Bananas are vitally important for smoothie making – at least I think so! And this is the best way to freeze bananas for smoothies.
I don’t know why, but for some reason, our local store goes a little overboard on bananas this time of year. They start getting a little overripe, and the store puts them in bags of two or three bunches and sells them cheap.
And then I go a little overboard on stocking up. Because my kids LOVE banana “nice cream”, and I know as soon as the weather starts warming up, it’ll become a near daily routine.
So right now, it’s time to fill the freezer. Ya know, make hay while the sun shines.
I’ve been given LOTS of banana freezing tips over the years – everything from freezing them whole, to mashing and freezing them in ice cube trays.
Frankly, I don’t like either of those extremes. Why? Well, freezing them whole results in having to thaw them before you can get the peel off, which results in a brown, mushy banana.
Mashing and freezing in ice cubes results in an icy texture that’s difficult to blend out.
So, we’ve opted for something in the middle. It’s super easy, and take very little time.
Peel bananas, and cut into 1-2 inch chunks.
The kids like 1 inch chunks – they eat them like mini popsicles.
lay them on a cookies sheet.
Be sure to arrange your bananas so that the uncut sides are touching the cookie sheet. Those cut ends stick like no body’s business!
Pop your cookie sheet into the freezer.
Freeze them for a couple of hours. Or overnight. Whichever one works for you.
Remove frozen banana from cookie sheet, into a zip-top freezer bag.
Now you have a bag full of banana pieces that are small enough to pop directly into your blender. AND you can reach into your big bag and grab exactly how many you need for my favorite green smoothie, tropical green popsicles, “nice cream” or gluten-free banana bread,… or whatever you’re making.
This is our absolute favorite way to freeze bananas! I use to cut them into super small pieces because they blend up suuuper easy that way, but they were also super convenient for grabbing a handful and mixing with chocolate chips and peanut butter for a snack, and I couldn’t keep production up with consumption… meaning that I ate too many and ended up getting fat. 😉