Going bananas…

Do you have bananas that are turning brown? Tired of making banana bread?

Here are 4 ways to use your brown bananas without making banana bread! Two of the recipes call for frozen bananas and the remaining call for fresh bananas. Whenever I have bananas that are too brown to eat and I don’t feel like baking, I’ll peel them and stick them in the freezer.

Strawberry Banana Milk Shake

Ingredients:

1 Frozen banana
1 Cup Frozen strawberries
1 Cup Milk (you can use any kind.. whole, skim, coconut, almond, etc.)

Directions:

Simply combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until all the frozen fruit is combined.

Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1 Frozen Banana
1/3 Cup Milk
Chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Combine frozen banana and milk in the blender until it has the consistency of soft serve. At this point, you can enjoy your “frozen yogurt” or put it back in the freezer to get a harder consistency. I added some mini chocolate chips at the end. Other fun toppings include: walnuts, hot fudge, graham cracker crumbs, etc.

Coconut Banana Fritters

Ingredients:

2-3 Bananas cut into 1 inch pieces
Canola oil for frying
1 Cup All Purpose Flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup Milk (plus more if the batter is too thick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
Powdered Sugar

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a frying pan. (You don’t need a lot. Fill the pan to about 1 inch)
2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, & salt.
3. Add in milk. Add more if it is too thick.. should be like pancake batter.
4. Place extra flour on a plate and lightly coat the banana pieces. Put coconut in a small plate.
5. Dip the bananas in the batter and then coat with coconut.
6. Fry the fritters in the oil in small batches. Adding too many at a time will decrease the oil temperature and will effect the cook time.
*The oil is hot enough when you stick the end of a wooden spoon in the oil and the oil starts to bubble.

7. The fritters only take 1 or 1.5 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

8. Dust with powered sugar.

*This recipe was adapted from Stonewall Kitchen*
Also, I put coconut on half of the bananas and left the other half plain. I think the coconut made the bananas taste better. They do not have a strong coconut flavor, but added some more crunch!

Banana Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients:

2 Bananas, sliced thin
6 Slices Bread (I used wheat bread, but you can use any kind)
3 eggs
1/3 Cup milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
Maple Syrup
Butter
Powdered Sugar

Directions:

1. Assemble 3 banana “sandwiches” with the bread and thinly sliced bananas.
2. Beat together the eggs, milk and cinnamon.
3. Dip the banana sandwiches in the egg mixture to coat each side of the sandwich.
4. Place sandwiches on a greased griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
5. Cook each side until it’s browned, approx 3 minutes each side.
6. Serve with maple syrup & powdered sugar.

Hope you enjoy these alternatives to banana bread!

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2 Responses to Going bananas…

  1. Frankie says:

    What a great idea for a post! You must have used a lot of bananas. Do you think it would be too much to put a scoop of banana ice cream on top of the banana stuffed french toast? Mmmmmmm. . . . .

  2. Stephanie D'Agnese says:

    Great ideas for the use of bananas! Another idea….banana pudding.
    Looking forward to your next entry…..Love, Yetta

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