We often end up with lots of black, over-ripe bananas. They sit looking at me reproachfully until I do something with them.
My favourite way to use them up is to make banana muffins, which the boys love for breakfast or snacks.
My best-ever recipe for banana muffins comes from Susan Reimer’s fantastic book Muffins: Fast and Fantastic. This really is the best muffin book I’ve ever come across and it’s completely foolproof. Most English recipes for muffins come out wrong and end up more like dry, dull cakes. I’m sorry to say that even Nigella’s don’t work. The muffins from this book come out exactly as they should – light, fluffy and moist. Muffins are also lower in fat and sugar than most cakes – what’s not to love? The recipe for banana muffins is here, but I urge you to go and buy this book – you won’t regret it, and it’s only £5.99!
If you fancy some other ideas for black bananas, how about banana bread? Our favourite recipe is this one from River Cottage. I make it time and time again – the crunchy sugar topping is wonderful.
Or how about a seriously naughty banoffee pie?
I like this recipe by Gizzi Erskine – although it’s so sickly it really should come with a health warning!
What are your favourite ways to use up black bananas?