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Going Bananas?



Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding by The Recipe Critic


The days are starting to blend together as we seem to be hunkering down for a long stretch of quarantine.  Like most people, I am trying to make do and be creative in the kitchen while using readily available ingredients that we have on hand.



Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Banana Bread by Half Baked Harvest


Bananas, one such ingredient, seem to still be easily found at the supermarket; yet, I’ve noticed that they, for the most part, come nearly banana bread ready, peppered with brown spots.  This is the perfect time to grab as many bunches as you can.  You can peel a bunch and freeze the bananas for smoothies, banana ice cream and other recipes for later, and whip up a  batch  of banana pancakes or banana bread today.



Banana Smoothie by Kristine's Kitchen


I have included a variety of recipes that use bananas for you here.  Also, some ingredients are hard to come by these days… like eggs!  You can buy a carton of egg beaters or the like to keep on hand for everything from banana bread, quiche to whipping up scrambled eggs.



Ricotta Chocolate Chip Banana and Chia Pancakes by Half Baked Harvest


Bananas in pancakes are a natural pairing that give you extra nutrients and flavor.



Banana Oatmeal Pancakes by Taste of Home


Did you know that you can blend frozen bananas and make the most delicious creamy ice cream without any other ingredients?  Or just add in whatever additional flavors you like: peanut butter and chocolate, yes please!; strawberries blended in and sliced on top with banana; coffee… oh yes!; vanilla, definitely… the possibilities are endless.



One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream  by the NY Times


Banana ice cream paired with chia pudding?  Check it out…



Peanut & Maca Banana Ice Cream by Nadia Damaso 


Have you ever had that moment when you bite into a warm, freshly baked piece of banana bread and the flavors explode in your mouth and you think you’ve hit nirvana?  The recipes following can have that effect, just a warning.



Chocolate Chip and Almond Butter Banana Bread by Half Baked Harvest




Banana Buttermilk Bread by Local Milk 




Banana Bread Pudding by Tornadough Alli


Enjoy and stay safe my friends!

Carrie Allen created this site as a way for people to share stories about things they love.  She loves chasing quiet, authentic moments and sharing them with her family and friends.  Read more about her inspiration here.