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15 Surprising Uses for Bananas


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13. Dog Treat. Bananas are a perfectly safe, and perfectly healthy, treat for your beloved pooch!

14. Purify Water. OK, this is perhaps best left to the professionals, but research has suggested that banana peels can actually absorb toxins in polluted rivers. But, if you ever find yourself lost in the woods with only a banana peel, you’ll be prepared!

15. Make “Ice Cream.” Craving the sweet stuff but don’t have the time, calories, or budget to spare? Simply blend a frozen solid banana in a food processor or blender. You’ll be surprised how much it tastes like soft-serve ice cream! For more info on frozen banana ice cream, click here.

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8:37PM PDT on May 31, 2015

Many of these ideas certainly have appeal, if one eats bananas, the more peels that one has to use, the better, especially for the compost. Certainly, a frozen banana is delightful on a hot and humid day.

2:33AM PDT on May 31, 2015

thanx for this post

4:52PM PDT on May 29, 2015

Good stuff -- both the information and the fruit itself.

8:32AM PDT on May 29, 2015

The only "surprising" use for a banana is so rude I doubt you'd publish it.

Sen S, grow up.

2:23AM PDT on May 29, 2015

Never liked bananas, but one of my dogs loves them.

7:22AM PDT on May 28, 2015

The only thing I do with bananas is make banana nut bread. So good.

3:02AM PDT on May 25, 2015

16. No I can't say that out loud

7:10AM PDT on May 23, 2015

Thank you

5:49AM PDT on May 22, 2015


1:28AM PDT on May 18, 2015


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