These poor, pathetic bananas. They’ve seen better, brighter days. They’ve taken a turn for the worst and are headed to the compost bin. Without an intervention they have only one day or maybe two before the flies swoop in and start their business. Their only hope? That they’ll be rescued by a generous and willing heart who will give them a new life in the form of banana bread. Okay . . .if I have too. It really is the ripe thing to do.
Now before I go any further I should disclose that I am not an expert in banana recovery (also known as banana bread). You see these are a rare find in my house – because my kids eat up bananas faster than I can buy them and so they rarely grow to this ripe old age. This means we never get to make banana bread in our house – our should I say we never have an excuse to make banana bread.
So yesterday my son and I did our community service for the day – and took these old, ripe bananas and made banana bread. It had been more than a year since I’ve made banana bread – but it really is a piece of cake, in fact much easier than cake, if you ask me. We used the standard banana bread recipe in the old trusty Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook (Amazon) which my grandma got me for high school graduation.
Talk about a makeover – these bananas look like they’ve been on Oprah. . .
In fact, they were downright, HOT if you ask me:
I have an issue with waiting for bread to cool off properly before I start cutting into it – so it’s falling apart but oh so good. I just wanted to let you all know that I did my “feel good” deed for the day and gave those too-ripe bananas a new life. . . even thought it was short lived.
Please share your favorite banana bread recipes or tips for “repurposing” foods that are headed for the trash or compost bin.