Anyone who has been following me for a while knows that I always have bananas in the freezer. I find it very useful to always have a supply of bananas. Because the problem with bananas is: either they are still green and not yet suitable for eating, or they are suitable for eating, but a day / a few days later they are so ripe that they are no longer have a good taste to eat.
The riper a banana, the healthier it will be.
Only freeze ripe and overripe bananas. The green unripe bananas will not ripen any further as soon as they go into the freezer.
Can you freeze whole bananas?
You can freeze a whole banana. In the peel itself, it seems handy because you don’t need any packaging, but you can’t get the peel off it anymore or very difficult if you take the banana out of the freezer. You can defrost the banana, but it can be slurry.
So you can peel the bananas and put them in the freezer on parchment paper so that they are completely frozen, then you can put several bananas together in a jar. Another way is to wrap each banana individually in parchment paper. It is also possible with aluminum foil or plastic foil, but that is not so good for the environment.
Freezing bananas in pieces
What I always do myself is first peeling the banana and then cut it into pieces. This is much more convenient if you want to process the frozen banana in a smoothie or banana ice cream.
To prevent the pieces from sticking together, first freeze the pieces separately by placing them next to each other on a piece of parchment paper. Once the pieces are frozen, you can keep them together in a jar.
I honestly don’t have the patience for that myself 😉 I put the pieces together immediately in a jar.
Yes, they stick together when you take them out of the freezer, but with a fork and some brute force I get pieces off.
Benefits of frozen bananas
- The big advantage is that you always have ripe bananas at home.
- I find it tastier and more creamy in a smoothie
- Your smoothie is always cool that way.
- You can always make healthy ice cream quickly.
Do you always have a supply of bananas at home or is that something you will do in the future? Then leave a comment at the bottom of the page.