Don't you hate it when you look over and see that you only have one ripe banana? What can you do with that?? The obvious answer to having a ripe banana is making banana bread. But have you ever seen a recipe for banana bread that only uses 1 ripe banana? If you have, please send it my way. It would be the best early Christmas present I could ask for.
So it seems like no matter how many bananas I buy, I always end up with only the one ripe banana left over, and I need to figure out what to do with it. This is what I have done throughout the years when I am in this situation.
This is what I do most often. If I have the time, and don't particularly want to use the banana right at this moment, I will do one of two things:
- Freeze the entire banana whole. This way, you can defrost the banana, cut off the end, and squeeze the banana into your recipe. You barely even need to mash it, because it will be basically mashed already, or liquidy enough to mix right in.
- Cut it into coins, and place it in a ziplock bag. This is perfect if you are looking to sweeten a smoothie, and cut back on the ice you are putting in. You don't need to dilute your drink this way. More flavor, nice!
Now for some recipes! In these cases, if you are freezing the entire banana, I usually wait until you get more bananas to put alongside this lone banana, and make these:
Banana Bread (Uses 3 bananas)
Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins (Uses 2 bananas)
If you are cutting the banana into coins and freezing it, try these smoothie recipes:
Strawberry Banana Smoothie (Uses 1 banana)
Fruity Green Smoothie (Uses 1 banana)
If you want to use the ripe banana RIGHT NOW!
I don't blame anyone for this option. If my freezer is full, or I just don't want to see that banana sitting on my counter any longer, I will want to use it omg right now. These are some ideas of what you can make using only one ripe banana:
Caramelized Banana Oatmeal (Uses 1 ripe banana + 2 non ripe bananas)