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Out of all the fruit, I buy, the only fruit I let go bad is my humble banana. Everything else gets chucked into a smoothie with a sad and regrettable smile, but the over ripe banana is something that I actually get excited about! (Yes, I am THAT sad!)
Bananas are so full of flavor when ripe, and without that rich taste, banana bread, milkshakes or ice cream just wouldn’t be the same.
So I’ve gathered up 9 recipes that can and should be made with over ripe bananas, to prove to you just how good they taste, plus, all come in at under £1 a head!
I’ve even worked it all out for you, just to prove that all these can be done cheaply, while saving on your waste.
Notes: All of these are based on 4 people unless stated. Prices are correct from Friday 14th July 2017 and are based on Asda prices.
Banana Bread Pancakes
These are seriously lush! All of these ingredients are kitchen staple items and together make the perfect weekend breakfast. I use this Banana Bread Pancake recipe, but there are loads out there.
Price: 200g flour 20p, 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder 5p, 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 5p, 2 Eggs 14p, 1 ripe Banana 14p, 300ml milk 30p. = 88p
Total: 22p a head.
Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake
This moist Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake is topped with bananas and a thick caramel sauce. The cake is made upside-down, then flipped over after baking for that shinny effect. It’s really easy, even the kids help me bake it.
There’s nothing special ingredient wise, again, all stuff you’ve probably got in the cupboards already.
Price: 150g light muscovado sugar 50p, ½ tsp vanilla essence 10p , 4 large bananas 56p, 240g plain flour 20p, ½ tsp baking powder 5p, 1 tsp cinnamon 5p, ½ tsp ground ginger 5p, 300g golden caster sugar 77p, 200g unsalted butter £1.18, 3 large eggs 21p, 150ml soured cream 60p = £1.81
Total: 82p a head.
Banana and Choc Chip Muffins
After you’ve tried these Banana and choc chip muffins, you will never throw another banana out again! Perfect as little treats after school or as a snack for the adults. Yum!
Price: 1 large ripe banana 14p, 240ml milk 43p, 1 egg 7p, 60g margarine 6p, 180g self-raising flour 18p, 125g caster sugar 45p, 125g chocolate chips 53p = £1.86
Total: 46p a head.
Ok, so I’m a huge Banana Loaf fan! This version tastes of pure golden caramel and crushed soft biscuit. It’s really simple to make, even for a noncook like me. I’ll tell you what though, it really does look impressive!
Price: 140g Butter 59p, 140g Caster sugar 50p, 2 eggs 14p, 140g self raising flour 15p, 1tsp baking powder 5p, 2 bananas 28p, 50g icing sugar 11p = £1.82
Total: 45p a head.
Banana Ice Cream
Would you believe me if I said that this Banana ice cream is actually healthy as well as tasty? It’s super easy, the only annoying thing is how long it takes to set!
Price: 4 very ripe bananas 28p, ¼ tsp vanilla essence 20p, 4 tbsp sugar, honey or sweetener 4p, 150g Greek-style yogurt 27p = 79p
Total: 19p a head.
Banana French Toast
I think French toast and bananas go perfectly together. For a real American-style feel, decorate with fresh strawberries, a sprinkle of icing sugar and drizzle of maple syrup.
Price: 4 ripe bananas, mashed 28p, 8 slices white bread 17p, 110ml semi-skimmed milk 11p, 2 eggs 14p, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 20p, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 5p = 95p
Total: 23p a head.
Banana Vanilla Soft Serve with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
This one is a bit of a curve ball, but tastes so good! The only thing that I change is the cacao powder to actual coco powder and vanilla powder to an essence, but that’s just cost, for me.
These Banana Vanilla Soft Serve with Dark Chocolate Drizzle is the ultimate dessert with zero hassle. That’s a win in my book!
Price: 4 peeled, frozen bananas 28p, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 20p, 1 tablespoon maple syrup 4p, 1 teaspoon coco powder 10p = 62p
Total: 15p a head.
Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookies
This Chewy Banana Oatmeal Cookie recipe is another one that the kids tend to help me with. They make 12, I normally half the recipe to make 6. (one each for the kids and two each for us adults)
Price: 2 bananas 14p, 60ml milk 6p, 1 egg 7p, 1 teaspoon honey 6p, 80g oats 5p, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 20p, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 5p, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 10p = £1.36
Total: 34p a head.
Banana Slow Cooker Oats
I make these overnight once the kids have gone to bed, and by the time 6 am comes, they’re ready to eat. Both of them love them and can’t get enough!
These Banana Slow Cooker Oats only have three ingredients too!
Price: 200g of rolled oats, 15p, 2L milk, 87.2, maple syrup, 4p = £1.06
Total: 26p a head.
Have I missed any? Are there any go to recipes you use when you have ripe bananas?