How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

Did you know that you can quickly ripen bananas in 30 just minutes? Here's how!

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How to Ripen Bananas in 30 Minutes

Question & Answer

Why should I use ripe bananas?

When you're eating a banana, straight from the peel, it's a matter of personal preference. My husband likes to eat them green, and I like them speckled but still firm.

However, baking with bananas is a different matter. Overripe bananas are easier to mash and will mix into your batter more smoothly. Overripe bananas are also much sweeter, which makes a difference in the taste of your baked goods.

Can you bake with not ripe bananas?

In my experience, you technically can. But it's just not the same. The bread isn't as moist, and the flavor definitely isn't as sweet. And– as someone who doesn't love the taste of underripe bananas anyway, I feel like anything baked with underripe bananas tastes funny. So, in a nutshell– yes, you can. But don't.

How To Quickly Ripen Bananas

How ripe should bananas be for baking?

I think bananas are at their very best for baking when they are covered with large brown spots and the stems are brown. But you might be surprised just how brown (or black!) a banana can get before it's truly no good anymore. As long as the banana doesn't have actual mold growing on it, it's ok to use!

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How do you ripen bananas quickly?

You can slow roast bananas in the oven until they are ripe enough to use in a recipe (it only takes about 30 minutes). And once they've cooled, you can also freeze them for smoothies (because smoothies are better with ripe bananas!). 

Simply bake bananas in an even layer on a baking sheet at 300ºF for 25-30 minutes. They should be black and feel soft.

Let them cool completely before use, and that's it!

How to Ripen Bananas in 30 Minutes

Ripen Bananas in 30 minutes!

How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

Yield: 2
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Did you know that you can quickly ripen bananas in 30 just minutes? Here's how!


  • Bananas


  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  2. Layer bananas on a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes*. Let cool to room temperature or in the refrigerator before baking with or freezing.


  • This recipe in NOT for ripening bananas to eat them raw.
  • I don’t recommend attempting this with completely green, unripe bananas. They won’t have developed enough sugars and flavor be useful in baked goods, even after baking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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