25 Ways to Use Up Leftover Bananas

 

You'll go bananas for these easy ways to use up leftover bananas, including sweet pies, new takes on banana bread and savory pork chops.

 

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Coconut Banana Bread

Toss aside your standby banana bread recipe and add flakes of coconut this time. They toast up on the outside for added texture and nutty flavor. 

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Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter

Deck out your brunch spread with pecan-studded banana pancakes and sweet, creamy maple butter.

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Banana Caramel Cream Pie

Swirls of homemade salted caramel sauce add a new spin to the classic banana cream pie. Kelsey Nixon's easy pie crust recipe is a great one to have in your back pocket, but you can use a store-bought crust in a pinch.

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Whipped Sweet Potatoes and Bananas with Honey

Roasting sweet potatoes and bananas together brings out even more of their sweet flavors, but this isn't necessarily a dessert. You can easily serve this pecan-crumble-topped dish at dinner.

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Bananas Foster

Once you flambe bananas with rum and drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, there's no turning back. Make this your go-to treat.

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Dark Chocolate and Banana S'mores

Start crushing on Bobby Deen's slimmed-down dessert featuring homemade molasses-flavored graham crackers.

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Pan-Roasted Pork Chop Encebollado with Rosemary Scented Bananas

Bananas pair beautifully with savory flavors too — especially rosemary, onions and a juicy, succulent pork chop.

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Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

This chocolate explosion's base is banana bread — which you can make yourself or buy premade. Let this bread pudding function as a main dish at brunch or as an ice-cream-topped dessert.

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Monkey Tail Banana Cake

You might be curious as to how this Nutella- and cream cheese-frosted cake gets super tender. The secret ingredient of sour cream makes it quite "chimple."

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Papaya-Banana Smoothie

Have a tropical morning with Bobby Flay's easy papaya and banana smoothie. You can even freeze leftover chunks of banana to toss in next time.

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Chicken and Banana Curry

Banana's sweetness balances out wonderfully in a hearty bowl of spicy curry. Don't skimp on the marinade time for the chicken — the Greek yogurt tenderizes the meat while cilantro, garlic and ginger permeate it with flavor.

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Banana Pudding

Elevate the Southern staple with caramelized bananas, creamy vanilla-bean-studded pudding and rum-spiked whipped cream.

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Banana and Cardamom Creme Brulee

Who knew that cardamom and bananas were a match made in heaven? Try the combination yourself with Bal Arneson's Indian-spiced creme brulee.

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Bananas Foster French Toast with Whipped Cream Cheese

This epic brunch dish tastes like bananas Foster, cupcakes and French toast all got together for a party, and you're definitely invited.

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Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Sure, it's usually cupcakes that are frosted and not muffins, but a little frosting never hurt anyone.

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Banana Pancakes with Blistered Berries

Combine the heartiness of oatmeal with kid-friendly fluffy pancakes. With the blistered blueberries making their own natural sauce, you won't need to pour on too much maple syrup.

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Grilled Banana and Nutella Panini

Take a break from grilled cheese for one day and indulge your sweet tooth instead. Nutella is wonderful, but you could also add some peanut butter and jelly to feel like a kid again.

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Chocolate-Covered Banana Pops

A frozen banana dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts is almost as good as a Nutty Buddy. And remember: "There's always money in the banana stand."

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Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Icebox Cake

Experience peanut butter bliss with this crumbled chocolate wafer-covered icebox cake. Sliced bananas are mostly for garnish, but you can add as many as you'd like.

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Grilled Banana Bread Ice Cream Sandwiches

Unlike most ice cream sandwiches, this one is actually made with bread — grilled banana bread, at that!

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Peanut Butter Banana Fritters Drizzled with Chocolate Sauce

This is like deep-frying a Reese's cup, only less messy and with some added "health benefits" from fruit.

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Thick Bananas Foster Shake

This milkshake is so thick you can practically turn it upside down without it spilling. But we'd recommend drinking the caramel-swirled shake instead of playing with it.

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The Elvis: Peanut Butter, Banana and Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

These bacon-studded cookies will have you saying, "Thank you, thank you very much."

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Mexican Corn Pancakes with Whipped Goat Cheese, Piloncilo Caramelized Bananas and Walnuts

Try not to eat all the caramelized banana garnishes before they make it on top of these addictive sweet-and-savory corn pancakes.

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Banoffee Pie

Bananas, toffee, Oreo cookies, whipped cream and a little coffee? You can't go wrong with this pie.

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