Tip of the Week: Go Bananas!

This tip is very simple, but it always amazes me how many people don’t know what to do with brown bananas. During this time of year, I always find myself eating a lot of bananas. The problem is that I can never seem to buy the right amount. If I only buy a few, I will go through them too fast and have to go to the store only a few days later. If I buy too many, they go bad before I can eat them all. This tip solves my banana problem, and I don’t end up with any banana bread!

As a general rule of thumb, I will buy more bananas than I think I need. I also buy them already ripe, if possible. If I don’t eat all of the bananas before they are heavily covered in brown spots, I will peel them, break them into pieces, and freeze them on a piece of plastic wrap. If I freeze them on plastic wrap in one layer, they don’t stick together or to anything else in my freezer. Once I freeze them, I can use them for many things, not just baking. I like to add a piece of frozen banana in oatmeal to add sweetness and creaminess. In the summer months, I like blending frozen bananas with other fruit or cocoa powder to create a sweet treat that resembles ice cream. I will sometimes add a little non-dairy milk to create a smoothie. Bananas are great for creating a creamy texture and a sweet flavor without needing to add non-dairy milk or sugar to a cold treat on a warm summer day.

I will do this all of the time in the summer months. There isn’t anything that is more refreshing or satisfying than a giant bowl of banana “ice cream” in the middle of the day. I use this tip all summer, and in the winter months, I just use the bananas for baking or breakfast smoothies! It cuts down on food waste, and relieves the overwhelming amount of banana bread that some people end up with!

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