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! 🙂

Taste Testing Tuesday #52 – Healthy Milkshake (No milk)

Welcome to another round of taste testing! Today we’re tasting just one item, but I just wanted to share a healthy version of a milkshake. It’s been SO hot this summer! Whew! I don’t know about you but I could eat ice cream every day! Of course, that wouldn’t be healthy for me, so we tested out a new version of a milkshake. It is so good you won’t believe that its healthy! Haha!

Here’s all you need: 2 frozen bananas, 3/4 C. almond milk, 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional), 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 C natural peanut butter, pinch of sea salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 7 ice cubes.

Put all the ingredients into a high-powered blender…

…and blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

It really does taste like you are cheating! 😉 Here’s the directions:

Or you can find it here. Thanks to Detoxinista for sharing!!