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Go Bananas: Four Items Every Banana Lover Needs
Bananas are among the most widely consumed fruit on the planet – a whopping 100 billion are eaten every year around the world. Here are four kitchen items every banana lover needs, plus a few of our favorite recipes we think you’ll find very a-peeling (so, we had to!)…
1. A Fruit Tree
Bananas release ethylene gas, causing them to ripen and eventually turn brown. Rather than having your bananas lay on the counter where the gases accumulate underneath them, hanging them allows proper air circulation that will make them ripen slower! We love this one by Nambé. Not only can you hang your bananas from the hook, you can put that ethylene gas to good use if you need guac fast. Simply place some avocados in the bowl and let the ethylene gas get to work!
2. A Fondue Set
Shake up your dessert game with this healthy take on dark chocolate fondue. If you for some crazy reason have melted chocolate leftover, simply dip your remaining bananas and throw them in the freezer for later! Check out some of our favorite fondue sets.
8 oz dark chocolate (70% or higher) broken into pieces
1 cup coconut cream
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place fondue pot over medium heat.
Add the coconut cream and heat until very hot, but do not boil.
Remove from heat and add chocolate. Let stand until softened, about 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and whisk until smooth.
Place the fondue pot on base, with burner ignited. Keep flame on low heat.
Serve with sliced bananas, strawberries, and cubes of pound cake and enjoy!
3. A Blender
Even the biggest banana enthusiasts have been privy to letting their bananas get a little "too" ripe. Fortunately, "too ripe" means they are perfect for the freezer. Frozen bananas add a creamy thickness to smoothies, like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie from DASH:
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 bananas, frozen
Add the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and peanut butter in your blender. Add the frozen bananas last. Blend on Auto until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
4. Bread or Loaf Pan
Making deliciously consistent banana bread every single time requires a top-notch bread or loaf plan. This banana bread recipe is great as is or you can add dark chocolate chips for a sweeter treat! Shop our wide selection of bread and loaf pans here.
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1⅛ cup sugar
½ cup grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
3 ripe bananas mashed very well
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Add flour, baking soda and salt to a small bowl.
Mix egg, sugar, and oil with a stand mixer until ingredients are well combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir well (mixture will be thick and dry).
Add milk, vanilla and bananas and stir until incorporated.
Mix in walnuts and pour equally into your mini loaf pan.
Cook 1 hour, checking regularly until a toothpick comes out clean.