Tasty ways to use overripe bananas

You might already know that browned bananas can make for some of the best banana breads, but that's not all they're good for. There are plenty of other ways to use them up so you can get rid of those pesky fruit flies and stop letting food go to waste. Not only do these recipes prevent you from throwing your money away, but they can also lower your risk of many health conditions. According to healthy aging website Food Matters, bananas can help treat depression and protect against stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Rather than toss your old bananas, try featuring them in some of these recipes.

Frozen Banana Shake 
​One of the easiest, tastiest ways to salvage old bananas is to toss them in the blender, rather than the trash. Add in some peanut butter and chocolate for an unmatchable combination, courtesy of foodie blog The Kitchn.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium bananas, peeled, cut and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions
For this sweet, frozen concoction, all you need to do is blend the frozen bananas, peanut butter, milk and vanilla in a blender or food processor until smooth. Save the chocolate chips for the end so they remain slightly chunky and pulse until they're chopped. If you didn't place your bananas in the freezer and you'd prefer not to wait until they're frozen, just blend them as is and add ice accordingly.

Banana pudding  
Another simple snack that uses up old bananas with the help of peanut butter and chocolate, this unique take on pudding will quickly become one of your favorite desserts. Try this recipe from Texanerin Baking.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter (185 grams)
  • 2 small containers plain Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions
Blend the avocados, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, cocoa powder, vanilla and bananas until smooth and creamy. Add in honey, or substitute with coconut or regular sugar if you prefer something sweeter. Pulse again until the mixture is combined and pour into a container. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, and serve the same day.  Add a scoop of Cool Whip or frozen yogurt for a tasty dessert.

Banana toast bites  
French toast is great, but banana French toast is even better. This recipe from Foodie Crush takes the classic breakfast food to a new level and bakes it for a sweet snack you can bring with you on the go.

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves sliced cinnamon swirl bread
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled plus 1 tablespoon for greasing pan
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions
Prep for this delicious dessert by greasing a 9- by 13-inch deep-dish casserole dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. Place a layer of bread slices in the pan, alternating the direction of bottom crusts and top crusts. Sprinkle bananas and chocolate chips on top, add another layer of bread and repeat twice. The top layer should be more bread. 

Then, whisk eggs, milk, butter and vanilla in a large bowl, and pour the mixture on top of the casserole. In a separate bowl, combine the oatmeal, butter and brown sugar and mix into clumps with your fingers. Sprinkle it onto the casserole, and cover tightly with plastic wrap before placing in the refrigerator overnight. 

In the morning, bring the casserole to room temperature and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until edges are bubbling and top is golden. Let it cool before cutting into bite-sized pieces and serving.