Genius hack: How to ripen bananas in a hurry (VIDEO)

Feb 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET

What would you say if I told you it is possible to ripen a banana in five minutes instead of five days? If you're like me, you'd squeal with delight. Because who ever has ripe bananas when they need them?

Green bananas. They're every baker's nemesis when it comes to banana bread. And the craving always seems to hit when you have an unripe bunch sitting on the counter. But thanks to this genius hack from Food & Wine, your days of waiting are over. You can have sweet, ripe bananas in minutes anytime you need them, followed by the most delicious banana bread ever. Mind blown.

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Now that you've got this ridiculously awesome banana hack at your disposal, you can make any of these tasty recipes at a moment's notice.

1. Banana cornbread muffins with orange glaze recipe

banana corn muffins

Turn cornbread into dessert with these banana- and orange-infused muffins.

2. Quinoa peanut butter banana bars recipe

Quinoa peanut butter banana bars recipe

These peanut butter-banana bars are packed full of protein thanks to quinoa and chia seeds. Guilt-free snacking for the win.

3. Chocolate Fluffernutter banana bread recipe

Chocolate Fluffernutter banana bread recipe

Just when you think banana bread can't get any better, it does with the help of peanut butter, chocolate fudge sauce and marshmallow fluff.

4. Gluten-free banana squares with banana-cream frosting recipe

Gluten-free banana squares with banana-cream frosting recipe

I know there are banana squares under there, but I'm tempted to just lick that glorious frosting off the top.

5. Banana bread in a jar recipe

Banana bread in a jar recipe

Classic banana bread, but in adorable little jars.

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