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Stop food waste-recipe ideas #5

This one somehow slipped through the net-I wrote it ages ago and then promptly forgot about it and it has been sat in my Drafts file for months now…!
But in the spirit of Waste Not, Want Not, I am not going to ‘waste’ a blog post, so here goes…

The last post for now in my little series of posts designed to help stop food waste. In case you missed them, the original post is here, and the others are here, here, here and here!

And obviously, after all the virtuous savoury bits, we all need PUDDING!!

So here are my ideas for using up manky bits of fruit…

Smoothies-the best thing for using up all the squidgy soft bits of fruit

  • Chop it all up, stick it in the blender, and whiz! You can add a dollop of yoghurt (any flavour/type) too if you like
  • Anything with banana in works very well-I knew that you could freeze bananas that were going black and then whizz them up for smoothies, but someone recently told me they chop all their manky fruit up and stick it in freezer bags ready to make smoothies whenever the Small people occassion demanded-Genius!
  • You can also freeze it in lolly moulds for a healthy summer treat too *virtuous mummy emotion*

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Fried fruit-sounds wierd I know, but bear with me.
My children have the frustrating endearing habit of starting an apple or a pear and eating some of it and then discarding it wherever they are sat. It then discolours, and I get told “eurgh, it’s gone all manky, I’m not eating that”. Yay! If yours do the same, this is what you can do (other than cut the manky bits off and chop it into a fruit salad, or, heaven forbid, eat it yourself..!)

  • Collect up all the discarded bits, slice them, and then fry them gently in some butter with a spoon of sugar sprinkled over until the fruit is soft. You can add a handful of raisins if you are feeling particularly extravagant
  • Serve with yoghurt or ice-cream, or custard, or on top of pancakes-they will never know….!

Cakes and muffins

Lots of fruit can be used in baked goods, but especially good old bananas! As I said above, you can freeze any bananas that are going black, just as they are, in their skins. If you want to bake with them, then it does help to try and remember to take them out of the freezer a couple of hours before you want to use them.

Here is one of my favourite banana recipes-Chocolate banana muffins-rather inevitably from Nigella-this time her “Kitchen” book

This is what you need to make 12 muffins:

  • 3 very ripe or overripe bananas
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 3 tbsps cocoa powder-Nigella says to sift….
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 12 hole muffin tin and paper cases

This is what you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200C (180C fan)/gas mark 6
  • Line the muffin tin with the cases
  • Mash the bananas-this is a great one with to with the Smalls, as they love mashing bananas
  • Put your mashed bananas in a bowl (if you have a freestanding mixer, use this) and add the oil, followed by the eggs and sugar, beating all the time
  • Mix the flour, bicarb and cooca together, and add this to the mix, beating gently
  • Spoon into the prepared cases
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20mins. In NIgella’s words “the muffins should be dark, rounded and peking proudly out of their cases”
  • Allow to cool slightly in the tin, before removing to a wire rack

I love these. They are really moist and delicious. They freeze very well, and make excellent snacks for the Smalls-you can feel virtuous that they are really quite healthy, and the Smalls will never know 🙂

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  • Reply Waste Less Wednesday | My Make Do and Mend Year September 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

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  • Reply Rachael Hodgetts June 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for flagging up Nigella’s banana muffins. Seriously yummy! I might have to try adding some choc chunks next time. The only thing is, both sons refuse to try them (one insists he doesn’t like chocolate flavoured things, t’other hates bananas) … So I’m going to have to freeze the rest before I eat the lot! 🙂

    • Reply Jen June 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Ooooh, now you’re onto something-white choc chunks..! But then I wouldn’t be able to kid myself that they are healthy…

  • Reply Hazel June 24, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Banana facts-
    If you freeze the bananas out of their skins (I chop them up, open freeze and then bag when I’m feeling efficient. The rest of the time I chuck them in in their skins.) they don’t go black when you defrost them.
    If you whizz the bananas still frozen you can get banana ice cream 🙂 There was a recipe floating around the web last year where you added an avocado- healthy enough to eat ice cream for breakfast!
    If you cut the banana in half and stick a(reused?) lolly stick in the cut side before freezing you get banana ice lollies. Dip in melted chocolate then hundred’s and thousands/chopped nuts/desiccated coconut if you like. (That always reminds me of Big Cook Little Cook form CBeebies when my 3 were little. Say desiccated coconut repeatedly and it sounds like a steam train…) I have to say my children were never that fussed about these, but other children love them so yours might 🙂

    • Reply Jen June 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Hazel-I do freeze them when they are getting a bit too black, but might try the ice-cream thing!

      • Reply Hazel June 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        They just look a bit more appealing when you defrost them if you freeze them out of their skins 🙂

  • Reply pennypinchingpeach June 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Great ideas! We hate wasting food, so I try to get creative with leftovers, too.

    • Reply Jen June 23, 2013 at 9:39 am


  • Reply Zoe @ecothrifty June 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Fried fruit sounds interesting! I often have the problem of a half eaten apple. I normally chop of the eaten bits and then slice up the rest of it. Then I put it in a container for a snack later. It almost always get eaten up, but I might just try frying it next time!

    • Reply Jen June 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      There is very little that cannot benefit from being fried in butter and sugar…!!

  • Reply Sue June 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Banana bread using squishy bananas is really tasty aswell. When the kids were little, all leftover sad looking fruit would be chopped up, put in loaf tin, make a basic Victoria sponge mix, pour over fruit and bake. Serve with ice-cream or custard. Really yummy xxx

    • Reply Jen June 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      That sounds delicious Sue-definitely trying that one! Why stop now they kids are big..?!

      • Reply Hazel June 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

        Oooh, I’m trying that one too! Thanks Sue 🙂

  • Reply Rae Hodgetts June 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Chocolate banana muffins? How did you know that I have ‘make banana cakes’ on my weekend list. Hurrah!

    • Reply Jen June 22, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Enjoy 🙂

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