7 good uses for a rotting banana

Each year 28 percent of the world's agricultural area is used to produce food that is lost or wasted. Don't throw your rotting bananas away when they have gone black! Here are seven things to do with them once they've turned the bend.

1   Pop them in the freezer, pull them out the next day and blend with any type of milk + a teaspoon of cacao for smoothie deliciousness.

2   Mix with a little honey and oatmeal and use for a great moisturising scrub/mask for dry skin. Works great on feet and elbows.

3   Bury at the base of a rose bush or shrub. As the bananas decompose they feed the plant healthy nutrients.

4   Feed Butterflies. Put them in a clay dish on top of a stump near the garden flowers and the butterflies will flock to them.

5   Jump start a compost bin. Add some coffee grinds, dirt, dead leaves and grass clippings.

6   Make banana chips – Preheat oven to 200º F. Slice bananas – Squeeze on lemon juice – Bake the bananas for 90 minutes.

7   Bake a rotting banana loaf – See recipe below

Uses for a rotting banana


Banana Loaf

2-3 rotting bananas
2 tbs Golden or Maple Syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup Self Raising Flour
Pinch salt
Handful chopped Pecans or Walnuts

Heat oven to 180 °C (160 °C fan forced)
Grease and line the base of a loaf pan
In a medium bowl, mash the rotten bananas, add syrup, sugar and stir in.
Add egg, sifted flour and salt and lightly mix until combined.
Pour into loaf pan, decorate with nuts if preferred, and cook for 30 minutes. Check by inserting a wooden skewer which must come out clean.
Allow tin to cool for 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack to cool.

Enjoy warm from the oven or lightly toasted. Garnish with butter, cream, yoghurt, or anything else you love!

Katie Gannon

After running an ethical fashion label for 5 years, I started this blog in 2007 after learning first hand about the importance of sustainability in fashion design. I am a passionate environmentalist and wish to promote individuals and organisations around the world working on innovative design. I have a BA in Communications / Media as well as a Cert IV in Clothing Production, and run my own graphic design company at www.katiegannon.com

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