Today we’re talking bananas! Specifically, the bananas that my husband has planted in the mission “garden”. He’s set up this wonderful system where all the water that comes from washing sand all day long is directed into a canal system that runs through the garden. The result is that we get regimes of bananas all year round. Our favorites are the small, fat “apple” bananas. They have a very unique flavor and those that have tasted them often say that they can’t eat regular bananas after because they just taste bland. It never fails that we end up with two or three regimes of bananas within a week or so of each other. When I say “regime”, I’m talking about the whole stalk of bananas given from one plant. Sometimes the regimes are 3-4 feet long. That’s A LOT of bananas. We share them with our staff, guards and other missionary friends when we get overwhelmed with them, and we freeze a lot of them too.
When it comes to freezing bananas for future use we’ve learned that one of the best tricks is to peel them before you put them in the freezer. We fill up a galon Ziploc bag of peeled bananas, then when we want to use them we just break off the number that we need. Easy!
Anyone who has visited the mission when we have bananas has probably had one of Chris’ banana shakes. This is one of our favorite snacks, and can be added to and changed up with other fruit. Just the bananas alone though are super yummy, and because we freeze them when they’re about to start turning brown, they’re sweet and you don’t need any sugar, so that’s a win in the heath department. Chris likes to make them thick too, so really it’s almost like drinking melting ice cream. I usually end up eating mine with a spoon.
Chris’ Banana Shake
4-5 frozen bananas
10-12 oz of unsweetened evaporated milk (you could use half & half too)
In a blender combine bananas and milk. Blend until creamy and thick. Spoon into cups and enjoy!
We’ve also added papaya, which is a good way to use the non-flavorful papaya we get in Haiti. (Did you know papaya is crazy good for stomach issues??). Another favorite is adding the juice from the caribbean cherries we get. You could add all sorts of fruit to change them up. The thing that makes them so yummy is the thickness.