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Dec 4, 2006 05:58 PM

Ripe Bananas - what can I do with them?

They're sitting on my counter and I'm sick of banana bread. Does anyone have a simple recipe that I can whip up so when my daughter gets home from school she can have something tasty?


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  1. I like to freeze mine and use them in smoothies. I also have a recipe for blueberry cake (bread) that it good to if you are interested.

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    1. re: mawtrey

      Thanks. Blueberry cake sounds good, but I have no blueberries and I was hoping to just throw something together that's warm and tasty. Does the blueberry cake need the blueberries? Can it be banana cake? Then again, it may be too much like banana bread...

    2. This is from Paula Deen at the Food Network, a child upward of 7 or 8 could probably make this themself with some guidance.

      Elvis Gooey Butter Cakes Recipe
      1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
      1 egg
      8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
      Mint leaves, for garnish
      Whipped cream, for garnish
      1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
      3 eggs
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      1/2 cup peanut butter
      1 whole banana
      8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
      1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar

      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
      Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter together and mix well. Pat into a lightly greased glass 13 by 9-inch baking pan. Prepare the filling.

      Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla. Add the peanut butter; beat. Add the banana and butter and mix well. Add the powdered sugar and mix well. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. You want the center to be a little gooey, so do not over bake. Top each cake slice with a mint leaf and dollop of whipped cream

      Prep Time: 15 minutes
      Cook Time: 50 minutes
      Yield: 15 to 20 servings
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      1. I am glad I read your whole post before offhandedly suggesting banana daquiries!

        I like to use them for banana chutney:

        2 or 3 very ripe bananas (11⁄2 cups mashed)
        2 T fresh lemon juice
        1 t grated lemon rind
        pinch ground cloves

        Mash the bananas but leave a few lumps. Place the mashed bananas in a small, non-reactive saucepan. Add the lemon juice, lemon rind, and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Use a heat diffuser if needed to prevent sticking.

        good topping for toast. Or maybe add to plain yogurt?

        1. The simplest ... bananas, brown sugar, butter, maybe cinnamon, lemon ... then choose your plan of attack ... bake, fry or microwave.

          I'm more likely to go the simplest route and halve banana, squirt some citrus juice on it if I have some, sprinkle with brown sugar and maybe cinnamon if I feel like it, dot with butter and nuke a minute or two until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Can be eaten as is or topped with chocolate of many types (chips, shaved, syrup) or yogurt or ice cream.

          Basically, use the same ingrediants if frying or baking. If you fry, you can opt for covering with batter and making banana fritters ... yum.

          Speaking of yogurt, I just mix them in plain yogurt and add brown sugar and sometimes cinnamon.

          Make a banana split ... sigh ... banana splits, I remember those.

          Banana pudding. You can always look up a recipe to make it from scratch using milk or use a pudding mix. My talent only extends to mixing them with vanilla or chocolate pudding, however if you google, there are lots of ideas for making banana pudding.

          Peanut butter and banana sandwich ... with chocolate chips.

          Chocolate banana smoothie.

          You can always freeze those bananas for future banana bread ... or dip in chocolate and make frozen chocolate covered bananas.

          Hmm, you could probably make banana bread pudding, but I'm not sure how you'd go about that, may google and see if anything is out there.

          If you have some type of ready-made dough, you could make banana turnovers.

          1. I don't care for this so much but my wife likes a smoothie with a whole banana, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp ovaltine, some vanilla & cinammon & just enough milk to cover up the bananas.