I’ve talked before about how I want to reduce food waste. I really hate cleaning out the fridge only to find food has gone bad. It’s a waste of money and resources. I used to be great about this but old habits slipped back in and I’ve thrown out way too much food. It’s a common issue in the US with 30-40% of food being wasted!
What’s 30-40% of your food budget? Do you want to just throw that in the trash? I know I don’t. I could come up with many other great uses for that money. I’m guessing you could as well.
Produce is something that is easy to have go bad. It’s also something that really is pretty easy to use up even when past its prime. I’m starting to look for all kinds of fun and creative ways to use up produce when it’s about to go bad.
I’ve made banana bread and muffins in the past. They are delicious and one of my favorite ways to use bananas. I have come up with an even easier way to make banana muffins and it’s my new favorite. You may find yourself hoping some of your bananas will start to overripe once you try these.
It’s really easy because it uses homemade baking mix so you need less ingredients than your normal banana muffin recipes. The mix also makes some delicious and moist muffins. My husband isn’t even that big of a banana fan but he has really enjoyed these muffins. They also freeze really well if you won’t eat them all before they go bad.
- 3 bananas, mashed
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups homemade baking mix
- Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
- Combine everything but the baking mix in a medium bowl.
- Add in the baking mix, mix until combined.
- Fill paper-lined muffin tin 2/3 full with batter.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
How do you use produce that is past its prime? I’d love more ideas.