Today is banana day! A terrific fruit that is excellent anytime! Bananas offer so many health benefits for everyone to enjoy! A banana is loaded with potassium, which can help increase alertness1. Bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.1 Eating bananas have a see-to-believe effect on us, too. They can help with cramping and reduce swelling.1
Who uses a banana peel? Maybe you should! Why you ask?? Besides the creative reasons like polishing silverware and leather shoes, scientists have recently added purification of drinking water contaminated with potentially toxic metals2 to the list of uses. With summer time coming, this little tick is one to keep on hand—if you get bit by a bug or develop hives1, rub the inside of a banana peel on the irritation for relief! Who knew?!
With all the vitamins and nutrients found in bananas, they are one food you should try and consume daily. But what happens if there comes a day when we get a shortage of bananas? With so many benefits from bananas, freeze-dried sliced bananas and dehydrated banana slices are both must-haves in everyone’s food storage for just in case!
To help celebrate banana day, enjoy making this delicious frosted banana cake![caption id="attachment_2710" align="alignleft" width="150"] Blend the ingredients[/caption]
Start by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees. Blend together 2/3 cup shortening, 1 1/3 cup sugar, 4 eggs, and 3-4 bananas. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 ½ cups flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg.
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Once the banana mixture is smooth, gently add the flour mix into it and stir well. A wonderful additive to this banana cake is chopped walnuts or chopped almonds, but that is completely optional!
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Once the batter has been prepared, grease a cake pan and pour in the batter. Bake for 48-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Right after the banana cake is baked, bring ¼ cup of butter to a boil in a pot on the stovetop.
Once the butter starts to boil, add 2 tablespoons of milk, 1 cup butterscotch chips, and ½ cup brown sugar. Stir continuously until the brown sugar is completely dissolved. Once it’s dissolved pour immediately onto the banana cake and smooth it out evenly. Best when eaten within 4 days.
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Another great article discussing the benefits of bananas can be found at http://healthunify.com/how-banana-can-aide-you-to-your-health/
**Do you like banana bread? Check out this site for a delicious Banana Nut Bread recipe: https://www.jenreviews.com/banana-nut-bread-recipe/
Contributed by Angelia Kunz