Using Overripe Bananas To Whip Up Tasty Lockdown Treats

There is nothing worse than biting into an overripe, gooey banana. But, don’t let your bananas go to waste. Check out these super simple and delicious treats you can make out of a few dodgy looking bananas.

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French Toast

If you have stale bread and overripe bananas sitting around, then here’s the perfect solution – sweet French toast topped with caramelised bananas. Not sure how to make French toast? Follow this recipe step by step:

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium eggs, whisked
  • 1 tbsp milk or double cream
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • Vanilla extract (1 tsp)
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 slices crusty white or brown bread

Method:

  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk/double cream, syrup and vanilla extract. Melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Lay each slice of bread into the egg mixture, carefully coating both sides.
  3. Fry each slice of bread for 1 – 2 minutes in the butter on both sides, until golden brown.
  4. Sprinkle a generous dusting of cinnamon and sugar over the French toast.
  5. Serve with caramelised bananas.

Adapted from: www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/chocolate-banana-french-toast

Banana Bread

If you’ve been seeing pictures of homemade banana bread popping up all over your social media timelines, it’s because of the #BananaBreadChallenge. All over South Africa, people have taken to their kitchens to create their own versions of this timeless classic while in lockdown. Take those overripe bananas and join in on the fun! If you don’t have Granny’s recipe on hand, try this one out:

Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, bananas, oil, buttermilk and vanilla; add to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Fold in nuts.
  2. Pour into a greased or parchment-lined loaf pan. If desired, sprinkle with additional walnuts. Bake at 180° C for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Source: www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/best-ever-banana-bread/

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Smoothie Bowls 

After all this banana-inspired indulgence, you may need a refreshing cleanse. Why not get creative with a few early morning smoothie bowls? Overripe bananas are perfect for getting a chilled, creamy smoothie consistency, so chop up a few and keep them stored in the freezer. Still looking for an early morning treat? Try out this banana, avocado and cacao smoothie bowl topped with fresh berries and granola:

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen chopped banana
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp natural honey or chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cold water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
  • Fresh raspberries or blueberries
  • Sugar-free toasted granola

Method:

  1. Blitz together all the ingredients, except the berries and granola, in a high-speed blender.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with fresh ingredients.
  3. Enjoy!

Do you know of any other uses for overripe bananas? Let us know about them!