Have you ever had a ton of ripe bananas that needed to be used ASAP?
I certainly have! Over the past few years, I have come up with a few good uses of very ripe bananas (and their peels)…and I wanna share them with you!
1. FREEZE FOR ICE CREAM + SMOOTHIES
A few days ago, I peeled 6 bananas, broke them in half, and put them into a Rubbermaid container to freeze. I figured I could use them for ice cream and smoothies…and so far, I have made green tea ice cream and chocolate ice cream. Yum!
2. DEHYDRATE TO MAKE BANANA CHIPS
I took 6 very ripe bananas, peeled each one, cut them into 1/4-inch slices, and layered them on a dehydrator tray. I dried them for 24 hours at 110F degrees. So yummy! The perfect treat for kiddos and adults.
3. MAKE A FRUIT FLY TRAP
I took all the banana peels (from steps 1 an 2) and put them in a large bowl. Next, I covered the bowl with plastic wrap; however, you can also use a plate, large cutting board, etc. You just want to make sure that the top of the bowl is completely covered except for a small opening.
Leave the bowl in your kitchen overnight, giving the fruit flies enough time to migrate into the bowl.
Next, quietly close the small opening. You will want to move quietly so that none of the fruit flies see you coming (haha). Then you take the bowl outside away from your house and set the flies free. Dump the banana peels in your outside compost or trash bin.