How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies
In case you’re wondering if you can freeze bananas? The short answer is – yep, you sure can! Learn How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies, oatmeal, banana nut bread and muffins with this easy hack.
Freezing bananas is super easy and it’s great to have them on hand to toss into smoothies to make them ultra rich and creamy!
Can You Freeze Bananas?
Yes!! You absolutely can! You’ll want to use organic bananas that are fully ripe with a little browning. These add so much flavor and just the right amount of sweetness to smoothies, oatmeal, banana bread and more.
How to Freeze Bananas
- Peel the bananas: Peel ripe organic bananas and discard the peel
- Slice bananas: Slice bananas into in 1/2 – 1-1/2 inch pieces (they don’t have to be perfectly sized)
- Cookie sheet: Lay the banana slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet (you can lay down a piece of parchment paper first if you want).
- Freeze: Put the cookie sheet with the banana slices in the freezer for 2o minutes
- Loosen banana slices: After 20 minutes lift the banana pieces up from the baking sheet with a spatula so they won’t stick during the remaining freeze time. Then pop them back in the freezer to freeze for about 2 hours
- Transfer to freezer bag: Use a spatula to loosen the frozen banana slices from the cookie sheet and transfer them to a plastic freezer bag
- Store in freezer: Store in an air-tight container or bag in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How Do You Use Frozen Bananas?
- Add a fistful to your morning smoothies
- Blend them in a blender or food processor to make “ice cream”
- Add to banana nut bread or muffin batter
- Toss them in oatmeal as it simmers on the stove
- Add them to pancake batter
How Do You Thaw Them?
If you will be using them to bake with, then you’ll want to thaw them first.
- Remove the amount of frozen bananas you’ll be using.
- Place them in a bowl to thaw on their own or keep the frozen slices in baggie and soak baggie is a bowl filled with warm water.
- Mash with a fork or potato masher before they are fully thawed
Are Bananas Good For You?
Bananas are rich with fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C and antioxidants. One medium size banana contains approximately 422 mg of potassium.
Smoothies with Frozen Bananas
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- 2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced in 1/2 to 1-1/2 inch pieces
- Spread the banana pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet
- Freeze for 20 minutes then using a spatula - lift them from the cookie sheet so they don't stick
- Freeze uncovered for 2 hours
- Using a metal spatula, loosen the banana pieces from the cookie sheet
- Transfer to a freezer safe bag or container
- Store in the freezer
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g
theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.