Secretly, I'm a bit of a penny pincher. Not in the sense that I will check toll booths for refused change, or only buy things if I have a coupon. I can't stand throwing my money away in the form of spoiled food, that we just hadn't gotten around to yet. If I lived in a city where it was practical for me to go to the grocery or farmers stand everyday I really would go European. This is the price I must pay for living 8 miles into the country, we all have our challenges I suppose.
Whether you are on a fresh food meal plan or just a well balanced eater, you've come across some thing spoiled or nearly so in the bottom of your fresh food drawer. You can curse the veggie / fruit air vents that I've never been able to figure out, or the food gods for ripening your banana too soon. Either way that ship sailed-- and nothing short of Midas' touch is going to bring that wilted banana back to something useful. Right?
That's where you'd be wrong! Behold: The humble (but tasty Banana Bread)
But you don't have to stop there, you can bake most fruit into any bread or crumble, but if your looking for something a little less traditional here are a few other ideas for that fruit that got the best of you.
- Sweet Breads / Dessert Breads
-Chop and Freeze for Smoothies
-Refrigerator Jams / Jellies
- Make salad dressing
-Pies or cobblers
- Chutney for meat on the grill
- Pop cicles for the kids
Just in-case you were already sold on my Banana nut bread, (which can be frozen if you need to make more then one loaf.) It's healthy-er too, with no oil or bleached flour. Perfect for that morning on the go or to sit and enjoy with a nice hot cup of coffee.
Healthy Banana Bread
Makes one loaf
Ingredients1 ½ cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray loaf pan with cooking spray
Combine dry ingredients into bowl and set aside.
Mix remaining ingredients together until batter is relatively smooth with a few lumps from the mashed bananas
Slowly mix flour mixture into banana mixture
Once batter is fully mixed, pour into loaf pan and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes
Cool, slice and enjoy.