Old bananas…

We keep bananas in our house at all times. When they get old, I either make banana bread or stick the old bananas in a zip-lock bag to store in the freezer for later. Lately, I’ve been making banana bread. Micah loves it and it is very easy to make. This recipe that I have makes 2 loaves.

2-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour (I use about half white and half wheat. If you decide to do that, than you will use a little less than 2-1/2 cups.)
1-1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Salt
3 large Bananas (very ripe)
2 large Eggs
1/4 cup Sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Heat oven to 350. Coat 2 loaf pans with nonstick spray and set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Make a well in the center.

Mash bananas in a medium sized bowl. Add eggs, sugar and butter and beat until fairly smooth.

Pour banana mixture into well in the dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Fold in the walnuts/pecans. Divide batter evenly between prepared loaf pans.

Bake loaves at 350 for 35 minutes until brown. Remove to wire rack to cool.

Other ways to use bananas: GREEN MONSTERS!!!!

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, go here to read more and get lots of recipes!

Here is my personal favorite recipe:

3 Cups Organic Spinach
1-1/4 Cups Soy Milk (or whatever kind of milk you like to use)
1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
2-3 Ice Cubes
1 Banana
3/4 Cup Blueberries

Put in your blender, mix it up and inhale the antioxidants! 🙂 These are GREAT for an on-the-go breakfast or after a work-out. I need to make these more often. I physically feel so much better.

Also, go here to read about the benefits of chia seeds. I picked up a 1 lb. jar at Hy-Vee last week for $12! They also sell them at the Amish bulk food store in Kalona.


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