Go Bananas! 10 Healthy Ways to Use Ripe Ones Now

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Look over on your kitchen counter — are they sitting there? Those super-ripe bananas must be used ASAP or else they’ll get tossed. Let these 10 healthy recipes — smoothies, muffins, pancakes and more — come to the rescue!

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Frozen

The chilly temp of the freezer will prevent peeled bananas from turning brown. The extra-sweet flavor and creamy texture makes for dreamy dairy-free frozen treats.

Recipes:

Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

Vanilla Banana Ice Cream

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Baked

Mashing and baking is a solid standby option for overripe bananas. The fruit also helps keep breads and muffins extra moist and delicious.

Recipes:

Healthy Marbled Banana Bread

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Blended

Freeze bananas ahead for an extra-creamy and icy sipper.

Recipes:

Orange-Banana Smoothie

Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie

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Stirred

For some less traditional creations, combine mashed banana with a warm bowl of oatmeal or an ice-cold glass of milk.

Recipes:

“Hot Chocolate” Banana-Nut Oatmeal

Banana Milk

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Grilled

Whether it’s in a skillet or on an outdoor grill, heat up those bananas to create a figure-friendly dessert or gluten-free breakfast.

Recipes:

Grilled Bananas with Maple Creme Fraiche

3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Banana Pancakes

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.