Bananas, according to highest scientific authorities, are the greatest body-builders among fruit foods. Serving them daily means saving of money and conserving of health.
If microwaves had been around in 1923, the advertising booklet quoted above surely would’ve included some instant fun. All the banana recipes you’d expect to see are in it, along with bunches more. Some of the ideas for savory goods include: banana croquettes, deviled bananas, bananas as a vegetable, and banana stuffing.
Before there were food blogs, right? It’s all been done before.
When bananas are on sale, grab a bag or two. After the bananas ripen, throw them in the freezer, peel and all. Defrost as needed. Some people like to peel bananas first, then put them in a bag before freezing. I don’t monkey around with that.
Gluten free, vegan, and better than you'd expect from a microwave. How's THAT for selling it?
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons mashed ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon milk (hemp, coconut, or whatever)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4.5 tablespoons gluten free flour blend
- 2 tablespoons sugar (brown or coconut sugar)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of ginger
- 2 tablespoons chocolate chunks, optional
In a mug, combine oil, banana, milk, and vanilla.
Add gf flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and ginger. Stir well. Fold in chocolate chunks, why not? Divide batter between 2 paper-lined ramekins. Place both ramekins on a paper towel in the microwave. Muffins will puff up and could potentially spill over while cooking.
Cook muffins for 1 minute at full power (in a 1500 watt oven). Cook time will vary depending on how powerful your microwave is. Let cool for only a minute or two before removing paper from ramekins. Important, because condensation will form on bottom.
Make a sorghum flour blend by combining: 2 parts sorghum flour, 2 parts tapioca flour, 1 part potato starch, 1 part almond meal. Mix flours well in a large container. Use this blend to replace wheat flour in recipes. Enhance the color and flavor of baked goods by adding a few tablespoons of mesquite flour to your favorite flour blend.
In case you’re thinking, “Okay, but I want to bake a dozen,” here’s one of my favorite recipes for Fluffy Banana Muffins. Need more quick, single-serving desserts? Find 10 more microwave recipes here.
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