Smoothie Hack: Freezing Bananas

Frozen Bananas

We love smoothies around here, and make them almost daily and sometimes twice daily.  Our favorites almost always involve bananas, and frozen bananas in particular make for a creamy base. Recently, since the addition of a fancy, high-powered blender to our household (yay!), I have been freezing bananas in batches to keep up with our demand for them.  I freeze them in chunks, and had been doing so in bowls and freezer bags; however, the problem was that they usually became one sticky chunk of banana, and breaking them apart was difficult.

It then occurred to me to freeze the pieces individually.  I am not sure why I didn’t think of it earlier, since it was something I did frequently when freezing cubes of R’s pureed fruits and veggies five (!) years or so ago.

Bananas on a sheet pan

To freeze: Simply spread the banana chunks on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.  Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until they are frozen solid.  Once they are frozen to your liking, place them in a sealed freezer bag, or your container of choice, and they will be ready for whenever you need them.

It’s a small hack, but I love having a big batch of frozen bananas at the ready.  Happy smoothie making!