Are bananas a staple for you when it comes to smoothies and baking? Me too! Check out this post on how to freeze bananas for an easy step by step tutorial on how to slice bananas and save them in the freezer for later.
How to Freeze Bananas- It’s SO Easy!
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to freeze bananas, I know. I’m sure you have thrown a bunch of brown bananas into the freezer thinking – “I’ll make banana bread with these later or throw them in a smoothie”. I have done the same thing more times than I can count.
Most times, if I throw bananas into the freezer that are not peeled and easy to grab and throw into a blender, I don’t use them! More often than not, my bananas get freezer burned and when I clean out my freezer (maaaaaybe once a year) they get tossed into the garbage. But, guess what?
This year is the year of NO BANANA LEFT BEHIND.
We have developed a SUPER easy system for leftover bananas in the Fit Foodie kitchen and we wanted to share it with all of you! It is a very simple system that seems like overkill, but when you have a perfect bag of frozen bananas in the freezer that aren’t freezer burn, aren’t mushy, and don’t stick together, you are going to thank us.
Step One- Prepare a Baking Sheet
You don’t want to just slice your bananas and throw them into a freezer bag fresh. Why? Because they will all freeze together in a big mushy clump and when you’re ready to make a smoothie in the morning, you will have to thaw them out or ice pick your way through a clump of frozen nanner. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper so that you can lay your banana slices down flat and freeze them before you prepare them for storage.
Step Two- Peel and Slice Those NANNERS
Grab your bananas and peel them. Now, we don’t discriminate against any nanner- yellow or brown, you decide. All you have to do is slice your bananas into 1/4-1/2 inch rounds and place them on the parchment paper. Bananas are about $0.15, so we suggest bulk slicing and freezer. So? Use as many bananas as your heart desires! Place sliced bananas into the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until your bananas are completely frozen.
Step Three- Store Banana Slices for Later
Lastly, remove baking sheet from the freezer and use a spatula to remove bananas from the baking sheet. Immediately place frozen sliced bananas into a freezer safe bag, remove air from the bag, seal, and place in the freezer for easy access to perfectly frozen bananas!
What can I use frozen bananas for?
Any recipe that calls for banana puree or any smoothie recipe that calls for frozen bananas! You have endless options! Check out some of our favorite banana recipes below.
- Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- Peanut Butter Banana Cold Brew Protein Smoothie
- Banana Soft Serve Recipes
- Layered Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Cup Banana Soft Serve
How to Freeze Bananas (for smoothies and baking!)
- 4 large bananas peeled
- Prepare a baking sheet by laying a piece of parchment paper flat onto a baking sheet.
- Next, slice bananas into 1/4-1/2 inch rounds and place them on the parchment paper. Make sure all bananas are laying flat and not overlapping with each other.
- Place into the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until bananas are hard and completely frozen.
- Remove from the freezer and use a spatula to scrape frozen bananas off of the baking sheet.
- Place bananas into a freezer safe bag. Remove all air from your freezer safe bag and seal tightly.
- Finally, store bananas in your freezer for easy access to frozen bananas throughout the week!