It’s not often that we have ripe bananas in my house. Chloe’s favourite food, after raisins, are bananas.
We go through so many of the things that I’m surprised she doesn’t look more like a monkey. Well, she does look a bit like a little monkey to me.
Pretty much every time we go to the shop, one of us always picks up some bananas. It works well as it keeps our stock levels up and it avoids any type of terrible two’s tantrums, in the event, we have to say “sorry Chloe, you can’t have a banana right now!”
This plan normally works quite well until last week when me and Skint Mum both popped to the shop separately but didn’t tell each other we were going.
We were both trying to be helpful but with a little communication, one of us didn’t need to go. So, we were unfortunately left with a few overripe bananas this afternoon.
Avoiding any food waste, which is a waste of my precious money and leaves another mark in the rubbish tip, I got my thinking cap on and whizzed up some Banana Bread.
Very easy recipe here. No need to sieve anything. Just the washing up is a chore.
200g plain flour
200g caster sugar
50g softened butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
3 very ripe bananas
A few easy steps:
- Preheat oven to 180C and prepare a loaf tin but greasing with a little butter.
- Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork.
- Add flour, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, baking powder, and egg, mixing it all in well.
- Pour the mixture into the buttered loaf tin.
- Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes.
You can check to see if it’s cooked by putting a skewer into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Otherwise pop it back in for a few minutes.
There are other quick and easy things to do with ripe bananas. We pop them into batter mix to make pancakes, thrown them in a blender with some juice and make a smoothie or pop them into some custard for a yummy snack.
I shared on Twitter that I made banana bread for our pudding tonight and had some suggestions:
There are loads of things that you can do with ripe bananas to stop food waste.
Tell with me what other things you do with your overripe bananas?
Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.