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Four Recipes Using Ripe Bananas

Everyone ends up with ripe bananas they don't know what to do with. I am ashamed to admit I have thrown many over ripe bananas away because I didn't know what to do with them. Did you know you can freeze bananas? They actually freeze very well. You can either freeze them whole, thawing them out before you use them, or you can mash them and then freeze them. If you are going to mash them first add a little lemon juice or fruit preservative to them before you freeze them to preserve their color or they will turn brown. Freeze the mashed bananas in freezer containers for later use in your favorite recipes.

Banana Walnut Cake

1/2 c. soft butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
3 eggs
2 1/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/3 c. mashed bananas
1/4 c. milk
1 c. chopped walnuts

Cream together margarine, vanilla, and brown sugar. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Mix dry ingredients together. Mix bananas and milk together. Alternate between the banana and flour mixtures to add to the sugar mixture. Add nuts last. Pour into two greased and floured 9-inch round pans or one 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Cool. Frost with cream cheese frosting.


2 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Soften cream cheese. Mix all together and spread between round layers, sides and on top or over oblong banana walnut cake.

Banana Drop Cookies

2 1/4 c. sifted flour
1 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 c. shortening
2 eggs
1 c. mashed bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. sugar

Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Cut in shortening. Add eggs, bananas, and vanilla, mix well. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 400 degrees about 12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen.

Banana Nut Bread

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
2 eggs
1 c. mashed banana
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. flour
1/2 c. chopped nuts
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream sugar and shortening, add eggs with mashed banana and flour alternately. Add remainder of ingredients. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Banana Muffins

1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 c. mashed bananas
2 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Cream shortening and sugar. Add one egg at a time; beat after each addition. Stir in bananas, and then stir in dry ingredients just until moist. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at

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