Banana

Perfect Banana Cream Pie Bars

We usually have Easter dinner at my parents’ house, and I always like to take a special dessert—usually a delicious cream pie. This year, I’m bringing these amazing Strawberry-Banana Cream Pie Bars. Nothing says spring like a light and fluffy banana cream pie, and the addition of fresh strawberries puts a really special twist on a classic.

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Real Appeal: Banana Baking Recipes

The scent of banana bread baking in my oven is quite possibly the best aromatherapy I know. But why limit banana-baking adventures to the best banana bread ever? Perhaps you’d also like the tenderest banana muffins? Or maybe the moistest banana cake (with cream cheese frosting!)? This is the reason I keep overripe bananas in my freezer, sometimes for months. (If you’re not into planning your baking endeavors months in advance, a couple days in a paper bag on the counter should do the trick.) Behold this bevy of baked banana delights. Continue reading

Pumpkin + Banana Bread + Cream Cheese Frosting = Bliss

It’s time to break out the pumpkin! Now you can get whole pumpkins…or just buy a bunch of cans of puree like I do. There are so many sweet and savory dishes you can incorporate it into. I’ve added pumpkin to lots of different recipes. It’s easy to add to anything with a tomato-based red sauce like chili, spaghetti or enchiladas. You can also make many different pumpkin desserts like rolls, pumpkin cheesecake or pudding. Yum! But today I’m going to add pumpkin to banana bread for a wonderful fall flavor. Continue reading

Top 5 Smoothies to Take Your Morning from “Oof” to “Oomph”

On those mornings when I just want to hit the snooze button forever (OK, that’s most mornings), I need something that’s going to make me feel like the rock star/superhero/professional athlete that I am (deep down inside, anyway). And I need it to take 10 minutes or less to put together since I’ve snoozed through most of breakfast time. These fruit smoothie recipes fit the bill. Continue reading