Banana Tea or Avocado Chocolate Banana Bread

As much as I enjoy the taste of a banana, it is the banana that always seems to be the last bit of fruit that remains in the fruit bowl.  Within days of placing it there the transformation begins. Yellow, with a hint of green and slightly underripe the bananas turn to a most delightful shade of yellow, retaining a certain firmness making it the perfect ripeness for my liking.  Do you think I would stop to eat a banana or two. More times then not my intentions are good and what seems like a blink of the eye, the bananas have speckled and darken, sometimes to the color of a night time sky.

The scenario is similar when it comes to the avocados. Not too far from the grossly overripe bananas, the avocados, although no outrageous signs of having gone bad, it is obvious if not used NOW their next place of rest is in the compost pile.  There is always a bit of guilt when having to put what was perfectly ripened fruits into the compost pile.  After all, what about the world of hunger out there. 

Before the compost there is one last hope for the fruit.  The usual go-to is baking banana bread from scratch and with the rather soft avocados, they hit the blender with whatever goodies are decided for an anytime smoothie.  The perpetual cycle of this ritual does begin to lack its luster so today I put on the thinking cap to figure what else I might concoct.

Hmmm, if I had insomnia I could try Banana Tea. The banana rich in potassium and magnesium has therapeutic value that apparently produces a brew better then a sleeping pill.  Banana Tea supposedly aids in helping one to relax, fall asleep and stay asleep.     My curiosity is aroused so will keep the recipe near for those rare nights when insomnia does occur and I end up chatting with the Shepherd instead of counting sheep.  Surely there will be a banana to be had. 

My search continues and I found a Dixya, the Dietitian’s recipe for Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread.  The combination peeked my curiosity only because that does not sound like a good combination.   Baked and then taste tested by two, the census was a more cake-like texture and taste versus a bread.  One felt a raspberry sauce drizzled atop would enhance the flavor while the other felt it was just fine on its own. Much to our surprise the recipe is a decent alternative  when one wants to satisfy their sweet tooth and has been added to the DSW Cooks Recipe Collection.

DSW Cooks Recipe Collection

DSW Cooks Recipe Collection

Photography by Debra S. Walling

Photography by Debra S. Walling

Photography by Debra S. Walling

Now, back to the Banana Tea. 

Is there anyone out there that has tasted Banana Tea?  If so, let us know your thoughts. 

BANANA TEA

  • Cut the ends off of a banana
  • Place banana in a saucepan, add water to cover.
  • Boil for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and strain into your favorite mug or teacup.
  • Drink plain or add a sprinkle or two of cinnamon, stir and there ya go - Banana Tea!
  • Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!