Ever find yourself with more bananas than you can eat before they start to brown? Ever wanted to take advantage of a good sale on bananas, but weren't sure how you'd use them all? Here are 5+ ideas for those ready-to-eat (now!) bananas.
1. Banana Bread
The recipe I used combined all-purpose and whole wheat flour. I didn't think it was sweet enough (for me) at first, but the more I munched the more I liked what I was munching. It was a good platform for blueberry-lemon-honey fruit spread, too. Here's the super easy recipe:
- 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, at room temp.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour*
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla (how I make it)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease 9x5x3" bread pan. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (I used a KitchenAid Classic stand mixer). Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and whole wheat flour to cream mixture, mixing a bit after each addition. Mix well. Fold in bananas and vanilla. Pour mixture into pan, bake 50 to 60 min. or until cake tester comes out clean - cool in pan 10 minutes, on rack. Makes one loaf.
2. Banana Jam
I had never heard of banana jam before reading this post at Confessions of an Overworked Mom. It sounded delicious, and it's something that may be preserved with water bath canning. I gave it a go and was not disappointed. It's swe-eet, though. I might lower the sugar amount next time, cuz there will be a next time. Here's the recipe (adapted from Ellen's, linked above):
- 2 cups mashed bananas (about 4-5)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Put all ingredients in a pan (I used a 12-inch nonstick skillet) and simmer on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until bananas are broken down to your liking. I like some texture, but still want it to spread easily. Know what I mean?
Now let the jam roll at a full boil 5-6 minutes. Everything will reduce and thicken. Ladle jam into jar or jars. I got a bit over 12 oz.
3. Chocolate, Peanut Butter, & Banana Smoothie
I've been making this off and on for more than a year. It's got enough good for you stuff to be a nice breakfast or snack. Yet it's got enough chocolate flavor that I had it for dessert just last night!
4. Blueberry Banana Cake Donuts
These came about when I planned to make some blueberry donuts and at the last minute decided to throw in an overripe banana. Good stuff happened there – moist, tender, blueberry freshness, with a hint of banana.
5. Strawberry Banana Soup
Ok. I know "soup" is a poor choice for this often made traditional dessert. You could think of it as a sauce. If you want to make an angel food cake a little more special, add this strawberry banana mixture. It wouldn't hurt to top your ice cream with it, either.
All you do is slice up a bunch of strawberries and bananas. Toss them in a bowl with some sugar and fruit juice. Just enough of each to bring out the natural juice of the strawberries. It really is yummy all by itself.
There you have it! 5 ways to use some ready-to-eat (now!) bananas…But I did type 5 plus in the opening paragraph, didn't I? Well, don't forget banana pudding. The best way is to go all out and make the custard from scratch, of course, but I was short on time the first night we procured the bananas. So semi-homemade it was.
Get some banana (or vanilla) pudding mix and whip it up. Get a bowl and layer the following: vanilla wafers, pudding, and sliced bananas. Then repeat until the bowl is full or your ingredients are gone. You have a pretty nice trifle style dessert.
And last, but by no means least, I really enjoy sliced bananas in my breakfast cereal. Sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised how many times I forget to take this simple step to enrich my morning when I'm in a hurry.
Now the next time you see those marked down several pounds bag of bananas in the produce department, have no fear. You have at least 5 (or 7) ways to use them!
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a very small commission if you click a link and buy something. This helps support my mountain homestead dream as well as my blogging activities, and the price you pay will be no different than if you arrived at the same destination through any other link. My opinions are my own, to be sure. If I link to a product and say I like it -- I truly like it! Thanks for reading, following, and supporting Stephlin's Mountain.
From my mountaintop to yours!