Today we are going to teach you how to ripen bananas quickly in the oven to use in recipes and baking. Ripening bananas in the oven is a great kitchen hack to know. No more waiting days and days for your bananas to ripen naturally, just use this hack and you will have all the perfectly ripened bananas you need!
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How do Bananas Ripen Naturally?
Naturally bananas and other fruits ripen by releasing a natural plant hormone called ethylene in the form of gas.
This gas surges when the fruit is ready to ripen and the surge stimulates the fruit to change from a hard dull, not so yummy tasting fruit into a sugary soft delicious fruit.
The release of ethylene converts the starches to sugars making the ripened fruit sweet and tasty.
Is there a difference between baking a yellow banana and a naturally ripened banana?
As bananas ripen (turn brown) naturally on your counter they develop more sugars and a sweeter taste.
Baking a yellow banana that has only begun to produce its sugars tends to produce a less sweet ripened banana.
Although, you will likely never be able to tell the difference between a naturally sweetened banana and an oven ripened banana in a recipe.
How to quickly ripen bananas in the oven (for baking)
What is the fastest way to ripen a banana? The oven. Hands down.
Using the oven to ripen your bananas is the fastest way to a ripe banana. It is a great "hack" to quickly ripen bananas for banana bread or any other recipe that calls for ripe bananas.
Note: This method for ripening bananas should only be used when you are using the bananas for baking or using in a recipe. They are safe to eat but baking them makes them kind of slimy, just like when you take a frozen banana from the freezer and let it thaw. Still delicious, just not a delicious texture eaten by it self.
Using this method also allows you to bake the exact amount of bananas you need for a recipe.
Instead of letting a bunch of 6 bananas go ripe on the counter, just pop a couple of your perfectly yellow bananas into the oven and you'll be enjoying that banana bread in no time!
how long do you put bananas in the oven to ripen?
Baking bananas in the oven will have them fully ripened with in about 30 minutes!
Tip: You will need to let the bananas cool to room temperature before using them in a recipe. They come out of the oven VERY hot and usually with some of the sugar juices on the outside of the peel. They can very easily burn you.
After they are cool, remove the peel, place them into a bowl, mash them up and they are ready to use!
- 3 Yellow Bananas
- Preheat your oven to 275°F
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
- Wash and dry the outside of the banana peel to remove any dirt.
- Lay the bananas onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until the bananas are fully blackened.
- Remove from the oven and let fully cool to room temperature before using.
- the bananas will split during the baking time and some of the sugars will leak out on to the pan. Use parchment paper to line the pan before baking the bananas for easy clean up!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g
Please Note- The nutritional information provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator and it will vary based on the ingredients that you use.