I am a Banana fiend. They are definitely my favourite fruit. They are versatile. They give you the get up and go in a breakfast smoothie, and they can also lull you off to sleep in a nice pudding.
As a Banana fiend, and you will know from my weekly financial reviews how often I buy bananas, I sometimes end up with too many that are going from yellow to brown very quickly and with worse spotted skin then me!
So as it was Zero Waste Week this week I was determined to use up the three way past their best bananas in my fruit bowl. I wasn’t allowed to buy new bananas until I did, and I have three whole freezer bags full of my previous abundance of bananas.
(I had so much planned for Zero Waste Week but not getting our new and shiny fibre optic broadband until this week meant I couldn’t blog what I wanted to in time. Boooo!)
I wouldn’t say I understand the rules of baking, and still often look up a general recipe beforehand for inspiration or to make sure I’m not going to do something crazy like the guy in the first week of GBBO, but I am confident now that as long as you don’t go too ‘renegade’ you’ll be fine.
Three very ripe Bananas, the sort a wasteful person would throw away.
50ml of Rum (Yum!)
50g of Dates
50g of Mixed Dried Fruit (but if you feel like 100g of dates or something else go for it)
120g of Butter/Margarine
100g Demerara Sugar
120g Self Raising Flour
1.5 Cups of Porridge Oats
As much Cinnamon as you like. 2 tspoons is reasonable. I am not reasonable. I like cinnamon (plus it’s good for you if you have PCOS, or ‘sort of’ do like me)
Approx 2 Tablespoons of boiling water
At least 30 minutes before you get your bake on chop the dates into small pieces and add the mixed dried fruit and cover with the rum (I will warn you, this is a generous portion size) and then add a little bit of boiling water to just cover the fruit and then leave to soften.
Do the washing up whilst you wait. Or, you know, don’t. I’m not the boss of you.
Melt the 120g butter/margarine in a bowl and mash in two of the three bananas. Add the flour, sugar, eggs, 1 cup of the porridge oats and cinnamon. Add the rum soaked dried dates and fruit-liquid as well.
Mix until you have a big sticky brown mess. Oooops. I just realised what that sounds like. Sorry.
Grease a square baking tray and add the bake mix, then cover with 1/2 cup of oats (this might be too much, so play it by ear) and chop the third banana into little pieces and add on top.
The great thing about cooking bananas is sometimes they go purple because of the reaction of the potassium in them.
Cook for 40-50 minutes on Gas Mark 4. I don’t know what this is on an electric oven.
This will go really well with custard, toffee sauce or vanilla ice cream, or all three, though I have never done that, honest! Maybe 2 out of 3, and that ain’t bad.