10 New Things to Make with Bananas

Rediscover this versatile fruit by cooking and even peeling it in new ways.
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Put a Stick in It

Freeze them whole or halved as pops. Drizzle them with melted chocolate and sprinkle with nuts, then refreeze if you feel like it.

 

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Fritter Them

A thin tempura batter, a thicker buttermilk batter or a light coat of breadcrumbs all work nicely.

Use a Banana Instead of an Egg

If you’re baking for vegans, swap in a ripe mashed banana where a recipe calls for an egg.

Candy Them

Small bananas slow-poached in sugar syrup and served with coconut cream are a popular Thai dessert.

Bathe Them in Booze

Let peeled bananas hang out in rum for a day or two, then strain well, discarding the bananas.

Cook Them in a Campfire

Split unpeeled bananas lengthwise, fill with chocolate (or candies), wrap in foil, then grill till charred.

Light Them on Fire

Bananas Foster (caramelized bananas with vanilla ice cream, drenched in rum and set ablaze) is a classic for a reason.

Make Jam

Cook bananas with sugar and citrus juice until caramelized, then blend — perfect for PB&J!

Bake an Upside-Down Cake

Why should pineapples have all the fun?

Make Hummingbird Cake

This Southern classic has many versions, but they all include pineapple, bananas and cream cheese.

Peel It from the Bottom

Monkeys do it, and they should know, right? Peeling from the bottom end is easier and won’t crush your snack.

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