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Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to freeze bananas so you can easily add them to smoothies, muffins, breads, oatmeal, and so much more!

Sliced, halved, and mashed frozen bananas in freezer-safe bags.
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Reasons to Freeze Bananas

Y’all! Let me tell you. It is considered a real emergency around here if we run out of bananas. Both of my kids believe no breakfast is complete without them.

And so to avoid having to make multiple trips to the grocery store each week, I grab at least two bunches at a time, one that’s ripe and one that’s still green.

On top of that, my kids are also very particular when it comes to their fresh bananas. They have to be perfectly yellow with minimal brown spots. Not to mention, they also have a lot of opinions on how they should be sliced (or not).

Please tell me I’m not alone!!

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All this to say I always end up with a bunch of rejected, ripe, brown bananas. Sure, I could make some banana bread, muffins, etc., but truth is I’m exhausted most of the time and I just want to retreat from the kitchen.

So what’s the solution? Freeze the bananas before they pass the point of no return. That way, they will be there for you WHEN you need them!

How to Freeze Bananas

Five overripe bananas.

Super important! You want to start with ripe bananas so they will add the right amount of sweetness to whatever you are adding them to. They won’t ripen further once frozen.

First peel your bananas as it will be much harder to do so once frozen. Not only that, the bananas will turn brown if frozen with the peel on.

Next, slice or mash, depending on how you want to use them in the future.

Whole or halved

Sliced and halved bananas.

I personally like to slice the bananas in half rather than keeping them whole because this makes them easier to use for recipes that call for 1/2 of a banana and easier to blend, if you don’t have a high-powered blender.

  1. Place bananas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
  2. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container.

Sliced

Sliced and halved bananas placed on a lined baking sheet.

This is a great option for adding to smoothies, oatmeal, banana milk, milkshakes, or frozen yogurt. You can easily pull out however much you need whenever you need it.

Sliced bananas also thaw more quickly than whole or halved.

  1. Slice into 1/2-3/4 inch rounds, arrange into a single layer on a parchment lined tray (otherwise it will be much harder to remove the bananas once frozen). Freeze for at least 2 hours.
  2. Transfer the frozen slices to a freezer-safe bag or airtight container.

Mashed

Mashed bananas in a bowl on the left and transferred to freezer tray on the right.

While you can thaw frozen banana slices and mash, this is a good option if you want to save time later or have leftover mashed banana.

This will also allow you to grab exactly how much you need for any baked goods recipe.

Frozen mashed bananas in a freezer tray.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Mash and measure desired amount, I like to freeze in 1/4 or 1/2 cup portions. Transfer mashed bananas to freezer trays, close the lid, and freeze overnight.
  2. Once frozen solid, remove from the tray and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container.

Storage Containers

You can use freezer-safe bags (plastic or reusable bags) or airtight containers.

If using the freezer bags, be sure to squeeze out as much excess air as possible before sealing. This will help keep the bananas from turning brown and getting freezer burned.

And don’t forget to label with the date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to thaw frozen bananas?

If using the bananas in baked goods, allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for 1-2 hours, depending on the size of your banana pieces.

As they thaw, the bananas will release brown liquid. Go ahead and strain this excess liquid.

How long can I store frozen bananas?

While you can freeze for up to 6 months, I recommend using within 3 months for best flavor, texture, and color. Note that the bananas will still turn brown in the freezer, although at a much slower rate.

Do I have to freeze the bananas in the baking sheet first?

If you prefer, you can transfer the banana pieces to a freezer-safe bag and spread them out flat in a single layer. Remove as much extra air as possible before sealing. Place them flat in the freezer and freeze for at least 3 hours.

However, if you are freezing a large amount, it would be easier to use the flash freeze method as shown here. It will also save you from having to use multiple freezer bags.

Favorite Banana Recipes

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How to Freeze Bananas (3 Ways)

Here's a step-by-step tutorial on how to freeze bananas so you can easily add them to smoothies, muffins, breads, oatmeal, and so much more!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients 

  • 4 ripe bananas (with brown spots), peeled

Instructions 

Halved or Sliced

  • Slice bananas in half or 1/2-3/4 inch rounds. Place bananas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Freeze for at least 2 hours. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container.

Mashed

  • Mash and measure desired amount, I like to freeze in 1/4 or 1/2 cup portions. Transfer mashed bananas to freezer trays, close the lid, and freeze overnight.Once frozen solid, remove from the tray and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container.

Notes

Freeze for up to 3 months for best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Sugar: 14g
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About Min

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am Min, a Registered Dietitian, a Christ follower, a wife, and a mom to our two miracle babies! Currently, I’m having a ton of fun feeding their tummies and sharing our baby led weaning journey! Follow me on Instagram if interested in seeing daily menu as well as tips and tricks.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Min, happy new year to your family and you! Thank you for sharing your tips once again- I don’t have to rush to use any bananas up anymore!

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your recipes. I’m a first time mum living in the UK and came across your website when I searched for muffins for my little one! My son has just turned 1 and he absolutely LOVES your blueberry blender muffins fresh out the oven! I’ve made mostly baked goods from your recipes so far and it’s always gone down well. I’m learning so much from your content and just wanted to say how much I appreciate it all!

    1. Hi Betty!! Happy New Year to you as well!! This is just the sweetest message ever wow…thank you for filling my heart with such sweet, encouraging words!!