One thing is for sure; bananas are good for baking. Nothing goes with a morning coffee quite like some freshly toasted banana bread. There are all kinds of baked goods that can be improved by bananas, like muffins, breakfast bars, brownies, waffles and even cakes.
Fresh bananas, on the other hand, can be a challenging fruit to work with, especially for cafés and eateries that buy bananas in quantity. Bananas not only take a few days to ripen to the point where they can be used in baked goods, but the window in which you can utilize them before they spoil is also limited, lasting only a few days. This can lead to a waste of both food and money.
Are frozen bananas, on the other hand, a viable substitute? Bananas can be frozen to help them last longer, extending their shelf life from a few days to a few months. Many people, however, believe that the freezing procedure alters the taste and nutritional characteristics of frozen bananas, making them less suitable for baking than fresh bananas. Is it still true that frozen bananas can be used in baking?
Do they taste good? Absolutely yes
Not only do frozen bananas work for baking, but they arguably work better for baking than fresh bananas. Not only does the freezing process not affect the taste or the nutritional value of the bananas, but defrosting bananas makes them softer and therefore easier to mix into batter.
How to Use Frozen Bananas for Baking
Before any baking can be done, the bananas need to be defrosted. This can be achieved in multiple ways, such as:
- Leaving them in a bowl to thaw on the kitchen counter.
- Thawing them in the microwave on low for three to four minutes (or using the defrost setting).
- Placing them in a bag and then submerging the bag in warm water for about 10 minutes
- It’s worth noting that, regardless of the method you use, it’s important to keep the bananas in a container, as the defrosting process tends to result in a build up of water that can cause a mess. Once the bananas have been defrosted, you can add them to the batter of your baked good of choice (as per the recipe, of course).
What You Can Make With Frozen Bananas?
Frozen bananas can be utilized in a variety of different dishes, not simply baked items. You may prepare amazing smoothies, frozen yoghurt, ice cream, and other desserts in addition to the previously mentioned banana bread, muffins, breakfast bars, brownies, waffles, and cakes.
Bananas are ideal for any type of meal preparation because of their taste and versatility, as well as their numerous health benefits, such as
- An abundance of nutrients including potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, manganese, net carbs, fiber, protein and fat.
- A richness of different kinds of fiber such as pectin and resistant starch, which aids digestion.
- Low calories, aiding weight loss while also being very filling
Fresh vs. Frozen Bananas – Can You Taste the Difference?
The answer to this question is largely dependent on personal preference. Some people don’t notice a difference, while others have discovered that frozen bananas are sweeter.
There’s a scientific explanation for this: the water inside the banana freezes and breaks down the cellular structure, releasing an enzyme called amylase, which deconstructs the starch into numerous compounds, including glucose.
The differences is minor, and anyone interested in sampling frozen bananas should not be put off by it.
Pros and Cons using Frozen Banana and Fresh Banana
- Frozen Banana have longer shelf life up to 24 month in refrigerator. Fresh Banana life is about 1 week, even less. So Frozen banana is always ready for you in your refrigerator, it just take 10 minutes to get it ready
- Frozen Banana taste almost the same with fresh Banana and its cheaper than fresh
- Fresh Banana is great for health, rich in vitamin and mineral, and it also smell better than frozen.
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