Using Up Ripe Bananas
What do you do when your banana’s are too ripe to eat? You probably hate to waste food yet can’t quite enjoy bananas that are going squidgy.
There is no better way to use up bananas than banana cake. Whether you have too many bananas, or some are going too overripe to eat, this is a delicious way to use them. But there is of course nothing to stop you buying bananas especially for a banana cake!
I have been making banana cake for years, probably starting when the children were young and bananas made an easy ‘first food’and I could then use up the bananas in cake for the adults! It is a great cake to take on picnics or have as a mid morning snack – especially as it does have the health benefits of bananas.
Easy Banana Cake Recipe
I am always on the look out for new ways of doing things and this recipe seemed to be particularly straight forward. I came across this banana cake recipe in The Real Food Store, Exeter, Devon. They sell locally grown produce and fair trade bananas.
This recipe is very easy to make and produces a flatish and very bananary cake. You can completely puree the bananas but I like them slightly lumpy so you get small whole pieces of banana.
Banana cake is a great way to use up over ripe bananas – but don’t worry – you don’t have to wait that long – this recipe is great made with ‘just’ ripe bananas too!
Banana Cake – And Pineapple Too!
This cake is also very delicious with pineapple pieces on top of the cake – simply add them to the top before putting the cake in the oven. Pineapple and banana just go together and give that ‘totally tropical’ taste! Sweet and delicious! You can always serve it warm with some ice cream – or cream.
Walnuts make a good addition to the cake – just stir some in before putting the cake in its cake tin – or place some half walnuts on top of the cake.
Fair Trade Bananas
Do try to buy fairtrade bananas. As bananas are regarded as a staple in the supermarkets, it is one of the items that supermarket slash prices on to entice people into the store – and if they do it is the producers of the bananas that bear the brunt of that price reduction. Fairtrade ensures a fair price is paid to the producers. Find out about Banana Link who campaign for a fair and sustainable banana trade.
I would also recommend you buy fair trade sugar and free range eggs too. Remember, free range eggs are usually much cheaper away from the supermarket. Try a local food grocer, farmers market or farm shop and you will be amazed at the 50p or so difference in the price of supermarket eggs and the local ones. Don’t assume the supermarkets are cheaper for everything. Fruit and vegetables are often cheaper at local markets too.
- 4 ripe bananas
- 110g / 3.5oz butter or margarine
- 110g / 3.5oz sugar
- 2 eggs
- 225g / 8oz self raising flour
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C
- Mash the bananas to a pulp, leaving it a little lumpy
- Put all the ingredients together and mix with a hand whisk or blender if you have one, otherwise with a wooden spoon
- Line a cake tin with baking parchment
- Pour in the mixture, ensuring it is evenly spread
- Bake in the oven for 40 minutes ta 180 degrees C
- Turn down the oven to 150 degrees C for 30 minutes
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes
- Turn out onto a wire rack to cool
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