Banana Recipes


Banana Bread

A great idea to use up over-ripe bananas

BananaBread

Makes 1 large loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) sunflower oil
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 65g peacan nuts, roughly chopped
  • Butter & honey, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base of a 900ml loaf pan.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar with 1 teaspoon of salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, oil and vanilla.
  3. Add to the dry ingredients with banana and pecan and fold until just combined – do not overmix.
  4. Place into the loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove and slice thickly.
  5. Serve spread with butter and drizzled with honey.
Recipe by Valli Little. Photography by Mark Roper.

Banana Smoothie

The tasty smoothie for lazy people

BananaSmoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups (500ml) full cream milk
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice-cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • Cinnamon powder

Method

  1. Put bananas, milk, honey and vanilla essence into blender. Blend until well mixed.
  2. Pour into two large glasses. Add 1 large scoop of vanilla ice-cream to each.
  3. Dust with cinnamon and enjoy.
Recipe by James Howe and Kylie Jurello.

Banana Fritters

Great for dessert or a winter snack

BananaFritters

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup chilled soda water
    vegetable oil, for shallow frying
  • 4 large bananas, peeled, cut diagonally into 6 slices
  • 1/3 cup caramel topping
  • Vanilla ice-cream

Method

  1. Sift flour and cinnamon together into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre. Add egg and soda water. Whisk until a smooth batter forms. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Place a wire rack over a baking tray. Pour oil into a large, non-stick frying pan until 5mm deep. Heat over medium heat until hot.
  3. Dip 1 piece of banana at a time into batter and allow excess batter to drain. Cook, in batches, for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through. Remove to a wire rack. Keep warm in oven while cooking remaining fritters.
  4. Pour caramel topping into a heatproof microwave-safe jug. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH (100%) for 1 minute or until warm.
  5. Divide fritters between plates. Drizzle with caramel sauce and serve with ice-cream.
Recipe by Claire Brookman. Photography by Alan Benson.

Gourmet Banana Split

An old favourite with a fancy twist

BananaSplit

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 x 50g pkt Werther’s Original Classic Cream Candies
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) thickened cream
  • 12 bought waffles
  • 3 large bananas, peeled, halved lengthways
  • 1 x 250g punnet strawberries, washed & halved
  • 6 scoops vanilla ice-cream

Method

  1. Place the Werther’s Original Classic Cream Candies and cream in a non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Set aside to cool.
  2. Toast the waffles in a toaster until crisp. Halve diagonally.
  3. Divide waffles, banana, strawberries and ice-cream among serving dishes.
  4. Drizzle sauce over to serve.
Recipe by Michelle Noerianto. Photography by Ben Dearnley.

Choc-Banana Toasties

Seriously easy, seriously good

ChocBananaToasties

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of raisin bread
  • 2 tbs Nutella
  • 1 large banana, sliced

Method

  1. Preheat a jaffle or sandwich maker. Spread one side of 4 each slice of bread with butter. Spread the other side of each slice with Nutella.
  2. Place 2 slices of bread, butter-side down, in the jaffle maker. Top with banana. Top with remaining bread, butter-side up. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden. Set aside for 2 minutes to cool slightly.
  3. Cut into quarters to serve.
Recipe by Tracy Rutherford. Photography by William Meppem.

Banana and Nutella Sushi

An easy snack for the kids

BananaNutellaSushi

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 tortillas
  • 4 tbs Nutella
  • 2 bananas

Method

  1. Place tortilla on a cutting board and spread with Nutella.
  2. Peel banana and lay in on the edge of the tortilla
  3. Roll banana in tortilla
  4. Slice into rounds and arrange on a plate with the cut edge facing upwards
Recipe by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot Kitchen.