Bananas are as cheap as chips at the moment, and if you’re anything like us here at Starts at Sixty, you’ve got them coming out of your ears. Here’s a few recipes to try when you’ve taken advantage of the ‘banana boom’.
Ginger spiced banana bread
Prep: 20 minutes – Cooking: 60 minutes – Makes: 2 loaves
- 6-7 very ripe bananas – mashed
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 4 egg whites
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Prepare two loaf pans by greasing the bottom and sides of each pan with butter and then dust lightly with flour.
- In a mixing bowl, use the back of a fork to mash together the bananas, Greek yogurt, milk and ginger, until well-mixed with small chunks of banana remaining.
- Add the mixture to a mixer. On low speed, add the vanilla, butter, egg whites and sugar, and mix until well-combined.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and cardamom and then add to the mixer, half a cup at a time until just mixed. Be careful not to overbeat. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
- Bake for 1 hour or until the tops are golden brown. A cake-tester should be able to be inserted into the middle of each loaf and come out clean.
- After baking, let cool on a baking rack for 10-15 mins.
- Once cooled, run a knife around the edge of the pans before gently flipping over to remove the loaves, then leave to cool completely on a baking rack.
- Slice and serve.
Microwave banana pudding
Prep: 20 minutes – Cooking: 20 minutes – Serves: 4-6 people
- 100g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
- 2 ripe bananas
- 100g light muscovado sugar
- 100g self-raising flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- Place butter in a 1-litre baking dish and microwave on High for 30 secs to 1 min or until melted
- Mash 1 ½ of the bananas into the melted butter with the back of a fork, then add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, eggs and milk. Mix together well.
- Slice the remaining banana over the top, then return to the microwave and cook on High for 8 mins until cooked through and risen.
- Serve warm, dusted with icing sugar, if you like, with a drizzle of toffee sauce and a scoop of ice cream.
Prep: 10 minutes – Cooking: 10 minutes – Serves: 4 people
- 4 bananas, peeled
- 25g olive oil margarine, melted
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons rum (preferably O.P.)
- Coat the bananas in cinnamon and brown sugar.
- Heat margarine in frypan, then add bananas and sauté until lightly caramelised and tender.
- Reducing the heat, bring the rum to boil in a small pan, then ignite and pour over bananas.
- Spoon burning rum and margarine in pan over fruit until the flames die down.
What do you do with your left over bananas?