Bananas. It seems like they are either too green or they get over ripe and mushy overnight. When this happens, don’t just throw them away. That’s like throwing your money in the trash!
You may not want to eat bananas when they are over ripe, but you can still make tasty things with them. Here are just a few things you can make with bananas that are over ripe to avoid throwing your hard earned money away.
Pack some to take with you to work. With yummy treats like these around, you won’t be tempted to get something from the vending machine.
The Best Recipe Made From What You Almost Threw in the Trash
This morning, I had four bananas that were riper than anyone in the house would eat, so I decided to make some banana bread.
This is no ordinary banana bread though. This is very, very banana-y banana bread. It uses a LOT of bananas so it’s great when you have a lot to use.
I used the four bananas on my counter plus another three or four from the freezer.
I store bananas in the freezer when they get too ripe. Peel them first. Then you can flash freeze them individually on a pan before putting in a plastic bag or just throw them straight in the bag.
Because of the moisture in bananas, after they freeze they will likely get quite a bit of frost around them. I defrost the bag in the microwave for a while, then remove some of the frost so there isn’t too much liquid in the bread.
Very, Very Banana-y Banana Bread
Prepare for wonderful things to come from your oven. Cream together 1/2 cup margarine or butter and 3/4 cup brown sugar first. Let your mixer run on about a medium speed until it is nice and creamy looking. Then beat in two eggs. Slow the mixer down and add 2 1/3 cups mashed, ripe bananas. Now that all your wet ingredients are mixed together it’s time for the dry ingredients.
I skip over the step in most recipes where they tell you to put all the dry ingredients in a bowl first, then mix in with the wet ingredients. Seriously, I don’t want to make another bowl dirty. I just add the small amounts of dry ingredients first, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda, make sure they are mixed in well, then add 2 cups flour. This works just as well and saves me a dirty bowl and some time.
Lastly, stir in up to 1/3 cup chopped nuts. That’s it. Easy. Now you can pour it in your loaf pan or mini loaf pans and soon your kitchen will smell wonderful.
I like to make quick breads in mini loaf pans sometimes. I can freeze some so no one gets tired of eating one big loaf before it’s all gone or give some away.
There’s no need to go buy walnuts if you don’t have any on hand. I had some mixed nuts in the freezer the last time I made this so I added them and everyone liked it so I added them again today. If you don’t have enough for 1/3 cup of nuts, that’s okay, just use what you have. Sometimes I will leave the nuts out completely. Being flexible with ingredients is part of being frugal. With add-ins like nuts, the amount you use can vary.
My bread looks like it has dark spots like chocolate chips on top doesn’t it? That’s because I sprinkled some mocha hazelnut sprinkles I had on the top before baking. It’s not called for in the recipe, I just thought it sounded good, sure enough, it was a hit. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued so when it’s gone I won’t be able to do that anymore.
- ½ cup margarine or butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2⅓ cup mashed overripe bananas
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 2 cups flour
- ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or mixed nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease four mini loaf pans or one 9 x 5 loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, cream together margarine and brown sugar.
- Mix in eggs and bananas until well blended.
- Stir in the baking soda, salt and flour but do not over mix.
- Stir in nuts.
- Divide batter between four mini loaf pans if using those or pour all into large loaf pan.
- Bake in preheated oven 45-50 minutes for mini loaves or 60-65 minutes for large loaf pan or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
- Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com
So no more throwing bananas away! Use them and let them help you save some cash.
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