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Bananas are a great fruit and can be very versatile. They are perfect for boosting energy levels and are often eaten after exercise or as a snack. However, sometimes bananas are left in the fruit bowl a little too long and become slightly brown. When bananas turn brown they may not taste as good, but don't throw them away as they can be used in so many delicious recipes. 

Classic banana milkshake

Banana milkshake is a classic and a much-loved drink. This simple 3-ingredient banana milkshake recipe is perfect to use up those brown bananas.

Ingredients
1 banana
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
80ml milk

Method
Place all the ingredients into a blender and mix until thick and smooth.

Banana cupcakes

These simple and sweet banana cupcakes are a great treat. Children love them, but adults can’t seem to take their hands off them, either!

Ingredients
100g caster sugar
100g butter
140g self-raising flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ripe banana
50g sultanas

Buttercream
50g butter
150g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Method
Heat the oven to 180C. Line a cupcake tin with cases.

Place the sugar, butter, flour, eggs and vanilla into a bowl and mix with an electric whisk until combined. Mash the banana in a separate bowl and then add to the cake mixture. Slowly fold in the banana and then add the sultanas.

Divide the mixture between the cases and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

To make the buttercream, put the butter, icing sugar and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until combined. Pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake.

Baked bananas

Sweet and sticky baked bananas are such a delight on a cold evening. For a healthy option we like to serve them with greek yoghurt, but if you are feeling naughty why not dollop a big scoop of ice cream on the side.

Ingredients
2 bananas
2 teaspoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon mixed spice
200g greek yoghurt

Method
Preheat the oven to 190C.

Slice the bananas in half and place onto a sheet of foil. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle over the brown sugar and mixed spice.

Wrap each banana up in the foil and crimp the edges together. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Remove the bananas from the foil and serve with a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

Easy-peasy microwave banana pudding

Microwave puddings are so easy to make, and they taste lovely. In less than 10 minutes you can make a great banana sponge pudding.

Ingredients
100g butter
2 ripe bananas
100g light muscovado sugar
100g self-raising flour
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
Vanilla ice cream, to serve

Method
Place the butter into a large baking dish and microwave until melted.

Mash 1½  bananas and add into the melted butter. Add the sugar, flour, cinnamon, cocoa powder, eggs and milk and mix well.

Slice the remaining banana and place over the top. Return the dish to the microwave and cook on a high heat for 8 minutes, until cooked through.

Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Don't forget to let us know what your favourite banana recipes are.