I have been battling food allergies for a few years now, and was therefore ecstatic to discover that most of the tropical fruits do not set off my intolerances, so I have been indulging in bananas a lot.
Not only are bananas delicious and the ultimate comfort food, they are high in B6, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and potassium, all of which are really helpful with my efforts to heal. When DOLE approached me to be a Peel the Love Blogger Ambassador I was delighted! I do “peel the love”, every day!
People take bananas for granted, and forget how versatile and useful they are, for example, I have been using them as an egg substitute, in addition to eating out of hand for my morning breakfast. This weekend I made a true San Francisco treat, sourdough banana pancakes.
There is something in the air in San Francisco that makes our sourdough special, so my sourdough starter gets used for great bread but also for great pancakes. They are so light and fluffy and and the addition of bananas offsets the lashings of butter and maple syrup from Quebec that I slather on liberally.
Today I used my “status” pan, as Julia Child calls it, a lovely polished aluminum crepe pan with a Bakelite handle, a gorgeous vintage piece I found at an estate sale years ago. It made the pancakes crisp up to the most perfect color of golden brown.
As an extra treat, I cooked the bananas first in a Bananas Foster sauce, and then we used a little of the extra boozy syrup to spread over our pancakes like some sort of fantastical boozy jam.
Speaking of Peel the Love, I learned recently that I have been opening bananas incorrectly my entire life. Now I open them like this and it’s so much easier!
I showed my sister this trick over the 4th of July weekend and we we were both astounded that we had never figured this out before. Thank you, internet.
I think it’s interesting to note that most of our bananas in the United States come from DOLE, and the only state where bananas in the US are grown are from the DOLE farms in Hawaii. Hawaii has more than just pineapples!
This summer DOLE is holding a national tour called Peel the Love :”Banana Cabana Tour” and they’re coming to the Bay Area next week. They will be featuring unique recipes and ideas for parties and to ideas perk up your every day with bananas. If you’re nearby, go check out the fun, and meet Bobbie, their banana mascot.
- Aug. 7 – Grocery Outlet (125 Hickory Blvd., South San Francisco)
- Aug. 8 – Grocery Outlet (125 Hickory Blvd., South San Francisco)
- Aug. 8 – Nob Hill Foods (270 Redwood Shores Pkwy, Redwood City)
- Aug. 9 – Nob Hill Foods (2531 Blanding Ave., Alameda)
Elsewhere in the nation, the DOLE jeep and Bobbie the Banana will be appearing here. Yes, there will be bananas, lots of them.
Thank you, Dole, for this opportunity to be a Peel the Love Blogger Ambassador!
Please note this is a sponsored post and I was compensated by DOLE. The opinions herein are my own. The Banana Cabana Tour is still a lot of fun and the recipe here and my opinions are my own. I hope you enjoy it!Advertisements