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25 Things to do with a Banana

Although she was wearing a helmet, my daughter suffered a concussion falling off her snowboard. Here's how she kept busy during recovery.

Join Me for Some Banana Fun

Yes, of course you can eat a banana, but how boring.Wouldn't you rather add chocolate and melt it over a flame, or cut it into a fruit salad. Perhaps you are a fan of fresh baked banana muffins. Or maybe there is something else. Did you know you can use that banana to cure your hangover, your warts or that itchy mosquito bite.

What ever brand of banana fun you are looking for, we have it here. Even banana jokes, both in the from of silly riddles and a few funny videos. Personally, I love bananas! They are nutritionally packed, but that's just the bonus.

Overall, we found 25 great and G-Rated things to do with a banana. Have a read and see if you can add to our list.

#1 Create a Chocolate Banana Boat

Chocolate Banana Boat

Chocolate Banana Boat

Chocolate Banana Boat Recipe

  1. Slice into an unpeeled banana, about 3/4 through the flesh
  2. Fill the opening with chocolate chips
  3. Wrap the banana in foil
  4. Place foil-wrapped banana on the BBQ (or in an open flame)
  5. When the foil looks slightly black, remove the banana from the heat
  6. Eat the banana with a spoon.

*options: add marshmallows, nuts, or whatever else you want

#4 Tell A Silly Banana Joke

Q. How do you catch King Kong?

A. Hang upside down and make a noise like a banana.

#5 Feed Your Monkey a Banana - (This May Not Apply to Everyone)

Monkey eating a banana

Monkey eating a banana

Banana Magic - This banana was cut while the peel was still on it.

Banana Magic - This banana was cut while the peel was still on it.

#6 Do Banana Magic - Learn How to Slice the Banana Before its Peeled

The magic is all in the set up:

  1. Start with a ripe banana
  2. Secretly stick a straight pin through the banana until you reach the other side of the peel.
  3. Move the pin from side to side in the banana, keeping the top of the pin as still as possible so as not to make the hole bigger than necessary.
  4. Before each cut, turn the banana slightly before making the next "cut" (don't leave a row of holes going down a side when finished).
  5. Continue turning the banana and sticking in the pin and wiggling until you have the amount of slices you want inside the peel.
  6. Now it's time to show others. When you peel the banana in front of an audience, it will "magically" fall into pieces.

**Tip: Do the trick as soon as possible after preparing the banana or the holes will become brown and obvious.

#7 Slice Your Banana

#8 Display your Bananas

Streets of India - Goa Bananas Lady sells fresh bananas on the street

Streets of India - Goa Bananas Lady sells fresh bananas on the street

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#9 Decorate a Banana

Just for fun, or maybe for a table decoration, go ahead and decorate a banana. We did this one as a simple easy on the brain activity as my daughter was recovering from her concussion. Using peanut butter as the ink and as the glue, she added a pom pon nose and googly eyes. We don't yet know what to call him, any suggestions?

#10 Talk to a Banana (If Annoying Orange can do it, so can you!)

#12 Better Still - Eat Bananas to Repel Mosquitoes?

Is it an old wives tale, or does eating bananas actually repel mosquitoes. Many sources say yes, it does. I did a quick search on the web and found evidence to support both sides. If you ask Dr. Mercola, he will tell you not to eat that banana if it is mosquito season, while American ABC news will tell you that there is no evidence to support that theory. So, let's do our own quick experiment - without actually testing the theory, just tell us what you think:

#13 Bake Banana Muffins

#14 Hang Your Bananas

#15 Tell a Banana Knock Knock Joke

Knock knock --> Who's there?

BANANA --> Banana who?

Knock knock --> Who's there?

BANANA --> Banana who?

Knock knock --> Who's there?

BANANA --> Banana who?

Knock knock --> Who's there?

BANANA --> Banana who?

Knock knock --> Who's there?

ORANGE--> Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

#16 Make a Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich - We left it open face for the photo, so you could see what it is

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Built from the bottom up:

  1. One slice of whole wheat bread
  2. Cover with peanut butter
  3. Add slices of banana
  4. Drizzle on honey
  5. Sprinkle with cinnamon
  6. Cover with a second slice of bread (not in photo)

#17 How About a Banana in the Tail Pipe? - This is a funny scene from Beverly Hills Cop!

#18 Dress Like a Banana

This is the Banana Peel

#20 Reduce Stress with Your Banana

#21Tell Another Silly Banana Joke

Q: Why do bananas wear suntan lotion?

A: Because they peel!

#22 Make a Refreshing Summer Fruit Salad

banana fun fruit salad

banana fun fruit salad

My Tips for a Fabulous Fruit Salad

Summer fruit salad is refreshing, colorful and simple to prepare. I don't follow a recipe, but rather go with what is in season. Here are my tips to make great fruit salad:

  • Include two servings of fruit per person.
  • Choose a variety of fruit types.
  • Choose a variety of fruit colors.
  • Chop each fruit into bite size pieces, removing all pits and seeds.
  • Carefully toss all fruit pieces to mix together in a bowl.
  • Serve immediately or dribble lemon juice on top to preserve color.

#23 Study Your Banana's Nutritional Content - And then smile at bananas many benefits!

#24 Learn More About Bananas - Here are two of my favorite banana articles

  • Everything You Should Know About Bananas
    Really the title says it all on this one, it has everything you would want to know about Bananas including detailed nutrition. Plus it's bright and colorful.
  • Banana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Banana is the common name for an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants of the genus Musa.[1] The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch

#25 And, Of Course - Eat a Banana!

Peel and eat a banana

Peel and eat a banana

What Do You Think about Bananas?

Tell us here . . .

© 2010 Rhonda Albom

What Do Like to Do with a Banana? - G-rated comments only please!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on October 06, 2014:

This sure was a fun and interesting page to read. I had forgotten about Banana Boats and we used to make them in scouts, too.

asereht1970 from Philippines on June 01, 2014:

Enjoyed reading different banana recipes. Thanks for sharing.

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on February 14, 2014:

@Lynn Klobuchar: Hope you found some new ideas.

Lynn Klobuchar on January 29, 2014:

Lots of great banana recipes and ideas.

masunyoananda on October 07, 2013:

I used to make Banana Cakes and salad. This lens is awesome. I love it...:)

masunyoananda on October 07, 2013:

I used to make Banana Cakes and salad. This lens is awesome. I love it...:)

Lorelei Cohen on October 05, 2013:

Oh this lens so rocks and now I wish that I had tossed a banana in with my blueberries and ice cream (my breakfast - yummy!) You really know your bananas lol.

anonymous on September 18, 2013:

Nice Lense! I like to read about juicing and food lenses, it was nice to find yours.

anonymous on August 30, 2013:

I must admit that bananas are probably the funniest fruit

anonymous on August 30, 2013:

I must admit that bananas are probably the funniest fruit

Lou165 from Australia on March 11, 2013:

I love chocolate banana boats (never called them that before though), but another cool way to eat chocolate and banana is to dip a peeled banana in melted chocolate and then pop it into the freezer to freeze. Perfect on a cold day ...... well any day really :D

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on March 11, 2013:

PS: I just added a link to his lens onto my Going Bananas Unit Study.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on March 11, 2013:

You missed one of my favorites as well. I like to sing about bananas. Look for the Raffi song, I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas...

Squid Angel Blessed! :)

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on March 10, 2013:

@Brankica LM: This reminds me of a Harry Chapin song about 10,000 pounds of bananas.

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on March 10, 2013:

@miaponzo: My daughter found it, along with Charlie the Unicorn.

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on March 10, 2013:

@Lady Lorelei: Which one will you try first?

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on March 10, 2013:

@sulcatamandy: You think you love it now, wait until you try it. Amazing!

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on March 10, 2013:

@flycatcherrr: LOL -

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on March 10, 2013:

@ohcaroline: They are great!

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on March 10, 2013:

@RawBill1: Oh my, how could I forget that, I have a smoothie almost everyday!

Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on December 20, 2012:

G Rated Comments only! Ohh! :-(

You left out my favourite thing to do with a banana which is to whack a few of them into a blender with some other goodies and turn them into a delicious smoothie!

flycatcherrr on March 24, 2012:

Cute little banana guy - I'm not sure I'd have the heart to eat him afterwards!

ohcaroline on February 09, 2012:

I'm voting for those muffins!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on November 10, 2011:

Oh my gosh but did you make my tummy rumble after looking over these delicious banana recipes...Ooooh yummy!

Mandy from Montana on July 16, 2011:

holy chocolate banana boat. Im in love <3 !!!!!

miaponzo on May 24, 2011:

Funny! And thanks for recognizing annoying orange.. sick but funny!

Brankica from Fort Lauderdale on April 05, 2011:

Lol this is not just a yummy lens but it is also very funny. I will need a truck load of bananas to try all this out!

anonymous on March 31, 2011:

All the info was great to read. Nice Squidoo. Chris

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on September 27, 2010:

Thanks for adding this to Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on September 09, 2010:

@OhMe: Thanks for the blessing!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 09, 2010:

I forgot to tell you that I had lensrolled to my Fruit Salad Recipe.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on September 09, 2010:

This is a wonderful Banana lens. I loved the decorated banana. We used to make Banana Boats at Girl Scout Camp and I loved them. Great Job here! Blessed!

ThomasC on August 19, 2010:

Great looking recipe!

aishu19 on August 04, 2010:

The fruit salad looked delicious and the chocolate banana boat!! wow..I am going to try that the next time we are grilling something

Canela Ajena from Houston on August 03, 2010:

I love bananas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a fun and tasty lens.

anonymous on August 03, 2010:

Thank you for featuring my Ride the Wild Banana Shirt! I had fun creating it and have laughed anytime I see it- just a silly way for a silly day and tops for banana lovers. I love your lens, it is so much fun and has great ideas.. I'll have to try the choc banana boat- I like to use that choc stuff made for ice cream that hardens on anything cold (forgot the name of it) freeze a banana and then dip it in the choc- a homemade frozen choc banana (My fav at the fair) Great lens and again than you for the feature of my shirt design!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on August 03, 2010:

I have decided you just like to make me laugh. I have never considered talking to or dancing with a banana. Obviously, I need to re-think my interaction with a banana. Now, I don't mind eating them at all and I do love my peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

VSP on August 02, 2010:

That banana boat looks yummy. Played Banana Grams for the first time this summer, fun game.

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on August 02, 2010:

@TreasuresBrenda: LOL - If there was such a list, I think this would win comment of the week!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on August 02, 2010:

I'm about to split now...get it, split...but before I go, I'll lensroll this fun page to my carrot jokes page.

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on July 30, 2010:

@Faye Rutledge: We had lots of fun making this one.

Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on July 30, 2010:

Love this lens! :) That fruit salad looks wonderful, but love that cute little banana guy the best! Oh, and bananas on the grill...never heard of it, but it looks really yummy!

anonymous on July 30, 2010:

great lens!

Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on July 30, 2010:

@anonymous: It was good! She made it just for the photo above then we BBQ'd and ate them after the lens was published. Yummy!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on July 30, 2010:

Some fun photos here. I love bananas though I haven't had one in a while. OK, it is on my list.

anonymous on July 30, 2010:

Very nice.....that chocolate and banana on the BBQ looks good!

anonymous on July 29, 2010:

I love the photo of the monkey!