When our bananas get very ripe I usually make banana bread.  While I absolutely love banana bread (click here for my vegan and gluten-free recipe), it has been way to hot to make it lately…who wants to turn the oven on when it is in the nineties and humid???

The hot weather has also been making our bananas ripen much faster than usual.  It all works out though because we have been making a TON of smoothies lately to help cool us off.  One of my favorite ways to make a smoothie creamy and help  sweeten it naturally is to add frozen bananas to the blender.  When I notice the bananas getting too brown and soft to eat on their own, I peel them and put them in a bag in the freezer.  I ALWAYS have frozen bananas in the freezer for my smoothies.

One last tip…break the frozen banana into 3-4 pieces right before you put it in the blender (it will be too difficult for the blender to break-up the banana if it isn’t broken down a bit beforehand).


Filed under Gluten Free, Raw, Recipes, Smoothie, Vegan, Vegetarian


  1. perfect I have a ton of ripe bananas on my counter!

  2. Yum! I’ve also recently discovered that a frozen banana in the food processor makes banana ice cream. So delicious and only one ingredient needed (toppings optional).

  3. Angela, I was just about to write the same thing. I add hemp seeds sometimes, or chocolate soy milk, hemp milk, vegan chocolate (my cousin adds M&Ms, but none for me), and the list goes on and on. The first time I made it for my cousin, she had no idea it wasn’t ice cream.

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