Banana Squash

A banana squash is a winter squash. It is yellow/orange in color (when ripe, it is salmon colored) and is about 2 to 3 feet long. It smells like a cucumber, the meat looks similar to a pumpkin, but it has its own flavor. It can weigh up to 35lbs but is generally around 10lbs.

They are fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, and an excellent source of vitamin A and C. They can be stored up to six months if in a dark, low humid environment and can be used in the same way as any other winter squash. It makes great stews, soups, and salad toppings. It pairs great with butter, cheese, lamb, pork belly and truffles. The best herbs/spices to use are the ones we love for winter: thyme, bay, sage, rosemary, cumin, curry, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

I had no idea what to do with a banana squash when I purchased it. The following recipes were my first attempt at using a banana squash and were followed with rave reviews from family and friends. I hope you enjoy!

Banana Squash Pie

First, wash the squash and then cut the ends off. Use a serrated knife to keep from slicing your hand. Cut into pieces and scoop out the seeds. Keeping the pieces as big as you can, put them in a microwaveable bowl. You may have to do this several times in order to get all of them done. Put two inches of water in the bowl and then put the lid on. Now place in the microwave for approximately 12 minutes (until the squash is soft).

Take the squash out and scoop out the meat. It is OK to let it cool before scooping. The squash will yield more than enough, so you don’t have to be overly precise. Blend the squash (I used a food processor but you can also use a blender).

Now your squash is ready for the recipe.

  • 3 cups squash puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 can evaporated milk
  • 2 graham cracker pie crusts
  • Mix it all together and put in pie crusts. The mixture is very liquid, that is OK.
  • Bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Then turn temp to 350F and cook around 60 minutes. You test done-ness by inserting butter knife or toothpick and it coming out clean.

Banana Squash-Raisin-Walnut Bread

I had left over squash. So I made some bread.

  • Rest of squash
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 can evaporated milk
  • 3 cups Bisquick
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Raisins
  • Mix together and put in bread pans. Cook at 350F for 40 minutes.

Banana Smoothies

A banana contains a minimum number of 90 calories. Bananas also contain about 2.5 grams of fiber and 50% of this fiber is soluble. One of the reasons why you should learn how to prepare banana smoothies recipes is the unparalleled nutrient content of this fruit. Bananas are full of potassium, an important mineral electrolyte. Potassium is absorbed through the walls of the intestines and into the cells of the body. Since potassium is a key electrolyte in the body, deficiency results in symptoms foremost of which heart rate irregularity. An adequate potassium level is also critical in maintaining blood pressure.

What are the benefits of adding the fruit to your daily dietary regimen? Bananas promote gastrointestinal health, help regulate cardiac rhythm, and it even contributes to weight loss. You may be surprised at this next bit, but including banana smoothies recipes in your daily regimen contributes to eye health as well. This is because of the Vitamin A content of the fruit. There is enough Vitamin A in bananas to benefit the visual system. Aside from vitamin, bananas also have beta-carotene and alpha-carotene which get converted to Vitamin A in the body.

Another benefit from regular consumption of banana smoothies recipes is improved bone health. Bananas are fruits that also contribute to prevent bone thinning.

Studies have also shown that bananas have an antacid effect. Bananas can protect the stomach from ulcers because it can suppress secretion of gastric acid. There are also substances found in the fruit that promotes the production of a thicker protective lining inside the stomach.

There is no shortage of banana smoothies recipes online. Here’s something that you can make immediately after reading this article. Here’s what you need: 1) two ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely chopped, 2) one and a half cup of skim milk, 3) a quarter cup of natural yoghurt, 4) two tablespoons of peanut butter, 5) one tablespoon each of honey, 6) ice cubes. This set of ingredients make for an interesting banana smoothie that you will be proud to serve to house guests and to your family, of course. Once the ingredients are all mixed together inside the blender, you only need to make sure that they are well integrated and incorporated together.

There is one secret ingredient to this preparation and similar other banana smoothies recipes that will make it an unforgettable taste that people will crave for. Drizzling honey on the smoothie glasses will make a huge difference. This is what makes it a beverage that people will keep coming back to.

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