Zero Waste Week

It’s Zero Waste week, and I am back, linking up again, with Reduced Footprints.  The Change the World Wednesday Challenge is two fold…

  1. Come up with ways to use your overripe bananas – as bananas are the 3rd most wasted food item.
  2. Look in your refrigerator, check the temperature to ensure proper food storage.  Also switch everything around so the older, still usable, food items are at the front.


Monarch Butterfly

Yes, making banana bread is one.  If you want to make banana bread, here is an excellent recipe.  However, there are other, fun ways, to use your overripe bananas.

1.  Make a smoothie.  Use your favorite recipe and put banana in it.  Mine is strawberry banana

  • 1/2 cup milk, soy, almond…whatever
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • Splash of OJ for sweetness or 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • Blend
  • Yum

You can even make it more healthy and “green” by putting a handful of spinach or kale.


2.  You can make a banana body scrub.  Luscious!

This recipe was originally posted by Melissa Breyer.

  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 3 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of your favorite essential oil

With a fork, mash together all ingredients, being careful not to over mash, or it will become watery.  Then, before turning on the water, slather the mixture all over.  For your face, omit the sugar.

Cool, eh?


3.  Use the bananas to feed Your Monarch Butterfly Population.

Taken directly from the Butterfly Garden by Matthew Tekulsky…

  • 1 lb sugar
  • 1-2 cans of stale beer
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas
  • 1 cup molasses or syrup
  • 1 cup fruit juice
  • 1 shot rum.

Mix the ingredients together and paint on trees, fence posts, rocks and stumps.  Or, soak a sponge or rag in the mixture and hand from a tree branch.


4.  Fry up some fritters.

I didn’t want this post to be tons of recipes, but this recipe from Parade looks so darn good.

  • Another indulgent treat from the Sidney Street chefs: Whisk 2 eggs, 5 bananas (diced), quarter-cup powdered sugar, and 8-ounce buttermilk until smooth. Set aside. In another bowl, blend together 2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons baking powder, and 1 and a half teaspoons baking soda. Now combine the dry ingredients into the wet. Refrigerate until the batter firms up a bit (at least 30 minutes). When batter is ready, pour 2 cups of canola oil in a cast-iron skillet and heat until very hot (you can test it with a bit of batter—it should brown on the outside and cook in the inside). With an ice-cream scoop (or soup spoon) drop dollops of batter into the oil and fry until golden brown. Dry on a baking wire rack (line the bottom with paper towels or a pan). Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

5.  Use for a plate feeder.  Butterflies and birds are particularly fond of rotting fruit.  Anything in the fruit bowl will do.

  • Simply put overripe bananas, apples, peaches, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries out sliced on a plate (if you can stomach slicing rotting fruit – yuck).  The mixture can be kept moist by adding water or fruit juice.

Ummm, don’t know if I could do this.  This method may be for someone who is not afraid of mold.  Yucky.


If you want to try one of these items, and your bananas are more than ripe, but you are not quiet as ripe – just throw them in the freezer for another day!


Have you tried canning bananas?  Not sure if it’s possible.  I would love to hear of your experiences/warnings.


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  1. Wow … feeding Monarch Butterflies … I didn’t know that and how COOL! The banana body scrub sounds wonderful, too! I was thinking of dehydrating them this year … I may still do it because banana chips in the winter would be great. I typically freeze ours and then use them in place of oil for baking anything which would lend itself to a banana flavor. Replacing oil with equal parts mashed banana works so well! I also use frozen bananas, combined with cocoa to make a healthy “ice cream” treat. And blended with oranges and some ice cubes equals a fabulous breakfast “shake”. Thanks for your ideas … I’m intrigued with the non-food recipes (well, non-food for us … lol).
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    • WOW WOW WOW! What awesome ways to use bananas! You are so awesome! I have never ever heard of using them as a replacement for cooking oil.

      That’s so great!

      Thanks for sharing and for stopping by!
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  2. such great ideas babe…wow…
    I heard you can freeze bananas too? is that true? I would love to make smoothies…but my kitchen is below the bedroom of the apartment above so I would be really messed up if I had smoothies for breakfast, LOL
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    • Yes, you can freeze bananas. Just throw them in – and then decide what you want to use them for later. I didn’t know that as well. You learn something everyday, don’t you?

      Yeah, I understand about the noise of the blender – especially with frozen foods. I wouldn’t use a blender while the rest of the family is alseep, either. I would be totally paranoid in an apartment.

      Thanks for your comments (as always) and for stopping by!
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  3. I love your smoothie recipe!
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  4. I definitely might want to try the scrub. I make banana bread quite a bit and my daughter loves making smoothies. Haven’t tried the fritters either. When I think of fritters, I always think of apple fritters, but using bananas to make fritters sound really interesting. The new ones will come in handy because for some reason, we never seem to eat all the bananas before they start getting too ripe.
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  5. Thank you for linking up this post about how to use bananas. It never fails that I have bananas that I don’t use in time. I usually make my Banana Espresso muffins. I never thought about a shake, that sounds delicious. Fritter…yummy i bet that would be good with Nutella on it. Thank you so much for linking up with Wine’d Down Wednesday.
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  6. I thought the only thing monarch butterflies ate from was milkweed. I have to give this a try we have had very few monarchs here this year. I am also going to give a try to the fruit plate as we do have a a lot of birds here who would love it.
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  7. I usually freeze my overripe bananas, but then they get lost in the back of the freezer and I have no idea what they are when I finally pull them out. I love the body scrub idea, though – I’ll have to try it out!
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