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100 Things to Do with a Banana

Posted by on May 17 2010 in Featured, Lists

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:

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  1. May 17, 2010

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

  2. May 17, 2010

    I need to get my mind out of the gutter…

  3. May 17, 2010

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

  4. dad gansie permalink
    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

  5. 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.

  6. May 17, 2010

    Wow! what a great post! Thanks for including me in your list! :)

  7. May 17, 2010

    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

  8. 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.
    http://tankitchen-dessert.blogspot.com/2009/02/fried-bananas.html

    Best Regards,
    Tan.Wiratchada

  9. 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 :)

  10. May 18, 2010

    wow these all look awesome!

  11. 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!

  12. May 19, 2010

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

  13. 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!

  14. Phil E. Drifter permalink
    May 19, 2010

    “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!””

    Never.

  15. May 20, 2010

    Great collection of banana recipes!

  16. anonymous permalink
    May 20, 2010

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

  17. May 20, 2010

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

    http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/2009/07/ginataang-halo-halo-fruits-and-root.html

  18. May 21, 2010

    “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!””

    Never.

  19. Alex permalink
    May 23, 2010

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

  20. J Morgan permalink
    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!

  21. May 24, 2010

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

    http://www.equalexchange.coop/banana-pudding-with-chocolate-walnut-sauce

  22. 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.

  23. Frieda permalink
    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.

  24. erica permalink
    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”. )

  25. erica permalink
    May 25, 2010

    oh one more: goat cheese 100 ways!!!

  26. Anonymous Coward permalink
    May 30, 2010

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

  27. June 1, 2010

    Wowo! It’s amazing and delicious.

  28. June 2, 2010

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

  29. June 5, 2010

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

  30. claudia permalink
    June 6, 2010

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

    http://almostbourdain.blogspot.com/2009/07/dulce-de-leche-caramel-banana-boat.html

  31. June 8, 2010

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

  32. 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

  33. Jill permalink
    June 14, 2010

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

  34. June 16, 2010

    Mmm great collection, thank you)

  35. Nona permalink
    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!

  36. carl permalink
    June 17, 2010

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

  37. bill permalink
    June 20, 2010

    Bananas Foster

  38. June 23, 2010

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

  39. Lori permalink
    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!

  40. Andy permalink
    July 2, 2010

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

  41. July 3, 2010

    Great list. I guess the list is endless.

  42. rebecca permalink
    July 26, 2010

    i freakin hate bananas. so gross.

  43. Maids permalink*
    July 26, 2010

    I’m intrigued by the savory recipes in particular.

  44. jamila el ouirdi permalink
    July 27, 2010

    i know what i’m having for dinner

  45. Louis permalink
    July 29, 2010

    Banana beer and banana bread beer :)

  46. Sydney permalink
    July 29, 2010

    This made BananaNeil a little too excited on blogTV :)

  47. July 29, 2010

    i hate this. i was looking for 100 things to physically do with a banana. not fuckin cook with it. who do you bitches think you are. i hate you. i hate bananas. and i hate matt. and i hate living with this website in my memory. how do you think that i am supposed to live, and look at another banana EVER without fuckin losing it. i don’t know. somebody, give me answers. my son is gay.

  48. August 16, 2010

    One simple recipe from my side using banana:

    Cut few banana in small pieces and put them in bowl. Now take some fresh cream and add sugar to it, blend it and pour it in your banana bowl. Keep in fridge for half an hour. Enjoy the great taste.

  49. August 25, 2010

    My blog has a banana snack recipe. Here’s the link: http://changingtastes.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/banana-boats/

  50. RisaG permalink
    September 1, 2010

    OMG I can’t believe you can do so many things with bananas. So many great ideas. I make muffins, french toast, and smoothies with them. A very ripe banana is not garbage to me but inspiration.

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