5 Tasty Things to Do with an Overripe Banana

Still have those speckled and spotted bananas sitting in your fruit basket? Wait! Before you throw away your mushy, squishy ripe bananas check out these jazzy recipes. Turn those bad bananas into something good.

1. Banana Substitute for Whipped Cream

From Savingtools.com by Jessica Bosari


Try this on strawberry shortcake, vanilla ice cream, pancakes or waffles: whip together 2 large mashed overripe bananas, 3 t. sugar and 2 egg whites. Beat at high speed until fluffy.


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2. Banana Pancakes

From Bigoven.com verified by stevemur


3 medium eggs

2 medium Bananas; mashed

1 tablespoon Lemon juice

2 tablespoons Sugar

1 pinch Salt

1 cup Self Rising Flour

1 tablespoon Oil; as required
Banana Pancakes Preparation Mash the bananas, add lemon juice and sugar in a separate bowl. In another bowl beat the eggs with a wooden spoon, add pinch of salt and put in about spoons of flour and eggs and mix to a sem-stiff batter. Then add mashed bananas mixture to batter. Heat a fry pan with a little oil and put spoonfuls of banana batter onto fry pan and cook on both sides. (Spoonful sizes can be however large or small you desire).

Server with maple syrup and ice-cream or whipped cream, or sugar and lemon juice.


3. Banana Crumb Muffins

Adapted from one smart cookie recipe www.fortysomething.ca

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 (really over-ripe) bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar

For the topping:
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. butter

Method

Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, vanilla, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.


*Tip: These muffins will lose their crunch as they sit, due to the moisture of the banana. To keep the crunch, freeze muffins that won't be eaten up right away. To eat, just pop them in the microwave for 15 or 20 seconds and enjoy the crunch topping!


4. Super Simple Banana Smoothie Recipe

By Mariette Mifflin, About.com


Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 4-6 oz Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • Ice cubes

Preparation:

  • Slice the banana right into Tribest's large blender cup (450 ml)
  • Add vanilla
  • Add 3 to 4 ice cubes (smaller ice cubes are better)
  • Add low fat milk to about 1" from the top to allow room for expansion and blending.
  • Attach the Blending Blade Assembly
  • Place on the Personal Blender and blend for about 35 - 45 seconds
  • Take off blender, remove Blade Assembly, add a straw and enjoy


5. Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

courtesy of The Eazy Vegan www.choosevegweb.com


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cups sweetener
  • ½ cups applesauce
  • 2 cups flour (whole wheat or white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until very mushy, then add the oil, applesauce, sweetener and stir together.
  3. In a separate large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and soda.
  4. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and mix together gently until "just mixed".
  5. Spoon in to a lightly oiled loaf pan and bake for minutes. Test with a knife to see if done.

Turn your brown bananas around and make it a yummy day! Go Bananas


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