Save past-their-prime bananas to make banana milkshakes

24 Jan

Bananas and banana milkshakeI love bananas, and I hate wasting them. Overripe bananas turn soft and mushy inside as the skin blackens. However, that doesn’t make them useless. I have an old trick passed on from my father to turn mushy bananas into a delicious, healthy shake. If you have milk and vanilla extract, you’ll never need to throw away a banana again.

The key is advance preparation. When you have bananas that are mostly black, peel them and freeze them in a plastic bag. Once they’re frozen, all you need is milk and vanilla to make a milkshake whenever you want.


  • Frozen banana(s) (peeled). Overripe bananas have a sweeter, less starchy flavor that works best for this recipe. The banana(s) must be frozen to give the shake the right texture.
  • Milk. Use 12 to 16 ounces of milk for each banana. The recipe works with skim milk or any other variety. A single batch makes about two servings, which is great for sharing.
  • Vanilla extract. Use 1 teaspoon for each banana.

Vanilla and bananasFrozen bananas

Combine your banana, milk, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend thoroughly; if your blender has lots of options, try a combination of the “ice crushing” and “puree” modes. Pour into glasses. Drink.


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  1. ParentalAdvisory

    01/27/2011 at 11:47 pm

    Drew, you left out the part where you add the 99 Bananas…