Today’s idea is a pretty common one for sweet overripe bananas…make bread. When I bought my ugly mangos, I also purchased this overripe banana for a whopping 5 cents, I believe. I can’t remember, but it was basically FREE.
I used the banana to make my version of Chia Seed Walnut Banana Muffins. Really, I just throw whatever I have left into the batter. This one was especially yummy– tell ya what I did!
Chia Seed Walnut Banana Muffins
Step 1: Preheat the oven 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin tins with a little butter, or cooking oil. You can also use compostable liners like THESE.
Step 2: Procure an ugly/overripe banana, or two. I squish these up a bit while they are still in the skin to save me from having to do it once its in the bowl.
Step 3: Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Put this aside.
Step 4: Combine squishy banana(s), 3/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/3 cup melted butter in a large bowl.
Step 5: Fold in the flour mixed until the dry ingredients are combined, but don’t over do it. At this time add a handful of walnuts and several tablespoons of chia seeds (3 should do the trick). Scoop batter into each muffin tin.
Step 6: Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. Let cool and then enjoy!
Once you have enjoyed your delicious muffins, be sure you compost your banana peel and be mindful of the waste other ingredients might produce, especially with packaging! I buy most of my ingredients in bulk and store them in jars like these:
When you purchase ingredients like flour, sugar, salt, chia seeds, and walnuts in bulk, you are significantly reducing the plastic and paper waste these products typically produce via their packaging.
Best of luck and send your ideas for reducing food and food packaging waste my way! I am always eager to learn.