In this guide I quickly take you through the steps for freezing bananas for smoothies and why you might want to do it.
If you’re asking yourself can bananas be frozen then you will be glad to hear that they can. There is just a few things that you will need to look out for since bananas are a very delicate fruit as they can easily mush, brown and taste iffy if not handled correctly.
The process of freezing fruit varies between person to person but the method I explain for bananas in this guide works best for me. If you have a different method then please be sure to share it in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
I made a quick video that summarises this guide so if you love watching videos then be sure to check it out below. Otherwise you can find the entire guide right below the video.
Why Freeze Bananas for Smoothies?
There are several reason why you may want to freeze a banana. I will just quickly go through some of the top reasons and any downsides to freezing them.
The first point is pretty obvious but nonetheless an important one. By freezing down your bananas correctly you will extend their lifespan by up to 6 months (Sometimes less). This is pretty important if you enjoy having bananas all year round and love to stock up whilst they’re cheap.
If you’re going to use them for a smoothie then you will happy to know that you will end up with a creamier and thicker drink once blended. You can use these in delicious banana bread and so much more.
Now let’s talk about the best process of freezing this amazing fruit.
How to freeze Bananas
The process of freezing bananas for smoothies is really straight forward but there is a few things you should watch out for that I will mention below. It’s also important to know that you should only freeze bananas that are ripe or slightly overripe.
Below is the method I use and in my opinion is the best way to freeze bananas.
- Begin by removing the peel of the banana. It’s important to know that leaving the peel on the banana will cause a lot of issues when you go to use it after it has been frozen.
- Now cut the bananas into slices that will fit into the blender. Cutting it into thirds should be small enough.
- This next step is optional but helps with stopping the bananas from browning. Just slightly spray or rub some lime or lemon juice onto the bananas.
- Place the bananas into a sealable bag or wrap in saran wrap.
- Seal the bag up with as little air in it as possible. A vacuüm machine will work best if you have one. Vacuum packing whilst isn’t essential it will help reduce the amount of browning.
- Place in a safe place in your freezer. It will take roughly 2 hours to become fully frozen.
- You can keep them frozen for up to 6 months before the quality will start to degrade. Whenever you need some bananas for a smoothie just remove and blend them in your next tasty smoothie.
I covered the basics above but you can go one step further to freezing a banana correctly. It’s important to know that the following steps are not essential but may help you out when it comes to getting that perfect frozen banana.
- If you cut the bananas with a knife, try to use a ceramic knife as this will help prevent the banana/fruit going brown where you have cut it. This is also the same with avocados, apple and a ton of other fruit.
- You can freeze the banana on a tray with baking paper before transferring to a bag. This will help prevent the banana from sticking together. Of course you will need a big enough freezer to do this. I haven’t had any problems with the fruit sticking together so bad I couldn’t separate them.
- Freezing in single serving size batches is ideal as you will be able to just grab one bag out for one lot of a smoothie recipe.
- If you leave the frozen bananas on the bench or in the fridge to defrost they will start to brown. It’s best to use them straight away when you remove them from the freezer.
I hope this guide has helped you with understanding both how and why freezing bananas for smoothies is a good thing to do. If you have any issues, feedback or anything else then please feel free to leave a comment below.