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I think you’d be hard pressed to find a mom who doesn’t utilize bananas. Seems like all kids love ‘em. (Okay, I know there are people that hate bananas! But that’s okay!). I love how banana come in their own bright yellow packaging! Great for eating on the run.

I had the chance to work with Chiquita brand, not like it was hard, because we usually always have bananas in the house. I was sent a fun Chiquita Mom kit:

I LOVE taking that bright yellow grocery bag to the store with me – it makes QUITE the splash!

My husband’s favorite cake is his grandmother’s banana cake. So for my baby’s 1st birthday, I made a variation of that cake – but tried to health it up a little. Here’s the altered recipe (my husband said if you want the REAL recipe, you have to pay him!):

Health-ier Banana Cake

Cream Together:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup Sucanat

Add in:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 1 T lime juice (could use lemon)

Mix dry ingredients:

  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups mixed white & whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix briefly. Do not over mix. Fold in 3 mashed bananas.
  2. Pour into greased cake pans or muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees 30-35 minutes for cake, 20 minutes for cupcakes.

These cupcakes came out light and with a touch of sweetness and a good banana taste. The mix of applesauce and butter cut the fat and added sweetness (I also cut the sugar and substituted Sucanat from the original recipe). And mixing the two kinds of flour made the flavor not so “wheaty” but not quite as bad for you as all-white flour.

It’s not totally sugar/fat free, but I feel good that I can give my baby a “treat” on his birthday that is a little healthier than the typical birthday cake. Plus I made it from scratch!

You can find TONS of great banana recipes at the Chiquita website. The next one I want to try is this Healthy Chiquita Banana Pancake recipe – yum!

Guess what? One lucky reader will also win a Chiquita Mom Kit. Your free kit will include:

  • Recipe Cards
  • Chiquita Mom Brochure
  • Chiquita Mom Freezer bags
  • Chiquita Mom Tote
  • Coupon for FREE BANANAS!! (expires March 31)

Disclosure: I was sent a product to facilitate this review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are 100% my own.

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Nicole SMarch 5, 2011 - 1:30 am

I love over-ripe bananas for banana bread; the sweetness is so good!
I also like a banana in a yogurt smoothie….yum!
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Suzanne DSMarch 4, 2011 - 9:01 pm

Lots ways I love to eat banana. Plain, with choco syrup, with peanut butter. :)

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AmandaMarch 4, 2011 - 1:36 pm

Paleo pancakes…

1 banana
2 tbsp almond or peanut butter
3 eggs

voila! grainless pancakes and yummy topped with fruit!

RobynLMarch 4, 2011 - 12:37 pm

my favorite way to eat bananas is cut up chunks on Vanilla Ice Cream and then when the ice cream melts a little, oh la la

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Julie LMarch 4, 2011 - 12:32 pm

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Banana-Honey-Pecan-Muffins-recipe.aspx love to try this recipe
thanks for the giveaway
Have a great weekend ;)

Karen GonyeaMarch 4, 2011 - 11:00 am

GFC Follower :)

Karen GonyeaMarch 4, 2011 - 10:55 am

I love them mashed up with a little skim milk :)

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MelissaMarch 3, 2011 - 9:53 pm

I love adding frozen banana to smoothies, its essential!

TamaraMarch 3, 2011 - 4:59 pm

Our favorite way to eat bananas is in yogurt smoothies!
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Canadian Coupon MomMarch 2, 2011 - 9:47 am

I love banana’s sliced on peanut butter toast.. yes weird but I love it!
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KateMarch 1, 2011 - 4:20 pm

I love dipping mine in chocolate pudding.

JynxxFebruary 28, 2011 - 3:59 pm

We love banana pancakes, whole wheat muffins, and with PB sammies or cereal!

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Crunchy Beach MamaFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:00 pm

I don’t have any fancy ways to eat banana except for banana bread which I do make once in awhile because all the boys like them! P eats a banana almost everyday for snack. He loves them :)
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erika henkeFebruary 27, 2011 - 2:04 pm

I eat them most often in breakfast burritos- a generous smear of peanut butter, a layer of sliced bananas, a sprinkling of corn flake cereal & a drizzle of honey rolled up in whole wheat tortilla.

Karla SceviourFebruary 27, 2011 - 2:03 pm

My favorite way to eat banans is just eating them the regular way peel & eat..or make yummy banana bread or banana muffins out of them! Bananas do not last very long in our household! :)
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StacieFebruary 27, 2011 - 1:35 pm

Yum! I want to try that banana cake now but my favorite ways to eat banana are in my moms banana walnut bread, or just straight from the peel (in this case I like them more green though, once they start to get spots or get sweet they are used for baking)

FritterFebruary 27, 2011 - 9:09 am

Hmmm…well, I really like warm, freshly made banana bread. My toddler likes to eat them straight up. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Leslie TFebruary 27, 2011 - 7:27 am

My fav way to eat bananas is on cereal with a little bit of extra sugar :)

Michelle R.February 27, 2011 - 1:06 am

I love to eat bananas chilled but it’s tricky cause the refrigerator will quickly ruin them :-(
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KrisFebruary 27, 2011 - 12:37 am

What’s your favorite way to eat bananas?
Plain, baked into bread, banana ice cream – pretty much any way
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Joy NewlanFebruary 26, 2011 - 9:39 pm

FROZEN WITH CHOCOLATE!
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Mama Kelly aka JiaFebruary 26, 2011 - 7:18 pm

I love to eat bananas sliced in a bowl, topped with Greek yogurt, drizzled with honey and a sprinkle of granola on top.
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StephanieFebruary 26, 2011 - 5:35 pm

Both of our girls LOVE bananas. They’ll often eat 2-4 in one setting.

We also love freezing bananas and using them in smoothies.

stacyFebruary 26, 2011 - 4:33 pm

We love them here in smoothies!
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MichelleFebruary 26, 2011 - 4:14 pm

my fav. Way to eat a banana is in a bowl of cheerios!

T Rex MomFebruary 26, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Bananas are big in our household and I think we always get Chiquita – generally of the organic variety. We also limit intake since they can have some binding effects if you know what I mean. Of course, that can be to our advantage if need be. And the bananas that don’t get eaten are allowed to turn black for banana chocolate chip bread. Mmmmmm. Great idea for A’s cake. I’m looking forward to photos from the party. Enjoy!

JessicaFebruary 26, 2011 - 3:58 pm

I like my bananas slightly chilled and slightly under-ripe. Between the men in the house bananas only last a couple of days.

MrsLaLaFebruary 26, 2011 - 2:35 pm

I LOVE whole wheat pancakes with bananas in them. YUM!

My kids are banana OBSESSED, we go through at least 2 – 3 bananas per day & that’s with me limiting how many they get – they would easily eat 9 a day or more if they were allowed. LOL

StephanieFebruary 26, 2011 - 2:35 pm

I’m a big banana fan – eat them right out of the peel, in smothies, muffins, chocolate dipped and frozen, baked, pudding. I can’t pick just one favorite way. Bananas don’t last long in our house.

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