Can You Freeze Bananas?

Do you ever find yourself buying a few too many bananas? Do you end throwing one or two in the bin once they’ve got brown and soft? Then perhaps it’s time to ask yourself: Can you freeze bananas?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze bananas. Bananas can be frozen for around 6 months. You’ll always want to peel bananas before freezing, simply to save time in the future. Once peeled, you can either freeze them whole or sliced up into rings.

How to Freeze Bananas

Before we get onto the method, it’s worth noting that you should freeze bananas when they’re at their best. When you are freezing anything, you stop it ripening or deteriorating. Freezing won’t improve the quality of a banana.

So when it comes to freezing bananas, pick the best you can.

Below we have outlined two methods for freezing bananas. One is for convenience, and the other is a far more efficient way to freeze them:

How to Freeze Bananas Whole

If time is limited and you want to get your bananas frozen then go with this approach.

  1. Peel and Bag
    Once you’ve got your bananas and peeled them place them in a ziplock bag.
  2. Seal
    Squeeze as much of the air out of the bag as possible while sealing it.
  3. Freeze
    Place the bag in the freezer, and you’re all done.

That really is all there is to freezing them whole. But it might not be the best approach.

How to Freeze Banana Slices

Bananas slices make it far easier to grab as little or as much as you need. It’s straightforward when following a recipe which calls for a given weight of banana. This method does, however, contain a few more steps:

  1. Slice
    Slice your banana up into slices. It really doesn’t matter what size you do but try and get them all uniform.
  2. Place on a Baking Tray
    Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and then lay your banana slices out in one layer. Try and avoid having contact between each of the slices.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Freeze for 2 hours or so until the slices are solid on the outside – this is just the flash freeze stage.
  4. Bag and Freeze
    Remove the tray from the freezer then remove the slices. Place the slices in a ziplock bag and return to the freezer.

If you’re freezing a lot of bananas, you may need to do this in gradual stages.

How to Freeze Banana Dishes

Freezing bananas on their own is all well and good, but are there actually some ways to freeze bananas in ready to eat dishes?

How to Freeze Banana Ice Lollies

This is a unique way of freezing bananas, but it is a great way to encourage children to eat fruit whilst treating them.

  1. Add a Lolly Stick
    Take whole, unfrozen bananas (or half a banana) and push an ice lolly stick into the bottom. You’ll need to do this carefully to avoid splitting the banana.
  2. Coat in Chocolate
    Melt some dark chocolate (using this method) then drizzle the bananas with the chocolate or roll it in the chocolate. Get creative here! You can now add some toppings whether that’s sprinkles, crushed nuts, freeze-dried fruit pieces or even salt.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Flash freeze them as above on a baking tray for a few hours until solid.
  4. Final Freeze
    You can either enjoy them right away after flash freezing or, to store them for the longer term, lay them into a Tupperware and freeze.

The problem with most ice lollies is that they’re packed full of the bad stuff. By making your own your know exactly what is (and isn’t) in them.

How to Freeze Banana Bread

Soft, mushy bananas sitting in your fruit bowl? Then you know what’s going to happen… You’re going to make banana bread! It’s the go-to dish to bake when you’ve got bananas that need eating up.

But there’s only so much you can actually eat – so can you freeze it and how?

When it comes to freezing banana bread, you first need to decide whether to freeze it as a whole loaf or in slices. Once you’ve decided, you need to wrap the loaf or the slices in cling film followed by a foil layer. You can then place these in the freezer. Store them in an airtight container if you want to take extra precautions.

  1. Slice
    Decide whether you want to freeze it as a whole loaf or slice it up. If the latter, then get slicing.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap the slices or whole loaf in multiple layers of cling film. Add a final layer of foil to protect it further in the freezer.
  3. Freeze
    Label it up and then place it into the freezer.

Can You Freeze Banana Bread

4 Tips for Freezing Bananas

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 4 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing bananas to have the best results:

  • Always Peel – Chances are, you’re not going to need the banana peel. Trying to peel a frozen banana is always going to be a challenge. Instead, freeze your bananas without the peel to make life that little bit easier in the future.
  • Use Perfect Ripe Bananas – Freezing anything won’t help it to ripe or improve it. That’s why it’s vital that you choose the best bananas you can to freeze so that they’re ready to use.
  • Make Healthy Banana Lollies – If you want an easy, healthy snack for kids, then banana ice lollies are the way to go. Stick an ice lolly stick in the end and freeze. You’ll have instant lollies that are packed full of goodness.
  • Use Direct from the Freezer for Smoothies – If you plan on using your frozen bananas in a smoothie, then there’s no need to thaw them beforehand. Instead, toss a handful into the blender with your other ingredients and it’ll help keep your smoothie chilled.

How Long Can You Freeze Bananas?

Technically speaking, you could leave your bananas in the freezer for as long as you want. The problem, of course, is that they will end up getting freezer burn. That’s why we would recommend ensuring you consume them within 6 months.

As we always do, we would recommend labelling your frozen bananas with the date on which they need to be consumed.

You Can Freeze Bananas for up to 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Bananas?

If you plan on using your banana in a smoothie, then take it from the freezer and throw it straight into the blender without thawing. The frozen banana will keep your smoothie nice and cool so you won’t need to use ice.

If you want to use your frozen bananas in cakes or bread, you will need to thaw it beforehand. Thankfully, this doesn’t take too long. Just place in a bowl on the worktop and allow to thaw at room temperature.

If you plan ahead, you can also thaw in the fridge. Place in a bowl again and leave it there overnight.

Can You Refreeze Bananas?

Refreezing bananas is not something we would recommend. Frozen bananas will already lose some of their texture. Refreezing them can cause them to become even mushier than before. The texture will be completely off.

If you have used frozen bananas in a baked dish such as banana bread, then this is perfectly safe to refreeze.

Do Bananas Freeze Well?

If you enjoy eating a banana straight from the fruit bowl, then freezing would not be the approach for you. Unfortunately, they do lose some of their original texture and won’t be that pleasant after freezing.

However, if you want to use bananas in a cake or bread recipe or even like the flavour in a smoothie, then freezing them is a great way to store them for the long term.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing bananas or bananas in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Banana Cake?

Freezing banana cake works in the same way as freezing banana bread. Wrap it in clingfilm followed by foil either as a whole cake or in slices. Then place the wrapped cake into a thick freezer bag, seal it up and freeze.

Can You Freeze Banana Puree?

Freezing banana puree is possible and super simple. Just tip your puree into the slots of an ice cube tray and wrap the tray in cling film. Once frozen, you can pop the cubes out and store in a bag to save room and to free up the use of the ice cube tray.

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