Sweet Tips – Essence of Banana

In this episode of Sweet Tips, you will discover how to make Banana Essence and Banana Puree. The Essence is used for flavoring in puddings, pies, breads and sometimes just on its own. The puree is used in cakes and breads typically.thumbnail

Banana Flavoring Recipe:

Ingredients in Order of Usage:

  1. 6 Large Blackened Bananas

Directions for Banana Essence:

  1. If you had the bananas frozen (like I do), then defrost them a bit. Then unpeel and place all bananas in a microwave safe bowl.  Place plastic wrap of your choice on top of the bowl.  Cut a few slits in the plastic prior to placing in microwave.
  2. Now, microwave on high power for approximately 5 minutes. Now, each microwave is different, so what you are looking for are very soft bananas and a lot of juice at the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Once this occurs, remove the bananas from the bowl and place in a fine mesh strainer. Place the strainer over a bowl that is of proper size for the strainer. Allow the bananas to drip out as much fluid as possible. Once they stop dripping, I like to squish the bananas a bit more in cheese cloth to get more delicious fluid out (this is optional).
  4. Once you have about ½ to ¾ cups of banana liquid, you should place the fluid into a saucepan. Cook the liquid over medium-high until the liquid is reduced to ¼ cups (if using ½ cups raw banana fluid or ½ cups if using ¾ cups raw fluid). This should take 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally to prevent burning; however, do not cover.
  5. Remove the condensed banana liquid from the stove, place in a bowl.

Directions for Banana Puree

  1. Place the bananas into the same bowl as the liquid banana essence and mash the two up to re-introduce the bananas to the liquid.  This can be done with a potato masher or fork.
  2. You should do this until the mixer is smooth.


The darker the banana is; the more fructose (fruit sugar) it has. This means it is sweeter, and will release more liquid.

A list of items that were used in the making of this video:
Banana Essence and Bread List