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TIP OF THE DAY: Things To Do With Overripe Bananas

Dolce de bananas becomes a banana toffee
pie. Here’s the recipe. Photo courtesy
OurBestBites.com.

 

We went overboard at Trader Joe’s, buying too many bananas with the thought that we’d eat one or two each day. You can guess the outcome: a lot of overripe bananas.

So we headed to our mental archive of delicious things to make with overripe bananas:

  • Banana bread/banana cake/banana muffins
  • Banana cream pie
  • Banana daiquiris
  • Banana ice cream
  • Banana pancakes
  • Banana pudding
  • Banana smoothies
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    Dolce de bananas (in Italian) or dulce de bananas (in Spanish) is a type of banana pudding. Some recipes are “wet”—the consistency of American chocolate pudding—or “dry,” like a bread pudding.

     

    Here’s a basic “wet” pudding recipe from Dole, which slow-cooks the overripe bananas into a pudding consistency. Unlike American puddings, it uses no dairy. The recipe makes 4 servings. Prep time 15 minutes, cook time: 3 hours.

    RECIPE: DOLCE DE BANANAS or DULCE DE BANANAS or BANANA PUDDING

    Ingredients

  • 5 very ripe medium bananas or 2 large bananas, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • Optinal garnish: chopped nuts, crème fraîche, ice cream, mascarpone, mini chocolate chips, sour cream, toffee bits, whipped cream
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE all ingredients in a saucepan.

    2. COOK slowly over low heat for 3 hours. If the mixture becomes too thick, thin with a little water.

    3. COOL for 10 minutes. Garnish as desired; serve.
     
    MORE RECIPES FOR OVERRIPE BANANAS

    Dolce De Bananas Pie. Blogger Kate from OurBestBites.com fills a chocolate cookie pie crust with her own recipe for dolce de bananas, using sweetened condensed milk and cream, plus brown sugar, cream cheese and toffee chocolate bars. She calls it a “naughty, naughty pie that should only be eaten once a year.”

     

    Pretty ripe but not really overripe (those bananas aren’t as pretty). Photo courtesy BakingLibrary.Blogspot.

     

    But you can throw caution to the wind and have it more frequently. Here‘s the recipe.

    Banana Chocolate Cake.
    This recipe, from BakingLibrary.com, turns those overripe bananas into a delicious cake.

    Bananas & Sour Cream. One of our favorite childhood treats with ripe—but not overripe—bananas: Top them with sour cream and brown sugar. We still love this in adulthood. Try it for dessert or a snack.
     
    No time to bake right now?

    Mash the bananas and freeze them in cup or half-cup portions, in airtight containers. You can add the frozen bananas into a milkshake or smoothie when the mood strikes.

    Or, blend in some sweetener and freeze the mashed banana in ice pop molds.

      





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