with rum and lime

Laced with flavours of the Caribbean, Diana Henry’s easygoing dessert is the perfect followup to your spring or summer barbecue. 

baked bananas with rum and lime


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Peter Cassidy

Toasted banana bread with bacon and maple syrup

Claire Thomson toasts slices of freshly baked banana bread to eat with streaky bacon and a drizzle of maple syrup – decadent, fun and perfect for the weekend. 

Banana, apple and peanut mug crumble

Looking for a dessert for one? This all-in-one mug cake is ready in no time, and you’ll likely have most of the ingredients in your cupboard. 

Banana, apple and peanut mug crumble

Oat and banana pancakes with chocolate drizzle

For breakfast, brunch or dessert, Melissa Hemsley’s easy banana and oat pancakes are the perfect gluten-free treat. 

Oat and banana pancakes with chocolate sauce


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Steven Joyce

Banana parfait with toffee sauce

Stephen Harris’s indulgent banana parfaits are inspired by his favourite childhood ice lollies. Have a go at them at the weekend.

Banana parfait with toffee sauce


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Andrew Twort and Annie Hudson

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