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Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or spray a 1 and 1/2-quart casserole dish with either butter or cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, toss together the oats, half of the walnuts, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, milk, egg, the melted butter, and the vanilla.

Place the sliced banana pieces in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle about two-thirds of the fresh blueberries over the top of the bananas, then cover the blueberries with the oat mixture.

Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute the milk as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the top of the oats.
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banana_blueberry_muffins.jpgA delicious, fairly lowfat use for overripe bananas and fresh blueberries. Note: use white flour only, wheat overwhelms the delicate banana flavor.

2 ½ cups sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cups sugar
1 egg, beaten
½ cup orange juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)

2 Tbsp. butter, room temp.
1 ½ cups (or more) chopped fresh blueberries
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3 ripe bananas, mashed

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt) together.  Then add the sugar, egg, oj, and butter. Whisk together.  Fold in the bananas and blueberries.

Pour into a 9"X5" greased loaf pan or a lined muffin tin and bake at 350 degrees for 1 ¼ hours (for loaf) or 20 minutes (for muffins).  Remove from pan when done and cool on rack. 
banana_coffee_bread.jpgThis is a much lighter version of banana bread than Daniel's traditional cake-like version here. The texture is more bread-y, but it is nonetheless packed with banana flavor, with depth from the addition of a little strong coffee. It also makes wonderful french toast after a couple of days.

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon allspice (or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)
3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
1 large egg white
1 large egg
1 cup banana puree, from about 2 very ripe medium-sized bananas
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 shot (about 3 tablespoons) of strong coffee, cooled (or mix 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder with  3 tablespoons of hot water)

Add in: pecans and/or chocolate chips

Butter a rectangular bread pan or a 9-inch square pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Sift together in a bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and allspice (or cinnamon). Mix in the sugar.

In a large bowl, mix together the butter, egg white, egg, banana puree, buttermilk or sour cream, vanilla and espresso.

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and stir in the wet ingredients with a spatula until almost mixed. Add in your additions and stir until just combined, but don't overstir: stop when any traces of flour disappear.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake the bread for 60 minutes or the square cake for 40 minutes. The center must feel lightly-springy and just done.

Cool on a baking rack. Keeps well for 3-4 days, or can be frozen, wrapped in plastic wrap, for a few months.

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This spectacular dish is quite dangerous, so be careful when lighting the liquor. Also, don't skimp on the rum without adding another liquid to balance it out: without enough liquid the sauce can turn into a chewy caramel. However, those dangers aside this is a quick, elegant dessert that can be made from ingredients we usually have around.

2 tbs. unsalted butter
¼ c. dark brown sugar
¼ tsp. ground allspice
½ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1 tbs. banana liqueur
2 under ripe bananas, sliced in half lengthwise
¼ c. dark rum
½ tsp. finely grated orange zest

Melt butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over low heat. Add brown sugar, allspice and nutmeg and stir until sugar dissolves.
Add banana liqueur and bring sauce to simmer. Add bananas and cook for 1 minute on each side, carefully spooning sauce over bananas as they are cooking.
Remove bananas from pan to a serving dish. Bring sauce to a simmer and carefully add the rum. If the sauce is very hot, the alcohol will flame on its own. If not, using stick flame, carefully ignite and continue cooking until flame dies out, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. If sauce is too thin, cook for 1 to 2 minutes until it is syrupy in consistency.
Add orange zest and stir to combine. Immediately spoon the sauce over bananas and serve. Serve with waffles, crepes, or ice cream

Original recipe

These biscotti are not too sweet, but full of banana flavor. Basically banana bread in dip-able form. Serve with coffee, tea, or milk.

1 3/4 -2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Combine banana, oil, vanilla, and egg in a medium bowl; stir in flour mixture and pecans (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; shape dough into 2 (8-inch-long) rolls with floured hands. Place rolls on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; flatten to 1/2-inch thickness.

Bake at 350° for 23 minutes. Remove rolls from baking sheet; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut each roll diagonally into 12 (1/2-inch) slices. Place slices, cut sides down, on baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 250°; bake 15 minutes. Turn cookies over; bake an additional 15 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on wire racks.

Makes ~2 dozen
Nutritional Information
Calories: 72 (25% from fat)
Fat: 2g (sat 0.3g,mono 1g,poly 0.6g)

Original recipe

I'd never had South African food until a few weeks ago at my cousin's rehearsal dinner at 10 Degrees South in Atlanta. The chicken curry was some of the best I've had, slightly sweet, topped with a bananas, onion, and tomato chutney, and sprinkled with shredded coconut. Looking for something similar, I came across this on Tastespotting. The meatballs are lemony, slightly sweet, and full of curried flavor. They are tender and fall apart rather easily, so add a beaten egg if you want a more traditional meatball texture. The banana relish is good, but needs tomatoes and coconut. I think I would try an apple-based chutney next time.

1 lb good quality ground beef
2 large slices of bread, cubed fairly small
1/2 medium onion grated
1/2-3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
zest and juice of a lemon
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp coriander
chopped cilantro (optional)
1/4 c. dried currants or raisins (optional)
milk
vegetable oil
Soak the bread in milk. When the bread is completely drenched, squeeze out the liquid and mix with all the other ingredients. Form meatballs and fry in vegetable oil until cooked.

Banana-Onion Relish
2 large onions - peeled and sliced thinly
1/2-1 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1-2 tsp sugar
vegetable oil
salt/pepper
2-3 bananas - peeled and sliced
Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onions with the curry powder and the turmeric. The onions must be soft, but still holds its texture. Add the sugar and the vinegar and let the relish cook until the liquid is all gone. Should take 1-2 minutes. Taste and season. Add the sliced bananas and let it just stand for a while so that the flavors can infuse the bananas. Do not cook the bananas.

Original recipe

Classic fluffy buttermilk pancakes. My favorite variation: add chopped pecans or walnuts and sliced bananas.

1 c. flour
2 tsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
3/4 c. buttermilk
¼ c. milk
1 large egg
2 tbs. butter, melted
Heat skillet or griddle over low heat.
Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, & baking soda in medium bowl.
Microwave buttermilk & milk to room temperature, 20-30 seconds. Whisk in egg, butter, and vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients & whisk until just mixed.
Increase heat to medium & brush skillet with oil. Pour batter, about ¼ c. at a time

From: USA Today Feb 2007
Cummings family banana bread recipe. With 3/4 c. butter and 1 1/2 c. sugar it's more of a cake than a bread, but it does taste good. =)

3/4 C. Butter
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 mashed ripe bananas

3/4 tsp. sat
2 C. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 C. Sour cream
3/4 C. chopped pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 375. Cream together first 4 ingredients. Mix in bananas. Blend in remaining ingredients. Bake for 45min-1 hour in 2 greased loaf pans until golden brown. Cool on racks.

From: Dawn Linneman