If you have time on your hands:
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!