How to Ripen Bananas for Baking in 30 Minutes

DSC_7295 Some of the best kitchen hacks make up for lack of planning. Or, shall we say, tips which allow spontaneous cooking or baking. Case in point – today I simply HAD to make a batch of vegan quinoa breakfast bars. But, my bananas were days away from achieving the squishy, mottled brown state only a baker could love. So, I was thrilled to find this tip from the Kitchn. Here’s how to quickly ripen bananas in the oven for baking.

Simply place yellow bananas on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 300º F for 30 to 40 minutes. Baking time will depend on the size of the bananas, the level of ripeness of the unbaked bananas and the amount of ripeness desired.

Bananas to RipenAfter baking these bananas for 30 minutes they were easily mashed by fork. Baking them for 40 minutes would have resulted in a more gel-like consistency.

Oven-Ripened Bananas