Recipes for Overripe Bananas: The Family Homestead Archives #8




If you find yourself with very ripe bananas and are wondering what to do with them, here are a few ideas..

Ripe bananas can be mashed up and added to pancake or waffle batter. Mash up 1 to 2 ripe bananas add to your favorite batter recipe.




Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Yield: 12 muffins

½ cup buttermilk or sour milk
½ cup mashed banana (1 large banana)
½ cup honey
1 egg
2 c flour (add extra flour if you grind it freshly. Batter should be thick)
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
½ t. salt
½ t. cinnamon
½ cup chocolate chips, grain sweetened


In a medium bowl mix together buttermilk, honey, mashed banana, and egg until well mixed. In another bowl mix flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon until all ingredients are well combined. Mix liquid ingredients with flour mixture. Stir until just mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.  Spoon batter into greased muffin tins until almost full. Bake at 350 for 20 to 22 minutes.





BANANA CAKE
WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING


1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups white or whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt

In a mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, bananas
and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to
creamed mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased 13 x 9 can pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.


Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cube or stick, butter ( ½ cup ), softened
4 T. honey
milk

With a mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the honey or fructose to blend. Add only enough milk to make a nice smooth frosting consistency.




Banana Cream Cheese Pie

1 9in graham cracker crust (recipe follows)
1 cup whole cream
2 T sugar
1 8oz pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temp
½ cup sugar
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large bananas)


Topping:
1 heaping cup whole frozen strawberries
2 T sugar
1 t cornstarch

Prepare graham cracker crust and allow to cool.  While crust is cooling assemble pie.  Whip cream with 2T sugar until stiff.  Set aside.  Beat softened cream cheese, sugar and mashed bananas until well combined.  Fold in whipped cream.  Spoon into graham cracker crust and refrigerate for a couple of hours to firm up.  Spoon topping over pie before serving.

To Prepare Topping:
Allow frozen strawberries to thaw just enough to slice them. Put them in a sauce pan with cane juice crystals and cornstarch.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes stirring every now and then.  Heat mixture to a boil stirring constantly.  Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until sauce thickens.   


Graham Cracker Crust
1 - 9" pie crust

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 20 rectangles)
1/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. melted butter


In a small bowl combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter.  Press into the bottom and sides of a 9" pie plate. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Let cool before adding pie filling.




BANANA BREAD

3 bananas mashed
1 tsp. Baking soda
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups white or whole wheat pastry flour
½ t salt

Mix together bananas and baking soda and set aside. In a stand up type mixer or with a hand held mixer, cream together butter,
sugar. Add eggs and banana mixture.. mix well add flour and salt. mix well butter 1 loaf pan bake at 350 for 45 min....
This makes wonderful banana muffins too!




  







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