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Aug 13, 2007 12:27 PM

Any interesting non-bread ideas for a surplus of bananas?

I have approximately three pounds of very ripe (brown-speckled but not yet black) bananas that need to be used. I'm tired of banana bread. Anyone do anything else interesting with extra bananas? Ice cream? some kind of savory preparation, maybe? I would appreciate any ideas.

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  1. Well, you can fry them with cardamom and such, sautee them with butter, rum, and brown sugar, make a passable dair free banana ice cream. make them into fritters, make a lot of smoothies Banana cream pie is good. Grill them with a few squares of chocolate on top. Serve them with bread and milk, mix them with rice and mango and sweet syrup, serve over granola, dehydrate them into banana chips...

    wow, now I want bananas!

    1. Frozen bananas are great ! I keep a batch in the freezer (peeled and cut in chunks) to toss into smoothies. Or I just eat them frozen - they taste like banana ice cream.

      My "try this someday" list has these banana recipes on it:

      Banana-Rum Gelato:

      David Liebowitz's Roasted Banana Ice Cream:

      Caramelized Banana Buttermilk Ice Cream:

      Vietnamese Banana Cashew Cake (has bread, but sounds really good anyway):

      Banana Vodka:


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      1. re: AnneInMpls

        I second smoothies! I do the same thing and freeze my bananas. Here's my favorite go-to recipe ratios: 1 banana, 1 cup frozen fruit, 3/4 cup yogurt, 3/4 cup fruit juice (apple is good, so is OJ) and 1 Tbsp. honey. Grate a little fresh nutmeg to up the health benefits. A great variation is using 2 bananas and adding about 1/4 cup of peanut butter.

      2. smoothies would be a good idea. i have a weakness for banana splits myself-- for another frozen treat you can make frozen bananas-- by themselves, dipped in chocolate, dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts. . .

        you could make a really simple banana liqueur similar to this one, or get ideas from a preserving book for banana-based chutneys and jams

        in hot weather i like sliced bananas sprinkled with salt and pepper. try it!

        1. One of my favorite salads is mixed greens with avocado, sliced banana, fontina or white cheddar cheese, cashews/sunflower seeds/popped wheat, with a good honey mustard dressing.

          1. I have made this recipe for banana cake several times. My niece demands it fo rher birthday now.