As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

How to Freeze Bananas

how to freeze bananas
Jump to Recipe

Can you Freeze Bananas at Home?

Absolutely! Learn how to freeze bananas in this article to help save you money, time, and food waste. Frozen bananas are a great ingredient for many different types of recipes. From baby food, smoothies, to baking, frozen bananas are a win-win.

You will never waste another ripe, or semi ripe banana again once you discover how easy it is to freeze bananas. 

One of my favorite ways to use frozen bananas is by covering them in chocolate and sprinkles. 

This easy healthy snack makes my kids feel like they are having a treat. It’s even something I pull out when I have a sweet tooth. 

Why you will love freezing Strawberries at home.

  • Takes 5 Minutes
  • Reduces Food Waste
  • Saves Money
  • Easy Healthy Snack
  • Always have Bananas on Hand
how to freeze bananas
how to freeze bananas

Method #1: Freeze Sliced Bananas

Freezing sliced bananas is great for making smoothies, or desserts. 

Plus, it also helps when you are in a time crunch and need to get bananas frozen quickly. 

Step 1: Prepare a Baking Sheet with Parchment Paper

Cover a baking sheet (with a lip) with parchment paper. This will keep your bananas from sticking and make it easy to transfer once frozen. 

Step 2: Peel and cut bananas into slices. 

I like to cut them to about 1/2-3/4 inch but you can go as thick or thin as you would like. The thicker the slice the longer it will take to freeze. 

Step 3: Place banana slices onto parchment paper and freeze.

Set baking sheet with bananas into the freezer for about 2 hours. Do not freeze too much longer than 2 hours otherwise bananas may develop freezer burn.

Bananas will be mostly frozen with a couple spots that may still have to freeze completely. 

Don’t worry if they still have a little way to go. They will finish freezing in step 4.  

.

Step 4: Transfer frozen banana slices into a freezer bag. 

Once banana slices are in a freezer bag remove as much air as possible and seal. 

TIP: Don’t forget to label the freezer bag and write an expiration date on the bag. (Today’s date plus 6 months). 

how to freeze bananas

Method #2: Freeze a Banana Whole

Freezing a banana whole can be the fastest prep method. If you are really busy or tight on time you can throw a whole banana peel on right in the freezer. 

Although I recommend peeling the bananas if you have the time, so you don’t have to peel the banana once frozen. 

Whole frozen bananas also work well for smoothies, ice cream, or any recipes that require you to blend up a banana. 

You can also use whole bananas in baking recipes. As they thaw the bananas will become very easy to mush. 

Step 1: Get a freezer bag ready for bananas. 

Be sure to label and add an expiration date. (Today’s date plus 6 months.)

You can use a permanent marker to label the bag or find a printable freezer label online. 

Step 2: Peel bananas and stick into freezer bag. 

Pretty simple. Just throw the whole peeled banana into your labeled freezer bag.

Be sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag before freezing. This will help preserve freshness and prevent freezer burn.  

Step 3: Freeze bananas

Now pop that freezer bag into the freezer and leave it until you need it. 

That’s the best part about a freezer. You do not have to give your ingredients much thought until you’re ready to make your favorite recipes. 

how to freeze bananas

Method #3: Freeze Banana Mash

If your bananas are on the ripe/almost unusable then mashing them is the way to go. 

You can cut off any extra brown spots and mash up the rest of your bananas. 

This is also the best method of freezing bananas to be used for baby food. You can freeze mashed bananas in an ice cube tray or silicone trays for perfect baby portions. 

Step 1: Get a freezer bag ready for bananas. 

Because your bananas will be a mash, it is best to use quart size freezer bags for this method. 

(Dealing with a huge chunk of mashed bananas in a gallon freezer bag would not work out too well.)

Step 2: Peel and mash your ripe bananas. 

Now just peel and mash your bananas. Be sure to portion them out as desired. If you are using them for cooking you can do 1 cup of mash in each bag. This may help when you have a recipe to make, so you do not have to thaw too much or too little. 

Step 3: Place Mash in labeled quart freezer bags. 

Now pop those freezer bags with your banana mash into the freezer and you’re all done.

*See FAQ’s and specific tips following recipe card below. 

*Frozen bananas will last for 4-6 months in the freezer, if frozen properly. Be sure to use freezer bags when storing or any other air tight container. 

3 Methods on How to Freeze Bananas? 👇

How to Freeze Bananas

Learn how to freeze bananas in this article to help save you money, time and food waste. Frozen bananas are a great ingredient for many different types of recipes. From baby food, to smoothies, to baking.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Frozen Bananas

Equipment

  • Freezer Bags (Ziplock are my favorite)

Materials

  • Bananas as many as you want to freeze

Instructions

Method #1: Freeze Slicced Bananas

  • Prepare a Baking Sheet with Parchment Paper
    Cover a baking sheet (with a lip) with parchment paper. This will keep your bananas from sticking and make it easy to transfer once frozen. 
  • Peel and cut bananas into slices. 
    I like to cut them to about 1/2-3/4 inch but you can go a thick or think as you would like. The thicker the slice the longer it will take to freeze. 
  • Place banana slices onto parchment paper and freeze.
    Set baking sheet with bananas into the freeze for about 2 hours. Do not freeze too much longer then 2 hours otherwise bananas may develope freezer burn.
    Bananas will be mostly frozen with a couple spots that may still have to freeze completely. 
    Don’t worry if they still have a little way to go. They will finish freezing in step 4.  
  • Transfer Frozen Banana slices into a freezer bag. 
    Once banana slices are in freezer bag remove as much air as possible and seal. 
    TIP: Don’t forget to label freezer bag and write an expiration date on the bag. (Today’s date plus 6 months). 

Method #2: Freeze a Banana Whole

  • Get a freezer bag ready for bananas. 
    Be sure to label and add an expiration date. (Todays date plus 6 months.)
    You can use a permanent marker to label the bag or find a printable freezer label online. 
  • Peel Bananas and stick into freezer bag. 
    Pretty simple. Just throw the peeled bananas whole into your labeled freezer bag.
    Be sure to remove as much air as possible in the bag before freezing. This will help preserve freshness and prevent freezer burn.  
  • Freeze Bananas
    Now pop that freezer bag into the freezer and leave it until you need it. 
    Thats the best part about the freezer is you do not have to give your ingredients much thought until your ready to make your favorite recipes. 

Method #3: Freeze Banana Mash

  • Get a freezer bag ready for bananas. 
    Because your bananas will be mash It is best to use quart size freezer bags for this method. 
  • Peel and mash your ripe bananas. 
    Now just peel and mash your bananas. Be sure to portion them out as desired. If you are using them for cooking you can do 1 cup of mash in each bag. This may help when you have a recipe to make so you do not have to thaw too much or too little. 
  • Place Mash in labeled quart freezer bags. 
    Now pop those freezer bags with your banana mash into the freezer and youre all done.

Are we friends yet? 👇

FREE Printable Meal Planner to help you get started today. 👇

.

Freezing Bananas FAQ’s

Don’t forget to pin this recipe and save for later! 👇

how to freeze bananas

Are we friends yet? 👇

If you like this article on how to freeze (food) you may also like…

.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating