Monday, February 20, 2012

Banana Delights

I have a love/hate relationship with bananas. I love them for a potassium filled snack, to put in smoothies, and to bake into bread. I don't love, however, when they get browner and browner sitting unloved in our fruit bowl. Every week, I go to the grocery store, imagine how many bananas we'll eat, buy half as many, and I still end up with two or three speckled ones by the weekend! So my goal as of late has been to come up with new and delicious ways to make use of my overripe bananas. Last weekend, I found this recipe for Caramel Banana Cake from the Kitchn, which sounded like a welcome alternative to my staple banana bread. It was light and fluffy, perfectly sweet, and would have been only a bit more incredible with some cream cheese icing on top.

Caramel Banana Cake

Recipe, adapted from the Kitchn:
(Makes 10-12 servings)

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
3 mashed bananas
1/2 cup caramel sauce
Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 325ºF. Grease one 9x13" rectangular pan.
Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy then add the eggs and beat. In a small bowl, mix the flour with the baking soda. Mix the milk and mashed bananas in a separate bowl and add to the eggs and butter, alternating with the flour. Beat until smooth.
Pour half the batter into the prepared pan. Pour half the caramel sauce onto batter, swirl with a knife, pour the rest of the batter, then the rest of the caramel sauce, swirl with a knife. Put pan in the oven and bake for about 70 minutes, or until the centers are set and a knife comes out clean.
Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Next up, I can't wait to try this one ingredient banana ice cream!

What do you do with your leftover bananas?



  1. Such a cute site. I must admit I absolutely hate bananas! Just the smell of them has always made me nauseous. It's crazy because as soon as I got pregnant, they were all I could keep down at first. Ugh. This recipe looks and sounds awesome! I wish I would have seen this earlier because I just threw out a bushel of bananas that were past their time. (My husband loves them so therefore I buy them : )) Thanks for sharing your recipe and link!

    Vonae Deyshawn

  2. Hello! I too love to make banana bread when they turn brown...
    Great blog-site. I just found yours on the Lauren Conrad site and would love for you to follow mine at:

    I have so much to learn and love to meet fellow bloggers...thanks for sharing!


  3. Hello

    Good Day,interesting post keep the good work.i'll be back for more


  4. I have an idea!

    Peel the bananas and put them in a plastic bag in the freezer, then they are right there ready for a smoothie when you want one.

    - Emily

  5. This cake looks sooo good! My mom and I will definitely have to try this. So glad I found your blog from the Lauren Conrad forum! I look forward to visiting again!

    ~XO Kelley


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