Thursday, July 2, 2009

What To Do With Overripe Bananas?

This is the question I asked this morning! I like to eat my bananas when they're still hard and crunchy, but just past the chalky stage. We always seem to end up with a fruit bowl full of manky bananas.

I found a couple of recipes to deal with my banana problem - Banana and Double Choc Muffins, and Banana Bread.

Banana and Double Choc Muffins

2 C self raising flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 C sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 C white chocolate buttons
1/4 C dark chocolate buttons
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 t vanilla essence
1 C milk
65 g butter, melted

Combine ingredients until just combined. Spoon mixture evenly between a 12 cup muffin pan. Top each muffin with extra chocolate pieces. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned in a 180 degree Celsius oven.

Banana Bread

300 g self raising flour
140 g raw sugar
65 g desiccated coconut
70 g pecan nuts, chopped
2 t mixed spice
2 overripe bananas, mashed
180 ml milk
60 g butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and combine well. Spoon the mixtures into a loaf tin. Baked for 50 minutes in a 180 degree Celsius oven. Allow to cool in pan before removing.

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