Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Use Up Those Ripe Bananas - Thrifty Thursdays

Bananas can be a great bargain, especially if they're on the verge of getting too ripe. Grocery stores regularly mark such fruit down to ridiculously low levels. If you see some almost too ripe bananas that aren't marked down, ask the produce manager -- he or she will usually do so on the spot.

So what can you do with too ripe bananas? Peel and freeze them to use in smoothies. The frozen banana helps make the smoothie thick without having to add ice which can water down the flavor. Be sure to peel the bananas before freezing, as it's almost impossible to do so later. Plastic zipper bags are wonderful for storing individual portions of frozen bananas, making Smoothie making a snap!

So what else to do with those healthy, delicious bananas before they turn completely brown? Try one of these recipes at the links below:
Banana Bread and Variations
Without a doubt banana bread is one of the world's favorite ways to use ripe bananas. We have a recipe to fit nearly everyone's tastes and dietary requirements.
  • Banana Poppyseed Muffins - These tempting muffins are like banana bread in a smaller more portable package, perfect for lunch boxes or a quick morning snack on the go. They freeze well too.
  • Strawberry Macadamia Nut Banana Bread -- This great recipe by John Winkler of San Pedro, California, was a finalist in the 1997 Oxnard, California Strawberry Festival's Berry Off Cooking Contest.
  • Guatemalan Banana Bread -- Here's a unique twist on banana bread from Guatemala featuring coconut milk, raisins, and cashews.
  • Alabama Banana Bread -- This dense rich banana bread is great cold or warmed. It freezes exceptionally well.
  • Healthy Banana Bread -- Leanne Ely created this healthy recipe the whole family will love. Perfect for a healthy lunch box or brown bag addition, it keeps in the fridge for up to 10 days.
  • Gluten Free Banana Bread -- Not only is this tasty banana bread perfect for folks with gluten sensitivities, it's also vegan.
  • Whole Grain Banana Walnut Muffins -- Perfect for the kids' lunch box or as an after-school treat, these moist mini muffins make good snacking anytime.

Thrifty Thursdays is a blog event created by my fried Amanda Formaro from Amanda's Cookin' blog. I've agreed to participate, so look for a frugal themed post here each Thursday. In addition to reading my posts, be sure to visit Amanda's blog for a round-up of all the thrifty home and cooking tips and recipes that came in this week from folks around the blogosphere.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

I am definitely bookmarking this, thanks Cheri!

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