I think I've read that the peels make them very bitter.Jan Hurst-Nicholson said:I wonder if the peel makes the flavour more pronounced?
And put a little chocolate and peanut butter in with it. Oooh Aaah! Yum!Cindy416 said:I've put just frozen bananas in my food processor, and have processed them until they have become unbelievably creamy. Suddenly, they change from kind of creamy grayish to beautifully white and ice cream-like. I'm going to try this in my Vitamix soon.
Me too -- I make that as mini-muffins, and freeze them. Great for school snacks or for weekend breakfasts or for midnight snack attacks.readingril said:I make Chocolate Chip Banana bread!
Mom2karen, don't you just love Cook's Illustrated (and America's Test Kitchen)? They have the most useful advice of any site that I've found. (I love Fine Cooking, as well, but ATK/CI is the best.)mom2karen said:Do you not like the bananas sliced in the pie because they turn brown and yucky? Cooks Illustrated solved that by putting 1/2 the custard down, topping with banana and then covering with the rest of the custard. If it's the bother of arranging them nicely, you could try mixing them into the custard. http://laurassweetspot.blogspot.com/2011/07/banana-cream-pie.html
If you have the the pasta extruder on your juicer/blender/processor try using it to make banana spaghetti. Just toss in frozen banana chunks and extrude. It comes out smooth and yummy, and looks cool.
I have subscribed to everything they offer for years. If you love the science behind the recipes (as do I), you would love their cookbook, "The Science of Good Cooking." They also have a new "D.I.Y." (Do It Yourself) and a "Comfort Food Makeovers" book. All are top quality. I, too, watch their tv shows and often print out their recipes, but I love to read their cookbooks.mom2karen said:Yes! CI/ATK is the best. We joined their magazine subscription their first year and kept going for 16 years. Well, we switched to the annual book after about 10 years. I loved the science behind the recipes and felt like I learned WHY they did things the way they did. We stopped getting the annual after 2008 or so. There were too many things they were doing again and we didn't find the new version better. We also started watching the tv show and printing the recipes off their website.
Hey, thanks for an awesome thread.Jan Hurst-Nicholson said:In the heat of summer bananas seem to go from green to freckled in the blink of an eye. But don't throw them out when they start going black. Peel them and wrap them individually in cling (Saran?) wrap and place them in the freezer. They are great for making milkshakes as the flavour is enhanced. They also make excellent, no mess banana popsicles (ice lollies/lollys).
You can also use them for banana bread, but that takes more work