Oatmeal Coconut Bananies

IMG_5116Instead of Woman-Crush Wednesday, why not Waste-Not Wednesday?

Maybe it won’t sound as trendy to some, but the everlasting “trend” in our household is saving money wherever and whenever we can.  Buy it cheaper, do-it cheaper and make-it cheaper however we can.

I’m always looking for ways to save on our household and food budgets, along with everything else.  One of my favorites for saving on our food budget (besides sales, buying in season and coupons) is the “day-old” bread rack at the one of our two supermarkets.

Well, I just discovered another favorite the other day at the other supermarket…red-banded bananas!  Yep, red-banded bananas.  No, they’re not a new variety of banana. 🙂  They are bananas that are ripe and ready-to-eat right now.  No green ones in this bunch!  IMG_5112

The great thing about these red-banded bananas is that they are 20-30 cents a pound less than their green counter-parts.  Woohoo!  I get to pay less and I don’t have to wait four days to eat my bananas!!

Yes, there is a downside if you’re one of the “half-empty” types.  The downside?  All the bananas are ready right now and while most of them are without bruising, some may be bruised.

But…if you’re a “half-full” type, you’ll know that this is not a bad thing.  Those bruised and very-ripe guys are great for baking!  In fact, to have bananas for baking, we have to buy them and wait for them to get over-ripe to use them…and we paid full price and waited a week to get those over-ripe bananas.  So, for me, the red-banded bananas are a great deal, not just money-wise, but time-wise as well.

The moral here?…Waste-not your money…Waste-not your time.  And finally, waste-not your food by throwing away things that can still be used, such as over-ripe bananas.  They can be used for countless things…muffins, breads, cookies, etc., and this recipe is a great way to use those red-banded bananas!

Oatmeal Coconut Bananies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-3 medium over-ripe bananas
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray 13×9 cake pan with cooking spray.
  • Sift together flour, salt and cinnamon in small bowl.
  • In mixer bowl, cream butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
  • Break or cut bananas into chunks and add to creamed mixture.  Mix until bananas are blended well.
  • Add flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Fold in oats and coconut and spread in greased pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.IMG_5114

Enjoy ❤IMG_5116

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