Banana Recipes

Banana Recipes

If you buy Harvest Hub smoothie bananas you know that looks aren’t everything as marked skins do not affect the flavour of these nanas and we’re all about flavour.  On special this week $2.99. Not perfect on the outside but delicious on the inside.

Fruit and vegetable skin, like our skin, protects what’s on the inside. A mark or two won’t affect eating quality and will mean less waste from grower to plate.  Like that book you can’t judge by its cover, or the saying, ‘Beauty comes from within’. Not perfect but tasty. Perhaps the goodness judgement is: flavour and texture over appearance.

Freeze bananas – You can freeze bananas but peel first, then into a zip lock or container.

  • Banana Yoghurt Smoothie
  • Nutty Banana Smoothie
  • Banana Slice
  • Nancy’s Banana Bread
  • Banana Cookies

Banana Yoghurt Smoothie

Banana Yoghurt Smoothie
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 1
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 2 bananas, roughly chopped
  • ½ natural yogurt
  • 1 tbs honey
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
  • Ice cubes
  1. Blend all ingredients till creamy and serve immediately.

Nutty Banana Smoothie

Nutty Banana Smoothie
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 1
  • 1 banana, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, pistachio nuts or cashew nuts
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup natural yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup ice-cubes
  1. Blend all ingredients till creamy and serve immediately.

Banana Slice

Banana Slice
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
  • 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp of bi-carb soda
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 30g butter
  • 1/3 cup mashed banana
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Sift dry ingredients then melt butter. Mix the egg, milk, butter and banana and stir into the dry ingredients.
  3. Grease a lamington pan and bake for 20-25 minutes in oven. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Nancy’s Banana Bread

Nancy’s Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Harvest Hub
Special Notes: This Banana bread will keep in an airtight container out of direct sunlight for up to 3 days. Alternatively, place in airtight container, then label, date and freeze for up to 1 month. Place in fridge overnight to thaw.
  • 1 ¾ cups self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup, firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup reduced fat milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 50g butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 overripe medium bananas, mashed
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Brush an 11x21cm (base Measurement) loaf pan with melted dairy spread to lightly grease. Line the base and 2 opposite sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing it to overhang.
  3. Sift the combined flours and cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre. Place the milk, eggs, melted butter and banana in a medium bowl, and stir until just combined. Add the banana in a medium bowl, and stir until just combined. Spoon the mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50mins or until skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto wire rack to cool completely. Cut into slices to serves.

Banana Cookies

Banana Cookies
Recipe Type: Biscuits
Author: Harvest Hub
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and creamy.
  3. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  4. Add in bananas, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until just combined.
  5. Drop a tablespoon of dough per cookie 2 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool.








Ortanique Mandarins

Ortanique Mandarins   ……    Citrus reticulata Blanco

Ortanique Mandarins

Recipes: Mandarin & Yoghurt Cake

Mandarin & Avocado Salad see below.

The Ortanique Mandarins originates from Jamaica. It was popular in the early-mid sixties but got pushed out by the popular Imperials.  However, it is making a come-back via the Citrus Clonal Protection Program which seeks to re-establish heirloom citrus varieties.

What’s unusual about these mandarins?

The Ortanique is in fact a hybrid between an orange and a tangerine – hence the name OR(ange)TAN(gerine)(un)IQUE.

David D. Phillips was recognized as the creator of the fruit by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (J.A.S.).

Ortanique Mandarins heldHow do they look different?

They have a broad base with a tapered neck. The rind is thin and tight and peelable.

 Do they have seeds?

Yes, a few which is great.

Mandarin Yoghurt Cake
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
  • 1/4 cups sugar
  • rind of three mandarins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbs mandarin juice
  • cups self-rising flour
  • [b]To make icing:[/b]
  • 1 tbs mandarin juice
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced).
  2. Grease and line a long loaf pan. In a food processor, put the sugar into the dry bowl with the metal chopping blade. Peel all the yellow peel from the lemons, using a potato peeler, and add to the bowl. Run the machine until the lemon peel is finely chopped through the sugar.
  3. Add the eggs, oil and salt and process until thick and smooth, then add the yoghurt and lemon juice and blend enough to mix. Add the flour and process just enough to combine with the rest of the mixture. Pour into the cake pan and bake until golden brown and shrinking away from the sides of the pan. Insert a skewer to check it’s cooked.
  4. [b]To make icing:[/b]
  5. When the cake is cool, mix just enough lemon juice with the icing sugar to make a liquid but not too runny mixture. Smooth over the top of the cake and let it dribble down the sides a bit.
Mandarin and Avocado Salad
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
  • 1 1/2 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 fresh mandarins
  • ½ -1 fresh avocado, halved and thinly sliced cross-wise
  • 1 ½ tbs toasted sunflower seeds
  1. Using a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey, vinegar, salt, and cayenne.
  2. Peel 3 long strips from a mandarin using a vegetable peeler, and cut the strips into matchstick-thickness pieces. Peel the mandarins and separate them into segments. Cut the mandarin segments cross-wise into 2 or 3 pieces.
  3. Add the avocado and mandarins to the bowl, and toss to combine.
  4. Chill the completed salad until serving time.
  5. Sprinkle with the toasted sunflower seeds immediately before serving.


Bananas spotted and brown

Bananas spotted and brown

…………….by Ronn MorrisSmoothie bananas

Good Bananas spotted in spotted skins
Holding tonnes of banana goodness & flavour in.

Every baker who has baked banana cake knows
From the tips of their fingers to their sensitive nose.

The riper the nanas, better to savour the flavour
So buy smoothie bananas this flavour to savour.

Mash’m with yoghurt, a drizzle of honey and cinnamon
Morning porridge, muesli or whatever’s in the kitchen.

If you’re a mum I bet you’ve already perfected this one
Your babe’s asleep, house quiet, and all is done.

Banana supreme – slice, fry, sugar and a slosh of rum
Caramelised pancake that sits well in your tum.

When not too cold churn them for ice cream* – it’s tip top
Or freeze in their dark skins whole in a ziplock.

In the freezer skins will blacken but intensifies taste
Thawing they lose their shape but there’s no waste.

Stir into cake batter and bake for teatime
These bananas from Coffs Harbour a warmer clime.

Bananas spotted and brown don’t forget
their the kitchen king for the kids – dead set

Smoothie Bananas open

Not perfect on the outside. Delicious on the inside.


What to do with Banana Smoothies

Hot Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Banana Based Fruit Smoothies:


Hot chocolate banana smoothie
Recipe Type: Drinks
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 3
  • 2 banana or 4 small ones.
  • 50g grated good quality chocolate
  • Honey to taste
  • 2 tbs of raw oats
  • 1 tbs of chia seeds (Harvest Hub)
  • 2 cups warm of warm milk (any of dairy, oat, soy, almond)
  1. Place everything in blender and make sure the lid’s on tight. If the smoothies are too thick thin them with extra warm milk
  2. *To make banana ice cream simply peel and slice bananas and put the
  3. slices on a plate to freeze. Wait a few hours. Take the frozen pieces and place them in the food processor and process them until they’ve the consistency of ice cream (this can take a few minutes depending on the strength of your processor’s motor.) If you have an ice cream machine one you’ve began to process it you can transfer the bananas to that and churn them.
  4. You can mix the bananas with other fruit for different flavours.


Banana Based Fruit Smoothies:

Any smoothie can be a banana smoothie. They add sweetness and thickness to a glass of milk (dairy, soy, oat, rice or almond) and together with ice and a blender make an exceptionally easy breakfast or filler for the “I’m starving” time between arriving home from work or school and eating dinner.

To make a basic smoothie:

  • 400 ml of your chosen milk. In summer use 100ml of ice to 300 ml of milk.
  • 1 banana
  • 100 grams of fruit: melon, pineapple, strawberries, orange pieces (chopped with the skin off)
    If it’s too thick add more milk or water.


  1. Whizz in 30 second pulses.
  2. Whizz the banana and other fruit.
  3. Add the liquid.
  4. You want it to have the thickness of a good milkshake.

If you only have bananas. Use 4 small ones or 2 big ones. Add cinnamon and a couple of drizzles of honey. Taste it for sweetness because smoothie bananas are very sweet naturally.

As before always make sure your blender lid is on tightly.