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What to do with Bananas?

Sonja_Blu Mar 21, 2010 11:57 AM

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!

  1. eight_inch_pestle May 27, 2010 12:29 AM

    +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.

    1. chef chicklet May 26, 2010 11:04 PM

      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. Sandwich_Sister May 26, 2010 01:20 PM

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

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          al b. darned May 29, 2010 09:01 PM

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

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            Sandwich_Sister May 30, 2010 05:40 AM

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

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          Norm Man May 26, 2010 12:49 PM

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


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            Rasam May 26, 2010 06:12 AM

            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?

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              rkealleyne May 25, 2010 11:14 PM

              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
                lexpatti May 26, 2010 03:54 AM

                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.

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                Sonja_Blu Apr 4, 2010 10:49 AM

                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
                  collegekitchen Apr 4, 2010 07:27 PM

                  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
                    LisaPA Apr 5, 2010 03:19 PM

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

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                  Harters Mar 22, 2010 12:05 PM

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

                  Whether accident or design, a brilliant line. ROFLMAO.

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                    weezycom Mar 22, 2010 11:21 AM

                    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
                      BobB Mar 22, 2010 12:06 PM

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

                    2. BobB Mar 22, 2010 09:34 AM

                      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. greygarious Mar 21, 2010 12:59 PM

                        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.

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                            kermit Mar 21, 2010 12:10 PM

                            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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                              karykat Mar 22, 2010 10:59 AM

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

                              Thanks for the hint.

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