My turn: Bananas good in variety of food

I love bananas.

They’re cheap, sweet and healthy, and they come in individual packages (a.k.a. peels.) Plus, there are tons of things you can do with them: Eat them plain, put them on cereal, use them as a fat substitute in baked goods, stick them in peanut butter sandwiches, etc., etc.

My favorite way to eat bananas is drizzled with honey, especially if the bananas are cooked. It makes a good topping for shredded wheat.

I also recommend bananas with chocolate. Banana muffins and pancakes are good, and you can add chocolate chips to them.

One of my co-workers created a pancake topping starring bananas when she made pancakes but was out of syrup. Her kids love it.

Melt about 1/4 cup butter over low heat. Add pecans or walnuts and spices such as allspice, cinnamon and/or nutmeg to taste. After cooking a couple of minutes, stir in two mashed bananas to make a thick, lumpy gravy and add brown sugar to taste, maybe 1/4 cup.

Cook and stir until sugar dissolves. To finish, thin the mixture with lemon juice to taste, maybe 1-2 teaspoons, or a little applesauce.

You can add diced pears or apples, too.