It seems to happen every time. I buy a bunch of bananas while they are still green, eat only a few and watch the rest turn splotchy and black before my family gets around to eating them. Just because bananas are perishable doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on them when a great deal comes along. Freezing bananas doesn’t just save my fruit; it saves my money, too!

How to Freeze Bananas:

  1. Peel the bananas and then cut them up into smaller pieces, especially if they will be used in smoothies later. You don’t have to peel the bananas before freezing, but if freezing unpeeled bananas, allow extra time to thaw and remove peels before using them for cooking or baking.
  2. Dip peeled bananas into lemon juice to keep them from turning brown when freezing.
  3. Put the bananas in a freezer-safe container or baggie.
  4. Write the date on the container.
  5. For best results, use the bananas within three months. Otherwise, they will turn brown and foul smelling.
  6. For smoothies, remove from freezer and add frozen chunks to the blender right away. To thaw: Simply put bananas in a bowl and  allow to thaw in the refrigerator or on the counter.

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17 thoughts on “How to Freeze Bananas”

  1. June says:

    I do not use lemon on my bananas when I freeze them. I freeze my bananas whole, peeled and in a regular sandwich baggy. However, I never thaw them for use, either. We drink A LOT of smoothies at my house! I freeze any fruit that is heading south (mostly berries, pineapple and bananas). Put juice or milk in a blender, add frozen fruit and blend. No ice needed!

  2. Amanda Griffin says:

    I like just freezing ripe bananas and eating them like banana Popsicles!

  3. I make banana nut bread with them. But have to try and freeze them.

  4. Karen says:

    I always make banana bread with mine.

  5. Amber Pees says:

    The container in the picture are not freezer safe. That piece is a modular mate from Tupperware, it’s better to use one of their freezer mates. They will also prevent freezer burn.

  6. Courtney says:

    This is exactly how you keep avocado fresh too. i drop juice from a lemon on the unused portion of an avocado, place it in a container, and put it in the fridge. It doesn’t go brown.

    • Anonymous says:

      Another way to keep an avocado fresh is to save the half with the pit still in it. I refrigerate mine and use within a couple days without it going brown.

  7. andi says:

    i’ve sliced bananas, put a little bit of almond butter on them (I don’t use peanut butter); freeze them for 2 hours; and i got a HEALTHIER version of Elvis’ Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches- YUM!!

  8. Also, as stupid as it sounds the green bags that the dollar store sells for veggies work really well for keeping them fresh. They last well over a week.

  9. another cool thing that I started doing with very ripe bananas is making “ice cream” it tastes really good :) all you do is put the bananas in a food processor and process until you get the consistancy of ice cream, smooth. For me approx 5 min. Sometimes you do have to push the bananas down then process bc if you’ve ever used a food processor the blade will push the food up so you have to turn it off push the food down then turn on again :) Hope that makes sense…
    you can add stuff like walnuts syrup and stuff like that too!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I love this trick. Now instead of running out of bananas and making extra trips to the grocery store, I buy 2-3 bundles. I keep the extras in the fridge (not recommended for a long time, but keeps them fresh enough to last the week). Whatever we don’t use before they start to turn gets frozen and used in smoothies, muffins, etc.

  11. tcrystalk says:

    Great post. Ive always wondered how to do this :) I was thinking you could even pop em out for some banana bread and stuff too

  12. when my bananas turn dark i use them to make banana pancakes yum yum!

  13. kat says:

    Does anyone know if the lemon juice changes the way the bananas taste when used after freezing?

  14. Tyler Cole says:

    Another great way to make them last longer is to wrap plastic-wrap around the part where they’re attached. I’ve noticed they last at least twice as long every time.

    • mom2boyz says:

      I’ve also found that if you separate them – they last longer. If they’re together they ripen at the same time!