Bananas are one of the most amazing, accessible and affordable foods on the planet, and like many fruits, they are highly nutritious when over ripe and showing all those black spots. Don’t discard them when you see the black spots, just throw them straight in the freezer – skins and all!
We call these over ripe bananas potassium bananas because they are full of potassium and antioxidants when they reach this state. In fact, this is my favourite way to eat bananas and I get boxes full of them for a few dollars at the local fruit store or markets, because they are throwing them away. Such a shame they don’t understand just how wonderful they are, although I understand that often customers don’t want to buy the bananas once they have the black spots on them. So… lucky me! I get loads of them for a very small price and often for free. You can even ask your local fruiterer or markets to keep them for you instead of throwing them and often they are more than happy to oblige.
When you want to make a delicious smoothie in the morning, just drop two or three of them into a bowl of warm water for a few minutes and the skins will peel off easily.
Now… pop them in the blender with some blueberries (fresh or frozen), one litre of coconut water and a tablespoon of spirulina (my daily staple) and you have got yourself a very delicious, nutritious, hydrating smoothie. Drink the smoothie throughout the morning to keep you feeling full and content until lunch time. And maybe then you might want to make another one for lunch 🙂
The alternative to freezing your excess and over ripe bananas is of course to dry them in your dehydrator. I often dry them whole which means you may have to space out the shelves a little to fit them in but they taste really juicy when done whole, and stay soft which I like. You can dip them in lemon juice, or roll them in cinnamon for a unique flavour.
It will take quite a bit longer to dry them whole, at least 30 hours and possibly longer, just keep checking them until they reach your desired texture.