5 Easy Boredom-Busting Banana Bakes

for when you’ve got a couple of spotty bananas hanging around…

Is it me or has the internet gone banana mad recently? With everyone either in self-isolation or working from home, it seems that we’ve all got a bit more time to boredom bake (and clearly, even when you’re home 24/7, that perfect banana window before they turn spotty is still really easy to miss…). Banana Bread’s always high up on the list for me when I’m feeling a bit bored and fancy baking something, but don’t want to put in a lot of effort (or ingredients) – it’s an easy, crowd pleasing lump of lush, innit? And it’s the perfect kitchen worktop snack for when you drag your butt away from the computer and head off in search of a mid-morning/mid-afternoon snack to go with your tea or coffee (for those who’ve never worked from home before, the 11am/3pm munchies are real and cannot be ignored). But it gets a bit boring baking the same old loaf over and over again, doesn’t it? At some point, you’ve got to mix things up or go banana bread bonkers. So I’ve scrolled the Cwtch archives and found five Banana-themed recipes that are just as easy, just as satisfying and just as boredom-busting as ye olde bog-standard Banana Bread.

Banana and Caramel Upside Down Cake

Sweet, sticky and perfect served warm with ice cream, this Banana and Caramel Upside Down Cake has a moist, cinnamon-spiced sponge and comes topped with caramel soaked sliced bananas. Baked upside down, just make sure you leave it in the tin to cool completely before flipping it upright. 🙂

Banana and Custard-filled Pancakes

A bowl of bananas and custard was one of my absolute favourite desserts as a kid, and I still get just excited today when I find myself with a can of custard and a couple of bananas going spare. It’s one of those stupidly simple yet completely satisfying desserts, innit?  Easy.  Awesome.  And then I had the crazy idea of adding pancakes into the mix. These Banana and Custard-filled Pancakes are easy to make – fluffy buttermilk pancakes with a molten custard middle, topped with fresh, sliced bananas – just freeze some blobs of custard before cooking up the pancakes. Yum!

Banana Crumble Cake

If you’re still in the mood to make Banana Bread but fancy mixing things up just a little, then you can’t go wrong with this recipe for Banana Crumble Cake. Fluffy cake, crunchy walnut crumble topping and a sweet and sticky  cinnamon drizzle.  Banging!

Banana and Chocolate Traybake

There is absolutely nothing fancy about this Chocolate and Banana Traybake. The ingredients are minimal, there are no special moves involved, and you can whip it up in under thirty minutes. It’s also easily adaptable; so if you fancy throwing in a blob of peanut butter, or some walnuts, or adding a sticky caramel layer (see my Banana and Caramel Upside Down Cake) – then go for it!

Banana Bread Icecream

Thank God the weather’s been on side recently for our daily Government-approved walks and exercise – right? It’s been dry, it’s been sunny, and I even walked Bungle without carting around my heavy winter coat yesterday. Rejoice! Time to celebrate with some Banana Bread Ice-cream. If you’ve never made it before then you might be surprised how easy it is to make – you don’t even need a machine, just a blender, a bowl and a freezable container.

Have a lovely Easter Weekend! 🍌🍌🍌🍌🍌