Uses for Dry Bananas?

Have a few bananas on hand that never quite did their thing and became super-ripe and primed for bread. Instead they are "ripe-ish" on the outside but the center and banana itself is rather dry- a depressing trend I've been noticing with some bananas lately. Other than being pickier where I buy them, anyone have experience using them for anything- making chips or applications to baked goods where dry would be better? Would love ideas/links!

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Kristen Miglore
Kristen Miglore November 18, 2013

I haven't tried it myself, but one trick in Cook's Illustrated's Ultimate Banana Bread is microwaving the bananas to make them soft and sweet, then reducing their liquid -- might be worth a try: http://www.cookistry.com/2011/11/ultimate-banana-bread-from-cooks.html

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Adianne
Adianne November 18, 2013

I make a lot of banana bread and have used the Cooks Illustrated recipe referred to above. It is no better than any other good recipe and a lot more fiddling with the bananas. Not up to their usual standards with this overly fussy recipe.

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PazzoNico
PazzoNico November 18, 2013

Banana ketchup. Sounds odd, but it's pretty good (and fairly straight forward). Tons of recipes on the web.

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