Header image: Banana Pudding Pie from CHOW

See those bananas ripening on your counter? Don’t just toss them in a smoothie – try these unexpected ways to eat them.

1. Bananas Foster Milk Shake


A hefty splash of rum makes most things taste better, and this milk shake is no exception. A ripe banana and creamy, sweet dulce de leche ice cream round out the treat. Get our Bananas Foster Milk Shake recipe.

2. Campfire Cones


Fill a waffle cone to the brim with bananas, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and peanut butter. Wrap it in foil and grill. The result is a gooey, sweet mess that’s addictive as anything we’ve tried. Get our Campfire Cones recipe.

3. Campfire Banana Boat


At your next campfire, think bananas not s’mores. This excellent dessert is a snap to make: Wrap bananas in foil with your favorite toppings and grill until warm and melted. We like chocolate chips and caramel sauce, but you do you. Get our Campfire Banana Boat recipe.

4. Banana Pudding Pie


This classic dessert is built on a sweet cookie crust. A filling of layered vanilla pudding and sliced bananas is topped with a gorgeous torched meringue. Get our Banana Pudding Pie recipe.

5. English Muffin with Bananas and Peanut Butter


Simple is often best. This sophisticated open-faced sandwich doesn’t take long to make, but it elevates breakfast to something thoughtful and tasty. A English muffin is topped with peanut butter, bananas, and sugar then broiled for a little crunch.  Get our English Muffin with Bananas recipe.

6. Chocolate-Hazelnut Crêpe with Banana


Crêpes are tasty in any form, but this recipe takes them over the top. Apply a generous dollop of sweet chocolate-hazelnut spread, then cap it off with sliced bananas and crushed hazelnuts. Get our Banana Crêpe recipe.

7. One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

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Prepare to be wowed by how easy (and healthy) this dessert is. Just one ingredient – frozen bananas – gets churned into a creamy, mousse-like ice cream. Gild the lily with peanut butter, whipped cream, Nutella, or more. Get the recipe here.

8. Creamy Coconut Banana Popsicles


These creamy coconut popsicles have a base of homemade walnut butter, coconut milk, and bananas. Stock your freezer: You’ll be reaching for these on every hot, steamy summer afternoon. Get the recipe here.

9. Chocolate-Covered Frozen Bananas

Extremely simple and incredibly satisfying, this is our kind of dessert. Frozen bananas are dipped in dark chocolate and coated in shredded coconut for extra crunch. Get the recipe here.

Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.
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