If you’re like me when you thinking of bananas that are just past of the verge of being ‘too ripe’ you immediately go to “time to make banana bread“. However *I* get sick of banana bread and muffins and cakes and bars and cookies and just well any type of baked good involving bananas. I’m around it constantly so you tend to get tired of the “same old thing”. Though oddly enough I never get tired of Mr. Fantabulous… *wink*. LOL Now don’t get me wrong, my banana bread ROOOOOOOOOOCKS but I like a variety. I’m that chocolate in a sea of vanilla if you will.
The other day Mr. Fantabulous wanted a milkshake, a chocolate cake milkshake for that matter. Now while I LOVE these things, they are way too calorie intensive for me and I’d prefer to not have stuff jiggle when I walk! He, on the other hand, can eat anything and not gain a pound! <hate him!> LOL So as I was making his my stomach started to growl which means I was going to give into temptation even though I knew I shouldn’t. Fortunately after I filled his glass there was none left in the blender (aw damn… not.. well okay maybe a small damn). But the grumbling didn’t stop. As I stood there and stared at his luscious shake, I knew I had to make myself one.
You’re probably asking yourself “What in the world is she babbling on about milkshakes? I thought this was a tip about freezing bananas???” It is, haha, trust me! Since I wanted to cut the calories pretty significantly I used frozen bananas instead of ice cream. Now that recipe will be in a future post. But when I shared the picture of it on facebook and I explained that it was without ice cream but with a frozen banana, I was actually pretty taken back by how few knew how to freeze bananas properly. Most just thought you popped the banana in the freezer as-is.
Ever tried this? Sure they are hard as a rock BUT… ever try to peel a frozen banana? Yeah… how’d that work out for you eh? It didn’t right? The peel came off in shreds and was a PITA, right? So that’s what prompted me to write this and give a great tip. So when I make anything banana-y that requires a ripe banana (like banana bread and so forth) I use these. PLUS these little buggers make AWESOME treats (again, future post!).Print
- Bunch ripe bananas (no green, bright yellow with minimal brown) *See note
- Peel the bananas and slice into 1” chunks.
- Place the slices on a parchment lined pan.
- Place them in the freezer, uncovered until firm (about 1-2 hours).
- Remove the pan and store in a plastic bag or covered bowl in the freezer.
- When ready to use, add 1 cup of frozen slices to a shake in place of ice cream! Dip in chocolate for a treat, etc.
If they are really brown, peel overripe (one that is really soft and squishy) banana and place in a bowl in the freezer. Cover and freeze.