What Can You Do With Bananas?

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I like bananas. They are so versatile. They taste good and they make so many recipes better. So when someone asks “What can you do with bananas“, the answer is “lots and lots of things”.

Here is my great challenge however. I mentioned that I like bananas. Well my husband loves bananas. This is no ordinary love. Not at all. This is an extraordinary love. Consequently, many times I cannot find any bananas to do those “lots and lots of things”.

It’s not that I don’t buy bananas. I do. But if I buy a dozen bananas this evening, I will have zero bananas tomorrow. And if I wait for the bananas to be fully ripe before I eat them (which I usually do), I will have zero to choose from.

This is a weekly pattern. My husband and I eat bananas at home in a ratio of 12:1. No kidding. I am sure I can correctly answer the question of what his favourite fruit is.

But don’t worry. I have a strategy. I buy some bananas and keep them at work so I can take my time and eat during the week. We do have a good laugh about our banana challenges.

 

But that is not your problem, is it?

For a lot of you the problem is that your bananas are getting overripe and you don’t know what to do with them.

This is what you should NOT do with them……

Do not throw them away.

Peel those overripe bananas and put them in the freezer. They will be a delightful addition to several tasty recipes.

 

So what can you do with bananas?

 

 

Let’s start with the ripe banana

 

 

When they are fresh on your kitchen counter the most common way to have it is to peel it and eat it.

Well that was pretty obvious.

Another way is to slice it up in your oatmeal or other cereals. It is a good sweetener when you are trying to cut down on sugar.

Have you ever tried a banana sandwich? It is the simplest thing ever. Spread some peanut butter over a slice of bread. Slice the banana and layer on top of the peanut butter. As easy as that.

You can sprinkle on some sesame seed for added nutrition and drizzle a little honey over it if you so desire.

What about Fruit salads. I mean…..what is a fruit salad without banana. Even if it is only one banana, it adds a lovely flavour and sweetness to your salad.

 

And now the overripe fruit which you thankfully did not throw out.

 

Take them out of the freezer and use them to make the following:

 

Smoothies

The banana is an integral part of smoothies. No matter what combination of fruits or vegetables you use, the banana adds a creamy texture and sweetness to your smoothie.

Banana Bread

Who doesn’t enjoy a lovely slice of banana bread? Especially when it is nice and warm.

Check out this eggless recipe from Veg Recipes of India

 

 

 

Banana Fritters

Banana fritters is a popular Jamaican breakfast treat. But it is too good to be had for breakfast only so it is eaten any time during the day as a snack or dessert.

Here is a simple recipe for you to try.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 overripe bananas
  • 3 Tbsp brown Sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup soy milk or other non-dairy option
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • pinch Salt
  • oil to fry

Directions

  • Mash bananas.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and spices and add to the mashed bananas
  • Add milk and mix to form the batter.
  • Heat some oil in a frying pan
  • Add a large spoonful of batter and fry
  • When the top sets, flip over and fry on the other side
  • Fritter should be brown on both sides
  • Drain on paper towel and serve

 

 

Banana Ice cream

This is amazingly simple.

Take 2 frozen bananas. Place in your food processor. Blend until smooth. Enjoy.

That’s it.

You can experiment with different flavours.

For example, you can add some cocoa powder for chocolate banana ice cream or add some strawberries for strawberry banana ice cream.

Here is a simple recipe using almond milk

 

 

Banana muffin

Muffins are enjoyed by both children and adults. Although typically listed as a breakfast meal, it is enjoyed throughout the day. Those overripe bananas sure come in handy to make delicious banana flavoured muffins.

Take a look at this Easy Fat Free Banana Bread Muffin by Living Veg and go ahead and give it a try.

 

 

 

Banana Pancake

Here is another delicious breakfast food made from overripe bananas.

The recipe is similar to the banana fritter above but you will add a little more milk to make the batter thinner.

 

Green Banana can be used too.

 

 

While we are listing the many ways we can use banana, let us not forget the green banana.

Yes. Green banana can be eaten.

And it has many health benefits too.

However, you have to cook it first and it is eaten as a starch and not as a fruit.

You peel it and cook in boiling water for about 15 minutes.

Be warned that the skin is rather stainy. Because of this, some people prefer to cook it in the skin and then peel it after.

The cooked banana is eaten with protein and vegetables.

 

The cooked banana can also be creamed like potato or made into a salad like potato salad.

 

Banana porridge

Green banana porridge is a very filling and nutritious breakfast meal.

It is a favourite of many Jamaicans and it a great way to start your day.

“That Girl Cooks Healthy” shows you step by step how to prepare this sumptuous meal. Check it out.

Green Banana Porridge

 

Banana chips

The green bananas are thinly sliced and fried. They are usually slightly salted and make a delicious savoury snack.

 

So there you have it.

There are lots of ways to use bananas. Even the green ones.

Which one will you try?

 

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