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Bananas & Hummingbird Cake

BananasI’ve just made a very late ‘New Year’s’ resolution to add more bananas to our diet.  This decision comes after reading a recent article listing 25 reasons to eat bananas.  [1]   I’ve always known bananas were a good source of potassium – but it seems  they offer so much more.  A condensed overview of the 25 reasons are below.  The link to read the whole article with complete explanations is at the end of the list.

 

  1. Help to overcome depression.
  2. Eat 2 bananas before a heavy workout for an energy boost.
  3. Help to prevent leg cramps.
  4. Help to build strong bones.
  5. Help improve mood and reduce PMS.
  6. Reduce swelling, protect against Type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with production of white blood cells due to high levels of B-6.
  7. Strengthen blood and relieve anemia with added iron.
  8. High in potassium, low in salt – helps to lower blood pressure.
  9. Rich in pectin, chelate toxins and heavy metals.
  10. Prebiotic stimulating growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel.
  11. High in fiber.
  12. Soothing to digestive tract & help restore lost electrolytes.
  13. Natural antacid.
  14. Only raw fruit that does not distress stomach ulcers .
  15. Help to protect the eyes from macular degeneration & helps increase calcium absorption.
  16. Increase alertness.
  17. high in antioxidants.
  18. Helps stabilize blood sugar & reduce morning sickness.
  19. Relieves itching & irritation from bug bites – rub inside of peel on bite.
  20. Eat a banana between meals to control binging.
  21. Helps to cool the body – fever and on a hot day.
  22. Natural mood enhancer helps relieve ‘seasonal affective disorder’.
  23. Helps with withdrawal from smoking – contians B-vitamins.
  24. Remove wart – apply inside of banana peel on wart with tape.
  25. Quick shine your leather shoes or purse by rubbing with inside of banana peel and polish with dry cloth.

Article Link:   http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

 

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Now, after all that, I started looking for some new and different ways to serve bananas.  We’ve always enjoyed bananas with strawberries  and of course, David’s all time favorite – banana split (pictured).  But there’s got to be something different.  That’s when I saw an article on Hummingbird Cake.  After reading the list of  ingredients – including bananas – thought it would be a good one to try.   Did some searching on the Internet for various recipes – seems they’re all different.  After much searching, managed to find the original recipe that was printed in Southern Living magazine back in 1978.  You’ll find it below.  Enjoy!

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hummingbirdcakeHummingbird Cake

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 cup butter (original called for oil … I like butter)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  (8 oz) can crushed pineapple – undrained
  • 2 cups chopped pecans (or walnuts) divided
  • 2 cups chopped bananas
  • Cream cheese frosting (recipe below)

 

Directions

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Add eggs & butter stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.     Do NOT Beat.
  3. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, 1 cup of chopped pecans and bananas
  4. Spoon batter into 3 well-greased and floured cake pans
  5. Bake at 350 degrees or 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done with toothpick
  6. Cool in pans for 10 minutes
  7. Remove from pans and cool completely
  8. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake
  9. Sprinkle with 1 cup of chopped pecans

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield:  3-layer Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 (16 oz) packages powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine cream cheese and butter, cream until smooth
  2. Add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy
  3. Stir in vanilla

While doing some hunting for this recipe, found  some cooks had added toasted coconut to the frosting on top, others had used pecan halves to decorate the top  – just a thought.  Also, saw some cakes that had been baked in a rectangular pan.  The cake was then cut into 3 or 4  rectangular pieces; these were stacked with frosting in between the layers and on top.  No frosting on the sides.

[1]  http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

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