Tackling Food Waste: Our Favourite Banana Recipes
We’re all guilty of throwing produce away when it’s looking a little worse for wear but still edible, so here are some recipes to get the most out of food that you need to use up.
Did you know that we chuck away 1.4 million edible bananas every day in the UK alone? We see that as a wasted opportunity to make some truly incredible sweet treats. So, here are some recipes for the bananas in your fruit bowl that are a little bruised but still have a lot of love left to give.
A brunch essential, this pb and banana pancake recipe is a great way to use super ripe bananas for a sweet and decadent meal. Flavoured with creamy peanut butter, dark chocolate chips and a hint of cinnamon, this plateful of cloud-like treats is served with a drizzle (or a lot) of peanut butter caramel, topped with more bananas and chocolate chips. What more could you want?
We keep it classic with banana bread, because let’s be honest — this is the go to recipe for overripe bananas, and with good reason. This bread is soft, rich and comforting whilst still feeling light and fluffy. It's also packed with dark chocolate and walnuts, and topped with cinnamon sugar which caramelises in the oven. In other words, it’s kind of perfect.
If you’ve ever panicked about not eating your bananas in time and just put them in the freezer, this recipe is the answer to all your troubles. We present to you: vegan banana ice cream that’s chocolatey, rich, and can be on the table in under 5 minutes. No, seriously.
But old bananas don’t have to just be used in the kitchen — so read Fabian’s article on the 7 unexpected ways to use up leftover bananas next.
By Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.