The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Banana boats

I left this recipe in a comment on my friend Sherri’s cooking blog Everything in Moderation (that’s a terrific cooking blog by the way…if you don’t visit her you should!) and then decided this morning that I should share it with y’all too 🙂 You can bake these in the oven, cook them on the grill or even cook them over a campfire. The kids will love them!

What you’ll need:

1 whole banana, in the skin, per person

for each banana:

1 tsp butter
a small handful miniature marshmallows or large marshmallows cut into small pieces
a small handful chocolate chips
foil

I wash the outside of my bananas but I’m a germ freak and you don’t have to do this. You won’t be eating the skin. Slice each banana longways (like you do for a banana split), slicing through the skin but only on one side. Do not cut the banana completely in half. You want it open like a baked potato. Place open side up on a piece of foil large enough to completely wrap the banana. Fill the inside of the banana with butter, then marshmallow, then chocolate chips, pressing down to ‘mush’ the ingredients into the banana. Wrap it up tight and either place in a 350 degree oven or on the grill or fire. Let them cook about 10 minutes or until the insides are melted. Serve immediately but be careful because they’re HOT!

Cost:
bananas – $2.15
butter – $1.75/pound
marshmallows- $1.09
chocolate chips – $2.50
Total – $3.92 for 4 banana boats/ $0.98 each

March 25, 2009 Posted by | -chocolate, -fruit dishes, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , | 1 Comment

Best banana bread

What you’ll need:

1 ¼ cups sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (3 or 4 medium bananas)
½ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of 2 (8 ½”) loaf pans or 1 (9”) loaf pan. In a large bowl mix together sugar and butter. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pan(s). Bake for one hour for 8” loaves and about 15 minutes longer for the 9” loaf or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan(s). Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Cost:
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
butter – $1.75/pound
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
bananas – $2.15
buttermilk – $1.99
vanilla – $2.25
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
walnuts – $2.00
Total – $4.46

January 17, 2009 Posted by | -breads, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Orange/strawberry/banana smoothies

I’m just crazy for this mixture of flavors!

What you’ll need:

2 c plain or vanilla flavored yogurt
1 (10 oz) bag frozen strawberries (frozen)
1 banana, sliced
2 Tbl orange juice
1 – 2 Tbl honey (to taste)

Add all ingredients to a blend and blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into glasses. Makes 4 drinks.

Cost:
yogurt – $2.12
strawberries – $3.50
bananas – $2.15
orange juice – $1.19
honey – $1.12
Total – $5.43/$1.36 per drink

January 1, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, DRINKS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Banana crumb muffins

The topping on these muffins is so delicious!

What you’ll need:

1 ½ c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
¾ c sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/3 c butter, melted

Topping:

1/3 c brown sugar
2 Tbl flour
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbl butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin pans or use liners. Mix together 1 ½ c flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Mix together the banana mixture and the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon into muffin cups. In another bowl, mix together topping ingredients until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle over top of muffins. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Makes about 10 muffins.

Cost:
flour – $2.12/5 pound bag
baking soda – $2.28/box
baking powder – $2.38
bananas – $2.15
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
brown sugar – $1.89/ 2 pound bag
eggs – $1.09/ dozen
butter – $1.75/pound
cinnamon – $1.85
Total – $4.00

December 17, 2008 Posted by | -breakfast items | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mammaw’s banana pudding

I’d like to share with you how I make the BEST banana pudding. This was my great grandmother’s recipe that she taught me how to make when I was 14 years old …

What you’ll need:

about 6 large ripe bananas
2 boxes of French vanilla pudding prepared according to package directions
vanilla wafers

Slice the bananas up so they are small round slices. Put a layer of vanilla wafers down then a layer of the banana slices. Cover this with one of the boxes of pudding. Make another layer of wafers, then another layer of bananas. Cover with the other box of pudding. Now make a pretty design with vanilla wafers on the top. I always make a flower. Put it in the fridge and chill overnight. I promise everyone will love it!

Cost:
bananas – $2.15
pudding – $0.49/ box
vanilla wafers – $0.99
whipped topping – $0.99
Total – $5.11

This recipe was originally published on Happy At Home on 11/7/2008

December 8, 2008 Posted by | -pudding, -vote for Foodista contest, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , | Leave a comment