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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? http://sparkpeople.com/resource/recip...

    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: http://rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com/...

    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.

            1. Freeze them for future banana milkshakes and thickening smoothies. Since they're soft, you could put them in very small containers like ice cube trays, which gets around the blender problem.

              1. Banana pancakes or waffles. Just mash two of the overripe bananas up in a standard batch of batter.

                1. There's always freezing, or banana bread pudding,with coconut ice cream ,and a rum ,brown sugar ,butter sauce,maybe a flavored rum?...try putting a good chocolate ,or peanut butter frosting,on that bread, also if you allow it to dry(or toast it before putting it in the custard) you can make a killer French toast,with a cinnamon /maple syrup.....think I'm gonna go get some bananas!

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                  1. re: jword2001

                    Banana wine. You even get to use the skins

                    If you follow the link on the page it will take you to four additional banana wine recipes.

                  2. Yah if you slice them in half long ways and put them in cake they'll be ok.
                    Heres a recipe I use when I got alot of bananas

                    Sauteed Bananas with Orange Liqueur
                    3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon orange liqueur
                    3 medium bananas, sliced in half and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 quart vanilla ice cream shredded sweetened coconut and chopped walnuts for garnish

                    1.Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and orange liqueur. Saute the bananas until lightly golden. Divide them among 6 dessert bowls. Put a scoop ice cream in each bowl. Sprinkle with coconut and walnuts.
                    Brown bannanas would still be ok for this might fall apart some but they'd be good on bannana pancakes,ice cream,cake or straight out of the pan.Sometimes I use Olive oil instead of butter if I have alot of bananas to make it a little more healthy.

                    1. Batter and fry.

                      Grill and serve over ice cream... You can grill on buttered aluminum foil.

                      Banana jam.

                      Banana Walnut Ice Cream.

                      Banana Waffles.

                      Caramelize and make as a layer in trifle.

                      Serve over yogurt or stir into morning oatmeal.

                      Peanut Butter and Banana sandwiches, battered and fried or not.

                      1. I've made Alton Brown's banana ice cream before and it's very nice (very much like a gelato):

                        1. Filling for banana ravioli?
                          With some butter, brown sugar and rum and cream, you can make a sinfully rich banana sauce.

                          In a different vein, with some onions, garlic, stock, and cream you can make a savory banana sauce for seafood (you'll have to mash up the bananas very smooth first-- it's perhaps better if you can blend it, so this might not be optimal)

                          1. banana smoothie with bananas, ice,dash of vanilla and milk and a bit of oats or granola-enjoy

                            1. I always freeze mushy bananas in sandwich bags (peeled and divided into 4 or 5 pieces). They are great in my breakfast shake:

                              For 2 if you add toast or oatmeal for breakfast:

                              2/3 c. skim milk
                              4 Tbs nonfat dry mlk
                              1 frozen banana
                              1 Tbs peanut butter
                              1 Tbs good quality cocoa
                              1/2 to 1 tsp honey

                              Blend, divide and enjoy!

                              1. I know this is a really old thread, but I just wanted to mention that when you pull bananas out of the freezer, they soften up a lot while they thaw. You won't need a food processor or blender to smash them up, just a spoon or fork! :)

                                1. Vegan Planet cookbook by Robin Robertson contains a recipe for Banana Split Bread. Yum! In addition to the bananas it calls for chocolate chips, crushed pineapple, and dried cherries. Or you could throw some in pancakes, perhaps also with chocolate chips or blueberries.

                                  1. Or dip them in chocolate and nuts and freeze them on popsicle sticks to eat as a frozen treat.

                                    1. Oops, I see now that you have already frozen them.

                                      1. Get a Magic Bullet! I ALWAYS thought they were stupid, as they were As Seen on TV, but my mom bought one and I used it when I was visiting my parents... I was converted! Seriously... throw the frozen bananas and some frozen blueberries into the cup, add slivered almonds, yogurt and flax oil, then fill with equal parts vanilla soy milk and red or green tea (chilled to room temperature). Twist the blades onto the cup, stick it on the base, push down and then drink the whole thing right out of the cup you made it in! I found a small Magic Bullet package at Canadian Tire for $27; I think the full-size package (including oodles of unnecessary bits and pieces) goes for about $57 at Costco. It takes up hardly any room and I also use it for making salsa, pesto, etc.

                                        1. Okay, no food processor or blender...Well if you've got a mixer or even just a whisk you can easily make a very simple, nutritious and yummy pudding using:

                                          very ripe bananas and unsweetened cocoa. (NO SUGAR NEEDED)

                                          Believe it or not, it really is that easy and delish. I make mine in my Nutra-Bullet; I imagine a mixer or whisk could work as well.

                                          Another yummy idea that works: those bananas fried/sauteed in coconut oil and added to morning oatmeal...mmm...then whatever else seems appealing...nuts, bacon, berries...