Saturday, November 13, 2010

Going Bananas!

Okay, so my dudes are in choir and their show is December 7th. The choir mom has a wonderful idea that since the show is called "Going Bananas", we parents should cook up a bunch (ha!) of banana based recipes to share at the show and swap recipe cards.
Can I tell you how much I love this?
Bunches! (ha!)
Now here's my dilemma: which recipe
should I use? They're all so a-PEELING.
So, I am offering up my three favorites
for your review and I want you to tell me which
I should cook up and trot in my very best
Tupperware to the dudes' show?
Oh, and if you have a fave that you think I
should use by all means share!
Recipe 1:

Banana Split Cake

1-1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 can 14 fl oz crushed pineapple, drained
6 bananas, divided
2 cups cold milk
2 pkg. (4-serving size each)
Vanilla Instant Pudding
2 cups thawed Whipped Topping,
1 cup chopped pecans

MIX graham crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan. Freeze 10 min.
BEAT cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer until well blended. Spread carefully over crust; top with pineapple. Slice 4 of the bananas; arrange over pineapple.
POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Gently stir in 1 cup of the whipped topping; spread over banana layer in pan. Top with remaining 1 cup whipped topping. Refrigerate at least 5 hours. Slice remaining 2 bananas just before serving; arrange over dessert. Sprinkle with pecans. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Recipe 2:

Peanutbutter banana balls

2 cups crunchy peanut butter
2 scoops cocoa whey protein powder
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tablespoons flax seeds
In a large bowl, mix together peanut butter, cocoa whey powder, bananas, and flax seed.
Mold the mixture into walnut-size balls, and place them in a container lined with parchment to separate the layers. Freeze at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe 3:

Banana Upside Down Cake

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 cup pecan halves
2 medium firm bananas. sliced
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter or margarine
1 cup plain yogurt
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped cream
In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and butter; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook without stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Arrange pecans on top with flat side up. Pour remaining lemon juice into a small bowl; add bananas and stir carefully. Drain. Arrange bananas in a circular pattern over the pecans; set aside. in a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine yogurt, eggs, lemon peel and vanilla; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Spoon over bananas. Bake at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan; invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve with whipped cream if desired.

Now, go bananas (ha!) and cast your vote in the comments for recipe 1, 2 or 3!!! I'm at the New England Crime Bake all this weekend, so I gotta split (ha!), but I'll check in later.


  1. Number one! Or just vanilla wafers/bananas/pudding/whipped cream like Golden Corral makes.

  2. They all sound good but especially number one.

  3. Have to go with two. Of course, with peanut butter and banana in anything, people will always bring up Elvis. And the inevitable joke (involving balls) won't exactly be appropriate for a school holiday pageant. :)

    Have a great Saturday, Jenn. The weather here today in NYC is just about perfect for fall -- chilly, clear, bright. I hope everyone has a great day.

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  4. I would have to say number 1 as well. It looks really good. I also like #2, but like Cleo said it might lead to some jokes that might not be good at the party ha.

  5. I like all three, but I have to vote for number 3! Looks yummy.

    Killer Characters

  6. I say to be brave and go with #2! Kids will love it best, probably. :) They all look great, though!

  7. #2 is probably easier to serve up - no utensils required...but my vote is definitely for #1. Sounds yummy!!!

  8. I'm with Avery on the Banana Upside Down Cake!

    ~ Krista

  9. I'm for 2. It's the easiest and needs no dishes or utensils. Kids will love them all.

  10. Question about #2, why flax seeds? What does it add to the taste? (I love peanut butter and banana anything, so I am eager to make taste this one!)

    thanks! :o)

  11. I had to ask Mr. Nanc because he is a banana fanatic and me..not so much!! So his vote is for #2, regardless of the jokes!!! But of course he ants to do a taste test on all 3 of the recipes!! Time to get Chef Connor on the job!!
    Hope the choir concert is a huge success!

  12. Thanks, everyone. I'm am hip deep in laundry after attending New England's Crime Bake. It was fantastic! Although it sold out, it wasn't too crowded so I got to have long mentoring sessions with Charlaine Harris and I didn't pass out when I met Dennis Lehane. I thought that spoke well of me, probably the wine helped. Very cool event.

    The number 2 recipe is a high protein (thus, the flax seeds) so I think I might make that one since the lack of utensils does seem like a nice advantage. Also, it's okay with me, if people think I have balls! HA!

    Oh, I'm using Hub's email that's why it says "Chris said". It's really me Jenn!