When Good Bananas Go Bad…

…Make banana bread.

Then make bread pudding.

Dress it up with whipped cream and dust it with cinnamon.

And I don’t think I need to tell you what to do with all that…

…But I will.

Eat it. Eat it all. And fast. Before I do.

I’m a picky banana eater. I like them yellow and only yellow. No green and no brown specks. As soon as there’s brown present I don’t want anything to do with them. That’s a very narrow window in which to enjoy banana goodness.

But rest assured I have not thrown out brown bananas in years. It just doesn’t happen. Because, as I’m sure you know, they are soft, sweet and begging to baked up in something special.

Like this Banana Cinnamon Bread Pudding. I have never eaten and most definitely never baked bread pudding before. I have to be honest I put it off for a few weeks. I think it was the custard. If you know me at all you know the long history I have with custard.

Oh yeah, me and custard go way back. Trials and tribulations.

I think it’s time custard and I set the past aside and become friends. Maybe even best friends. I mean when a dish full of freshly grated cinnamon, sweet bananas and toasted walnuts extends that hand of friendship you don’t say no.

I say yes. Heck yes!

Banana Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Source: My imagination.

3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

3 eggs
2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon

1 banana, sliced
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted

Whipped cream for topping
Cinnamon for garnishing

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Preheat the oven to 350 and position a rack in the center. Butter and flour a 9 inch loaf pan then set it aside.

In a large bowl combine the mashed bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder then mix it gently into the wet ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan then bake it for about 40 minutes until the top gets golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Let it sit in the pan until it’s cool enough to touch then turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

With a sharp knife slice the bread up into cubes about 1/2 inch in diameter. Spread the cubes out on the prepared baking sheet and bake them for about 10 minutes. This is done to dry out the bread in order for it to soak up the custard.

Now preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 9 inch square baking pan.

To make the custard whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Evenly spread the dried banana bread cubes, sliced banana and walnuts in the prepared pan then pour the custard mixture over top. Let it soak in for 5 minutes, press down the banana bread cubes, then bake it for about 30 minutes until the top is toasted and the custard is set.

Serve it warm or cool topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon. Enjoy!

28 thoughts on “When Good Bananas Go Bad…

  1. Felice

    I am the same when it comes to bananas. As soon as they get a spot or are a little soft they are no longer edible in their natural state and must be transformed. I love the look of you bread pudding.

  2. Heather

    Oooh! I love you for this! Delicious, useful recipe and can I just say… that banana pic is too cool! Love it love it love it.

  3. sippitysup

    I have a terrible fear of wasting food, so when mu bananas reach that point I stick them in the freezer with every intention of doing just this. Then they build up and intimidate me by their sheer numbers… GREG

  4. kristin

    I know a certain banana lover that’s going to want this, like, tomorrow. I love that last picture. The close-up. I love food close-ups.

  5. Caroline

    Oh my gosh, this looks so sinfully delicious. Bread pudding is one of my all-time favorite desserts, I cannot even imagine what it would be like made out of banana bread. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous too! I’m so envious that you can not only make food that tastes good, but looks amazing on screen as well!

  6. TiffKey

    Your post made me laugh! I, too, am picky about my bananas … but they have to be yellow and brown … but with NO BRUISES This looks delicious (and I actually hate bread pudding!). Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sara@CaffeIna

    My 70 hours week just finished. I got home 2 hours ago, didn’t even have the strength to make myself dinner. I open my foodbuzz page and I see this. Now, I’m craving so so so much that I don’t know what to do. I don’t have ripe bananas. I need to figure something out and plan this bread pudding for next week. Congrats on the top 9!

    1. Lindsey

      Yeah the banana part is always the trickiest. We bought bananas that were so green these three took two weeks to get to the right ripeness. And thank you!

  8. Jenny @ melting butter

    had a bit of a chuckle when I read you header.. funny… They banana bread looks great too! Def gonna make this next time my bananas go bad

  9. Chef Dennis

    simply outstanding!!! What is not to love about that delicious banana bread bread pudding!! What a stroke of genius!! Now if you could just ship me some I could have it with my coffee!!

    Congrats on making the top 9!



  10. Stephanie

    Love the color on that thing. Kind of reminiscent of a PB reeses cup…kinda. :p And that fresh dollop of homemade whipped cream looks so sexy!

  11. shannon

    Thank you so much for showing everyone a way to deal with bad bananas other than fashioning a loaf of banana bread…this is awesome!! Congrats on food buzz top 9!!!

  12. Loren

    This looks awesome. I somehow missed bread pudding for the first 40 years, then I had it on a recommendation at a place called Town in the Bay Area and have been hooked ever since, boldly seeking out new recipes. I hit the save button on this one and will be giving it a try next time I find delinquent bananas in the vicinity. I’ll be shocked and saddened if we don’t see this post on the top 9 too.



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