I have just about everything you need to know about How to Freeze Bananas! Toss them in a smoothie, milkshake, or use them to make homemade ice cream. No matter how you’ll use them, you’ll be so glad you have the perfectly frozen bananas on hand.

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How to Freeze Bananas

I go bananas for frozen bananas! Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. It just was brought to my attention recently that not everyone has a bag of frozen bananas in their freezer, and it made me question… why not? They’re perfectly pop-able little snacks, especially when you dunk them in The Very Best Hot Fudge Sauce! If you live somewhere like I do that’s not exactly tropical, it’s nice to have these freezer-fresh bananas on hand during the chillier winter months as a little pick me up.

If you’re a big smoothie fiend, I have to tell you something VERY important. Stop buying bags of frozen bananas from the grocery store for your smoothies! Sure, they’re easy to grab and go, but you’re way overpaying for not a whole lot of bananas. Instead, learn to how easily make your own frozen banana slices at home and save yourself the extra change. That way, you can toss your own frozen bananas and Frozen Strawberries into your blender for the best smoothie ever (that won’t break the bank)!

The steps for freezing bananas are so easy, it’s a wonder people buy frozen bananas at the store at all. Just slice them, toss them on a baking sheet, freeze them, then bag them! Yes, it’s really that simple. If you’re anything like me and have a major sweet tooth, you can also dunk them either in hot fudge sauce or melted chocolate chips just before you freeze them. Then, you’ll have a sweet treat in the freezer that’s healthier than ice cream! However, sweet toothed as I may be, I usually just freeze bananas all by themselves and love it!

And if you have a few leftover….make these easy Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Bites!

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How to Freeze Bananas

Slice them. Slice the bananas into rounds or in half.

Spread them out. Arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.

Freeze! Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until firm.

Transfer to a bag. Transfer the bananas to a freezer bag and press out the air. 

Freeze again! Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.

Sliced bananas are spread over a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.

What are the health benefits of bananas?

Bananas are crazy rich in nutrients! They’re loaded with fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and folate – just to name a few. They’re also relatively low in calories, with a whole banana coming in typically at just 100 calories. On top of all that, bananas are also wonderfully packed with antioxidants to keep your heart healthy.

What’s a good banana smoothie recipe?

Oh, I’ve got you covered! One of my all time favorite smoothies ever is my Chocolate Banana Smoothie. It’s sweet like a milkshake, but has the health benefits of a smoothie from the banana. It’s rich, indulgent, and still great for jump starting your busy day!

Can I thaw frozen bananas?

Yes! I actually do this quite often when it comes to baking. Instead of tossing the frozen bananas into a baked goods recipe, I let them thaw at room temperature for about 2 hours, then use them. They’re pretty much good as new each time I do this! Honestly, they’re even better than regular ripe bananas, because they add a little extra moisture to whatever I’m baking. It may sound weird, but trust me on this – previously frozen bananas are the BEST for baking for this reason!

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Ingredients

  • 3-8 Bananas, very ripe

Equipment

  • freezer

Instructions 

  • Slice the bananas into rounds or in half.
  • Arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Place the baking sheet in the freezer and freeze until firm.
  • Transfer the bananas to a freezer bag and press out the air.
  • Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

Frozen bananas last in an airtight, freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
Calories: 39kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 158mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 28IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg