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When my Mom died someone gifted us with a bag of apples, a bag of grapes and about 6 lbs of bananas.

After my sisters family left I still had about 4 lbs of bananas so I tossed them in the freezer where I already had 2 lbs of bananas.

I need freezer space and I find most banana breads recipes dry.


I had a recipe that used rum and heavy cream that I liked but I can't find the recipe.


What are your favorite recipes?


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Is this yours?

Rum Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 teaspoons rum
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed banana (approximately 4)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs and beat until light.
Add rum, sour cream and almond extract.
Mix in mashed bananas.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl.
Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and combine.
Bake for 1 hour depending on size of loaf pan.


Sounds GOOD!


This is mine -


2 c sugar
1/2 c shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 or 4 bananas
2/3 c buttermilk (or soured milk*)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3 c flour
1/2 c chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 loaf pans.
Cream together sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. Mash and add bananas. Add baking soda to buttermilk, stir well, and add to creamed mixture. Mix in flour and pecans; stir well. Divide batter between loaf pans. Bake for about 1 hour, until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

* To sour milk, add 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar to 1 c fresh milk, stir in and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. Keep the ratio the same for more or for less amounts.


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If you want to do some simple canning here is a possible recipe that uses up a lot of bananas:


Banana Jam

Yield: 5 pints

12 cups sliced bananas, (about 20 medium)
6 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups orange juice
3 strips orange peel
6 strips lemon peel
2 sticks cinnamon
6 whole cloves

1. In a large kettle, combine sliced bananas with sugar, orange juice, orange and lemon peels, cinnamon and cloves. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

2. Boil rapidly 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 15-20 minutes.

3. In the meantime, fill Boiling Water Canner with water and bring to a simmer (180° F) and use it to heat the canning jars so they will be ready to accept hot jam. Use seperate pan of water to heat flat lids (no need to boil).

4. When jam is thick, remove from heat and ladle immediately into sterilized canning jars. Fill to within 1/8-inch of the top. Screw 2-piece caps on evenly, finger-tight.

5. Place jars on to canner rack in canner as each jar is filled. When all jars are in, make sure there is 1"-2" of water above the tops of the jars. Place cover on canner and crank up the heat to medium-high and bring water to a rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes, maintaining the rolling boil the whole time.

6. Turn off heat, remove lid and allow canner to cool down for approximately 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner, setting upright on a dry towel or cutting board to cool. leave 1-2 inches between jars for air circulation. Do NOT tighten bands or turn jars upside down. Let jars cool naturally for 12-24 hours.

7. Check for seal. Remove ring (no longer needed), wash jars of any food remnants, label and store.

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Banana Muffins (makes 12 muffins)

3 or 4 Large bananas, mashed (the more bananas the moister, so I use 4)

1 cup sugar

1 slightly beaten egg

1/3 cup melted margarine or butter

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups flour

Mix the mashed banana, sugar, egg and margarine together. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix wet and dry ingredients all together! Pour into greased muffin tins, and bake in 350 degrees F oven for approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy!

*These are much more flavorful the next day, and they freeze very nicely too!



As for the smoothie, We don't recommend using raw eggs in anything to be consumed uncooked due to the risk of salmonella.

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Into a blender throw:

1 frozen banana (or two since you have plenty)

handful of frozen blueberries

1 cup of steamed kale (that has cooled)

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1-3 dates

1-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder


Sounds gross but it's actually quite delicious and good for you! If I haven't had much protein, I might also throw in a cup of beans.

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