Friday, December 12, 2008

What to do with one leftover (and overripe) banana

Being frugal frequently means coming up with creative ways to use leftovers to avoid throwing food away, but when I realized we had just one overripe banana I was not quite sure how to use it up.  Most recipes for banana bread call for 4 or 5 bananas, and even banana muffin recipes usually call for at least 3.  Tip -- You could also store your overripe bananas in the freezer (with the skins on) until you have enough for a loaf of banana bread, or a larger batch of muffins.

However, I was looking for a way to keep my four year old occupied, so instead Emily and I whipped up this batch of banana mini muffins from scratch.  They tasted great!  

Here is the recipe:

1 large banana (overripe)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/8 cup white sugar
1/8 cup melted butter
1 handful mini chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mash the banana, and add the sugar and a slightly beaten egg.  Slowly stir in the melted butter.  If you do this too quickly, you could cook the egg, so be careful!  Combine the other dry ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Spoon into mini muffin pan.  Bake for about 7-10 minutes.  Makes about 8 mini muffins.

Do you have a great way to use up leftovers?  Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

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