How to Freeze Bananas

When bananas are on sale or you have extra bananas that cannot be eaten right away, freeze them to use later in breads, muffins, cakes, cupcakes or smoothies. Here is how:

What you will need to freeze bananas

  • Ripe bananas
  • Plastic resealable freezer storage bag(s)

How to freeze & thaw the whole bananas

  1. Place the ripe bananas with the peels on or off* in a freezer bag, seal bag closed then place in the freezer.
  2. Thaw each banana 30 to 60 seconds in a microwave before using in recipes.

How to freeze sliced bananas

  1. Remove the peel from each banana.*
  2. Slice each banana as thick as desired.
  3. Spread the sliced bananas on a baking sheet and freeze for about one hour. This will prevent them from sticking together once you place them in the freezer bag.
  4. After they have frozen, place in a freezer bag, seal bag closed then place in the freezer.

How to freeze & thaw mashed bananas with a spoon or fork

  1. Peel each banana.*
  2. Use the back side of a spoon or fork to press down on the banana. Continue this process until the banana is well mashed.
  3. Placed mashed bananas in a freezer bag, seal bag closed then place in the freezer.
  4. To thaw: Place freezer bag in a microwave for 30 to 60 seconds intervals until thawed.

How to freeze & thaw mashed bananas with a food processor

  1. Peel each banana.*
  2. Slice each banana into small chunks.
  3. Place in a food processor.
  4. Process until smooth or to the desired texture.
  5. Placed mashed bananas in a freezer bag, seal bag closed then place in the freezer
  6. To thaw: Place freezer bag in a microwave for 30 to 60 seconds intervals until thawed.

Note:

* When freezing bananas without a peel you may need to remove the banana string and cut off both ends of the banana.

When freezing bananas in the peel, the peel will turn brown; but it won't affect the banana inside.

When using frozen bananas in smoothies there is no need to thaw them. Just place in the blender still frozen. They will make your smoothie nice and richly thickened.

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