Edible Ripe Banana Playdough

This simple banana playdough is made using 5 ingredients and is perfect for using up leftover bananas when you don’t feel like baking (or simply don’t have enough).

a ball of banana playdoh with ripe bananas in background

Disclaimer: While this recipe is made using edible ingredients found within your home, I do not recommend purposefully feeding your child this product. If they choose to take a lick or small taste they should be just fine, but this product is meant to be something to play with and not to eat. Thanks!

Banana playdough

We are huge banana eaters in this house- I’m pretty sure my kids are part monkey. So there is ALWAYS a few ripe bananas to use up. While banana breads and ripe banana recipes are great, sometimes you either A) don’t have enough to bake something or B) nothing bakable sounds good.

Ripe banana playdough means that we can use up that half banana my toddler didn’t eat or that 1 lonesome spotted banana on the counter. (We call them giraffe bananas).

ingredients for ripe banana playdough

Banana Play Dough Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Oil
  • Banana (well, half of one..)
  • Water
  • Cornstarch

What you’ll need to make this homemade playdough

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comparison of hand next to ball of dough

Tips for making edible playdough

Making this playdough is pretty simple. When it comes to kneading it, you want to act like you’re kneading a yeast bread (that’s almost what this is).

The more you knead it and play with it the better you break up the banana chunks so it goes from looking like thick banana bread batter to a playdough consistency.

banana playdough shaped into small snake with big eyes

Ripe Banana Playdough FAQs

What kind of oil do I need to use?

You can use any type of cooking oil. Canola cooking oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, etc. Whatever you have on hand is fine!

How long is banana playdough good for?

Because it uses a ripe banana I wouldn’t keep it on hand for more than 2 days. It’s more of a make it and play with it right away type of playdough so unfortunately, the shelf life is short.

How to Store Banana Playdough

Keep your playdough when not in use, stored inside of an airtight container or zipper topped bag in the fridge. It might take a few minutes of play or sitting out to warm up and become pliable, but it keeps it fresh.

Can this play dough be made with gluten free flour?

I don’t see why not! Gluten free flour would be a great idea for those with wheat allergies!

banana water and oil together in bowl

How to make banana playdough

In a bowl, mash your ripe banana. Add in the water and oil and mix.

Add in the flour and cornstarch. Mix with a fork until the ingredients come together to form a ball.

Knead the ball, in the bowl or on the counter until it comes together to create a playdough-like consistency. This takes roughly 5 minutes but could be faster if you’re quick.

The texture when you’re done should be soft, fluffy, almost dough-like and a little oily. This is fine, and the kids love it!

three balls of banana playdough stacked like a small snowman

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Ripe Banana Playdough

A super fun sensory playdough made using a real ripe banana! The smells, the textures and the feel are so much fun for kids of any age.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Keyword: banana play dough, banana playdough, edible banana playdough, edible playdough, ripe banana playdough, simple banana playdough
Yield: 1
Author: Beeyond Cereal
Cost: $2

Equipment

  • measuring cups
  • mixing bowl
  • simple banana playdough

Materials

  • 1/2 Ripe Banana, Mashed 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Cooking Oil coconut, veg, canola, etc.
  • 2 1/4 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup Cornstarch

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mash your ripe banana.
  • Add in the water and oil and mix.
  • Add in the flour and cornstarch. Mix with a fork until the ingredients come together to form a ball.
  • Knead the ball, in the bowl or on the counter until it comes together to create a playdough-like consistency. This takes roughly 5 minutes but could be faster if you're quick.
  • The texture when you're done should be soft, fluffy, almost dough-like and a little oily. This is fine, and the kids love it!

Notes

Slightly adapted from original recipe by LittleLearnersUK.com

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