Answer truthfully…. How often does your kitchen contain bananas that are starting to get more than a few black spots? I think we all have good intentions when we go to the store and load our carts with fresh produce. We think about the healthy meals we will prepare and all the fruit our families will eat instead of “junky” snacks. But, there always seems to be veggies that go limp and fruit that passes its prime before we have a chance to use it. Even when our fruits and veggies start to get a bit old, there are lots of ways to use them. Today our focus is bananas because I ended up with almost a full bunch that got all brown on me last week. Thanks to the contributions of lots of other fabulous bloggers, we bring you this big list of over 30 recipes to help you use up those overripe bananas. This first recipe is what I made myself this week with my bunch of brown bananas:
Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread
2 cups flour 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3 large overripe bananas 1/4 cup sour cream 2 large eggs 6 Tbsp melted butter, cooled 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup chocolate chips Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 9″x5″ loaf pan. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mash the bananas. Add in the sour cream, eggs (lightly beaten), butter and vanilla. Mix well. Gently fold the wet ingredients and the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients and mix just until it’s all combined. Batter will be very lumpy. Scoop into the prepared pan. Bake 50-55 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. And now for the other amazing recipes, all using overripe bananas!!