Going Bananas

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.


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Comments

  1. Tammy says:

    That’s a lot of bananas! My family likes banana bread and smoothies. If I can find it I have a recipe for a smoothie that tastes just like the push up ice cream. Remember those,are they even still around. LOL Anyway it tastes just like them and I love it.It’s been a while since I have had one. If I can locate it I will send it to you.

    God Bless

  2. rolanda says:

    My family is addicted to smoothies as well. I got a good deal on bananas and cut and froze them. My Kitchen Aid blender does not have a problem handling oranges or the flax seed, seeds. I sneak that into the smoothies along with wheat germ. The kids love the smoothies. I am having fun mixing diffrent yogurts and fruits with the banana stash I have in the freezer.

  3. Sharon says:

    Yes, bananas are a big hit around my house!

    I have a one year old and we use frozen bananas for easy snacks — I don’t even peel mine, just put them in the freezer… When he was littler, they were a great portable meal. I would grab it, snap it in half and stick it in a tupperware. It “melts” in about 20 minutes and then I could just squeeze it out and spoon feed.

    Plus, if you want an AWESOME baby food, try banana guacamole… It’s really good! I wrote about it here: http://www.goodtrueandbeautiful.com/2009/02/banana-guacamole.html

    It might be good for Cora in a few months.

    God Bless!

  4. Tina says:

    This is a favorite in my house as with my childcare kiddos!

    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

    2 egg
    1/2 tsp table salt
    4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    3 cup uncooked oatmeal
    1 tsp baking powder
    2 medium banana(s), ripe, mashed
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup sugar (or substitute equivalent)
    1 cup unpacked brown sugar
    1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment.
    In small bowl, wisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In large bowl, cream butter and sugars, add eggs, vanilla and bananas. Incorporate flour mixture, then stir in oats and chocolate chips. Bake until bottoms are light golden and tops are set.

  5. Whoa- that is a lot of bananas! I haven’t bought bananas in over a year, since we’ve focused on local foods. But I found some frozen in the back of our freezer, so we actually enjoyed a loaf of banana bread a week or so ago.

    Banana bread is the only way I like bananas, anyway. For some reason, I don’t care for them, so I’ve always left them out of smoothies.

    My regular cheapo blender can handle an orange just fine (I make orange smoothies often!), but not a carrot. We run the carrots through our juicer first. :)

    What a great deal! Enjoy! :)
    Blessings,
    Michele

  6. lana says:

    What great ideas. I am ALL about freezing the bananas. :-)

  7. jasmine says:

    yummy yummy! had a bannana,rasberry,strawberry,blackberry,and blueberry smoothie this morning

  8. Looking forward to making the muffins. I have lots of frozen bananas and need to do something with them!

  9. Netta says:

    Yes, I do what Sharon (comment #3). We just put mussy bananas in the freezer, peal & all. They are wonderful.
    But I’ve never tried the slices on a tray…. but I will now!
    Thanks!

  10. Allison says:

    What great ideas! I throw all of our old bananas in the freezer too, but I’m always looking for new ideas to use them for. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This made me want a bannana immediately : ). I could totally go for a bannana smoothie tonight. It sure would beat the Rocky Road ice cream that keeps calling my name from the freezer!

  12. Yea for your banana deal. My sis-in-love and I split 40 lbs that we got cheap at Whole Foods. So fun. Do you love your Vita Mixer? I have contemplated one….do you recommend?

  13. Awesome find!

  14. Stephanie says:

    What a timely post! I was so excited to drive by a local farm store and see bananas @ 4lbs for $1! I scooped up a bunch. They are pretty ripe, so I am thinking up ways to use them up!

  15. Banana muffins! Yum! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Sherry says:

    Wow! That is a TON of bananas. LOL! We love making smoothies with ours along with some pineapple and coconut extract. :D Thanks for the yummy looking banana muffin recipe, too!

  17. Lori says:

    Ooooooh, I may add the applesauce to my muffin recipe next time! I bet they are good.

  18. VeggieMomma says:

    Perfectly timed post! I just bought a large bag of bananas at the grocery store last night for 50% off. About half are just scratched on the skin and half are browning. I always look for bananas this way since they are $0.89/lb here (!!!). I make smoothies, babyfood, and muffins. I love your ideas and I’m going to try your muffin recipe.

    My blender blends carrots, but not very well, sometimes there are chunks… :)

  19. Jerri says:

    I love to freeze bananas for smoothies, too. What a great deal you got!

  20. Wow thats alot of Bananas, but like you we love them and they are great for so many things. Great find!

  21. I have been so hungry for banana bread lately. And I love yogurt in our smoothies too.
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Liz

  22. sherry says:

    WOW! I wish I could get them that cheap! I can think of a million things I could make!

  23. Lori says:

    WOW! That was a great deal!!! Frozen bananas are a wonderful thing to have on hand…fresh bread is THE best!!!!

  24. Aunt LoLo says:

    Check out Alton Brown’s “banana ice cream” recipe on http://www.foodnetwork.com. It uses frozen bananas, and it’s AMAZING.

    Great job on your great deal!

  25. Jacquelin says:

    I LOVE bananas! It is my one craving with this pregnancy that I have to have in the house, all the time. My girls love smoothies for breakfast too. I will have to try adding an orange. Thanks for the tips, I never thought of freezing bananas :-)

  26. Tiph says:

    If you take frozen bananas and run them through a juicer like the Champion… it makes an awesome (super rich! – you’ll probably only want a small portion) soft-serve! And the best part? All it consists of, is bananas. We love it!!!

  27. Stephanie says:

    We freeze bananas too. They’re so nice to have on-hand for fruit smoothies. :)

  28. Yum. Bananas are always in season so this is a handy recipe. If you want to, I am posting a recipe link over at Momtrends. Just add your favorite recipe here:

    http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/05/friday-feasts.html

  29. Kristen says:

    Yum! I love all things bananas. I just posted a baked banana crumble recipe and have lots of bananas still to use!

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