Mash Bananas?

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Mashing bananas is essential in several different kinds of recipes. Banana bread, banana baby food, and smoothies or shakes are some examples. There are also different methods and appliances to use. This article will tell you how to mash a banana.


  1. Peel off the entire banana peel from the banana.
  2. Take out the banana "string" if you are making baby food. It's also helpful to remove or cut off both ends of the banana tips.
  3. Use the bottom of a spoon or fork to press down on the banana. Continue this process until the banana is well mashed.

Blend or Purée

  1. Peel off the entire banana peel from the banana.
  2. Take out the banana "string" and cut off both ends of the banana tips.
  3. Slice the banana(s) into small chunks or pieces.
  4. Place the pieces into a food processor or blender.
  5. Blend or purée mixture until well mixed thoroughly.


  • Because bananas brown fast when outside of the peel, it's advisable to use right away, for example, a baking recipe.
  • Store mashed bananas in the refrigerator for no more than 2 to 3 days and freezer for up to a month. Add lemon juice to the food processor or blender while mixing to avoid brownness.
    • Make baby food portions by using an ice cube tray. Wrap the tray with Saran wrap. Foil can be used, but little pieces may rip and drop in the food. When frozen, transfer the pieces to a plastic container that can be used in the freezer.
  • Bananas can also be mixed with cereal, formula, or breast milk for babies and toddlers. Thaw out pieces to room temperature before feeding.
  • You may add sugar, cinnamon, or other condiments to the mashed banana mixture.

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