What else to do with overripe bananas?
I freeze them for smoothies, and try different banana bread recipes (though I've yet to find one that doesn't keep me searching for more) but what else do you do with a bunch of overripe bananas?
i love banana bread - I make banana cake - just use a lighter bread recipe. THen I use banana and rum in the icing - so good. Banana must be very ripe - I find the very ripe ones out of the freezer are perfect for icing. I use butter and 10x - rum takes the place of vanilla - I use double the amount I would for vanilla - A little milk or cream to adjust
Relish.com has a Banana Breakfast Coffee cake with streusel-nut topping. They also have Banana cupcakes with a Lemon cream cheese frosting listed on same page.
If you find yourself in such a situation at the same time as you need 50 servings of punch, here's a good one. Typically, you need to plan ahead when you're making this, though, to ensure you'll have the bananas.
6 cups water
4 cups sugar
Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves; don't boil.
5 overripe bananas, mashed
1 46-oz. can pineapple juice
1 12-oz. can orange juice concentrate, diluted as can directs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
ginger ale as needed, 3 or 4 2-liter bottles per recipe
Mix the above and add to the sugar water. Divide into two freezeable containers and freeze until the day of the party.
About an hour before serving, remove from freezer just long enough to get soft around the edges. Place about half of a container (scoop it out with a big spoon) into a punch bowl. Pour a 2-liter bottle of COLD ginger ale over it.
The nice thing about this punch is that your punch-to-ginger ale ratio isn't all that critical - it tastes great any way you mix it. (Allow about 3 or 4 bottles of ginger ale when you prepare the punch.)
Straight up or guild the lily and drizzle them with a little honey and a dash of cinnamon.
I think I remember seeing (forget where at the moment) a recipe for banana pops (probably a kid-oriented recipe)Cut bananas into 3-4 inch lengths, freeze the banana with a popsicle stick pushed in one end, then dunk it in chocolate, and sprinkle with nuts, allow it to harden and pop them back in the freezer. The idea being they're healthier than the commercial popsicles.
Kaya Appam - southern indian banana fritters
are so yummy even for me who usually hates ripe bananas
.75 pound of coarsely chopped Jaggery (can substitute brown sugar or palm sugar)
jaggery is available at Patel Brothers and other indian stores.
Melted in a saucepan with 2-3 teaspoons of water
until you have a smooth consistency.
Let cool and add melted Jaggery to3-4 mashed ripe bananas
add 1 -2 teaspoons of freshly ground Cardamom powder
and 1 teaspoon . Baking Powder
Add 1/2 - 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
can also substitute wheat flour
the consistency should be a somewhat thicker than pancake batter.
If the consistency is too thin add some more flour or if it is too thick dilute with water and add jaggery/sugar accordingly.
heat up oil on stove for deep frying or use mini deep fat fryer (preferable)
Drop spoonfulls batter into the hot oil turning every once in a while in order to get nice brown color throughout.
the batter lasts in the frig for up to a week. Once time we had most of a case of bananas left over and made the fritters for many parties and events
clients and staff loved them.
the cardamom is amazing
good served plain
can be served hot (yumm)
or room temperature
hot with vanilla or mango ice cream or kulfi is great too.
Add em to trifle
Battered and Fried Elvis Sandwiches
Slice and Grill
Make Peanut Butter Cookie Dough; slice into rounds, then create a divot in half of the cookies, place a banana slice in the divot with a little brown sugar, then sandwich with the remaining cookies and seal the edges. Bake and await the gooey center surprise.
Well, the kids won and got their choice: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. I am keeping these other suggestions for next time though!