I’m sure everyone has had that moment of wanting to bake using bananas only to find that you’ve got bananas that are far from ripe.  I know I’ve had this happen several times.  My kids LOVE banana bread and they think just because we have bananas we can make it.  And now we can make it anytime no matter how ripe or unripe our bananas are!

To get your bananas ripe enough for baking, simply put them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes.  This causes the sugars in the bananas to caramelize and develop faster – thus ripening the bananas much quicker.  The skin on the bananas will turn black – but don’t worry, that’s normal.  There may also be some liquid that collects on the baking sheet, which is also normal.

Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool a bit before handling.  Peel your bananas and go ahead and use them for baking – muffins, bread, cupcakes, etc. They’re ready to go!