April 19th, marks Banana Day! A whole day dedicated to those yellow, a-peel-ing tropical fruits.
The banana tree which the fruit is grown on isn't a plant - it's a herb
The delicious fruit tastes great served au natural, mashed or baked so it’s no surprise that there’s a whole day set aside to pay homage to the humble banana. But did you know that the bright yellow bunches of goodness, that we know and love, come in more than 1,000 varieties?
And if you thought that was impressive, wait until you hear that the banana tree, which the fruit is grown on, isn't a plant - it's a herb!
Whether they’re green, perfectly yellow or terribly bruised – to help celebrate the fruit in all its glory, we’ve rounded up 15 of our favourite recipes that champion the brilliant banana.
Muffins are easier to make than cakes, so these are ideal
for little fingers.
Dairy-free poppy seed and banana pancake
These delicious banana pancakes are perfect for anyone following a dairy-free diet.
Banana toffee tartThis banana version
of a tarte tatin is so simple. Make sure you use a cake tin with a solid base so the lovely sticky toffee doesn't drip through.
Frozen banana yogurt with grilled pineapple slicesThis delicious frozen yogurt
is a great alternative to ice cream, and it's really easy to make.
Banana splitThis one's
for big kids and little ones and it's a delicious way to cool down on a sunny day.
Banana & date cake
For a strong banana flavour
, use very ripe and soft bananas with skins that are spotty and turning brown.
These crunchy snacks
are a tasty combination of sweet and salty flavours.
There's nothing better than a slab of banana bread with a hot cuppa tea, is there? This is a fail-safe
, no fuss sticky loaf made in one bowl, and the riper the bananas you use the better.
Chocolate banoffee pie
A lovely chocolate cookie crust holds this wickedly indulgent dessert
These fritters are usually deep-fried, which means they soak up a lot of fat. Our versions
are lightly fried – but just as tasty!
Gluten-free banana & pecan cake
This classic combination
makes an ideal treat for everyone to enjoy.
chocolate banana parcelsThese are so easy
to make, and they'll be a big hit with the kids. For a change, swap the chocolate for mini marshmallows, fudge or chocolate raisins.
Mango and banana trifle
Fruit, cream, custard and sponge. What's not to love? If you're making this recipe
for little ones make sure you replace the rum with extra juice.
Banoffee banana and pancake lasagne
Step aside pasta sheets, there's a new lasagne in town. While we love a big slice of lasagne for dinner who says you can't keep the party going with dessert? This banoffee banana and pancake 'lasagne'
will definitely win the hearts of your diners.
Banana & toffee cream
Ready in 10 minutes, this after dinner treat
makes saying 'yes please' too easy.
Feeling inspired to whip up a banana-related dish? Make sure you pop into Asda or head over to your local store to stock up on everything you'll need.