Our tips and tricks for how to ripen bananas fast for all of your banana recipes.
Sometimes you need ripe bananas for a recipe when they are not yet ready. These are a few tricks I learned over the years of how to ripen bananas more quickly. Get your banana recipes ready!
If You Have NO Bananas
If you have NO bananas for your banana bread recipe and you’re running to the store, check for bananas that are already ripen in a basket off to the side of the banana stand. Some stores set aside older bananas just for those of us that need ripe bananas in a pinch!
If You Have No Time To Spare
If you need the ripe bananas immediately with no time to spare, you can quickly microwave your bananas. Pierce the banana with a fork and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Keep your eyes on it!
If You Have An Hour To Spare
If you have about an hour to spare, bake the bananas on a baking sheet at 250°F for 20-30 minutes (until they turn completely brown). I said an hour to spare because you need to allow time for them to cool before using them in your banana recipe.
If You Can Plan The Night Before
If you have time to plan the night before you’re making your banana bread, place the bananas in a paper bag (add an apple or a ripe banana if you have them). This seals off the oxygen and quickens the ripening process.
If You Can Plan Days In Advance
If you are planning days in advance and already have one ripe banana but need more for your banana recipe, place the other bananas next to the ripe banana to increase the amount of ethylene gas circulating around the bananas to speed the process. If you can, add an apple or two to the basket, too.
Recipes that Use Ripe Bananas
- Strawberry Banana Muffins
- Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Banana Oat Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies
- Hummingbird Cupcakes
- Easy Banana Muffins
- Spinach Banana Muffins
- Almond Flour Banana Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Strawberry Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins