I love baking with bananas. Banana bread, banana chocolate chip cookies, banana muffins, banana cake. Love them all. So does the rest of my family. The problem is that when you bake with bananas, you have to use the over-ripe ones. The more brown, the better.
Why is that a problem, you ask? I can’t keep bananas in my pantry long enough for them to get over-ripe! With four boys and a hubbie who takes fruit to work every day, they disappear mighty quick. I try hiding them by pushing them to the back of the pantry, but someone always finds them. Arg!
Last time I went to the store, I thought, I’ll just buy the bananas that are already brown. They’re cheap-bonus! The only problem was– They. Were. Out. So I bought a bunch of perfect yellow bananas. Not a blemish anywhere. Brought them home and told every male member of my family that they could not eat them. That I was saving them so I could bake with them. The prospect of having baked goods must have worked, because they didn’t touch them. They sat in the pantry and ripened away. I waited till they were good and brown, and then I made all things banana. It was a yummy week at our house!
This was one of the recipes that I came up with. I tweaked one of my other recipes, and I was really pleased with the results. I served them with buttermilk syrup. Oh my goodness they were yummy. I loved them with the pecans! Loved! They would probably be good with maple syrup too, but I prefer the buttermilk syrup . It really takes them up a notch! Enjoy!!!
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pecans (optional)
Whisk buttermilk, milk, eggs, butter, vanilla, and bananas till smooth. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix lightly till just combined. Pour batter into medium/low skillet that has been oiled. Sprinkle with pecans if desired. Cook till bubbles form and then flip.Notes:
-If everyone in your family likes the nuts, you can just add them to the batter. Some of my kids don’t, which is why I sprinkle them on top.
-Don’t let my kids know I said this, but these would be fabulous with chocolate chips! I don’t know if I could handle that much deliciousness early in the morning!