The banana is one of the most popular and versatile fruits in the world. It is a native of Southeast Asia but as found itself in all the other tropical countries today where is enjoyed as a fruit, to make fibre or as ornamental plants. It presently cultivated in over 107 countries with the United States and the European Union the chief importers of about 15% of the world’s production.
In recent years the products of this fruit are quite ubiquitous, this is evident on the supermarket shelves, restaurants, bars, and snack counters among other places. There is a wide range of products which the banana is the main ingredient ranging from alcoholic beverage to plain simple deserts. Here are a few of the common products to have been made from this versatile fruit.
The nutritional and health benefits of this fruit are far reaching making it a wonder fruit. It contains three natural sugars- sucrose, fructose and glucose and it is good source of fibre which makes banana the best natural supply of instant and sustained body energy. It is the most popular fruits among athletes who used a lot of energy. Two bananas provide enough energy for laborious hour and half work out.
Your family and friends will absolutely do flips over Banana Split Brownies. Just like the ice cream version, these delights blend the flavours of chocolate, banana, and strawberries to perfection. In fact, banana splits are so good; you can probably use them to bribe folks into just about anything.
Banana split Brownie recipe
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 oz. tub cream cheese with strawberries
- 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
- ½ cup frozen strawberries, thawed, drained, and cut up
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Garnish (by choice)
- Sliced bananas
- Maraschino cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease baking pan; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in banana and eggs. Beat or stir in flour and cocoa powder.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake about 20 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Spread with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting.
Cut into bars. Garnish with banana slices and maraschino cherries. Cover and store in refrigerator.