9 Genius Ways to Cook with Bananas

Who said you need flour for pancakes?

You have the ripe bananas, but you’ve had enough banana bread for one lifetime. Let us fill you in: There are sooo many more ways to cook with bananas--ways that never even crossed your mind before. From decadent breakfasts to healthy desserts and everything in between, check out these nine completely genius banana recipes.

Freeze And Serve As Popsicles

Dip 'em in chocolate, add your favorite toppings and enjoy the best frozen treat known to mankind.

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Use Them As A Substitute For Flour In Pancakes

Go ahead and indulge in these three-ingredient guilt-free pancakes.

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Freeze And Puree Them Into Ice Cream

That custardy, delicious texture? Nope. Not ice cream. All banana. Feel free to add your favorite ingredients like peanut butter, Nutella or coconut milk.

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Fry Them With Honey And Cinnamon

Couldn’t find plantains at the grocery? Panfry banana slices drizzled with honey and cinnamon.

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Bake Them Into Cookies

Hold the butter, sugar and flour. All you need are bananas, oats and your favorite nut-milk to make delicious and--dare we say?--almost healthy cookies.

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Make Banana Pudding

Step aside, Magnolia Bakery. You can make this creamy banana pudding recipe in your kitchen with just five ingredients.

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Bake Them Into Banana Chips

Those store bought banana chips are incredibly easy to make at home. All you need are just-ripe bananas and lemon juice.

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Make Banana Milk

It’s the delicious dairy-free alternative to milk that will totally up your cereal game.

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Broil Them Into Crème Brûlée

This sophisticated dessert is surprisingly simply. Broil a mixture of bananas, milk, vanilla and sugar for about three minutes and then feel free to eat the entire thing by yourself.

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Freelance Editor

From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.