We’re banana fans around here. I put frozen bananas in green monsters, smother them in peanut butter as a pre-wog snack and Hailey can even eat them not without slowing her intestines down.
So when DOLE (yes, the pineapple people make bananas, too!) asked me to throw a banana party, it was a no brainer. Bananas are nature’s original energy bar. In fact, research shows that bananas provide equal performance and recovery, more nutrients and no artificial ingredients compared to the most popular sports drinks – at about one-third of the price. ( source ) Let’s hear it for real food!
They sent me some banana swag to help set up the party and I went a little bananas filling in the gaps with more goodies!
Recipes, DOLE swag, banana bread, freeze-dried bananas, banana chips, banana fruit leather… it was awesome. The back right corner is full of banana guards! Bye bye banana bruises, and they make for great play toys. Oh, and the banana apple fruit crushers from Trader Joe’s? Pretty awesome.
Guests arrived and things really got bananas with the kids running around! (Have a totally worn out this “gone bananas” theme yet? No? Great, I’ll keep going )
Finally it was time to eat!
Banana dogs for all!
Totally kidding. Hot dogs (nitrite free) and burgers!
Afterwards, there was coffee and banana bread.
PS- you know you’re an adult when afternoon coffee to get you through the rest of the day is necessary.
I also made these little treats, that proved to be quite popular!
Simple? You bet. And incredibly tasty. Get Trader Joe’s Vanilla Wafers (yes, they must be Trader Joe’s because they are thin, crisp and very vanilla-y). Top with a DOLE banana slice, whipped cream and cinnamon. MMM. I could have eaten a billion.
Are you still with me? Because things are really about to get bananas! (cue David’s excited banana face…)
DOLE slipped a little something in for you to (naturally) sweeten the deal.
Have you heard of the Yonanas machine? It turns fruit into creamy, dreamy soft serve “ice cream”. Perfect for healthy treats in hot temperatures with no additives, preservative, flavorings, nada! Just fruit, made extra delicious.
You can win your own Yonanas machine today by leaving a comment sharing your favorite way to eat a banana! Sorry guys and gals, open to US residents only and the contest ends Tuesday, July 17th at 9pm.
Ready, go bananas!!
Disclaimer: A big thanks to DOLE who provided the goods for party, the Yonanas machine and compensation. All opinions are my own.