How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies, Banana Bread, and More
Before your bananas turn brown, let our instructions help you save them for up to a year.
Freeze a few bananas now, and you’ll make smoothies, banana bread, banana cake, and a number of other recipes easier to prep later. Depending on how you’re planning to use them later (or how much space you have in your freezer), we have two different methods for freezing bananas. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to a year, so don’t feel rushed to use them up.
How to Freeze Mashed Bananas
Are banana pancakes, banana muffins, or banana bread in your future? You can save yourself the prep work later by freezing mashed bananas now that will be ready to toss into any batter you mix up. Here’s how to do it:
Peel and mash the bananas. Cut twelve 4x4-inch squares of plastic wrap and line each cup of a muffin pan with them. Or use a silicone muffin pan and skip the plastic wrap—we like OvenArt's 12-cup Silicone Muffin Pan, $10.99, Amazon.
Measure the desired amount of mashed banana into each cup, cover and freeze overnight. Freezing time will vary depending on the size of muffin pan and measuring scoop you use. Once firmly frozen, unwrap the pan and remove the plastic wrap from the frozen banana cups.
Test Kitchen Tip: Use a common measurement like ½ cup so your mashed banana is premeasured for baked goods.
Transfer the frozen mashed banana cups to an airtight resealable plastic bag and label the bag with the date the bananas were frozen. Freeze up to 1 year.
How to Freeze Banana Chunks
Peel and cut bananas into pieces (it's up to you how large the chunks are). Arrange the banana pieces in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined tray or baking sheet. Freeze 2 to 3 hours or until the bananas are firm. Place the bananas in an airtight resealable plastic bag, label it with the date, and freeze up to 1 year.
If you’re adding the banana pieces to smoothies, there's no need to let them thaw—they can go straight from your freezer to the blender. If you’re planning to use them for baking and need to thaw them first, you can move them from the freezer to fridge to thaw overnight, or let them defrost in a bag on your counter for an hour or two.
None of your produce has to go to waste again! In addition to freezing bananas, you can freeze lots of other fruit, including apple slices, fresh berries, and summer peaches. Not only is freezing a great way to save ripe fruits for later, but it will also take care of some of the prep work for future recipes.