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May 19, 2007 04:26 PM

Lots of over-ripe bananas... but we don't care for banana bread. Ideas?

Well, I should say we don't "prefer" banana bread. It's just kind of ho-hum to me and my husband. I guess if you have a really amazing banana bread recipe (the kind that banana-bread-haters drool over) we'd definitely be willing to try it.

Or other ideas for how to use them?

I have 6 or 7 of them, popped into the freezer when they were at the very, very brown phase.

To make things more challenging for you... we don't have a food processor or a blender. :)

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. There goes my idea for banana ice cream or smoothies...

    You could make banana pancakes or banana pudding - both would be a little different with the bananas mashed, but still good. Maybe a mousse?

    A banana soufflé isn't the same as bread, you might like it.

    If you're looking for something truly different, try this soup recipe:

    1. This idea does not stray far from banana bread, but I'll toss it out anyway. Dorie Greenspans banana bundt cake recipe in Baking from my home to yours is just incredible. A very moist, delicious cake.

      I also use them for smoothies, though I guess that might be tough without a blender. I sometimes stir mashed bananas into my oatmeal.

      1. You will adore these muffins and I mean it. They are amazing and so much better than typical banana bread. Got this recipe from a friend and she serves them warm, split open with honey poured in and that's how I do it, too. They are so very good.


        3 ripe Bananas, mashed
        1/3 cup maple syrup
        1/2 cup pecans, chopped
        Mix and set aside

        1/2 cup pecans
        1/4 cup maple syrup
        Mix to get crumbly texture

        2 cups flour
        1 cup packed brown sugar
        1 tsp. baking soda
        1/2 tsp. salt
        1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
        2 Tbls. buttermilk powder
        2 eggs, beaten
        1/3 cup vegetable oil
        1/2 cup water

        Combine all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center, pour in wet ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
        Gently fold in filling mixture. Cut in with knife. Spoon into muffin cups.
        Add topping mixture.
        Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
        Makes 15 large muffins.

        If you make them please let me know what you think! Like you, I think banana bread is good but not great, but these are really wonderful.

        1. I had an interesting dessert at a restaurant and it looked easy. It was brown banana and chocolate chips rolled in an egg roll wrapper and fried served with ice cream and sprinkled with cocoa and powdered sugar. It was yummy

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          1. re: sk46

            I had a friend who used to make something close to that. It's delicious! And yes, it is easy. He didn't use chocolate chips, cocoa and powdered sugar. Instead he poored orange liqueur in with the bananas before frying, then more over the top when it was done. I imagine there are lots of great variations.

          2. My advice is to go buy a food processor.

            Nevertheless, it's a fun challenge. I actually use my over-ripe bananas for a sauce to poor over desserts. mash them up really good (I guess you might have to use your hands...unless you have a mortar and pestle? Or maybe do it in a bowl with the back of a wooden spoon. I use a food processor!), and mix them with plain yogurt, then put the mixture through a strainer. Stir in some fruit juice (maybe orange or mango, depending what you want) and strain again. It tastes great on a flourless chocolate cake with some mint leaves, but I'm sure there are other things you could poor it over as well. good luck.