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).
We are huge banana eaters in this house- I'm pretty sure my kids are part monkey. So there are ALWAYS a few ripe bananas to use up.
While banana bread and ripe banana recipes are great, sometimes you either A) don't have enough time or ingredients 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 spotted bananas, giraffe bananas).
🍯 Why This Recipe Works
- It's easy. Just mix a few ingredients together, and it's done. Ready to be used within moments. How cool is that?
- No cooking is required. This playdough recipe is no cook. Just grab a bowl and a fork. Perfect for hot days, lazy days, and every day in between.
- Safe ingredients. Everything about this play dough is edible, and while it may not taste great, parents can feel more confident in knowing it's safe.
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!
Flour- The base of this recipe is all purpose flour. This is what gives the playdough that great playdough feeling.
Oil- Adding in some vegetable oil will moisten the play dough and make it more pliable.
Banana- You'll only need half of a banana to give this playdough a banana aroma. Double the recipe to use the full banana, or enjoy half a banana as a snack!
For specific ingredients and measurements, please see the recipe card below.
Step 1: In a bowl, mash your ripe banana.
Step 2: Add in the water and oil and mix.
Step 3: Add in the flour and cornstarch.
Step 4: Mix with a fork until the ingredients come together to form a ball.
Step 5: 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!
🍴 Recipe Tips
Making this banana play dough 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 a thick banana bread batter to a playdough consistency.
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.
You can use any type of cooking oil. Canola cooking oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, etc. Whatever you have on hand is fine!
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.
I don't see why not! Gluten free flour would be a great idea for those with wheat allergies!
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Ripe Banana Playdough
- ½ Ripe Banana, Mashed ¼ cup)
- ½ cup Water
- ½ cup Cooking Oil coconut, veg, canola, etc.
- 2 ¼ cup All purpose flour
- ¾ cup Cornstarch
- 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!
- Store the playdough in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator when not in use. Although it may require a few minutes to warm up and become pliable again after refrigeration, this helps keep it fresh.