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How To Mash Bananas – 3 Different Ways

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Here are 3 different ways that you can mash bananas to use in recipes or for baby food.

photo of bananas in mixing bowl being mashed with potato masher.

Yesterday I was making my favorite banana bread recipe – and one of my family members (I'm not naming names) offered to help.

Sure! – I said – Why don't you mash the bananas.

How do I do that? – was the response.

So, I thought I would do a quick post on how to mash bananas. Here there are 3 methods that usually us.

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1. Use a Potato Masher to Mash Bananas

I almost always use a potato masher to mash bananas.

This method works best if the bananas you are mashing are super ripe and soft.

I usually make banana bread simply because I don't want to toss my overripe bananas – which means that the potato masher method is the easiest to use.

You want to use a “wavy” potato masher and not the style with the little squares.

Although both styles will work, I find the wavy style to be a little easier.

Simply, peel and toss the peeled, ripe, bananas into a medium mixing bowl and mash with the potato masher.

Stop when you get your desired consistency.

mashed bananas in a mixing bowl

2. Use a Food Processor to Mash Bananas

The second method I use to mash bananas is to do so with a food processor.

This works best if the bananas you are using are still firm and not overly ripe.

In fact, this method is much easier than a potato masher if the bananas you are using are not super soft.

However, there is a little more clean up involved.

I use the food processor container and blade on my Ninja system for this.

First, I peel the bananas and then break them into 2 or 3 inch pieces.

I place these pieces into the food processor container and give them a few quick pulses.

Continue doing this until you get to your desired consistency.

You could use a blender instead – but you will likely completely liquify the bananas and not get the nice bits and pieces that remain if you use other methods.

3. Use a Fork to Mash Bananas

This is my fall back method when I don't have access to a potato masher or a food processor.

While this method is super easy, it certainly does take more effort.

All you have to do is place the peeled bananas in a mixing bowl and mash with a fork.

Like the potato maser method, this works best if the bananas are soft and overripe.

I find that it is harder to get an even consistency and also takes much longer to mash bananas with a fork.

Which method do you prefer?

As you can see there is not one, singular best way to mash bananas for banana bread and other recipes – there are actually 3 methods that will do the job:

  1. Potato masher
  2. Food processor
  3. Fork

Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

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photo of bananas in mixing bowl being mashed with potato masher.
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