Going Bananas

I found a discount food store through recommendation from a foster parent. I struggle a bit going into this store because it has that unpleasant warehouse smell mixed with slightly old food smell. they sell damaged food freight, bread that is almost too old and produce that should be eaten up in a timely fashion. Amazingly though I returned and will do so again. The people who work there are the nicest people – friendly, helpful, geniune. The variety is amazing and the produce cheap and plentiful. I bought 2.5 pounds of kale for $2, a ginormous bag of carrots diced for $2, a dozen ears of corn for free and a whole case of overripe bananas also free.

So i get these overripe bananas home and then my OCD starts gliching. What am I going to do with all these bad bananas? First things first – i google bananas to make sure I’m not going to poison myself or the kids by eating mushy bananas. Then I pull two ideas out for this insane amount of bananas.

Banana Bread
6 mushy bananas
4 tablespoons of melted butter
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of self-rising flour

bake at 340f for 40-45 minutes for amazing, banana heavy banana bread.

Let me just say – 6 kids and myself LOVED it. I loved that there were only 5 ingrediants and that the bananas played such a huge role. you could add vanilla extract (i forgot and the bread with still great)

Frozen Bananas
mashed bananas
sugar
vanilla extract
touch of milk

We turned about 20 bananas into banana bread and then mashed the rest and froze them. I decided to add just a bit of sugar, vanilla extract and milk into the mix. We have about 60 mashed bananas now in our freezer. I figured it’s ready for banana bread, banana “ice cream”, banana smoothies, etc.

The house smelled so good yesterday and the kids enjoyed making the bread and mashed bananas.