It seems like only a year ago I was able to get bananas for $0.33 a pound at the commissary. Over the past year the price has steadily risen, but I have continued to buy bananas because my kids love them, it is an easy snack, and we are smoothie addicts.
Last week I was giddy when I saw bags of clearance bananas at the Commissary for $0.50 a bag! Each bag weighed over five pounds so I put several bags in my cart and continued my shopping, dreaming of all our cheap banana treats we would be eating over the next few weeks.
Obviously even a family as large as ours cannot each 30 pounds of bananas in a few days. So we decided to freeze the browner bananas and eat the ones that still looked good. I was surprised at how many good bananas were in each bag. We probably got 5 pounds of ready to eat bananas out of our 30 pounds.
The bananas that were too brown to eat we peeled and frozen in ziploc bags. I have been freezing bananas for years with great results. We freeze the bananas (peeled but whole) in quart sized bags. Then when we want a smoothie we just take a few bananas out of the fridge and throw them in the blender.
You can also mash the bananas, add a teas of lemon juice (helps prevent browning) and freeze them in a bag for banana bread. Just thaw on the counter or in the fridge before using.
We also slice bananas and freeze them on a cookie sheet. This makes a fun frozen treat for the children. You have to eat them within a day or two or the bananas turn brown.
Our favorite banana muffin recipe.
- 1 1/2 cups flour (I use fresh ground wheat)
- 1 1/2 teas baking powder
- 1/4 teas baking soda
- 1 shake of cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 2 mashed bananas
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup applesauce
Mix together and bake @ 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cook longer for bread, shorter for mini muffins.
Bananas are great in smoothies because they mask the flavor of other foods that you might not think of putting in a smoothie. I can add spinach or carrots to a fruit smoothie and no one notices if I also add bananas. Using frozen bananas also give smoothies a creamier texture.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt or kefir
- 1 orange (peeled to the white part)
- 1 apple (peeled and cored)
- 1 pear (peeled and cored)
- 1 carrot or handful of spinach
- splash of milk depending on how thick you like your smoothie
Blend together and serve
note: I have a Vita-mix, I am not sure how well a regular blender can blend up an orange or a carrot.