So many yummy things come from the rainforest! Unfortunately, a lot of those delicious foods also put the rainforest in jeopardy. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to integrate the taste of the rainforest into your life without adding to the damage being done to them every day. Here are some fun, tasty banana recipes that you should try when you get the chance!
Chocolate Banana Blintzes
These are probably my favorite. They’re chocolate banana crepes that use Rainforest Alliance approved bananas and chocolate. You’ll want to give yourself an hour of prep time so you can chill the crepe ingredients, and the recipe also recommends that you have wax paper on hand, but I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary (but it will make things easier). For the recipe, click here.
This recipe is meant for Halloween, and it’s super cute! You’ll need some popsicle sticks, some tiny hard candies for the eyes and mouths, and some wax paper. These are made with white chocolate, to make them look like ghosts, of course. However, I think you could substitute the white chocolate for milk or dark (make sure the chocolate is Rainforest Alliance approved though!). You could make them werewolves or something if you don’t like white chocolate (like me). For the recipe, click here!
Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins
This recipe comes from Chiquita Bananas, which is a lovely company that collaborates with Rainforest Alliance. They have a ton of yummy recipes! This one is fairly quick and easy. The bake time alone is 15-20 minutes. I’d say give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to make them though, with mixing the ingredients and then letting the muffins cool afterward. Don’t forget to use Rainforest Alliance approved chocolate! For the recipe, click here.
Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
I love banana cream pie! This one is a bit tougher to make. You’ll need to be on top of it constantly to make sure everything turns out right, but the reward is worth the effort. (Pie always is!) This one will take several hours to be prepared. For the recipe, click here!
For more rainforest safe banana recipes, I would suggest checking out the Chiquita Bananas website. They have a lot of fun things to try!
When cooking with bananas, make sure they are Rainforest Alliance approved. That’s all you have to do to do your part in keeping rainforests safe (in this one area at least). Try to look for approved chocolate, coffee, and any other fruit you use in your meals as well. If you try these, let me know what you think!
Photo courtesy of Larry.