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All Of The Unexpected Ways You Can Use Overripe Bananas

Overripe bananas have higher sugar, richer in antioxidants, and are easier to digest, per Livestrong. Overripe bananas are perfect for making banana bread and baby food, but there are other ways these sweet treats can be used.

Overripe bananas are perfect for morning pancakes, whether added in slices as the batter settles in the pan, previously pureed and combined into the mix, or used as a pancake topping with syrup or chocolate. These bananas are also great for banana breakfast cookies.

One can whip up many frozen treats with overripe bananas, like ice cream, smoothies, or milkshakes. Use a blender or food processor to whiz up a creamy banana base and freeze it in a bowl, or use a popsicle mold with the same banana ice cream mix and freeze it.

Overripe bananas are also perfect for making quick and easy microwave banana pudding. This soft and sweet dessert includes bananas in the batter and sliced on top, and it's even better when topped with whipped cream.

Those with savory palates could cue Filipino cuisine and turn their overripe bananas into banana ketchup. This condiment is traditionally made with indigenous saba bananas but can work with other bananas mixed with vinegar, brown sugar, and spices for a sweet and tangy sauce.