Going Bananas

When your bananas are going bad, and you are trying to think what to do with them, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is banana bread. I wasn’t in the mood for banana bread this time, so I researched some recipes to use for my four bananas. Both were two thumbs up on the taste factor, and I wanted to share these recipes with you today:

My favorite find was the peanut butter, banana, and oat blender muffins. I found it on the blog, Like Mother Like Daughter. Not only was this an easy recipe, it really fills you up! Below is the recipe, and you can find it directly from the blog too: Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oat Blender Muffins

muffins

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Oat Blender Muffins

Serves 18 regular, or 26 mini muffins

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt (or vanilla)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place all ingredients (except chocolate chips or nuts) into a blender and mix until smooth. Mix in chocolate chips or nuts if desired (I put the chocolate chips and nuts just on the top of the muffins). Pour batter into a muffin tin lines with muffin liners, or grease muffin tin (regular or mini)well with nonstick spray. Fill ¾ full. Bake for 7-8 minutes for mini muffins, and 9-12 for regular muffins.

I still had two bananas to go, and I wanted something sweet for dinner. I found some great banana drop cookies from the blog, LOVEFOODIES (recipe by C&H) , and they are a yummy treat. The recipe is located below, and you can aslo find it on the blog is here: Banana Drop Cookies

bananacookies

Banana Drop Cookies

Makes approximately 50

  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup banana; mashed well
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For topping (optional, but I did it)
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cream sugar, butter, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Stir in banana. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet. Chill 30 minutes in refrigerator. Preheat oven to 400. Drop teaspoon sized balls of dough two inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture; if desired. Bake 8-10 minutes or until browned. Cool 2 minutes, then transfer to racks.

I hope you enjoy these recipes, and best of luck to your baking creativity with your bananas! If you have any tasty banana recipes, please share and I would love to try them!

 

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