Cooking Tips and Questions - So many bananas - suggestions please

03-18-2009, 09:14 AM
I accidently bought bananas three times this week, and I already have four in the freezer. Any suggestions on healthy things to do with bananas that are becoming progressively more black everyday.

My Housemate already thinks that the four in the freezer are taking up too much space. I was planning to make banana bread, but I'm avoiding cake at the moment.

Thighs Be Gone
03-18-2009, 09:29 AM
No ideas except to make low-fat muffins and freeze them--

I just use whole wheat flour, 4 mashed bananas, a little applesauce, 2 egg whites..I don't use any butter or sugar...bake them at 350 degrees until they are firm..

03-18-2009, 09:41 AM
Smoothies, low fat muffins, mashed in oatmeal, mashed and blended with a little no cal sweetener for a topping alternative for low fat pancakes or waffles or on toast, diced and mixed with yogurt, a fruit salad, mashed and mixed with a little light cool whip for a dessert. Don't know if any of these help but it's what I could come up with off the top of my head.

03-18-2009, 09:44 AM
My children roll them in sugar and cinnamon (Splenda works) and put them on a popsicle stick. They freeze them and eat them as dessert. It is really good.

03-18-2009, 11:07 AM
I tend to peel them and freeze them for smoothies. I'm not sure how 4 in the freezer takes up too much space? I can put 2 large bunches in 1 single gallon sized bag.

03-19-2009, 12:50 AM
Thanks all:) I think they are destined to become smoothies. I didn't think they would taste the same after being in the freezer, but you have given me hope.

(And to be fair to my housemate, we have a tiny freezer, and the bananas have been there for quite some time)

03-21-2009, 04:05 PM
blend them with low fat milk and youghurt and you'll have a healthy smoothie you can add honey also to make it healthier

03-21-2009, 04:25 PM
You can make banana bread, but flour will add up on your calories, I usually substitute ground zucchini to flour, that makes less calories and tasted good as well. :)

03-31-2009, 07:53 PM
No ideas except to make low-fat muffins and freeze them--

I just use whole wheat flour, 4 mashed bananas, a little applesauce, 2 egg whites..I don't use any butter or sugar...bake them at 350 degrees until they are firm..

Do you happen to have the exact recipe for this (ie. cup, tbsp - measurements)??? I seem to be baking-challenged when I need guesstimate. Your muffins look delicious so it would be much appreciated :^:

As for the bananas - I love cutting them up and putting them in my cereal in the mornings. Good brain booster! Maybe on some toast with peanut butter?

04-02-2009, 12:27 PM
Maybe not the most whole foods approach to using my bananas, but some in my bunch are destined to become banana pudding. I use sugar free/fat free vanilla pudding mix prepared according to the package, and then I take a tupperware container and layer some crushed up vanilla wafers, banana slices, pudding, and then repeat. You can top it with whipped cream or cool whip if you want, but I usually don't bother. If you don't go too nuts with the vanilla wafers, it's not so bad calorie wise.

04-03-2009, 03:57 AM
Here is a recipe for Banana-Blueberry-Cornmeal Muffins that comes out great and is only 100 calories per muffin.

Banana-Blueberry-Cornmeal Muffins

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (from 3 large bananas, about 12 oz total)
1/2 cup skim milk or low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup Splenda (optional, depends on how sweet you want your muffins)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup egg beaters (or two egg whites)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (5 oz) fresh or frozen blueberries

Whisk together cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and flours. In a large bowl, stir together bananas, milk, honey, Splenda, lemon juice, egg beaters, and vanilla. Fold cornmeal mixture into banana mixture just until combined. Gently fold blueberries into batter.

Spoon batter into a muffin tin coated with cooking spray (you can use paper liners coated with cooking spray if you want), filling to the brims. Bake at 375 degrees until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins at about 100 calories per muffin.

I usually make a little frosting for each muffin using 1 tbsp nonfat cream cheese and 1 tsp Spenda per muffin.

I've also subbed 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips and 5 oz diced cherries for the blueberries. This increases the calories to about 120 per muffin.

04-07-2009, 12:29 AM
I mix oatmeal (quick cooking), sliced banana and little bit of brown sugar and eat that for breakfast

04-07-2009, 12:41 AM
I use banana breaad to make french toast.Yumm!!!!!!!

04-07-2009, 12:57 AM
Hmmm, might have to make a big batch of banana bread and give it away, if you're feeling a little pressure to get them used up. I hate when I do that(buy too much fruit); fortunately, I don't have to share a frig with anyone. I also freeze bananas, and use mashed bananas in the place of oil in baking.

04-14-2009, 11:32 PM
Hmmm, I bought 5 bananas at the fruit stand today on a whim because they were $0.19 a lb. I figured I would make banana bread for the family and just not eat any myself. But after reading this thread, I think I'll surprise my kids with banana strawberry smoothies with breakfast, and then I can have some, too.

04-15-2009, 06:45 PM
I slice them and freeze them, they don't get black and yucky. I usually add them to protein shakes.

07-01-2009, 11:45 PM
The other day, I tried slicing bananas and freezing them right when they're perfectly ripe. I added some cinnamon on top, and they were SO good!!

They take a lot less space when they're sliced in a container as opposed to frozen whole.

07-08-2009, 03:01 PM
I'm so glad I found this post. My daughter was dying for bananas the other day while we were out shopping. I'm not eating any at this point. My boys had a couple but there are like 3-4 in the fridge. I found them this morning and decided I'd better do something with them soon before they go bad.

Thanks for all the tips everyone! :)

07-08-2009, 03:18 PM
i'm going to try that thanks gang:carrot:

07-09-2009, 01:15 AM
My coworker just told me about something that she told me tastes like cheesecake. She said that she mixes raw oats, yogurt, and a banana, and leaves it for a few hours. So...I mixed 1/2 C unflavored organic yogurt, 1/2 cup raw instant oatmeal, 1 banana, and cinnamon. I'm having it for breakfast tomorrow morning. I'll let you know if I think it tastes like cheesecake :D

07-23-2009, 02:09 PM
Whole wheat anana pancakes - the sweetness of the banana actually means you don't have to use syrup....good way to save some calories. I have a recipe that comes out to less than 200 calories per serving. I can dig it up if you are interested in trying them.

07-24-2009, 09:41 PM
That recipe sounds tasty. Please post it here and/or in the recipe forum. :)