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Bananas Gone Bad? Bake Banana Bread!

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If you're like me, you have good intentions when buying produce. We always intend to eat everything we buy, but sometimes things spoil before we can eat them up. The nice thing about bananas (besides their price tag) is that even when they get beyond the point where your family wants to eat them, you can turn them into banana bread. You can even put them in the freezer when they turn brown to use in banana bread later, when you have time to bake (they freeze well, although their consistency changes slightly. It will be undetectable if you're making baked goods).

This is a recipe handed down to me from my grandmother to my mom, and then to me. The original recipe calls for 2 C. flour, but I like to add a little bit of whole wheat flour for an added nutty texture. Enjoy!

3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 C. shortening (I use margarine, softened)
1 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. white flour
1/2 C. whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp. milk
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients until well combined. Grease and flour a loaf pan, then pour in batter. Bake for one hour or until bread is lightly browned on top and baked entirely through.
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I have just been reading other articles about "bananas gone bad" on other websites... and I have to say I now love bananas going I have FROZEN the bananas that look like the ones in your picture. Peeled them broke in half thrown in freezer bag.

You can later dethaw when needed and make that wonderful banana recipe of yours...
You can... make this awesome smoothe (taken from i believe 2 cups of chocolate milk, 3 frozen bananas and 2 tbsp of peanut butter... throw into blender and mix! Waaalaa! 3-4 servings of a AWESOME chocolatey peanut Butter Smoothie. 250 calorie protein shake!
I have also taken bad bananas and mixed them into pancake batter. (instant kind) add a little vanilla... banana pancakes!

I actually bought a bag of bad bananas probably about 6lbs worth... for .89 went home peeled and frozen.

Banana breads, muffins, smoothies and pancakes are on the horizon this fall!!
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I have a bunch of frozen bananas in the freezer, just waiting to be turned into bread. I give fresh banana nut bread to the neighbors for Christmas. We love it here also.
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