Simple, Delicious & Easy to Make Homemade Banana Extract

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Homemade Banana Extract

Needing an oompf to your banana bread. Want things to taste a little more banana-y? You may want to trade in your imitation banana extract for the real deal. It’s simple to make and packed full of natural flavors.

If you love making vanilla extract, you will want to give making this extract for some delicious enhanced banana goodness in your bread, muffins, ice creams, pancakes and even savory dishes.

dehydrated package of banana chips

What Is Needed To Make Extract?

To make extract with natural flavors, you need:

  • fresh bananas (can also use dehydrated bananas)
  • vodka
pouring vodka into bananas

Can I Use Fresh Bananas?

Definitely can use fresh ripe bananas. You will want to mash the banana into a puree before adding it into the vodka. Stir the bananas with the vodka so you can infuse that banana flavor with the vodka.

I have read that some people use banana peels cut into pieces to make extract as well (washed peels of course) to extract the banana flavor.

What is Considered a Ripe Banana?

I consider a banana ripe, when it has turned yellow. It is starting to get brown spots. It still looks like a banana you would serve on your cereal and not one that is mushy.

bananas in vodka

What Type of Alcohol is Used to Make Extract?

We use vodka. It is tasteless and odorless and will not add add a flavor to your extract. Gluten sensitive users use vodka from potatoes, not grains. Yo also want a vodka that is 80 proof or higher.

How Long Does it Take to Infuse Banana into Vodka?

After 3-4 weeks, the banana should be infused into the vodka. You will notice the vodka takes on a more yellow color. If you are using fresh bananas, this may not be as noticeable as it’s more mixed.

Be sure to tip the jars every few days from side to side to keep things moving and prevent molding.

straining bananas from vodka into jar

Banana Extract Tips

  • If using pieces and not pureed banana, use large mouth jars. This allows you to easily remove the chucks of banana from the liquid.
  • Use ripe bananas. Green bananas won’t release all the delicious flavor as a ripe fruit would.
  • Use vodka to make extract because it is odorless and tasteless and will not add additional flavors into your extract.
  • Your extract is highly concentrated, so only use a small amount, like you do when using vanilla extract.
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Homemade Banana Extract

Easily make your own banana extract adding a punch of flavor to your dishes. Give your dishes a burst of banana goodness in every bite!
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober

Ingredients

  • dehydrated bananas can use 2 fresh bananas
  • 80 proof vodka

Instructions

  • Fill your wide mouth jar half way with dehydrated banana slices.
  • If you are using fresh bananas, mash them up with a fork until mashed like when making banana bread and put into jar.
  • Fill the jar the rest of the way with vodka and place a lid on it.
  • Let the jar sit for 3-4 weeks, turning daily, every other day, to keep the bananas coated by the vodka.
  • After 3-4 weeks, use a small strainer and strain the bananas from the liquid.
  • Discard the bananas and use to make banana bread, ice cream, bananas foster.
  • Strain the extract again into the container you want to store and use from. This can be any bottle with a sealed lid.
  • Label the bottle and enjoy in your favorite dishes.

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Notes

  • If using pieces and not pureed banana, use large mouth jars. This allows you to easily remove the chucks of banana from the liquid.
  • Use ripe bananas. Green bananas won’t release all the delicious flavor as a ripe fruit would.
  • Use vodka to make extract because it is odorless and tasteless and will not add additional flavors into your extract.
  • Your extract is highly concentrated, so only use a small amount, like you do when using vanilla extract.
Whip up your own banana extract with ease. Elevate your dishes with this simple recipe for a burst of banana goodness in every bite!

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