Banana facts and general information about bananas.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Bananas are Available:
Bananas are available year round.
How do Bananas Grow:
Bananas grow on a giant plant that looks like a tree but it is not a
tree. The plant flowers and as each leaf of the bud opens it reveals
a double row of flowers. These flowers become individual bananas.
Each row has 15 or more fingers (bananas) and that makes up a
"hand." Each stem develops 7-10 hands of bananas. They are picked
when they are green and shipped all over the world.
What to Look for When Buying Bananas:
Pick bright yellow bananas without bruises. Some people prefer their
bananas greener than others and some darker so it is a matter of
preference. Darker and brown bananas make the best banana bread.
Banana Facts-Storage Tips:
Store bananas on the counter.
How to Cook Bananas:
Eat as is. They can also be grilled and baked. You can freeze
bananas if they are overripe. Freeze whole and use for breads or
muffins when baking.
Banana Nutrition Facts:
Bananas are a great source of potassium. They are also high in
Vitamin C and fiber. They are good for digestion and help reduce the
risk of cancers as well.
1 -1/2 Cups sugar
3/4 Cup shortening
4 mashed bananas
½ teaspoon soda
3 ½ Cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup walnuts (optional)
Mash bananas and add soda. In a separate bowl cream sugar,
shortening, add eggs 1 at a time, add salt, and vanilla. Then flour.
Stir in banana mixture and fold in nuts. Pour into 2 greased loaf
pans. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until
toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
Whole wheat bread
Roll bread flat with a rolling pin. Spread with peanut butter and
place peeled whole banana on top of peanut butter. Roll up and eat
as is or cut into chunks. More
banana wrap recipes here.
1 hotdog bun
Spread peanut butter on hotdog bun. Place peeled banana on bun.
Spread more peanut butter on top. Top with chocolate chips.
Banana Simple Dessert
by Patricia gaspar (Philippines, cabuyao) Ingredients:
1 or 2 nestle cream
1 or 2 condensed milk
1. Cut the bananas to little circles.
2. Mix the nestle cream and condensed milk in a bowl.
3. Place the bananas as much as you want in a presentable plate.
4. Spread the the mixed sauce into the bananas.
5. Put the toothpicks into the presented bananas.
If you have been looking for a healthy snack that is easy to prepare
ahead of time, why not make some banana chips? You can buy these in
bags at the store, but they often contain preservatives in order to
keep them fresh. You can reduce the additives and save money by
making them yourself.
The important thing to keep in mind is that you need to use raw or
barely ripe bananas so they arent too mushy. Slice the bananas into
thin slices and coat them with salt and any seasonings you want to
use. Add some olive oil to the chips and place them in the air fryer
basket for about 15 minutes. Learn
more about using an Air Fryer.
Strawberry banana smoothie
by Amber McClanahan
5 or 6 strawberries
1 cup your favorite flavored yogurt
Put the banana, the strawberries and the yogurt in the blender. Then
mix them together and then you have a strawberry banana smoothie.
Kids Cooking Video: Banana Bread with Dates and Walnuts