Bananas are oh so healthy, and if you're anything like me, you've probably always got a few sitting about the house. They're the perfect snack when I'm busy planning recipes for special events, serving a dual purpose of filling me up for a little while and stopping me from grabbing a similarly sweet but not so healthy chocolate muffin! However, they're also notorious for turning brown and overripe far too quickly, so if you ever get caught out with some overly ripe (but still edible) bananas, why not use them up with the following delicious recipes?
One of the most popular ways to use up ripe bananas, who can possibly resist some warm, tempting banana bread? A traditional banana loaf can be teamed with walnuts or Brazil nuts, or you could eat it with low-fat spread for a healthy but filling breakfast to keep you going all the way up to lunchtime.
Just about everyone loves a good banana or blueberry muffin, so why not combine the two? This healthy, low-fat muffin recipe is a tasty option, but for an even healthier batch, you can always switch the buttermilk with some yoghurt.
If smoothies are more your style, good news: they're the perfect way to still get all the nutritious benefits from those potassium-rich beauties. Mix a banana up with mango, honey, hazelnuts, berries and citrus fruits for that get-up-and-go energy - or just make up your own concoction!
Ever tried your own homemade ice cream? It's actually easier than you think, without the need for a fancy churner to get the desired results. This super-easy recipe just involves chopping and freezing your ripe bananas on a tray, before waiting a couple of hours to mix them in a food processor with some milk. Even better, it counts as one of your five-a-day!
If you need a more nutritious elevenses pick-me-up, flapjacks are an ideal choice, and it's easy enough to whip up a batch for the week ahead with this simple recipe. You can make it as healthy or as tasty as you like by adding health seeds, peanut butter, apple, chewy apricots or chocolate chips.