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How to Freeze Bananas for Smoothies

If you have ripe bananas on hand, you can freeze them for smoothies, ice cream, and oatmeal. Just follow this easy step-by-step guide for how to freeze bananas that will last up to several months in your freezer.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 ripe bananas


  1. The first step for freezing bananas is to remove the skin.
  2. Next, break them in half or cut them into slices.
  3. After you cut or slice your bananas, you can lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This will prevent the banana from freezing into a large clump.
  4. Freeze the baking sheet for at least 2 hours before transferring the frozen bananas into a zip-top bag from long-term storage of up to 3 months.
  5. To use your frozen banana chunks for smoothies, just take out as many bananas as you need for each smoothie (no need to defrost them first).


  1. You can freeze as much as several bunches of bananas at a time, assuming you have enough room in your freezer.
  2. Bananas are ripe when they are soft to the touch, have brown spots on them, have a mild or strong odor of bananas, or have turned brown around the edges. Some types of bananas may not have obvious signs of ripening, so you do need to keep an eye on them.
  3. Frozen bananas will last in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

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