I remember a joke/story in which an older man, in response to someone trying to sell him something he could use in the future, commented, “Sonny, I don’t even buy green bananas!”
On the other end of the ripeness cycle, overripe bananas are a problem. Alaina is more – shall we say – choosy in her willingness to eat them; once brown spots appear, it’s too late. I too prefer bananas at less-ripe stages, but will eat them longer than her.
So what do you do with bananas past their prime? I think the best thing to do with those just slightly past is to make smoothies with them. (Of course, if they’re way past, the only thing to do is make banana bread. Yum!) But here at work I don’t have the blender or other fruit for smoothie option. So the next best thing is to encrust the banana in granola (preferably with raisins). The crunch offsets the ripeness perfectly.
What’s your favorite way of eating no-longer-green (or past your favorite stage) bananas? Let me know in the comments below :)