Save Those Bananas!

Do you ever have too many bananas and you don’t have time to use them before they become overripe? Don’t throw them away!

You can freeze bananas to use later and it’s SUPER simple to do! There are 2 ways (at least) to do it. Grab a small freezer bag and write on the outside that it contains a banana and write the date you are freezing it.

You can simply peel the banana, stick it in the freezer bag and put it in the freezer. Doesn’t get much easier than that, right? 🙂

Frozen bananas can be used to make things like banana bread or muffins but my favorite thing to use frozen bananas for is MILKSHAKES! So with that in mind, here is another way to freeze bananas so they are ready to go in the blender to make a milkshake. Lay a piece of wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet, cut the banana into slices and lay them on the cookie sheet so they are not quite touching each other.

Pop the cookie sheet into the freezer and go about doing other things while the banana slices freeze. After the slices are frozen, pick up the edge of the wax paper and quickly peel it back to loosen the banana pieces.

Pop them into the freezer bags and back into the freezer.

Now you have banana slices ready to dump into the blender with your other yummy ingredients at a moment’s notice. 🙂 And you didn’t waste those bananas! 😉

Here is my favorite recipe for using frozen bananas in a milkshake. (Shhh! Don’t tell the kids it’s actually healthy!)

Note: you can use the whole frozen bananas in this recipe or to make your own version of a milkshake. Just break the banana into a few smaller chunks before adding it to the blender. Enjoy! 🙂

Happy Banana Split Day!

Sorry to be posting this so late, but it’s been one of those days! My calendar says today is Banana Split Day. Sounds like a good holiday, right? 😉

When I was a kid, I always asked for a banana split any time we went to the ice cream shop. So what’s in a banana split? That’s really up to you, but here is how I make them. Some things you will need…

Bananas. (I bet you figured that out already!) 😉

The most important ingredient…ice cream! I use vanilla put you could use whatever kind you like.

Your favorite toppings…like chocolate syrup

Caramel topping…

A fruit topping like strawberries or strawberry jam or maybe pineapple. Some chopped nuts like pecans or peanuts.

Start by slicing a banana into a bowl.

Add some scoops of ice cream.

Add your toppings. I like to use 3 toppings. Here I used strawberry jam, caramel topping and chocolate syrup.

Top with some whip cream and nuts.

And EAT it! Lol The sky’s the limit here on what kind of ice cream and toppings you use. Marshmallow cream is another good topping! Mmmm! Have fun making your own banana splits or take a trip to your nearest ice cream shop and let them make it for you! 🙂 Again, Happy Banana Split Day!

Not Your Everyday “Ants on a Log”

Looking for a quick, but different kids snack idea? Something we made occasionally when our kids were little came from them having it as a snack while at school. We called it “Ants on a Log”. Well, in doing some research on that title, I discovered that when a lot of people make “Ants on a Log” they use celery for the log part. We use bananas. 🙂 So if your kid really isn’t that into celery, you might have a go at trying bananas. Here’s all you need:

Gather up a banana, some peanut butter, raisins and chocolate chips plus a table knife. (We also added some blueberries and dried cranberries.) Start by peeling the banana and cutting it in half and then cut each of those pieces in half lengthwise. Spread each piece with a little peanut butter. Now the “log” is ready.

Add some “ants” on top. You can use raisins…

Or chocolate chips…(probably gets the most popular vote!)

Dried cranberries…

Or fresh blueberries…quite yummy!

Another ingredient that I think would look awesome would be the small chocolate sprinkles added on top. Now THAT would really look like ants! But alas, we are out of them. Send me a picture if you make some with sprinkles! And let me know what other ideas you come up with for the “ants”. You could use cream cheese in place of the peanut butter.

One banana makes 4 yummy snack pieces. 🙂

Hey!! Someone took a bite out of one of the “Ants on a Log”! Can you spot which one?! Who did that?? Rusty? Was that you?? (Do dogs like bananas?) Hmmm…maybe there is an anteater hiding in my house!! What do you think? 😉