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bananas

Breakfasts

Purple Smoothies

Leo loved these smoothies as a two-year-old, and we made them most weekends, until he learned to blow bubbles with his straw and we needed a tidier breakfast option. The original recipe calls for red cabbage, if you’re looking to make them even more nutritious.

Yield: 3 servings Total time: 15 minutes
Pies

Steve’s Birthday Banoffee Pie

Our Scottish friend Steve spent his 30th birthday in Austin with us, and we celebrated with this banoffee pie. It has a lot of steps, from making caramel, baking the hazelnut crust, slicing bananas, and making whipped cream, but it is decadent and worthy of a special celebration.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 8 hours
Cookies

Nikki’s Healthy Cookies

These butter-less, flour-less, egg-less (but delicious!) cookies contain ripe mashed banana, coconut oil, oats, almond meal, coconut, and chocolate.

Yield: 3 dozen bite-sized cookies Total time: 45 minutes
Breakfasts

Tim’s Banana-Nut-Chocolate Muffins

I’m not a huge fan of muffins, but I love these. Be sure to include the chocolate chips — they add the right amount of sweetness.

Yield: 12 muffins Total time: 30 minutes
Breakfasts

Banana Blueberry Pancakes

Blend whole wheat pancake batter in the food processor and add fresh blueberries for a healthy weekend breakfast.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Cold Desserts

Banana Pudding

For this classic, layer vanilla pudding, sliced bananas, and vanilla wafers.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cakes

Kelly’s Hummingbird Cake

One of my neighbors baked this cake in secret at my house for her husband’s birthday one year. The cinnamon, pineapple, banana, and pecan cake with cream cheese icing was one of his childhood favorites, and he was thrilled.

Yield: 10 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Breads

Banana-Nut Bread

Saving those browning bananas feels especially virtuous when you use nonfat yogurt to replace some of the fat in the recipe. Toasted pecans add a little healthy fat back in.

Yield: 12 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes