Over 20 of the best healthy banana recipes to enjoy all year long! From creamy smoothies to hearty oats, and sweet cinnamon rolls, there’s a little something for everyone. 

The Best Healthy Banana Recipes

If you’re anything like me, you pretty much always have bananas on hand. I’m always using them in smoothies or baked goods and always have a “banana bag” of ripe banana pieces in the freezer. Ripe bananas can be used in everything from breakfast recipes to more decadent desserts.

If you currently have a bunch of ripe bananas sitting on your counter and need some recipe inspiration, no worries – I have got you covered. This post covers how to use them in smoothies, baked treats, and breakfast recipes so those overripe bananas never get trashed and go to waste again! I’ve also included a few more decadent banana recipes as well. Plus, I’m sharing some overall banana storage and usage tips as well.

peanut butter banana smoothie ingredients

The Best Way to Store Bananas

The best way to store fresh bananas is at room temperature in a dry place away from direct sunlight. However, once they reach their peak ripeness, I recommend transferring them to the fridge to keep them fresh for longer if that’s your goal. Keeping them cold slows down the ripening process so you can extend their lifespan a little bit longer. 

If you’re looking for your bananas to become extra ripe so that you can use them in baked goods, skip placing them in the fridge and leave them on the counter.

banana bread ingredients

Can I Freeze Ripe Bananas?

Yes! I love to freeze ripe bananas to keep on hand for smoothies. You can also thaw ripe frozen bananas to use in baked goods.

Are Overripe Bananas Healthier?

Overripe bananas are higher in sugar than green or less ripe bananas, but they also contain more antioxidants. They’re also rich in fiber and potassium.

What Spices Complement Bananas?

There is a wide variety of flavor combinations and spices that complement the taste of bananas. My go-to choice when baking with bananas is always to include warmer spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.

Healthy Banana Recipes

peanut butter banana overnight oats in jar

Breakfast Recipes

smoothie in mason jar with toppings


blueberry banana muffins in basket

Breads and Muffins

sliced coffee cake with peanut butter icing

Decadent Banana Recipes

I hope you give a few of these recipes a try! They are all so delicious and there’s something for everyone on this list.

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