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Yummy Uses for Bananas-Easy Banana Recipes

Updated on July 9, 2008

Bananas are goooood

I'm Going B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Why do we need bananas? Aside from being a low calorie healthy snack. A medium sized banana costs you about 105 calories. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, dietary fiber, maganese, and vitamin B6. They are low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat. The only bad thing is that a large portion of calories come from sugar.

Bananas have a Glycemic Load of 10.

Bananas have always been one of my favorite fruits...good for you too! While I think bananas are terrific all by their lonesome, thereare some folks out there that prefer to incorporate them into their diet by adding them to various recipes. Here are some excellent EASY recipes for you to try. Most of the ingredients are ones that you probably have in your pantry already!:

Bananas Foster

This is good over vanilla ice cream or french toast. All you need is:

  1. 1/4 cup of butter
  2. 2-4 bananas sliced

  3. 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  4. 1/2 t.cinnamon
  5. 1 tbsp. vanilla
  6. 3 tbsp. rum-if you like

Melt the butter in a pan or skillet. Add in brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and rum stirring constantly. When hot and bubbly add in banana slices. Cook for 2 minutes and serve.

Oatmeal Banana Bread

Oh so easy, quick, and goood!

You'll need:

  1. 2 c. Bisquick
  2. 2/3 c. sugar
  3. 1 1/2 c. mashed ripe bananas
  4. 1 T. vanilla
  5. 1/4 c. milk or plain yogurt
  6. oatmeal - quick cooking
  7. 2 eggs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease the bottom of a 9/5/3 loaf pan

Stir all of the ingredients together until moist.

For an added kick fold in 1 cup of fresh blueberries if you've got any.

Bake 45-50 minutes

Cool 10 minutes

Remove from loaf pan and cool on wire rack an additional 2 hours

Chiquita Banana

Nana Puddin'

I had never had banana pudding until I moved to Florida, so I guess this is more of a southern recipe, but it is delish! Oh, and so easy!

What you need:

  1. 5 oz Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding

  2. 1/2 a small can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  3. 3 cups of milk - I use 1% but this is an easy recipe so use what you like!
  4. 1 tub Cool Whip
  5. 1/2 box Nilla Wafers
  6. 3 Bananas
  7. 8 oz cream cheese(or Neufatchel Cheese) at room temp.

You can make this in any kind of bowl, loaf pan or baking dish you have, but I recommend you choose something with a lid unless you think it will all get gobbled up the first night--a definate possibility!

What you do:

Whip the cream cheese with a whisk or electric mixer until fluffy. Mix in #'s 1, 2, & 3.

Fold in the Cool Whip

Layer the pudding mixture, nilla wafers, and bananas and chill!

Peanut Butter 'n Banana Sandwich

Ok. This has been a diet staple of mine for at least 20 years. All you have to do is spread some peanut butter (I prefer natural organic peanut butter, but regular old Jif will do) on 2 slices of bread. Slice up a banana, and smoosh it in between those two slices. Eat and enjoy!

This is great if you are out of jelly or jam, or are just looking for a little twist on an old sandwich.

This monkey's got the idea!

Chocolate Covered Bananas

You will need a double boiler to make these ones...and:

bananas

popsicle sticks

2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 T. shortening

If you like nuts, you could chopup some roasted peanuts for added flava

Peel 3-4 bananas, cut in half, and stick a popsicle stick in each half. Place on wax paper and freeze.

Once frozen, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in the double boiler. Dip each frozen banana pop into the hot melted chocolate covering completely. If you decided to go with nuts, rollwhile the chocolate isstill wet in nuts.

Return to freezer to harden. These are great to eat frozen.

If you don't like to eat them frozen, skip both freezer steps.

Banana Chips

You don't need a dehydrator to make delicious banana chips that are great in trail mix or just by themselves. Cut you bananas into 1/8" slices. Cover with lemon juice (this help keep them from browning) and bake for 2 hours on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 200 degrees F.

Gewn Stefani

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      Rachel Ord 9 years ago from Palm Coast

      Thanks for all the great comments! This was a fun hub to write.

      Marisue I hope your family enjoys the easy banana bread as much as we do. I particularly like the texture the oatmeal offers...it is even good to add some blueberries for added flavor if you like!

      Best of luck!

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      The Banana Bread is going to be tried out this week. Thanks for the recipes, I think the banana is a bit misunderstood. It's sooo good for us. we love banana pudding -- it never lasts long around my house, =)

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      Josh 9 years ago

      I like bananas, too. Thanks for the yummy recipes and useful nutritional information. I'm going to tell my sister and friends about these recipes.

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      Judy 9 years ago

      I loved this hub. The Chiquita clip was fun, too. The recipes are easy and delicious. Thanks, Rachel.

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      Tommy B 9 years ago

      I am Bananas over chocoliate covered bananas. Keep the good stuff coming...

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      Lupo 9 years ago from Boston Area

      I love to eat bananas, and try to eat at least one a day. I do this for two reasons - one because they are good for you and two because they are a relatively low calorie snack. Your delicious sounding recipes make me think the second part of my "why I love bananas" meme is about to get dropped.

      Thanks for the great hub.