Ruby is the marketing and digital assistant at Healthy Food Guide. She loves reformer pilates and is always obsessing over superfoods.

Bananas. One second they’re lovely and ripe in the fruit-bowl and the next, they’ve turned a deep shade of brown. Put your leftover bananas to good use and reduce your food waste by making one of our delicious and healthy recipes.

From sweet, chocolatey banana bread to high-protein smoothies, we’ve got 10 tasty ways to use up those overripe bananas.

1. Banana bread

It’s no surprise really here that one of the best ways to use up your overripe bananas is by making banana bread. The bananas can be used to compensate for sugar, due to their natural sweetness. This recipe is is filled with pieces of dark chocolate and pecans making it lovely and crunchy.

Or if you simply fancy a classic, try our walnut and banana loaf.

Banana bread

2. Banana pudding

Our speedy banana pud is not only low in calories but can also be whipped up in just 15 minutes – making it the ultimate fuss-free pudding!

Bananas pudding

3. Cheesecake

Who doesn’t love cheesecake?! Despite being filled with a creamy banana filling, this recipe has been given a healthy makeover.  That means, you can enjoy a slice of our no-bake banana cheesecake even if you’re trying to watch what you eat!

If you’re a fan of the honey and banana combo, why not try making our banana and honey cheesecake?

Healthier no-bake banana cheesecake

4. Breakfast smoothie

Overripe bananas are the perfect base for making nutritious smoothies because of their natural sweetness. This banana and almond smoothie is made with a shot espresso, making it the perfect way to kick-start your day.

Espresso, banana and almond smoothie

5. Banana fudge

Bananas, nut butter, vanilla and a  little coconut makes these dreamy fudge pieces the ultimate sweet treat ? Plus, they’re high in fibre and 100% vegan.

Banana nut butter fudge

6. Banana muffins

If Olympic swimmer Tom Daley munches on these nutty banana muffins, then who are we to disagree? Made with wholemeal flour, pecans and yoghurt, they’re crammed with nutritious ingredients making them perfect for breakfast or as a light snack.

Tom Daley muffins

7. Ice lollies

Say hello to your new go-to summer treat. These banana ice lollies taste oh so decadent but are actually low in calories and are perfect for those following a gluten-free diet, too.

If you want to avoid using chocolate, try our strawberry and banana pops instead.

Dark chocolate and banana ice lollies

8. Flapjacks

Flapjacks are a popular pre or post workout snack and our banana  flapjacks are made with just four-ingredients!

 4-ingredient banana and almond flapjacks

9. Overnight oats 

Deliciously Ella’s overnight oats are made with banana, mango and are topped with granola – perfect for busy mornings.

Deliciously Ella’s creamy mango and banana overnight oats

10. Pancakes

Adding mashed banana to pancake batter ensures an even lighter, fluffier texture when cooked. Plus, they taste even more indulgent with the extra sweetness – give them a go!

Banana pancakes

Now, browse all of our banana recipes for more healthy ways with this versatile fruit.