Bananas are not local, but most of us enjoy them now and again. Here are some nice recipes to use them up. Banana Pancakes (The Veg Space) are studded with pecans, and drizzled with maple syrup.
Use vegan butters with no palm oil. Use a reusable baking liner or unbleached parchment paper. Keep recipes away from pets, due to toxic ingredients.
Bananas are likely the most common tropical fruit we eat, and leftovers from the harvest can be made to use anything from writing paper to vegan leather. Most supermarkets sell Fair Trade bananas (not in plastic) and organic bananas (wrapped in plastic, to avoid contamination). If you can, buy them from farm shops, as they will then likely be both Fair Trade and not in plastic, as all produce is organic. You can also rub the inside peel on your shoes, as natural shoe polish!
Vegan Banana Cake (Short Girl, Tall Order) is topped with a homemade frosting (it’s American, our version would be organic peanut or almond butter as the main ingredient, but sweetened with a little more powdered icing). Or if you’re feeling decadent, check out the same blogger’s Banana Chocolate Chip Cake (you can find non-dairy chocolate chips everywhere, or just smash up a bar of good vegan chocolate to make your own).
Vegan Banana Custard Cake (The Heartful Table) is by an Eastern European chef, and they know their stodgy puddings!
Freezing sliced bananas is a good way to have them on hand for smoothies or simple banana ice-cream (Minimalist Baker). Slicing them first means it won’t be too difficult to prepare them after, though you’ll need a good blender or food processor, to whizz them up.
Vegan Banana Cake (Addicted to Dates) is a fluffy cake with brown sugar and cinnamon. It’s topped with a creamy vanilla frosting, very easy to make.
Vegan Banana Splits (Minimalist Baker) do not really need a recipe. Just combine leftover bananas with vegan ice-cream, cherries, vegan cream, chocolate or berry sauce and nuts.
Vegan Banana Cake with Pecans (The Veg Space) is ideal with a nice pot of tea. No weird ingredients, this is easy to make. You can freeze it, and wrap greaseproof paper between each slice. It keeps for a few days in an airtight container. Why not also try Kate’s Vegan Banana Muffins? An ideal teatime snack, or lunchbox treat (nut-free version). Leave nuts out of both recipes, for allergies or children.