My Bananas Have Turned Brown!

brown bananas that I am putting in the freezer for a later date

Before I started making a lot of homemade foods, I used to throw the bananas out when they turned brown.  I always thought that meant they were bad.  If they looked like this in the past, they were filed in the garbage.  One day I decided to look for a good banana nut bread recipe.  It was then that I discovered that bananas were not bad because they were brown and looked like this.  As a matter of fact, banana bread should be made with over ripe or brown bananas.  When I say brown, I mean that the peel will be brown.  There will be a little brown color to the banana itself, this is ok too.  This browning is from the sugars in the fruit and from what I have heard, when they are a little browner they have a little more potassium.  This is just what I have heard tho, not definite.

Another cool thing I have recently discovered about bananas is that when they get like this, you can freeze them if you are not using them right away.  When you freeze them, they last for quite a while.  I am not sure exactly how long, I have only had them in my freezer for no longer then 2 months.  They were still good after the 2 months tho.  When you freeze your brown bananas, keep them in the peel.  Put them in the freezer just as you would have them on the counter when they are yellow-in the peel and not wrapped in anything.  Do not put them in a freezer bag.  Tho I am sure if you had a banana puree and you froze it in a container that it would be ok.  I actually found that the frozen banana made better banana bread (might have been some kind of coincidence.)

Next time you buy bananas and they turn brown like these, don’t panic and don’t throw them away! You can use them in banana bread or even homemade banana pudding.  There are many uses for brown bananas, they are definitely not bad!

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  • Bonnie

    Hi Dawn,

    Thanks for the heads up about your giveaway. I'm actually doing my own giveaway for the same company. LOL! I really do appreciate it, and I would totally enter if I didn't already own a copy. Thanks so much. Good luck with your giveaway. I'm starting mine over the weekend.

  • Small Town Mommy

    Also, if you freeze a yellow banana, I believe it will turn brown. Not positive about that but I seem to remember it happening to me. I used to make banana bread all the time but now my kids wont eat it.

  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi Small Town Mommy,

    They may turn brown by freezing them, I am not sure! My family eats bananas in spurts. Sometimes I buy them and they are gone within a couple days and other times they sit on the counter and turn brown. They have always been brown when I put them in.
    I have used them to make homemade banana pudding too, it was a big hit! It is a little more powerful on the banana taste then store bought pudding 🙂

  • in the coop

    I have been making banana bread with brown bananas since I was little, but I just recently heard about and tried making it with melted butter instead of room temp. It really made a difference! BTW, I found your blog on The Mom Blogs.

  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi in the coop 🙂
    I will have to try the melted butter, thank you! I have always let it soften myself. We love banana bread here which is good because sometimes we don't eat all the bananas while they are yellow!

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