Bananas, Bananas, and More Bananas!

by Mel on January 15, 2013

I love to have bananas at home because they are so convenient for the kids to grab and eat on the go or for me to pack in their school lunches.  But bananas are one fruit that often seem to ripen faster than our family can eat them.  You can only make so many loaves of banana bread!  What can you do when you have so many bananas and so little time?  Here are some creative tips and delicious recipes so you won’t have to waste another banana again!

 

Cheap baby food

One of the first “real” foods we gave our kids when they were babies was mushed up bananas.  I was talking to a friend and she asked me why I was buying banana baby food.  She said all you do is mush up a banana with a fork and it is so much cheaper than buying banana baby food.  She was right!  From then on all I did was mush up half a banana and I had super cheap, fresh, and nutritious baby food!

 

Smoothies

Bananas give smoothies a sweet creamy flavor!  If you are not going to be able to eat the bananas now you can peel and freeze them to add to smoothies later.  Here are some delicious smoothie recipes your kids will love!

Orange Berry Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 scoops frozen or fresh strawberries (approx. 10 strawberries)

3-4 cups orange juice

1 banana

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

2 scoops frozen or fresh strawberries (approx. 10 strawberries)

1 banana

2 scoops frozen yogurt or 1 cup plain yogurt

1 scoop ice

8 oz. apple juice

 

Homemade popsicles

Make one of the smoothie recipes above and pour into popsicle molds for a frozen treat that is much healthier than the sugar-filled popsicles your kids usually eat.

 

Add to breakfast

Make breakfast more nutritious and top pancakes, waffles, or cereal with sliced bananas.

 

Banana ice cream

Freeze bananas solid and puree in a blender or food processor until creamy and rich like ice cream.  You can add peanut butter or honey for extra flavor or just eat it plain for a healthy dessert!

 

Chocolate banana pops

Ingredients:

Bananas

1 bag milk or semisweet chocolate chips

3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

Popsicle sticks

Toppings: nuts, coconut, sprinkles, etc.

Directions:

Peel the bananas and cut them in half.  Push a popsicle stick part way through the cut end of the banana so it looks like a popsicle.  Place the bananas in the freezer and let them freeze completely, approximately two hours.

After the bananas are completely frozen, follow the directions on the bag and melt the chocolate chips in the microwave.  Add the vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.

Cover the banana in chocolate and add toppings of your choice.  Place them back in the freezer on parchment paper to set completely.

Enjoy once they are completely frozen!

 

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 slices whole wheat bread

1 banana, sliced

Directions:

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each slice of bread. Place banana slices on one side, top with the other slice (peanut butter sides together) and press firmly.  Fry the sandwich on each side until golden brown.  Enjoy!

Mel

Mel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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