Two great things to bake with over-ripe bananas

banana crumb

I love bananas but I only love them when they are just ripe. When they start to brown, get over-ripe and smell, they’ve got to go. Into a muffin or biscotti, that is!

Last year I tried the Banana Crumb Muffins from All Recipes and was immediately in love. It’s about as close to perfect as a muffin can be – flavourful, with a great crunchy top. This is a keeper recipe!

When I’m not in the mood for muffins, I like to use up my over-ripe bananas by making Banana Bread Biscotti. It’s a nice change from the usual biscotti and as always, makes a nice treat with afternoon tea or coffee.


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  1. I work as a cook for a hotel. I was asked to make banana bread from a shipment of over ripe bananas we received. I was frustrated at the thought of doing this, as most recipes that I have tried end up dry, soggy, or have that funky baking soda after taste. I looked through a few recipes online, stumbled onto this one, was a hooked by the crumb topping. Can I say, thank you. This is definitely a keeper recipe for me. I added a bit of coconut to the crumb topping, and chocolate chips to the dough and yummy. A winner. Now, how to stop eating them.

  2. So glad you enjoyed them, DDee. Reminds me I should make up a batch. I have a bunch of bananas in the freezer!

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It was my first time making biscotti however, I will be making it again. I had two ripe bananas and did a yahoo search that brought up your site. I was going to just make cookies but am so glad I tried biscotti instead.

  4. I’m glad it worked well for you Brian. It’s such a different flavour for biscotti but I really like it!

  5. Just made the biscotti for the first time. Totally delighted with the results. I didn’t get the cracked top at the end of the first baking, but it all came out beautifully!

  6. Your comment made me laugh out loud, Anne-Marie! So glad you enjoyed it. (I’m a dunker, too :)

  7. Wooops, Jesus Christ.

  8. The biscotti may just be the second coming of Jesus Crist!!!! I put a little more banana than the recipe calls for. Fabulous with a nice coffee, as I’m a dunker!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. You’re welcome, Gloria. I just made a batch today myself! One of my favourites.

  10. I prepared the banana crumb muffins and they are simple delicious!, thank you for the recipe.

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