VIDEO: Leona Makes Banana Pancakes

Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits—the average American eats 27 pounds of them each year!  But while we usually eat bananas straight from the peel, they can also be used in cooking. In this lesson,  you’ll make two kinds of pancakes, each using bananas in a different way. In the first pancake, bananas work as a binder— that is, they hold other ingredients together— instead of eggs. In the second pancake recipe (which only uses two ingredients),  you’ll use bananas as the starch in place of flour.

What other recipes can you use bananas in? Here are a few easy ideas to  get you started:

Banana cereal pops:  Insert a popsicle stick into half of a banana, roll in yogurt, then roll in cereal.

Banana chips: Preheat the oven to 200°.  Peel and cut 2  bananas into  ¼-inch rounds. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray,  then brush the banana slices with  lemon juice (to prevent browning).  Place on the baking sheet and bake for 1  hour, then flip and bake until crispy and golden brown, about  1½ hours longer.

One-ingredient banana ice cream:  Peel 5  very ripe bananas  and slice into rounds. Transfer  to a freezer  bag and freeze overnight.  Add the bananas  to a food processor and pulse until  smooth, scraping down the side  of the machine  with a spatula as needed.  Eat right away or freeze until ready to eat.


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