Bananas seem to be one fruit you either love or hate. I love them, my sister hates them (except in Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins) — both extreme reactions to being fed far too many bananas as kids.
In their natural state, they are a perfectly portable and nutritious snack. This, however, does not mean that it’s the only way to eat them. Here are some creative ways to present bananas.
- 3 large bananas
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cup flour
- ½ cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°. Line 12 regular size muffin cups with paper liners.
Mash bananas (This is a fun job for kids to do!). Add sugar, egg and melted butter; beat together. Sift in baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour; mix. Gently mix in chocolate chips. Spoon into muffin cups, bake for 20 minutes.
Banana French Toast – One of my new favorite ways to use bananas. Banana French Toast is extremely moist with just a whisper of banana flavor. This is more of a guideline than an actual recipe.
- Bread of your choice – a day old bread such as French bread or Challah are my favorite choices.
- 1-2 soft bananas
- A couple of eggs
- Splash of Milk
- Splash of vanilla
- You favorite flavoring – I tend to go with a little ground cinnamon, cardamon, or almond extract
- Maple Syrup, Jam or Icing Sugar to top.
Mash up your bananas in a bowl add eggs, milk, vanilla and and other flavorings; beat well. Get your pan hot, melt some butter in it, dip your bread into the egg mixture, and into the pan. If you like your french toast a little more moist, let it sit in the egg mixture a little longer. Fry until golden brown and set, flip over and cook through.
Fast Banana – Quick Creative Banana ideas
Banana Bites – Peel Bananas, cut in chunks, stab with a toothpick and dip in melted chocolate. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for ½ an hour.
Banana Sorbet – A super quick desert and use for brown bananas. Place Bananas in the freezer until solid then blend in a food processor. You ca add a little chocolate sauce or peanut butter for extra flavor.
Peanut Butter Banana Boats – A little messy but another favorite of mine. Take a banana and slice it lengthwise, spread with peanut butter and close.
Banana Smoothie – Adding a soft banana to your favorite smoothie recipe is a great way to add some extra nutrition.
How do you like your bananas? I am always looking for new and creative ways to use bananas. Please share below!