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Real Food For Families

Bananas

on August 11, 2013

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FUN WITH BANANAS!

The banana…such a simple, wonderful food. It comes in it’s own packaging, is crammed full of good stuff, doesn’t have to be refrigerated, tolerates being thrown into a backpack or a purse, can be used to add sweetness to baked goods and smoothies, one of the least contaminated fruits in terms of pesticides, inexpensive…I could go on and on. The humble banana is a “real food” lover’s best friend. In my last post, I wrote about food waste. You should never have to throw out a banana! Most people know that over ripe bananas are the best kind to use when making banana bread, but here is a tip that maybe you didn’t know. If you don’t need them immediately, put your over ripe bananas in the freezer. When you are ready to use them, microwave on high for one minute, cut one end off, and squeeze the soft banana out. Very fun for kids to do. And when you do get around to making that banana bread, here is an easy recipe for you! This tip and the recipe are both from Lisa Reid’s book, “Raising Kids With Just a Little Cash”.

BANANA NUT CAKE
~1 1/2 cups flour
~3/4 cup sugar
~1 teaspoon baking powder
~1/4 teaspoon baking soda
~dash of salt
~2/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
~2 mashed bananas
~1/3 cup oil
~1/3 cup milk
~2 eggs

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix all of the dry ingredients into an ungreased 8 or 9 inch baking pan, stirring with a fork until well mixed.
3. Blend in the wet ingredients until smooth.
4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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