How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies

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Here’s a little tip on How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies.   

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Here’s a little tip on How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies.  Distribute sliced banana pieces in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours. Transfer to a freezer bag or container and pop in your freezer. Add by the fistfuls to your blender for your smoothies. Enjoy!

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If you don’t add frozen bananas to your smoothies, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Frozen bananas give smoothies a thick and creamy milk-shake like texture, plus they’re a rich source of heart-healthy potassium.   I’ve talked to a few people recently who told me that they have never added frozen bananas to their smoothies.  They add banana, just not frozen.    So here in a nutshell is an easy way to freeze bananas for smoothies so they don’t clump together, won’t tear the heck out of your blender blade, and won’t turn ugly brown.

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how-to-freeze-bananas-for-smoothies

You’ll want to use organic bananas that are fully ripe (with a little browning).  Peel the bananas.  Slice them into in 1/2 – 1-1/2 inch pieces.  They don’t have to be perfectly sized.  Then lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.  They’ll stick to the cookie sheet a bit – so I use the back of a spatula to loosen them and scoop them into a freezer safe container.

how-to-freeze-bananas-for-smoothiesThese frozen banana pieces also make great “nice cream”.  When blendedin a food processor – you can transform them into a mock ice cream like this Banana Chocolate Chunk Nice Cream, or they’re great to have on hand to make banana nut bread, or toss them into your oatmeal while it simmers on the stove in the morning. I always keep plenty of frozen bananas and frozen blueberries in my freezer for smoothie making.

So there you have it.  I find this the best way to freeze bananas for my morning smoothies.

~ Deb

How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies

Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Frozen bananas, peeled and sliced in 1/2 - 1-1/2 inch pieces
 

Directions:

  1. Spread the banana pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Freeze uncovered for 2 hours.
  3. Using the back of a metal spatula, loosen the banana pieces from the cookie sheet.
  4. Scoop into a freezer safe bag or container.
  5. Store in the freezer.

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