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November 22, 2013 12:19 PM
My dad bought a huge batch of bananas for a family dinner, and we have like more than 2 lbs left.

They're ripe and yellow with very few dark spots.

Is it possible to freeze them for later? I intend on just eating them as whole, no smoothies or breads.

Should I freeze them peeled or unpeeled? Thanks!
November 22, 2013 12:25 PM
I'm not sure as to how they taste thawed without being blended, etc but peel them BEFORE freezing! I ended up throwing away my first banana I froze because I left it in the peeling and when it thaws it's mushy and gross. I'm sure if you peel it, freeze it, then let it get not completely unfrozen it might taste pretty good :P
November 22, 2013 12:28 PM
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/chocolate-dipped-frozen-bananas-recipe/index.html

There ya go. :)
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November 22, 2013 12:29 PM
Freeze them unpeeled. Throw them in smoothies, make "ice cream" ... That's basically all I do with my frozen bananas. Otherwise, you can freeze some of them and bake with the rest: protein pancakes, cookies, breads, muffins, etc
Edited by _TastySnoBalls_ On November 22, 2013 12:29 PM
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November 22, 2013 12:29 PM
I freeze bananas in the peel for making banana bread then I just take them out to thaw when I need them. Works great.
Edited by BlueBombers On November 22, 2013 12:29 PM
November 22, 2013 12:33 PM
Yes it's possible. Peel them before freezing them. I stash mine in a Tupperware container or zip lock bags and then use them for smoothies.
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November 22, 2013 12:34 PM
In for freezing them peeled. Trying to peel a frozen banana after the fact is not fun.
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November 22, 2013 12:36 PM
Like someone else mentioned, definitely peel them first. i froze a few and they ended up in the trash because they looked weird and i couldnt peel them
November 22, 2013 12:36 PM
I know from experience if you freeze a cut up banana and then let it thaw just a tiddle bit it becomes the consistency of ICE CREAM!!!!!

HEALTHY BANANA ICE CREAM!!!!

so delicious!!
November 22, 2013 12:38 PM
Freeze them unpeeled. Than toss them in the blender when you make your protein shakes! YUM!
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November 22, 2013 12:41 PM
I freeze mine after I peel them and then I make banana peanut butter ice cream with chocolate chips mixed in mmmmmmm
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November 22, 2013 12:42 PM
TEXTURE ..... eating thawed bananas by themselves will be kind of gross. A better idea it to cut then into slices & place in ziplock baggies. Eating frozen banana (chips) is yummy. Frozen grapes are good too.


You can freeze bananas without peeling if you intend to use them in baking. I freeze whole bananas all the time to make banana bread. Just thaw & split the skin. The banana "slides" right out.
November 22, 2013 12:43 PM
you can freeze them unpeeled or peeled but you are not going to be able to eat them whole. when they thaw they turn to mush which is why it's is recommented to use in smoothies, ice cream or breads. sorry.
November 22, 2013 12:53 PM
We peel them, mash them, and then freeze them in ziplock bags. They go in fruit smoothies (which I find disgusting), they are used instead of oil in cake mixes, cookie recipes, banana nut bread....

If we have time I peel them slice them and put them in the dehydrator....sprinkle with some cinnamon, or shake in a bag of sugar free hot chocolate mix and then dry them.

Wifey puts the dried ones in oatmeal cookies...and OMG they are good.
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November 22, 2013 12:58 PM
They get really mushy if you try to thaw them after freezing, and taste really weird. I would recommend freezing them and then using them in something like a smoothie or bake banana bread with them after you thaw them.
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November 22, 2013 1:03 PM
I sice them into little discs and freeze on a baking pan, once theyre frozen solid I dump them into a ziplock bag. I do this with grapes too..grapes are super yummy frozen!
November 22, 2013 1:03 PM
Definitely freeze peeled. I'd eat it still partially frozen because it changes consistency as it thaws. I love making "shakes" with frozen bananas and a little chocolate
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November 22, 2013 1:07 PM
Peel them, wrap individually and eat them frozen. They are delicious. Taste like candy! That's why they make frozen chocolate covered bananas on a stick.
November 22, 2013 1:15 PM
I've never had luck freezing bananas for more than a few days. They get mushy and weird and I end up making smoothies or something. They're pretty good frozen if you eat them within a few days, they have a similar texture to an ice cream popsicle. I often freeze my bananas once they've been forgotten about and turned brown and wait until I feel like making banana bread. It doesn't matter how mushy they get then.
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November 22, 2013 1:21 PM
We have a bunch of baggies of peeled bananas cut into 1-inch sections in our freezer right now. They are the best way to make smoothies without having the melting ice diluting it.

I totally did not know you could use previously frozen bananas for banana bread--and I take it you could also use them for many recipies that call for bananas (e.g, a banana chocolate protein pancake)? Awesome!flowerforyou
November 22, 2013 1:23 PM
QUOTE:

I've never had luck freezing bananas for more than a few days. They get mushy and weird and I end up making smoothies or something. They're pretty good frozen if you eat them within a few days, they have a similar texture to an ice cream popsicle. I often freeze my bananas once they've been forgotten about and turned brown and wait until I feel like making banana bread. It doesn't matter how mushy they get then.


Freeze bananas WITH THE PEEL ......they will last longer in the freezer. I toss whole bananas ....usually 1 at a time in a ziplock freezer bag...when I have enough bananas....I'll bake something.

The downside is that you have to thaw them before using. Anything baked (banana bread) ......you would thaw them first anyway. You split the peel with a knife....and the thawed banana kind of slides out.

......I've never tried eating a banana after freezing for just a few days though..... interesting.
Edited by TeaBea On November 22, 2013 1:27 PM
November 22, 2013 1:26 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I've never had luck freezing bananas for more than a few days. They get mushy and weird and I end up making smoothies or something. They're pretty good frozen if you eat them within a few days, they have a similar texture to an ice cream popsicle. I often freeze my bananas once they've been forgotten about and turned brown and wait until I feel like making banana bread. It doesn't matter how mushy they get then.


Freeze bananas WITH THE PEEL ......they will last longer in the freezer. I toss whole bananas ....usually 1 at a time in a ziplock freezer bag...when I have enough bananas....I'll bake something.

The downside is that you have to thaw them before using. Anything baked (banana bread) ......you would thaw them first anyway. You split the peel with a knife....and the thawed banana kind of slides out.


I run mine under hot tap water for about 5 mins...voila, thawed banana! Great for baking in a hurry.
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November 22, 2013 1:59 PM
Just put them in your refrigerator. The peel will turn brown but the ripening process will drastically slow and you can still peel and eat.
November 22, 2013 2:24 PM
Peel and cut them, then put in zip-loc bags. Don't freeze them with the peel.
November 22, 2013 3:54 PM
I like to freeze them in halves too. For a smoothie, that tends to be enough of a banana... and if I ever need a whole, that's still more versatile by grabbing to halves rather than thawing and cutting the whole.
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