Bananrama… this is what you do with those brown bananas

Jun 7, 2013 by

We all love bananas and we buy a big ripe bunch at the store and then we forget about them on the kitchen counter and they are somehow all brown within  a day of bringing them home.  It’s a classic tale as old as time.  I’m pretty sure Shakespeare has a play about it.

So what do you do with those brown bananas that no one wants to eat?

You make this awesome dessert that is likely to be tastier and healthier than all that crap in the stores.

This recipe requires a bit of forethought as you’ll need to freeze the bananas ahead of time.  So take those browning bananas, slice them up onto a plate and throw that plate in the freezer for a few hours.

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Once you have the frozen bananas, throw them in the food processor or blender.  Our blender sucks, so we shall use the food processor.

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turn the processor on until you get this creamy mixture of bananan-y goodness.  You can stop here if you want.  You’ve made a tasty and smooth banana ice cream like treat and it is good. Or you can keep going and make it epic.

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Here’s the part where you get to add whatever you like.  I had a Reese’s peanut butter cup on hand, so in it went.

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Add a bit of Hershey’s chocolate syrup

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Add a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter

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This was the best idea ever.  I am hooked on these damn cashew clusters from Costco.  I should not buy these, but they are just so tasty.  I had all the crumbs from the end of the bag, so I threw them in.

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I’m a genius.

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Blend it all up.

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And it may not be the most appealing picture, but it is oh so tasty.  You can take it out and eat it right then or throw it back into the freezer to let it firm up a little more.

This is a great snack and an awesome way to not throw away perfectly good bananas that no one will eat.  Depending on what you put in it, this can be a very healthy dessert as well.

Ben…

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Best cookie in the world – Take 1

Jan 14, 2012 by

I set out on a quest the other night.  To make the best cookie in the world.  I was craving a good cookie, but also had a brilliant idea.  I set out looking through the various cookie recipes and made some plans as to what to try.  Here are the results from the first attempt.

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They were pretty spectacular and here’s how you make them.

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Here’ s the usual cookie ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in blender to a fine powder)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 small box of vanilla pudding

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And here’s the brilliant idea.  Instead of chocolate chips I had an idea to use Frango’s.   I’m not a big chocolate person, but I LOVE Frango’s.

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They used to be sold at a store called the Bon Marche that went out of a business a few years ago and now you can find them at Macy’s around the holidays.  I bought a box for my wife because they are awesome and because I wanted to eat a few of them.   After eating a few way too many, I had the great idea for an amazing chocolate chip cookie made with Frango’s.

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First you need to blend the oatmeal.  These aren’t oatmeal cookies, but they have oatmeal in them and it makes them extremely soft and chewy.

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Throw it in a food processor and process into a fine powder.

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Now add your box of vanilla pudding to this mix.  I saw this on a few other recipes and thought I’d try it in the mix.  Set that mixture aside and grab your big mixer.

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Add in your brown sugar

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and white sugar

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mix it up

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add your butter

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and eggs

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Real vanilla from Mexico is awesome.  Use it if you have it.  If you don’t have it, go to Mexico and get some.

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Throw the vanilla in

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Then add the flour

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finally add the oatmeal mixture

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Now for the magical chocolate chips made from Frango’s…

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I chopped them up into different sized chunks

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I knew I was onto something good at this point

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Preheat the oven to 375.  Mix the choloate into the dough and spoon out onto your baking sheets.

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bake at 375 for 10 minutes and voila.

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yeah they were pretty damn awesome.  Soft, chewy and a hint of mint.

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Did I reach my goal on the first take? Its hard to say. They were amazing out of the oven and everyone in the office devoured the extra’s I brought in, but I think there is room for improvement. I was also going to shave a chocolate bar from Trader Joes and add that in, but I had enough chocolate with the Frango’s so I didn’t end up using that. I also don’t know that I needed the vanilla pudding mix. It was good, but maybe not necessary.

I’m going to continue the quest and tweak the recipe and search for some new ideas, but these are definately a keeper and something I’ll make around the holdiays. The mint in the chocolate is just to die for in these.

Ben…

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