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What to do with Bananas?

Im not actually a big fan of bananas, however I recently ended up with a bunch of them. I dont want to waste them, so I was wondering if anyone had any interesting suggestions about what to do with them. I dont really like banana bread or muffins, and those seem to be the only recipes that come up when I search for banana recipes. I was also thinking banana chips, but I dont really want to deep fry them.

Any and all suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. A quick and easy dessert I like to make on weekdays: Heat a pan with a couple of pats of butter and a few tablespoons of sugar (I eyeball it, so not sure of the amounts). Can add some cinnamon or nutmeg as well at this point. Mix and wait until the liquid is slightly bubby. Toss a few ripened bananas in (each cut and quartered) and coat with the liquid until the bananas soften. Top with vanilla bean ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream (or vanilla yogurt, for something a little healthier). Hope this helps!

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    1. re: kermit

      I just did this for breakfast. Drizzled a little maple syrup on the warmed bananas.

      Thanks for the hint.

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      1. Here's the same question from just a couple of weeks ago: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/691681

        You'll find lots more if you search this board.

        1. I like to put banana slices between two pieces of french toast, then top with hot maple syrup (or your favorite french toast topping).

          1. Maybe if you treat it as more of a savory? An acquaintance likes her sliced diagonally into fairly long, thick ovals, warmed in a little butter, then sprinkled with salt & pepper and given a squirt of lime juice, served over rice w/ black beans.

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            1. re: weezycom

              That sounds like a classic treatment for plantains - which are sort of like savory bananas.

            2. "bananas, however I recently ended up with a bunch of them"

              Whether accident or design, a brilliant line. ROFLMAO.

              1. Thanks so much for all of the great suggestions, they all sound really delicious! :)
                And yes, the "bunches" line was intentional ;)

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                1. re: Sonja_Blu

                  I never use up the whole bunch before they start getting brown and spotty, so I've started chopping them up, freezing them, and then throwing the frozen banana pieces into the food processor to make 'ice cream'. Sometimes I'll add a little bit of almond milk and some honey, too. It's really tasty!

                  1. re: collegekitchen

                    I also use frozen bananas in smoothies--no need for ice if you use frozen fruit.

                2. I like Peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Just slice them lengthwise, very yummy.
                  I also toss them in smoothies, how about drying them to use in trail mix. I slice them and put them into my morning oatmeal. You can make jello and slice the bananas into the cooling mixture they will sink to the bottom and stay well preserved. Make fruit salad with bananas, to keep them fresh looking sprinkle some fruit fresh on them. I also like banana pancakes. Or better yet share them with a friend carry them along with you if you see a homeless person they are usually glad for the treat.

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                  1. re: rkealleyne

                    too funny, I was just going to say - my go to breakfast is what I call a peanut butter and banana soft taco. I use that low carb pocket bread that you can't really use as a pocket because they are sooo thin but they make a great soft taco.

                    I also would chop up and keep in the freezer (I've never used ice for smoothies) - the base is always frozen bananas and frozen strawberrys.

                  2. If calories are not an issue, banoffee pie is about the best.

                    And re banana chips: are those not made with plantains, or are they really from bananas?

                    1. This recipe for Caramel Banana Bread Pudding caught my eye recently:


                      1. Make Banana pancakes. I use this recipe and they always turn out delicious.

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                        1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                          Perfect timing! I had a couple of "perfect" bananas for this recipe, so I tried it tonight. This one's a keeper!

                          1. re: al b. darned

                            Great! I was surprised when I tried it myself because they were so good.

                        2. I'm always looking for ways to use up banans, I make muffins, bread, and pudding.
                          Here's a fun thing for you to make. Stick a stick in a banana ( get them a Michael's) and then dip them in dark chocholate, roll them in nuts and put them in the freezer. A really nice dessert and nice surprise for kids and adults. You can also roll them in cornflakes like grape nuts, or corn flakes, all are great.
                          Dehydrate the bananas and make banana chips, these are addicting too.

                          Banana crepes foster. wonderful.
                          Banana pancakes or waffles.
                          Banana pudding is addicting, top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
                          Of course smoothies, they go prefectly, and add so much flavor.

                          1. +1 on banana pancakes. I just mash up a super-ripe one and add it to my mother's buttermilk pancake recipe. Tastes great, and does wonders for the texture.