Enjoying Smart

Smart Bananas are a delicious snack or part of a meal any time of the day. Because their skin acts as a natural and ideal packaging, you can pack them for later and as you open the skin they're fresh every time.

On our farms we have packaged our Smart Bananas into their own plastic wrap – this allows Smart Bananas to have their own ideal environment for the trip from our farms all the way to your fruit bowl. Bananas are all picked green and allowed to ripen over 5–10 days, but with our Smart Banana pack we ensure that this is managed perfectly and without damage. What’s the use of growing and picking our Smart Bananas if we don’t get them to you in the best conditio?

Smart Bananas are grown to be sweeter and nutrient dense. Well over 80% of people eat them just fresh, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t find some great and simple recipes to eat them in your own special way.

Our family have learnt that Smart Bananas can be used in savoury or sweet dishes and are ideal in smoothies as a nutritious meal replacement, pick-me-up or just a cool, refreshing treat.

We have listed a few here as a start; please contact us with your favourites.

Gav’s Banana Sundae Specialty

  • 4 ripe Smart Bananas
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 300ml of cream
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate topping

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Spread the pecans on an oven tray. Roast in preheated oven for 10 – 15 minutes. NB to be extra fancy Gav likes to ½ dip the roasted pecans in melted chocolate.
  2. Slice the Smart Banana in halves lengthwise, place under grill with the flat side facing upwards. Sprinkle the Smart Bananas with brown sugar. Cook on medium heat until the sugar melts.
  3. Whip cream on medium speed to a thick consistency.
  4. Serve the Smart Bananas with pecans and thickened cream, ice cream and chocolate topping.

Choc Coated Banana Freeze

  • 6 ripe Smart Bananas
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 300ml of cream
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Peel Smart Bananas; cut in half crosswise. Insert a wooden stick into flat end of each banana half.
  2. Lay bananas on a shallow pan or baking sheet; freeze for about 3 hours, until very firm.
  3. Melt chocolate chips over hot water. Dip each Smart Banana into the melted chocolate, coating well.
  4. For extra colour and taste sprinkle 100s and 1000s or chopped nuts over the chocolate before it sets. (check that everyone is safe to eat nuts)
  5. Chocolate will become firm straight away. Wrap each banana in foil; store in freezer.

Smart and Fast Milkshake

  • 4 ripe Smart Bananas, chopped
  • 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 cups milk

Method:

  1. Place the chopped Smart Banana, ice cream and milk in a blender and turn on to medium speed until all the ingredients are combined.
  2. Pour into glasses and drink

Mum's Banana and Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

  • 100g whole hazelnuts
  • 20g butter, softened
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dates
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1¼ cups of boiling water
  • 1 cup of mashed Smart Banana
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 60g butter, softened (extra)
  • 1¼ cup self-raising flour
  • Double cream or ice cream (to serve)

Butterscotch Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 100g butter, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Spread the hazelnuts on an oven tray. Roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Place hazelnuts in a clean tea towel and rub to remove the skins. Coarsely chop.
  2. Line the base of a 20cm round pan with baking paper. Rub the butter over the base and side of the pan. Sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts.
  3. Place dates and bicarbonate of soda in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling water and set aside for 5 minutes to soak. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Add the Smart Banana, sugar, extra butter and flour and process until almost smooth. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.
  5. Meanwhile, to make the butterscotch sauce, combine the sugar, cream and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until butter melts and mixture is well combined and heated through.
  6. Pour half the sauce over the pudding. Cut into wedges, drizzle with remaining sauce. Serve immediately with cream or ice cream, if desired.

Note: You will need 2 ripe Smart Bananas for this recipe

Banana Bread (hot from the oven)

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 3 ripe Smart Bananas, mashed

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line the base and side of an 11cm x 21cm x 6cm deep (base) loaf pan.
  2. Combine flours, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk butter and eggs togetherand add. Stir in Smart Banana. Spoon into prepared pan. Smooth the surface.
  3. Bake for 45-50 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside in the pan for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack. Serve warm, spread with butter. If it’s not all eaten straight away we love to pack it for farm lunches.

Smart Kid Muffins

  • 2½ cups of self-raising flour
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 ripe Smart Bananas

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, and grease muffin tray with spray oil or margarine on some paper towel.
  2. Combine milk, egg, margarine, vanilla and Smart Banana, and blend on medium speed until mixture is combined.
  3. Place flour and sugar into a separate large bowl and mix in the milk mixture
  4. Pour mixture into a greased muffin tray
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

This is always a good one to teach the kids to cook – they need a hand with the oven but it's not long before they're doing the rest!