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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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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:07AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014


9:54PM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

But, every time I have a banana peel on hand, I'm busy eating!

9:52AM PDT on Apr 5, 2014

Some useful tips, I still prefer to just eat them

9:05AM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

I love bananas, thanks for tips

7:59PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

Thank you!

2:30PM PDT on Mar 27, 2014

I certainly will make use of some of these banana tips!

6:10PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

wouldn't your furniture smell rancid after a while after it had been banana buffed?

5:31PM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

I just wove BANANA'S . AND Thank-you for sharing with us.

3:17AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Thank you :)

8:07AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

Can't wait to try the "banana ice cream". My husband will be in for a treat for tonight dessert.

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