I was going Bananas in more ways than one this weekend! On top of a Basketball Tournament, someone had graciously given us a half of a box of bananas that were very ripe! I needed to do something with them quick! So in between games, this is what I did with them..
I made Banana Ice Cream! If you are looking for something sweet and deeelish, but are Diabetic or Gluten Free..this is for you! Of course it’s for the rest of the world too because it is sooo good!
Banana Ice Cream is very easy to make because it has ONE ingredient..BANANAS! Simply freeze some Bananas, after they are frozen..cut them up and put them into a blender and blend until a creamy consistency..like soft serve Ice Cream. If you want it a little more like Ice Cream out of a carton..just put back into the freezer after blending for about an hour! You can add just about anything you want while blending to give a different flavor, such as peanut butter, berries, chocolate, strawberry..umm the skies the limit. I topped with chocolate syrup..
I peeled and flash froze a ton of bananas for Smoothies..
Next I made Banana Yogurt Bites out of the frozen Bananas. Simply cut up frozen Bananas dip into any kind of yogurt you want and sprinkle anything you want on top…Sprinkles, Nuts, Coconut..anything
Then of course I made some Banana Bread!
This is my Grandmother’s Banana Bread Recipe that I always use..it has shortening in it but you can experiment and substitute Applesauce if you are opposed to using it.
- 1/3 Cup Shortening
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 1 3/4 Cup Flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- Nuts optional
- 1 cup mashed Bananas (that’s about 2 or 3 bananas ..depending on size of bananas)
Cream shortening and sugar; add eggs. Mix flour with the other dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients alternately with the bananas and mix thoroughly. Add Nuts.. and Bake at 350 degrees for at least an hour. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or thin knife into the middle..if it comes out clean then bread is done.
Last but not least, I Pureed Bananas in the blender so that I could quickly make more – I put 3 cups in each bag!
So tell me, what do you make with your ripe Bananas?