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.

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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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  • jamila el ouirdi July 27, 2010  

    i know what i’m having for dinner

  • Louis July 29, 2010  

    Banana beer and banana bread beer 🙂

  • Sydney July 29, 2010  

    This made BananaNeil a little too excited on blogTV 🙂

  • rabi 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.

  • Hashim 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.

  • Karen August 25, 2010  

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

  • RisaG 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.

  • Azz Man September 8, 2010  

    I can think of another thing u can do with a banana…. in the bedroom! awwwwwwwww yeaaa!

  • Bananaboi September 8, 2010  

    aaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww yyyeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

  • doug September 17, 2010  

    Seems my weekend will be full of bananas

  • skankasauros rex September 28, 2010  

    (in holes)

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  • Caitlin November 15, 2010  

    Another great way to use up some old bananas is to chop them into scrambled eggs. They give a great flavor to the eggs and have a fantastic texture. Serve with french toast for a totally rad breakfast.

  • gansie November 15, 2010  

    @ Caitlin. Um, what?!?! You add bananas into scrambled eggs? I need a detailed explanation before I vomit in my mouth. I can’t imagine this being good. But I am willing to listen.

  • Erin December 17, 2010  

    Thing 101: Put nasty bananas in the trashcan

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  • alibobwa January 26, 2011  

    I know it sounds strange but I wish I could make banana baby food like you buy from gerbers. it is so delicious and good when my tummy is upset.

  • Nick February 9, 2011  

    I mast try all of this

  • Sandy February 25, 2011  

    Those things look amazing!! My mouth is watering.. Yum Banana

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  • Brenda April 1, 2011  

    OMG I can’t believe this. I was just starring at my brown bananas today and thought to myself….I wish I had a list of things to do with bananas because I am always throwing them away because I wait too long to eat them.

    So I hit my Stumble button because I am distracted from what I am supposed to do and I find this amazing list of 100 things to do with bananas?!?!?! I am so happy 🙂 thank you!!!!

  • Mimi April 3, 2011  

    Love all the eye candy! Bananas are my not-so-secret weapon in the kitchen. My favorite trick is using them to replace eggs in cookie recipes!

    I also love more simple adaptations… Such as banana + peanut butter quesadillas! http://pursuitofhealthfulness.com/2011/02/27/so-long-friend/

  • Dan April 13, 2011  

    Carrot curry with bananas. The banans sweeten the dish. http://www.haggisandherring.com/2011/04/carrot-curry.html

  • jamie April 17, 2011  

    bananas foster

  • fajas colombianas April 27, 2011  

    Banana smoothies and banana crepes are quite popular here in our country. Now that banana with scrambled egg idea is something new.

  • Carlyle May 11, 2011  

    Carly Pagel loves bannanas

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  • jamimom May 19, 2011  

    This is a great listing. We always have leftover bananas, and I am getting sick of Choc Chip Banana bread, thanks for putting this together, it rocks. Can’t wait to look at the other pages listed too! Too bad I have to get some work done right now, dang it! Thanks again!

  • Tahaha July 4, 2011  

    Yet it doesn’t have “practice using condoms”.

  • Ruby Burks July 10, 2011  

    The open face banana and p/nut butter sandwich took me back to my childhood. My mother would make this sandwich on Saturdays for us. What a surprise to know it spans the generations.

  • KittyKat August 1, 2011  

    I prefer cucumbers in the bedroom myself! SOOOO Much BIGGER!!!!!!!!!! OH YEAH!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Jennifer August 16, 2011  

    I LOVE bananas, so glad i have come across this page, always looking for ideas of what to do with them. The photos are simply yummilicious!!!!! And i just may have to try the scrambled eggs and banana, sounds good in my books. Thank you for this!!!

  • Amanda September 5, 2011  

    Wow that is a lot of things to do with a banana. Haha. I love bananas so I am so going to try some of these things!

  • Sara February 7, 2012  

    I love bananas and i am so glad that i founds this lit. My next party is going to be a hit

  • Cliff February 21, 2012  

    Oh my, that’s a lot of banana dishes. Though I like banana(its healthy), but even that’s too much for me.

  • _SHIMOKUTA_ February 24, 2012  

    Banana? OMG…. that is my favorite food…. if you? I will cook BANANA SHAKE Because it is healthy and it give energy to our body………… THANK YOU……….

  • Evan March 28, 2012  

    Second recipe from left in top row – Homemade Almond Milk with Bananas and Honey – has a problem. Click on the link and sometimes you get the recipe. And other times you get an article titled “10 Top Sex Scandals.” Any chance you can correct this or change the recipe?

  • BS March 29, 2012  

    @Evan – weird! that is not happening for me….willcheck into this

  • John June 28, 2012  

    This is the worst list ever. It is not a list, but a series of pictures with no descriptions. Utter crap.

  • Banana luver November 13, 2012  

    This SHIT is BANANAS! B A N A N A S!!

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  • BeautyQueen April 8, 2013  

    @azzman That is disgusting Children come on this site
    You deserve to be thrown into a cell for the rest of your

  • best tv to buy April 19, 2013  

    Wow…love banana….

  • Benefits of Banana June 18, 2013  

    I always eat a banana after my workout session. It gives me lots of energy.
    Great article 🙂

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  • Chalae December 2, 2013  

    The fifteenth picture from the starting, its hyperlink doesn’t want to work, it sends it to another link about web marketing, could you please fix this?

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