Here at our house we love bananas. That is my main reason for
wanting to grow them myself but until my banana crops come in I have to
be content with the marked down bags of bananas at the grocery store.
These bananas are often still in great shape but have to be used within
a reasonable amount of time. Banana bread is of course the easy solution
and we love it so I end up making banana bread quite often. I use just a
regular recipe from my Betty Crocker Cookbook. You can also make banana
bread in your breadmaker. Here is a recipe I have used to make banana
bread in the breadmaker.
Machine Banana Bread
Put ingredients in your breadmaker according to your breadmaker
instructions. Set on the sweet bread cycle.
We of course we also love to eat dehydrated banana chips. Just
cut into round slices about a ¼ -1/2 inch thick, dip in lemon juice and
dehydrate until dry. These make great healthy snacks for the kids.
For breakfast you might try banana muffins. They taste a lot like
banana bread only in muffin form and make a wonderful filling breakfast
Grease or line 12 muffin cups. In large
bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring until just moistened. Pour
batter into muffin cups, then bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or
until light brown and done.
Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly grease baking sheets. In large bowl cream
shortening and sugar together. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice
then add bananas and nuts. Gradually add flour, baking powder and salt.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake 12-15 minutes.
Preheat oven 350*. Grease
and flour and 8x8 inch glass baking dish. Combine all ingredients in a
bowl. Pour into baking dish. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
You might also try our favorite beverage banana smoothies. Your
older children can probably make this themselves and the younger ones
will enjoy helping by peeling bananas and pushing the blender buttons.
Fill you blender full of bananas (not mashed or anything, just broken up
into a couple pieces). Add milk until it is about half way up the
blender. Add a little sugar. Blend for a bit. Then add ice cubes and
blend until it is the consistency that you like.
There are lots and lots of recipes for bananas but these are easy and
don’t take a lot of ingredients or time something that is very
important in most households. So next time you see those bags of reduced
bananas don’t hesitate to pick up a couple of them. You’ll be eating
some great tasting, healthy food until they are gone!