I know what you are thinking - Banana's? Really? They are available all year round. Why are you writing about banana's being the flavor of the season? The reason I am thinking about banana's and all the yummy things you can do with them is because of food waste. Hear me out - food waste is a big problem globally. In the US alone, NRDC estimates that about 40% of our food is never eaten! Isn't that appalling?
The supermarket I shop at has a reduced bin where they package up fruit & veggies that are not pretty. They are dented, bruised and maybe have only 1 or 2 days left of shelf life. They package it up and significantly reduce the price. This is why I am thinking of banana's! There have been packages & packages of bananas that are starting to brown. So I bought a pack of 8 for $0.67 cents and made Banana Bread!
The recipe I used was from Cookie & Kate. It uses maple syrup or honey as the sweetener. I used maple syrup because I only have raw honey in my pantry which is a bit difficult to use when baking. Boy was it good! You can find the recipe here: Healthy Banana Bread. Kate's recipe also has tips for making the recipe vegan.
Now, here are some more banana recipes in case you find yourself with ripe bananas and need to find a home for them. If you try any of the recipes below, please let me know how you liked them. Click here to follow my blog on bloglovin.
Chocolate chip banana bars. Can you say YUM? This recipe takes the goodness of bananas and sweetens the deal with chocolate chips. A great snack or a way to keep breakfast interesting! Click here for the recipe.
Banana Magic Cake. This cakes has three layers of goodness! While the cake bakes, it forms 3 layers with egg whites lifting to the top and the bananas creating a custard like center. The picture just makes my mouth water! Click here for the recipe.
The Best Banana Cake. This banana cake also has a great tip for making soured whole milk to use as a substitute for buttermilk. Because, let's face it, who can use a whole container of buttermilk? If you can, I want to hear how you do it! Click here for the recipe.
Banana Brunch Punch. Now this is innovative! Bananas used in a punch! Look how beautiful and refreshing it looks! Click here for the recipe.
Banana Beignet Bites. When I saw this recipe, it immediately brought me back to a trip I took to New Orleans and had to have Beignet's and coffee at Cafe du Monde. Believe me - if you go to New Orleans you need to have Beignet's for breakfast one day. Click here for the banana beignet bite recipe.
I hope this post inspired you to think about ways to use up bananas when they start to ripen. If you try any of the recipes, let me know how they turned out!