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So the other day, I was at my favorite produce liquidation place. Shopping there is my single most favorite way to save money on fresh fruit and vegetables.
That’s when I spotted a giant 40lb box of bananas for only $10!
I impulsively bought it. Here’s a pic of the box for reference:
*Official Disclaimer. I am not now, nor have I ever been a food blogger. My photos were taken with my cell phone, and not a professional camera. I will link recipes in the post, but please don’t hold my non-professional photos against them.*
As a budget blogger, I have rules about making smart impulse buys and specific criteria that need to be met before it’s considered a smart purchase.
I also have a strict grocery budget that I use for my family and I do my best to meal plan and stay within it. That being said, impulse buys happen. I will never pretend that they don’t.
In my opinion, an impulse buy is okay, if it meets ALL of the following checkpoints:
Now, I know my family and my kids. They eat bananas left and right and we have to constantly keep them in stock and on our grocery lists. So I knew we’d be using a good number of these before they got to be too ripe.
If you follow my Facebook page you’ll see where I got home with this enormous box of monkey pickles and began to question my sanity.
The specific post in question can be viewed here.
I then followed up with this post when I realized that I lacked proper storage space for this many bananas. Something I had not previously considered. I possibly should have.
Followers submitted delicious sounding recipes to my post including things beyond just the typical “freeze them” answers. There were some great suggestions!
The family loves banana bread and always get excited when I make it, so I made several loaves worth using a recipe from 101cookbooks.com.
I adapted it to use canola oil instead of butter, so they turned out a little dense but still awesome and flavorful
I made the muffins using Taste of Home’s recipe, but I sprinkled cinnamon into the batter per my husband’s request.
My brother was so excited about the banana bread’s that he took an entire loaf to work for lunch.
He sent me this photo, looks like he didn’t even cut the loaf, just bit it whole! That’s some banana love right there!
Several loaves of banana bread and muffins were placed into the freezer for easy snacks over the next few weeks.
Something else we did was make a fruit pizza using sliced bananas and other fruit as the topping.
Fruit pizza is a sugar cookie with frosting or cream cheese topped with fresh fruit. It’s so delicious!
You don’t even need a recipe, it’s so easy and child-friendly to make. A great way to use up random fruits.
We also made a banana upside down cake
This one was… weird.. and a slight let down, but I think for good reasons.
Sprinkle Some Sugar’s recipe was incredibly easy to make, used 5 bananas and when fresh from the oven smelt divine and was tall.
I’m betting all my money on had we eaten it fresh and hot from the oven (with vanilla ice cream) it would have been the bee’s knees.
Unfortunately, we waited several hours and it was cold by the time we ate it. It had also become incredibly dense.
Something else we did, was make 2 banana cream pies!
We ate both as a taste comparison competition between the two.
The first banana cream pie was boxed pudding mix, almond milk and a store-bought graham cracker crust with banana slices.
The second one was this vegan banana cream pie, using canned coconut milk. I added a little food coloring to make it look yellow, and it was by far the most amazing banana cream pie any of us had ever tasted!
It had a golden oreo pie crust! I baked the crust, which resulted in it turning to rock and sticking to the pie tin. So I either recommend spraying the pan well or using the cold set option the recipe gave.
I was really afraid that it would turn out to taste too much like coconut cream pie, but the banana was the star. Highly recommend it! Unfortunately, there are no photos of either pie, neither lasted long enough to remember my camera.
We also made banana chocolate chip bars.
These turned out awesome as well, and the kids practically gobbled them up. Here’s the recipe for that one.
Other things we did with the bananas include:
Freezing for later use, eating as is and making some delicious smoothies.
So in the end, my 40 pounds of bananas saved us money.
It also let us experience new recipes that we may never have considered because we usually don’t have bananas lasting long enough to try new recipes.
Since the money for the bananas came from my grocery budget and we didn’t have to use a credit card to pay for it, we didn’t go into debt for this purchase.
It also saves us future time and money because we now have a freezer stocked full of banana bread already baked. We also have some frozen bananas for future smoothies and baking, so we are good for a while!
I did have a few failed recipes (including oven baked banana chips.) But I am very happy with how this impulsive purchase turned out. It’s been a long time since I baked this much and this experience gave me some quality family time with my kids. Can’t put a price tag on that!
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