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How To Quickly Ripen Bananas In The Oven

Heating bananas activates their natural sugars, which simulates the ripening process. Here's my super simple method for using your oven to "ripen" them in about half an hour.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger


  • bananas


  • Preheat your oven to 300° F.
  • Grab a bunch of bananas and separate out the amount you'll need for your recipe. Leave the peels on.
  • Place the unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet with a little space between each one. If I'm going for "extra-extra ripeness," I line the baking sheet with parchment paper just in case a peel splits and some of the banana leaks out
  • Bake the bananas for 15-25 minutes. The time needed will depend on the size of the bananas and how ripe they were before baking.
  • When they're ready, they’ll turn brown and be soft to the touch. Remove the brown bananas and allow them to cool before peeling.  


  • This method will work with slightly under-ripe bananas but not fully green bananas.
  • If you have any leftover bananas - or happen to find yourself with some lovely spotted bananas and no plans to use them - peel them and pop them in the freezer to use later. I love these food-grade silicone reusable freezer bags. When you’re ready to use them, defrost them in the fridge and then mash them up.
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