Today’s money saving tip is all about Bananas and how buying them can save you lots of money AND give you a yummy treat!
My #1 Reason why I you should buy bananas: PRICE! This bunch of bananas, 8 large ones, cost $1.40. Even though that is far more expensive than they used to be, bananas are one of the best values in the produce apartment.
That is just 17 cents per banana!
As compared to:
Bag of Chips $1.00
Fast Food Burger $3.00
Cup of Yogurt $1.00
Fast Food Fries $2.00
By eating a banana as a snack just once a day, you could easily save close to $10 or more per week PER PERSON.
You’d fill up a whole lot faster on a banana, save a ton of money, and likely feel better too!
What I love about them:
*Convenient – Bananas are a fast grab food at our house. I always have some sitting on the counter and if someone needs a snack or a last minute breakfast on the way out the door, they grab one. When I’m going to be gone for the day and my schedule is unpredictable, I toss one in my purse. There is no telling how many times a banana has been my lunch while I was out and about!
*Filling – Unlike a lot of snacks that just leave you hungry, bananas are very filling and a better replacement for lunch than a bag of chips or some of the other options out there.
*Good For You – Bananas are low in fat, high in fiber, potassium, complex carbohydrates, and a low glycemic fruit.
*Delicious – Bananas taste good!
*AND They never have to go to waste!
They Freeze Well: Take ripe bananas, peel them, moosh them up with a fork, and immediately place in plastic zipper seal bags. Squeeze the air out, flatten, seal, and freeze. I write on the outside of the bag how many bananas I put in there to make them easier to use. These can be thawed for just a few minutes and then added to any recipe calling for mashed bananas (like Banana bread , banana crumb cake, or the smoothies below).
Bake Your Favorite Recipes! If you buy them and find that they aren’t being used, get to cooking!
Here are some of my favorite banana recipes:
BUT most importantly, Bananas are a great snack because…
You get to do this!
So go ahead, Go BANANAS!
Bananas will not go bad, if you separate them and wrap them very tightly in a plastic bag ( do that to each one ) then put them all in another plastic bag and put them in the fridge. They do not turn black. I always do this and only take out as many Bananas as I need. This way you can stock up when the price is good.
I am going to have to try this!! Thanks for sharing Peggy!!
I just looked at your Frozen Cranberry Banana Salad. I have made it a few times & I need to make it soon, as it’s way too hot here in San Diego for much of anything! 🙂
I froze bananas in the 80’s got the tip from someplace and never looked back! My great aunt used to dice them and put them in freezer bags, the non zip kind! That was way back in the 50’s.
My daughter got a machine called a Yonana which turns frozen, leopard spotted frozen bananas into some sort of frozen fruit desert like ice cream, which of course the twins love! It was around 50 bucks in the local Walmart, but went on a rollback sale for 30$ so she got it. I was talking to a lady while looking at them, and she said she uses it all year round. You mix other frozen fruits with it, which is great.
I do have to watch how many I eat, and how ripe they are, the more under ripe the better for a diabetic. But they are certainly a good source of all sorts of good things for you.
I have never seen one of those, I will have to look for one!! Thanks for telling me about it Eva!!
Can I slice and freeze bananas and then use them for banana pudding later?? Has anyone tried this?
would you have a recipe for dehydrating bananas? can it even be done? i see banana chips in the grocery but don’t know how to go about it…
It can be done! just slice the bananas and place them in the dehydrator on the recommended vegetable/fruit setting and let them dehydrate for about 12 hours.
I slice my bananas give them a light coating of lemon juice then lay them out on a waxed paper lined baking sheet put the sheet into the freezer and let the slices freeze. Once they are frozen I put them in a tightly sealed container. We will take out a few slices for cereal, or just for munching on. Especially on a hot day frozen banana slices are so good in your cereal or for a cold treat. I’ve used this trick since my now 18 year old was little and teething. they are great for a teething baby when you put them in one of the teething fruit nets you can buy that holds frozen fruit.