100 Things to Do with a Banana

How many times has someone spotted excess, overripe or just unused bananas in your kitchen and said, “uh-oh, looks like it’s time to make banana bread!” — as if the only things possible to do with a banana are eat it or turn it into bread? Well we say “no more.” With no particular offense meant to anyone’s banana bread recipe, we believe the humble banana is in fact as versatile as bacon or eggs, and we’ve got the internets to prove it.

Here’s our carefully curated list of 100 Things to Do with a Banana (not including banana bread). Yes, we’ve got plenty of banana breakfasts and banana desserts, but how about some banana curry, banana soup or a banana martini? And don’t worry, there are — of course — a few ways to eat banana with bacon.

Click on the photos for full recipes.

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From Bananas to Apples, 100 things to do with apples:

And: 100 Ways to Cook with Strawberries
100 Ways to Cook with Guinness
100 Ways to Cook with Sriracha

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  • Allison May 17, 2010  

    Great post, neat idea. Thanks for the link to my site, I appreciate the mention!

  • Nick May 17, 2010  

    I need to get my mind out of the gutter…

  • Rachael@SpachetheSpatula May 17, 2010  

    Thanks so much for including my Banana Chip Mini Muffins in your round-up!

  • dad gansie May 17, 2010  

    wow neat just made a batch of b muffins sub applesauce for butter and whole wheat flour

    now only 99 more to try

  • Debt Hater May 17, 2010  

    I love you and hate you for this roundup.

    Love you because I will probably cook my way through all of these before the end of the year and I am feeling joyous just thinking about it.

    Hate you because I was TRYING to cut back on the desserts because I gained some weight during the snow storms in the northeast (spent them making cookies and such!) and now I just can’t, knowing that I need to try all of these.

    Love or hate, thank you! And thanks to all the bloggers who posted these morsels.

  • Aggie May 17, 2010  

    Wow! what a great post! Thanks for including me in your list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What a great round up! I always have extra bananas, in fact I have a bag of them in my freezer right now!

    Here are some recipes that I’ve used in the past, perhaps you’ll like enough to add to the list:

    Bananas Foster Upside Down Cake = http://tinyurl.com/yjt7v68

    Nutella Banana Boat = http://tinyurl.com/2eo4wbh

    Roasted Banana Ice Cream = http://tinyurl.com/kvey4y

    Strawberry Banana Cream Pie = http://tinyurl.com/25p5jc4

  • Tan May 17, 2010  

    Thank you very much for including my Banana in coconut milk. Also for your informing email.
    Don’t know if you do interesting another banana recipe Called “Fried Bananas” This is famous dessert street food for foreigners. If interesting my pleasure to link to you with a picture too.

    Best Regards,

  • lalaine May 18, 2010  

    What an incredible list! Banana and bacon eggroll? Who knew.

    Thanks for including my recipe here, such a pleasure to be in such great company ๐Ÿ™‚

  • carole (bishy57) May 18, 2010  

    wow these all look awesome!

  • mom2my10 May 19, 2010  

    This is the most amazing post ever! The photos are spectacular and I can’t wait to peruse them. Definitely bookmarking this!

  • Crepes of Wrath May 19, 2010  

    Thanks for linking me! This looks like a phenomenal list; I can’t wait to make so many things from here!

  • Tracey May 19, 2010  

    Great post! I’ve always got a ton of bananas in my freezer and I’m excited to check out some new ideas.

    Thanks for including my smoothie!

  • Phil E. Drifter May 19, 2010  

    “How many times has someone spotted excess, overripe or just unused bananas in your kitchen and said, โ€œuh-oh, looks like itโ€™s time to make banana bread!โ€”


  • averagebetty May 20, 2010  

    Great collection of banana recipes!

  • anonymous May 20, 2010  

    you for got you can stick them in your ass.. whats with that?

  • peachkins May 20, 2010  

    Thanks for including my recipes here… here’s another one


  • Bruce May 21, 2010  

    “How many times has someone spotted excess, overripe or just unused bananas in your kitchen and said, โ€œuh-oh, looks like itโ€™s time to make banana bread!โ€”


  • Alex May 23, 2010  

    The thing is, I love banana bread. I don’t want to do anything else with ripe bananas.

  • J Morgan May 24, 2010  

    Wow – nice pics, yummy. But all I could think, after purusing the photos looking for a recipe that was raw and didn’t involve tons of sugar, flour and butter, was THIS is one of the reasons why Americans are so terribly overweight. Just eat the banana before it goes bad! Bananas are surprisingly perfect & delicious just the way they were grown. If they start to go off, freeze them and add them to your next whole food smoothie!

  • Jessica May 24, 2010  

    Great list! Check out a few recipes at Equal Exchange website – using Fair Trade, organic products (such as bananas, and chocolate)


  • Jun May 25, 2010  

    Thank you so much for including “Stewed Banana”. Those are great collection. Surprised of how many ways people around the world actually enjoy something as simple as banana.

  • Frieda May 25, 2010  

    I use mashed bananas in marinades for chicken and shrimp, with orange juice, soy sauce, oil and seasoning – then grill. Also throw them sliced into stir fries – a touch of sweetness is always appreciated in these dinners.

  • erica May 25, 2010  

    things i’d personally like to see 100 ways: cilantro, parsley, eggplant, cabbage. seriously, if parsley can be a main ingredient in tabouli, why can’t it be a main ingredient all the time? it’s delicious.

    (i’m lazy so i just freeze my overripe bananas and then food process the crap out of them for “ice cream”. )

  • erica May 25, 2010  

    oh one more: goat cheese 100 ways!!!

  • Anonymous Coward May 30, 2010  

    “100 Things to Do with a Banana” and all of them are food? Come on, this is the Internet.

  • Monica Cardone June 1, 2010  

    Wowo! It’s amazing and delicious.

  • Jo June 2, 2010  

    They go into our green smoothies…I eat one before going to the gym…they are an amazing super food!

  • Raffi June 5, 2010  

    You forgot “fuck it”. You can fuck a banana. Why didn’t that make the list?

  • claudia June 6, 2010  

    I had this in Argentina for dessert without the chocolate syrup. Once in a while I make it at home…


  • Not A Paper Cup June 8, 2010  

    lol. who could have imagined….awesome post !:)

  • Usha June 9, 2010  

    Fabulous roundup, I am looking forward to trying a lot of these banana recipes soon. Here is what I do sometimes to use up ripe bananas, I make this simple Indian style cardamom flavored banana fudge…… http://www.veginspirations.com/2009/07/banana-fudge-halwa.html

  • Jill June 14, 2010  

    Banana’s in coconut milk isn’t new, tis a very delicious Thai desert soup. Not your recipe ;]

  • Innox June 16, 2010  

    Mmm great collection, thank you)

  • Nona June 17, 2010  

    100 things and NONE of them are shuv em up your snatch?!?!?! Just how “inventive” are you!?! Hell, I’ve seen a chick use her mouth to mold it into the shape of the head of a dick and THEN shuv it up her who-ha!

  • carl June 17, 2010  

    For a literary banana extravaganza see Thomas Pynchon “Gravity’s Rainbow'” Pirate Prentise’s Banana Breakfast.

  • bill June 20, 2010  

    Bananas Foster

  • Cindy June 23, 2010  

    Wow! Great collection of recipes.Love the fact that it is even illustrated.

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  • Lori July 2, 2010  

    What’s wrong with banana bread….it’s the only way that you can blend them well enough to avoid the disgusting texture of bananas!

  • Andy July 2, 2010  

    1: take out the banana
    2: microwave the peel for 10 seconds
    3: fuck banana peel!

  • Charmaine July 3, 2010  

    Great list. I guess the list is endless.

  • rebecca July 26, 2010  

    i freakin hate bananas. so gross.

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  • Maids July 26, 2010  

    I’m intrigued by the savory recipes in particular.

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