How To Freeze Bananas
How To Freeze Bananas
I’m sure it is no secret to anyone that I like bananas. You can honestly use them in so many ways — you can eat them plain, top them with peanut butter or add them to smoothies. One of my other favourite methods is to freeze bananas and make them into a refreshing treat.
How to freeze bananas
Keep reading to find out how to freeze bananas, as well as some yummy ways to enjoy frozen banana!
How to freeze bananas for nice cream
To begin, you need some frozen banana pieces. Here’s how to prepare them:
- Get a tray that will fit into your freezer. Line the tray with some baking paper.
- Peel and slice the banana into 1-inch slices. Spread the slices out over the paper-lined tray.
- Put the tray into the freezer and freeze bananas for a few hours or overnight.
- Once the pieces are frozen, transfer them to either a container or to a sealable plastic bag.
To make nice cream, take the frozen banana pieces and blend them in a food processor or a high-powered blender. It will take a little while to reach a soft serve-like consistency but it is worth the wait!
You can also dip the frozen banana pieces into a little melted dark chocolate or cover them with a cacao drizzle for a sweet treat.
How to freeze bananas for smoothies
If you love to make smoothies in the morning before you head out for the day, having smoothie freezer packs ready to go is an ideal solution.
To do this, I like to slice up my banana into chunks and pop it into a freezer bag. Frozen banana not only keeps your smoothie cold, it helps make the smoothie thicker as well.
If I freeze bananas for a smoothie pack, I then add spinach and whatever pieces of fruit I feel like — mango, strawberries and pineapple makes a great combination. Place the bag in the freezer and leave it there until you’re ready to make your smoothie.
When you’re ready for the smoothie, just empty the bag into your blender, top with regular or coconut water and blend.
How to freeze ripe bananas
It can be really annoying if you buy bananas and they ripen quickly, before you get a chance to use them! Good news — ripe bananas don’t have to be thrown away, even if you don’t have time to use them in the next day or so.
You can save ripe bananas for later use simply by mashing them up and freezing the mash.
Here’s how to freeze mashed banana:
- Peel the banana and cut it into chunks. Place the sliced banana into a bowl.
- Using the back of a fork, mash the banana well.
- Scrape the bowl into a food-safe, sealable plastic bag. Place in the freezer and freeze banana until you are ready to use.
Frozen mashed banana can be used in a recipe for healthy banana bread; simply allow the bag to thaw a little before you start baking. You can also add it to smoothies or add frozen banana chunks to healthy muffins.
How long do frozen bananas keep?
Bananas can be frozen for up to six months, which is a great way to make sure you always have some on hand.
If you’re trying to eat healthier, frozen bananas can be fantastic for making tasty snacks. I love to make nice cream by blending frozen banana with some raspberries — the combination of creamy banana and tart berries is amazing!
Do you use frozen banana for any other snack ideas? I’d love to hear them!
Love, Kayla xx
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