STOP! Don’t throw away those overripe bananas! In just minutes, you can transform them into frozen nuggets that are perfect for smoothies and banana nut bread (for league home matches!)
And here’s the easiest way to do it:
For the most flavor, start with overripe, spotty bananas. Peel all the bananas and then slice them into 1-inch chunks. (Smaller pieces are better because they’re easier on your blender; even a high-powered Vitamix blender will have trouble breaking down a whole frozen banana.)
Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with either parchment or wax paper. DO NOT toss the unfrozen banana chunks into a freezer-safe baggie; if you do this, they’ll freeze into a brick of banana chunks that must be chipped apart before use.
Freeze the banana slices for about 2 hours, and transfer them to freezer-safe bags (remove as much air as you can before sealing). We like to add enough bananas for one smoothie to each baggie: about 10-11 pieces. That way, there’s no guesswork (or measuring needed) when you first wake up and are hungry for that breakfast smoothie.
Now, you’re armed with a freezer full of “banana baggies” and ready for delicious smoothies, banana bread, or maybe some yummy banana oatmeal. And for adding to food other than smoothies, thaw the chunks in the microwave first.
These will keep in your freezer for up to 3 months — but we’ve NEVER gone beyond 3 weeks without using them up, lol! What we also like to do is purchase an extra bunch of bananas just for ripening and freezing. That way, we have plenty ready, for whatever we want to make!