Another favorite summer refreshment is a fruit smoothie. We make it by blending fresh or frozen fruit such as grapes, peaches, or berries, with frozen bananas. Our family is a bit crazy about bananas. We can usually be found with a "wall" of them as you can see by the picture below.
Sometimes we have overripe bananas that we make into banana bread. Here's how: Blend 2 cups of mashed banana with 2 eggs, 1/4 cup milk and 1/2 cup oil (We use safflower oil or 1/2 cup of melted butter. Or you can substitute 1/2 cup of plain yogurt in order to lower the fat content.) You can add 1/2 cup of honey for added sweetness, although the bananas alone will sweeten it quite a bit. Raisins or chopped dates can also add sweetness. Add a dash of vanilla if desired. Mix together 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add a handful of plain quick oats, walnut pieces, or flaxseed if desired. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Pour into lightly greased loaf pan and bake at 325° for 1 hr & 20 min. Cool & enjoy!