WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU RIPE BANANAS

ripe bananas

So this past weekend, I’m looking around the kitchen making the grocery shopping list. I look over and have FIVE VERY ripe bananas left from the last shopping trip. FIVE?!! How can that be? We have smoothies for breakfast a few days per week-how the heck did I end up with five bananas?! Oh well-I decided a loaf of banana bread or two was in order.

I typically prefer to bake when it’s a little cooler outside-but this was a serious ripe banana situation that couldn’t wait. My banana bread recipe called for three very ripe bananas-and I had five. Isn’t that always how it works? Enough for one but not two. No problem, I knew immediately what I needed to do. Our dog Chula was going to have some banana and peanut butter treats too!

So off we go to the kitchen. Don’t think for one second that she’ll be surprised – she knows EXACTLY what’s going on when she sees mom in the kitchen and smells peanut butter. Ok maybe she doesn’t know if it will be doggie ice cream or baked treats, but she watches my every move for spoon licking opportunities.

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Keep it simple and real-that’s what makes it good. No need to get all fancy.


Here’s a simple but delicious recipe for “people” banana bread:

-1/2 cup melted butter

-1 cup white sugar

-2 eggs

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-pinch of ground cinnamon

-1/2 cup sour cream

-2 medium bananas

-1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, but not in our house)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the butter mixture until smooth. Finally, fold in the sour cream, bananas and walnuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely–but I find it hard to wait until “cooled completely” to try it! It’s always best while still a little warm. I store in the refrigerator and enjoy it while it lasts-which might all of two days if we’re lucky.

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The Banana and Peanut Butter treat recipe I make for my four-legged companion only has four, human food ingredients. Here’s how I make them:

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-3 1/2 cups rolled oats, more as needed

-2 ripe bananas, mashed

-1/4 cup peanut butter (make sure it’s low in sugar with no artificial sweeteners.)

-1/4 cup coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine oats, bananas, peanut butter and coconut oil. Add an additional 2 tablespoons oats at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.

I have a few silicon molds I press the dough into. One is a dog bone shape and the other is a paw print. (The molds make it so easy but you also roll the dough out to a 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters.)

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I fill the molds and bake them for about 30 minutes or until they turn slightly brown. I turn off the oven and let them cool in there.

Once they are cool you can store them in an airtight container for up to a week. As you see, the batch makes quite a few so Chula is usually ok with sharing with some of her BFFs. <3

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If you look over and realize you have ripe bananas and decide to try one of these recipes, please let us know! Post your pics on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or here in the comments. We’d love to see them!

-Kathy


 

 

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