How to Ripen Bananas Fast!

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Two weeks ago, I went to 4 grocery stores trying find ripe banana for a recipe.  I was at my wits end and burning though the last bit of gas in my old Honda Oydessy when it came to me that I could get creative and bake them to ripen bananas fast.    It might not seem like it would work but a million and a half years ago I had stumbled onto the technique online and thankfully the bit of information  popped back as soon as I needed it.


This is so easy and you bananas will be a black color when they are done.  They will be sweet and slightly runny from the water that has cooked out of them.  They are not pretty but who care, you’re just going to whiz them up in a recipe so no one will see them.

How to ripen Bananas Fast!

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Author: Kelly Bejelly @ A Girl Worth Saving


  • Green Bananas


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place your bananas on the baking sheet and place in the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and let cool and then use as needed.




  1. Katie | Dixieland Sweets June 12, 2014 at 10:37 am

    ohmygoodness HOW awesome is this!?!? What a great trick to keep in mind when I have to have banana bread and my bananas aren’t ready!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sheila June 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Sweet!! I didn’t know you could do this. I always seem to have nice fresh bananas when I want to make something that calls for ripe ones.

    I will for sure be using this tip.

  3. Rachel June 13, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I have the opposite problem. Every time I shop, all the bananas are really ripe. I always want green. But handy tip just in case.

  4. Liz Mays June 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Boy is this ever going to come in handy! Thanks, K! I’m going to pin this and I just pinned your alfredo too. 🙂

  5. Anne June 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Nice to know, my local store never seems to have anything but green bananas.

  6. Julia Arnold June 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    I used this method to ripen bananas for Hummingbird cake. It worked beautifully!

  7. Cindy July 11, 2016 at 4:05 pm


    You saved the day.



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