At Miss Universe one of the questions for our online videos was, if you were a food what would it be? I answered that I would be a banana because it is versatile, in Jamaica we eat it green and we also eat it ripe; I believe, like the banana, I have something for everyone. People probably doubted my belief in the versatility of the banana. Now whilst I was impressed with my on the spot answer, I really love the flexibility of this fruit. In addition to it being long, firm, curved and full of energy – get  your mind out of the gutter! Lol – you can do something with it in all its stages.

Bananas - From Green to Ripe

Although you can boil green banana to go with your main meals, use a ripe but firm banana in your smoothies or add them to your cereal, I am going to focus on the very ripe banana. I mean those bananas so ripe the skins are all black and they’re starting to feel mushy. I can never finish all my fruit so when I see these black-skinned bananas, I smile, add them to my zip lock bag and freeze them until I’m feeling for something sweet. The great thing about the three recipes – Deluxe Banana Pancakes, Banana Bread and Banana Fritters – is that they use practically the same ingredients just in different proportions. Try one, or all, and let me know. Enjoy!

Very Ripe Bananas (frozen)

Deluxe Caramelised Banana Pancakes
Total Prep & Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves 2 (Makes 6 pancakes)


1.25 cups all-purpose flour, sifted * 1 very ripe banana (the skin will be black) * 3 tsps baking powder * 1 cup of whole milk * 1 whole egg*
¼ tsp of salt * ¼ tsp cinnamon * ¼ cup of sugar * 1 tsp of vanilla extract * Dash of nutmeg (optional)

Caramelised Bananas

1 ripe banana (firm), sliced * ¼ cup of sugar * 2 tbsp dark rum (optional) * 3 tbsp butter, melted

How to make it:

  1. Crush very ripe banana with a fork.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the pancakes and mix through thoroughly, whether with a fork or a whisk, until evenly mixed.
  3. Lightly grease a frying pan, with olive oil or spray, and add pancake mixture to the pan with a ladle, for each pan.
  4. Roll bananas in sugar
  5. In a separate pan add the butter and remaining sugar
  6. Stir until dissolved and then add the rum and bananas.
  7. Bring to boil and then simmer.
  8. Plate the pancakes and drizzle with caramelised bananas.
Banana Bread
Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time:  50 – 55 mins


4 very ripe bananas * 1.5 cups of flour * 2 tsp vanilla * 1 tsp baking soda * 1 tsp baking powder * 2 eggs, beaten * ¾ cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted * ½ tsp salt * 1 tsp cinnamon * 1 tbsp milk * 1/8 cup almonds slivers, chopped (optional)

 How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven at 350˚
  2. Crush very ripe bananas with a fork.
  3. Combine with butter, eggs and vanilla and milk
  4. Then add sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and last add flour.
  5. Spray oil on loaf pan and add mixture.
  6. Bake for 50-55 minutes.

TIP: Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and drizzled chocolate

Banana Fritters
Prep Time: 7 mins Cook Time: 12-18 mins
Makes 9 fritters


2 very ripe bananas * ½ cup of flour, sifted * ½ tbsp vanilla * ½ tsp baking powder * 1 egg, beaten * 1.5 tbsp sugar * 2 pinches salt
½ tsp cinnamon * ¼ cup milk * Sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)

 How to make it:

  1. Crush bananas and combine with all the ingredients except flour and baking powder.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix evenly.
  3. Spoon mixture into greased pan over medium heat and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp sugar)

TIP: Serve at room temperature. Great snack!

Live, Love, Eat!

April x

5 thoughts on “3-in-1

  1. I like your answer and all the recipes look yummy. I never thought to freeze the ripe bananas to use another day. I usually eat bananas when they are slighty green and then make muffins or banana bread when they are ripe.

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