February One Ingredient: The Banana

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I have chosen Banana for the February One Ingredient Linky that I host with Laura at How to Cook Good Food. I do hope you will share your Banana recipes. Whilst bananas are good all year round, the Windward Island Variety comes into season now (until May). I am hoping it will give us different ways of using this fruit, which can be a bit of a marmite fruit, so I imagine there may be some who will sit out this month. However for those who do like bananas, there is an immense amount of variety. Aside from a classic banana loaf, it pairs well with puff pastry in tarte tatin, in trifles, is a classic on the barbeque (with chocolate and marshmallows of course) and how about this delicious banana, cardamom, chocolate spread.

It works in South Asian dishes alongside fish and even meat, as a salsa or adding sweetness to a sauce.

For more variety take a look at the BBC good food website and one of my favourite resources, Delicious Magazine’s website.

Here are the basic guidelines for the One Ingredient Challenge.

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-The recipe does not have to be showy or complicated – just family friendly
It can be sweet or savoury (depending on the ingredient and your taste!)
-You can use an old blog post if you wish but please let us know and please add the monthly one ingredient logo – we will create an appropriate logo for each month!
-Feel free to enter the recipe to other challenges as well.
-Please give credit if you use other people’s recipes and link to the source as appropriate.
-Please include a link to http://www.franglaiskitchen.com and http://www.howtocookgoodfood.co.uk as the challenge hosts.
-If you tweet your recipes and use the hashtag #oneingredient we will retweet all those that we see.
-We will do a roundup post at the beginning of March and link back to your posts.

Many thanks and we look forward to your entries


  1. laura_howtocook says

    Oh what a good choice! I love bananas and hope that lots of people will join in with this month’s One Ingredient!

  2. Marmaduke Scarlet says

    Ah – I’ll sit this one out (I’ve written frequently about how I am not a banana fan!) But I really look forward to the next challenge!

  3. says

    Wonderful – I hate bananas but actually just made the one recipe I actually like that uses bananas, I was planning to post it on my blog in time for pancake day (so no prizes for guessing what the recipe is!). So that works out really well :-)

  4. Helen says

    Bananas you say? Well as it happens I am planning a banana recipe today & have loads already, there’s always a black banana that needs using up in our house! I used to hate them until I had kids too. X

  5. says

    Dear Nazima, I entered my banana cake loaf! I know that it is a classic recipe but since I found the fantastic Dan Lepard’s version I wanted to share it on my blog and you gave me a great opportunity with February One Ingredient Challenge, thank you!


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