Don't be afraid to stock up on bananas when they go on sale at rock bottom prices. They can be stored several ways for several different uses. Here are some tips:
Snack Time: Slice ripe bananas and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours. When they are frozen, put them in a plastic container. When it's snack time, remove the desired amount. They thaw in just a few minutes, but are yummy frozen also. Children love these for a quick, healthy & easy snack. For other frozen banana treats such as banana pops, check out an older post of mine for recipes: Frozen Yummy Banana Treats.
Another one of our favorite banana snacks is Banana's & Cream. I rarely have cream on hand so I just slice up bananas in a bowl, sprinkle with sugar, and pour whole milk over them. Mmmmm good!
Banana Puree: Take overly ripe bananas, remove the peels and process in a food processor or blender until whipped. The longer you process, the lighter and fluffier they get.
If you like making banana bread, then freeze 1 1/4 cups in each ziplock bag. Most banana bread recipes use 3 large bananas or 1 1/4 cup puree. Then you will always be ready to make banana bread, just pull out a baggy to thaw. They thaw quickly, or they can be microwaved for 20-30 seconds.
The banana fluff also makes a yummy treat straight from the freezer!
Dried Chips: No fancy equipment is needed to dry bananas, you simply use your oven. Bananas are sliced paper thin to dry. For oven drying instructions visit Fort Valley State University's site. Just click here
Grilled Treats: We cook alot outside once the weather warms up. Grilling bananas is easy and fun. For the adult crowd, Banana Fosters are always a hit. For the kids we make Virgin Banana Fosters (or grilled brown sugar bananas). For the recipes visit HERE.
I'm always looking for more creative ideas using, preserving and serving bananas. Do you have a favorite banana treat to share? Come on, let me hear them!