Bananas are usually used in sweet recipes in Western cultures, but unripe bananas add flavor to savory dishes as well. If your bananas turn brown and overripe before you can use them, try freezing them for later and using them in banana bread or other baked goods. The peel has fewer uses than the fruit of the banana, but they can make decent compost if allowed to degrade before animals can get to them.

Make bananas foster - Cut two peeled bananas in half lengthwise and set aside. Stirring frequently over medium-high heat, melt 4 tablespoons (57 grams)butter in a saucepan, then add 1 cup (240 mL) brown sugar. Continue stirring for 3–5 minutes, add the bananas, cook until soft, then add a dash of vanilla extract and a shot of spiced rum. After ten seconds, carefully light themixture with a torch, let it burn itself out, and serve with vanilla ice cream.Add them to pancakes. Slice the banana into thick slices and cut each one in half or thirds. Mix them into homemade or store-bought pancake batter before frying. If you dislike chunky textures in your pancakes, instead place the banana between two pieces of wax paper, and smash thoroughly with your hands, before adding to the batter.        

Unusual treat - For an unusual treat, cut peanut butter and banana sandwiches in half, dip in pancake batter and fry in hot oil. Create a sweet snack. Peanut butter, nutella, honey, or chocolate chips all pair well with bananas. Eat this in a bowl, or make a sandwich with bread or graham crackers.  

Create frozen desserts - Skewer whole, peeled bananas with a wooden skewer or popsicle stick, dip in melted chocolate, and freeze them wrapped in wax paper until the chocolate is hard. For a smaller snack, slice the bananas thinly instead before dipping. Optionally, sprinkle chopped nuts on the chocolate before freezing. You can also add peanut butter or almond butter to a frozen banana slice, and stick a second slice on top to make a banana mini-sandwich. Use brown or black bananas in baking. When bananas turn overripe, it breaks down into sugars that turn the flesh brown and black. This sweet, mushy material is perfect for baking desserts, so use these bananas in muffins, banana bread, cake, or banana cream pie. Make banana trifle. Chop bananas into small pieces and mix thoroughly with vanilla pudding. In a large bowl, lay out a row of vanilla wafers. Add 1/3 of the pudding on top of the wafers, then repeat with two additional layers each of wafers and pudding. Chill until firm. Bake bananas wrapped in phyllo dough.