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How to Ripen Bananas in the Oven!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


The traditionalist will tell you that banana bread is made with overripe bananas in order to prevent waste. That's a fine point of view, but I humbly disagree. This morning, I decided that I wanted to make a Low Fat Banana Bread (which is coming to the blog on Friday!). The only problem with this idea was that I had no bananas ripe enough to put into the bread. Needless to say, I took matters into my own hands. I thought, why wait for the bananas to ripen to have my fun? When a girl wants banana bread and knows how to use the internet, she is a force to be reckoned with.


After a few quick Google searches, I discovered that all you need is an oven and a few minutes of patience to ripen your bananas. Forget the whole brown bag trick. The new way I found is revolutionary. You could wait all day for the brown bag, or you could spend 30 minutes to an hour ripening your bananas in the oven. You could be eating that warm slice of banana bread in no time!


Ripening bananas is actually so easy. I felt crazy googling how to turn bananas black within an hour, but hey I was in the mood to bake and eat some banana bread, so I pushed all negative thoughts aside. Do it for the banana bread became my mantra. In order to ripen my bananas, I followed 4 super easy steps. All you have to do is this:

How to Ripen Bananas in the Oven:
  • Preheat your oven to 300F. 
  • Lay your yellow or green bananas on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes to an hour or until they turn a shiny black color.
  • Use in banana bread or smoothies or whatever you use ripe bananas in! 



Your turn!

What do you like to use overripe bananas for?

Come back Friday for my Low Fat Banana Bread recipe that I used these bananas in! It's so tasty, low fat, and low calorie. What could be better?

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  1. I'm so glad you posted this! I have a great banana bread recipe I wanted to try, but my bananas are a week away from being black ripe. I must try this in the next few days.

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    1. I wasn't sure if anyone would find the information useful, but it really helped me! I'm glad it helped someone else. I can verify that it works. The banana bread is already long gone! :) Will you be posting your recipe? I can never have too many banana recipes!

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  2. Whoa do they taste really sweet when you do that? Or do they just get mushy? Crazy!

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    1. They actually tasted sweet! They tasted like normal ripe bananas! It was crazy. They weren't mushy at all for me! yay!

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  3. This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. It's so weird, isn't it? I thought it was pretty cool! Thanks for reading :)

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  4. Oh man I love the internet!! These look perfect. I use overripe bananas for bread and muffins. Always for carbs!

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    1. The internet has some crazy things on it. This is such a random topic, but that's the internet for you! Super helpful when you have banana bread/muffin cravings though! :)

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  5. This is awesome, I'm sure it will come in handy one day. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! It's just one of those little tips to save for a rainy day!

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  6. I can't even imagine how good these would be in oatmeal with some good almond butter! Love it :)

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    1. Oh my goodness! I just had a breakfast smoothie, and I'm really regretting it!

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  7. How interesting! It makes a lot of sense, but I never thought to try this.

    I like to buy my bananas on discount at the grocery store. They're, like $0.19 per pound and ready to go! :P

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    1. I NEVER would've thought of this! Bananas in the oven? What?

      That sounds like a great idea! My store only had green ones last time? I must have missed the sale days!

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  9. This is the most wonderful idea I ever did see. Seriously!!! I'm going to use this tip all the time now:)

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    1. Thank you Kylie! It's really useful! I was nervous to post this tip at first, but I've come to realize that everyone plays the waiting game with bananas! Glad I could help! :)

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  10. Hii I took off this huge bunch of bananas from our very own tree. I thought they would ripen as I did fold and cover them up in brown paper bags.
    It's been a fortnight but they just don't become soft or turn colour or ripen...
    Kindly advice if the oven idea would be feasible now? After so many days I mean ?
    We would like to eat sweet ripe bananas !

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    1. Some of our close family friends have a banana tree in their yard, so we get a lot of homegrown bananas in the summer. I've found a lot of times that the homegrown bananas look green and still feel firm even though they are ripe. Even when ours were super ripe and ready to eat/make banana bread out of, they looked green and unripe. I'm not 100% sure why yours aren't ripening, especially after a fortnight! If you haven't tried one already, I would try one just to see if they taste ripe. I've heard that cutting an apple in half and putting it in the brown paper bag with the bananas helps them ripen faster. I'm no expert, but hopefully one of those things will help! If all else fails, I would google around a little and make sure you didn't pick them way too early or anything like that! Sorry I couldn't help much!

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  11. Yay, great post... I wanted to make banana bread today but only had a bag of green bananas. I knew someone out there had an easy/quick solution; and that would be you! Cheers.

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  12. Wow Katherine, I had no idea! Good to know.

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