Friday, 30 January 2015

Save our Bananas - 3 brilliant banana recipes

Posted by Rosie

Every DAY in the UK 1.4 million bananas are thrown away.  

That's 511 million per year.  

That's a lot of bananas.  

Umpteen people have been involved in getting that banana to you.  Banana trees were grown and cared for, bananas harvested, weighed, packed, transported by road and sea, broken up into bunches, bagged up, put on the self, passed through the till all for 511 million of them end up in the bin.  Yet bananas are so versatile and there are literally hundreds of recipes using them on the internet.  Most people think banana cake but put "recipes for ripe bananas" into a search engine and you'll find things as varied as banana-bread, pancakes, hundreds of puddings and smoothies galore.  In most of these recipes a bit of black on the bananas you use is not problem and in many cases will enhance the flavour of the final dish.  But if you really can't bear the thought of using the black bits, simply cut those bits off and use the rest of the banana.

Are you guilty of banana waste? Here are my three favourite ideas for making sure they are not wasted:

Banana Ice Cream


  • 400g tin condensed milk
  • 500g pot crème fraîche
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • a few drops of vanilla essence 


  1. Mash the bananas (including any black bits) thoroughly until there are no lumps
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and stir thoroughly
  3. Tip the mixture into an ice cream machine and set to churn.  If you don't have an ice cream maker the ice cream can be poured into a freezer container and put in the freezer.  When half frozen mix the mixture well by hand to remove any ice crystals that have formed.
  4. Once the ice cream maker finishes it's cycle put the ice cream into a freezer container and freeze for several hours. 

Note - this ice cream tends to be very hard so remove from the freezer approximately 20 minutes before serving to allow to soften.

Jazzed up Banana Cake

If you have found a banana cake recipe you like why not ring the changes in any of the following ways:

Add extras to the mixture eg chocolate chips, small fruits such as blueberries or blackcurrants, dried fruit, chopped nuts, coconut flakes or your favourite seeds
Top with an icing of your choice - peanut butter icing goes well or a rich chocolate fudge topping.

Caramelised Bananas

In a pan, sauté 2-3 sliced bananas in 20-30g melted butter until soft and heated through.  Stir in brown sugar to taste (approx 2 tbsp) and stir until it starts to caramelise.  If you want add 2-3 tbsp alcohol of your choice which you can flambé for a real touch of decadence.  Serve with cream or the banana ice cream above.

Do you a favourite way to use up bananas?  Let's get sharing our best ideas and save 511 millions bananas from being wasted this year.

And for some information on why we waste food click here.  Identifying what causes us to bin food is the first step in reducing the waste.

The Little Life of Ickle Pickle


  1. That banana ice cream sounds lovely. I try to waste as little food as possible but bananas are one of those things I occasionally throw away. I don't mind over ripe bananas but everyone else in the house hates them! #thelist

    1. I actually prefer ripe bananas but sometimes they are even too far gone for me.

  2. I always opt for Banana bread for over ripe bananas because I love it so much!

    1. It's one of my favourites too ... with lashings of butter!

  3. 511 million bananas?????! That's terrible!! I love a bit of banana ice cream :) I like to add in some peanut butter too. Yum. We also make banana cupcakes and pancakes every week too, to use up those few leftover Bs!!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx

    1. Oooh - peanut butter sounds a great addition to the ice cream. I may have to let some bananas go ripe just to try this.

  4. I slice and freeze bananas, then blitz them in smoothies and with a little cacao powder they make instant ice cream! Thanks for linking to #cookblogshare

    1. Oooh, that sounds good - thank you for the tip :)

  5. I don't tend to throw away overripe bananas but I have far more in the freezer than I can think what to do with! I tend to chuck them into smoothies for breakfast but I'm very very very tempted by your caramelised bananas instead - yum! #CookBlogShare

    1. I use them in smoothies too. Hope you enjoy them caramelised!

  6. What great ideas, these all sound so delicious! Great to see you on #CookBlogShare x

  7. That is a lot of wasted bananas considering you can freeze them and use them in recipes later! Love the sound of the carmelized bananas, a nice sweet treat!

    Thanks for linking at #2usestuesday and for visiting my blog!

  8. I think I'll need to buy ice cream maker, best way to use up riped bananas apart from making muffins out of them which I usually do. Thanks for sharing! #MyFavouritePost

  9. Yum! Some lovely recipes here and we have some bananas that are on the turn. Saving these for later, thank you. :) #myfavouritepost

    1. I think if you beat the mixture well and then froze it, you would find it was OK as the condensed milk seems to keep it smooth.


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