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42 Ways To Use Overripe Bananas

42 Recipe Ideas For Brown Bananas

Have a bunch of bananas spoiling on your counters?  Don’t throw them away!

Ripe squishy bananas are extra sweet and perfect for desserts, milkshakes, and baking.

Here are 42 delicious ideas for you to use up those old bananas.

  1. Banana Oatmeal Cookies (3liz4)
  2. Banana Oatmeal (ranjit)
  3. No-Bake Banana Oatmeal Cookies (prideandvegudice) (no-bake, raw)
  4. Banana Milkshake With Jelly (madreamery) (no-bake, raw)
  5. Waffles With Bananas (ilgiovaneWalter (Sobchak))
  6. Banana Yogurt (Renée S. Suen) (no-bake, raw)
  7. Banana Whoopie Pies (edwardkimuk)
  8. Fried Banana Wontons (sweetbeetandgreenbean )
  9. Banoffee Bars With Peanut Butter Frosting (djwtwo)
  10. Banoffee Pie (Pinot & Dita)
  11. Chocolate Banana Cake (djwtwo)
  12. Banoffee Blondies (Cake Diem)
  13. Chocolate Banana Marble Cake (jazzijava)
  14. Rum Banana Chocolate Lava Cake (ulterior epicure )
  15. Pisang Goreng aka Fried Banana (su-lin)
  16. Bananas Dipped In Chocolate (chotda) (no-bake)
  17. Banana Cupcakes (chotda)
  18. One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream (djwtwo) (no-bake, raw)
  19. Baked Banana Chips (healthylivingmaintenance)
  20. Banana Ginger Cookies (kern.justin)
  21. Banana Crepes (hslo)
  22. Banana Chocolate Milkshake (Alexandra E Rust) (no-bake)
  23. Banana Gelato (3liz4 ) (no-bake)
  24. Banana Snickerdoodles (BigSisLilSis)
  25. Banana Fruit Tart (cristianocani )
  26. Banana Split (Daniel Y. Go) (no-bake)
  27. Mashed Bananas Baby Food ( D. Garding) (no-bake, raw)
  28. Banana Bread ( jazzijava)
  29. Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich (Joelk75 ) (no-bake)
  30. Pancakes With Bananas (Jamie In Bytown)
  31. Bananas Foster French Toast (Arkomas)
  32. Banana Brownies (. Entrer dans le rêve)
  33. Banana Caramel Cheesecake (KnitSpirit)
  34. Banana Cream Pie (YVRBCbro)
  35. Banana Soufflé (Blue moon in her eyes)
  36. Banana Smoothie (diekatrin) (no-bake)
  37. Banana Scones ( jazzijava)
  38. Banana Split Trifle (Janet Hudson)
  39. Banana Strawberry Fruit Skewers (Mr.TinDC) (no-bake, raw)
  40. Banana Pudding (Renée S. Suen) (no-bake)
  41. Banana S’mores (rhiannoncharisse) (no-bake)
  42. Coconut Caramel Banana Panna Cotta (fusionsweets) (no-bake)

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Too hot to cook? Summer Garden Salad

Summer Garden Salad Recipe
Cool down with this refreshing salad for lunch.

I love summer but one of the last things I want to do when it’s 90F with 90% relative humidity outside is stand in front of a hot grill or stove.

This salad is the perfect lunch or dinner side dish.  It captures all the flavors of summer in one bowl.

Who says salads need to have lettuce?

This is our second year in our new home and the first summer since we’ve set up our little garden in the city.  Our tiny lemon tree that was gifted to us last year has begun to bear fruit and the veggies we planted in January are ripe and ready for the first harvest of the year.

We challenged ourselves to make a dish using only vegetables grown from our garden.  The only store-bought ingredients we used in this salad is a bottle of olive oil, black peppercorns, and grey sea salt.  Short of harvesting our own sea salt and pressing our own olive oil, this salad is as local and seasonal as you’re going to get in Hong Kong.

While tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers thrive under summer sun, lettuce plants bolt and turn bitter.  Not a problem!  The best parts of any salad are always the toppings anyways.

You’ll notice that all the vegetables in this recipe are crunchy and full of juicy goodness.  This dish is not only full of flavor, but it’s the perfect way to hydrate and re-energize after a hot summer afternoon.

With all the flavorful ingredients, there’s no need for any additional dressing.  Keep the recipe simple with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper or dress it up with your favorite herbs.

Oregano, thyme, and basil work well and add just that bit of something to the dish.  Turn this salad into a salsa with a sprinkle of cumin and fresh cilantro.  An endless combination of spices and flavors makes this one of my favorite recipes to turn to during the summer.

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Summer Garden Salad
A refreshing flavor packed salad that’s easy to make and perfect when it’s too hot to cook.
Ingredients
  • Cucumber1 cup, sliced
  • Tomatoes1 cup, sliced
  • Sweet Bell Pepper1 cup, sliced
  • Olive OilDrizzle, about 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon Juice1 wedge
  • Salt and PepperTo taste
  • Herbs (Basil, Oregano, Thyme)To taste
Instructions

  1. Slice all the vegetables thinly and place in a large bowl. We want to release their flavors and coat them thoroughly in spices and dressing.
  2. Drizzle your vegetables with the lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle salt, black pepper, and spices to season your salad.
  3. Gently toss your salad. Make sure the juices and oil is mixed evenly and all the vegetables are seasoned well.
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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 1 bowl

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Eggless Eggnog

Fusion Sweets Eggless Eggnog Recipe

Nothing says “it’s the holidays” to me more than eggnog. What’s better than this rich creamy ambrosia?

I just love how the flavors of sweet cream and nutmeg meld together and the mixture coats the back of your throat. And add a dash of rum… gah!

This is the one holiday food I’d look forward to every year so you can imagine how I freaked out when I developed an allergic reaction to eggs two years ago.

After a sad nogless Christmas last year I’ve decided enough is enough. This is my version of an egg free eggnog that approximates the creamy mouth feel and flavor of the real thing.

 

Eggnog recipe nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, allspice

To get the thickness and gel like mouth feel of eggs I used a mix of cornstarch and gelatin. Lecithin granules provide the richness and creaminess of egg yolks. You can find regular lecithin granules at Whole Foods or online.

Egg free Eggnog with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Allspice

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Eggless Eggnog
A rich and creamy egg-free holiday Eggnog for those of us with egg allergies. Cream, gelatin, cornstarch, and lecithin imitate the mouth-feel of egg yolks.Possible toppings: grated nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted coconut, caramel sauce, orange zest, sliced almonds.

Ingredients
  • Cornstarch – 1.5 Tbsp (12 g)
  • Powdered gelatin – 1.5 tsp (6 g)
  • Lecithin granules – 1 T (8 g)
  • Salt – 1/4 (7 g) tsp
  • Nutmeg – 1/4 tsp grated
  • Cinnamon – 1/4 tsp grated
  • Allspice – 1/8 tsp ground
  • Vanilla bean, scraped – 1/2 bean
  • Granulated sugar – 6 Tbsp (80 g)
  • Whole milk – 1 cup (240mL)
  • Heavy cream – 1 cup (240 mL)
Instructions
  • In a medium saucepan dissolve and mix the lecithin, cornstarch and gelatin in 1 cup of cold milk. Use an immersion blender to break up the lecithin granules. Once all the clumps have been dissolved, add sugar, cream, spices, vanilla, and salt.

 

  • Over medium heat bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir the entire time or you will get a clumpy mess on the bottom of your pot.

 

  • After about 5 minutes you will see bubbles form on the surface. The mixture will start to thicken. Turn off the heat after 5 more minutes.

 

  • Let the eggnog cool to room temperature and store in the fridge. Best if chilled in the refrigerator for a couple days.

 

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 2 large mugs

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Holiday Special For Our Customers

Wrapped Presents Under The Christmas Tree

 

Now that we’ve officially turned back the clock, it’s really starting to feel like winter!

That means the pressure’s on to get everything ready for the busy holiday seasons.

We’ve decided to give all our lovely customers a hand with FREE gift wrapping from now until Dec. 24.

No coupon code needed.

Just place your order as usual on fusionsweets.com and remember to tick the “gift wrap” option when you checkout.

Please note that this offer is only valid on our .com store and not our other storefronts.

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Banana Caramel Panna Cotta With Toasted Coconut

Banana Caramel Vanilla Panna Cotta With Toasted Coconut

Here is one of my favorite recipes for a light dessert. Panna cotta is such an easy dessert that even a 10 year old with a microwave could make this.

The panna cotta is barely sweetened to allow the flavors of the cream and vanilla to really shine through. Sweetness in this dish comes mostly from the ripe bananas and caramel sauce. Freshly toasted coconut shavings provide crunchy contrast to the silky smooth panna cotta.

Panna Cotta Ingredients - Banana, Vanilla Infused Sugar, Toasted Coconut

The one step where you will want to be careful is when you prepare the gelatin. Unlike making jello, we are not using a large amount of water so the gelatin powder can stick together in large clumps if you are not careful. The trick is to slowly sprinkle the gelatin in a light layer over cold water.

Once the gelatin has soaked up all the water on the surface and formed a film you’ll want to swish the water around or use a spoon to expose more fresh water before you add any more gelatin. You’ll want to let the gelatin bloom for 5 minutes before adding hot liquid so make this before you heat up your cream.

Sprinkle Gelatin Slowly For Even Bloom
Sprinkle your gelatin in gently like this!

This is a lesson I learned in making many many pans of marshmallows for Fusion Sweets. In any case, you’ll want to avoid dumping in the gelatin too quickly, like in the picture below.

This is the biggest cause of hard lumpy gelatin.

In this case the easiest fix is to spend a couple minutes gently heating the mixture and smashing the clump of hardened gelatin with a spoon to get rid of any chunks in your panna cotta.

Do not let the mixture boil. This will weaken the gelatin. And absolutely do not proceed with the recipe until all the gelatin chunks are gone!

Clumpy Gelatin - Don't Do This!
Not like this!

Since the ingredients in this recipe are so simple, the flavors of each will really shine through. Quality definitely matters.

Many supermarket brands of gelatin have an overwhelming porcine odor, especially Knox. My favorite brand of powdered gelatin is this unflavored Kosher beef gelatin by Great Lakes.

Knox not only blooms easily but it also gives a stronger gel per gram of powder and is absolutely odorless when used at normal amounts in recipes. We have used Great Lakes gelatin in Fusion Sweets marshmallows since 2010 and we have noticed an improvement in texture and mouth feel since changing gelatin brands.

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Tea Cookies With Lavender And Orange Zest

Fusion Sweets Tea Cookies

Today marks three years since we launched Fusion Sweets. Our first offering wasn’t our best selling caramels or marshmallows. As a matter of fact, we didn’t even start making confections until a year later.

The very first item we put up for sale was a collection of tea cookies in 14+flavors fusing Asian and Western ingredients. The recipe that led to the creation of Fusion Sweets embodies what we have tried to do with each new product line.

My mother loves rich crumbly cookies such as French sablés and short breads, but she could never find the perfect cookie recipe. For her, the perfect cookie had to be rich and sandy but tender and crispy. It also had to suit her Asian tastes for subtle flavors and less sugar. While I experimented and tinkered to craft the perfect cookie for her we ended up trying so many different flavors that somebody suggested we sell our cookies.

Nowadays the business of keeping up with our candy orders is challenging enough that we can no longer bake our tea cookies for sale. However, even after two years we still get order requests from old customers who fondly remember our tea cookies.

Though we have expanded our catalog to over 150 items, the original item that inspired us to create our company still holds a special place in our hearts. To celebrate the three years since fusionsweets.com has been online, we are letting this recipe go and sharing it with the world.

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Terms and Conditions

1. Privacy Policy

This privacy policy identifies the type of information Fusion Sweets, its affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively, “Fusion Sweets”), collects from its customers and how Fusion Sweets uses this information. Your use of this website may also be governed by other terms and conditions contained on separate user agreements. If you have any questions about this policy, or the manner in which Fusion Sweets uses personal information, we encourage you to contact us.
Use of Customer Information

Fusion Sweets respects the privacy of its customers and takes steps to prevent unauthorized disclosure of customer information to third parties. Customer information includes any and all information received by Fusion Sweets from its customers, whether such information is received by email, online forms, telephone, facsimile, mail or otherwise. Fusion Sweets stores this information to enable it to fulfill orders or to improve the level of service to its Customers. Fusion Sweets also shares certain personal and/or financial information with its merchant account and banking vendors to process orders and payments and with common carriers to ship products to you. Unless required by law or by court order, Fusion Sweets will not disclose, share or sell any customer information to any other third party without your prior authorization. Unless otherwise stated, this privacy policy does not apply to information posted by users to publicly accessible portions of our websites, including but not limited to, online forums, bulletin boards, dealer listings or online auction services.

Personal and Financial Information Collected by Fusion Sweets

Throughout our websites there are forms that request information from you and/or allow you to purchase products and services. These forms typically ask for contact information (such as name, mailing address and email address), membership, login and password information required to process your order and ship products to you. Fusion Sweets will collect similar information when processing orders via telephone. The provision of such information by you is entirely voluntary. We do not collect any financial information (such as credit card number, expiration date and verification code).  All financial information is processed by secure thirdy party payment processors such as Paypal, Google Wallet, Stripe, or Bitpay. If you elect or opt in to receive information from us, we will ask for a valid email address and telephone number so we can inform you of other products or services available or to contact you about your opinion of current products and services or potential new products and services that may be offered. You may opt out of receiving future mailings from Fusion Sweets by following the procedures detailed in the Choice/Opt Out section located below, on forms located on our website or in emails you receive from us. You may also request that we delete any personal information from our customer databases at any time by contacting Fusion Sweets.

IP Address Logging

Fusion Sweets’ web servers collect domain names and/or IP addresses of users to measure what pages and features are accessed by our visitors. Fusion Sweets uses software such as Google Analytics to collect and analyze this information. This information helps us administer the site, improve content and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Cookies

Fusion Sweets may use cookies or similar files or scripts throughout its website to enhance your convenience in using our websites, to improve search functionality or to hold information that you would otherwise need to re-key. Cookies are text files collected by a user’s web browser. If you do not wish to accept cookies from our website, you may configure your web browser so that it does not accept cookies; however, you may lose certain functions available on our website.

Links

The Fusion Sweets website may contain links to other websites not affiliated with Fusion Sweets, including websites of Fusion Sweets’ vendors and service providers. Fusion Sweets is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other sites. By including links to other websites, we neither endorse such sites nor guarantee that the information they contain is accurate. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site to read the privacy statements of every linked website as the privacy policies of each may differ from ours. This privacy statement applies solely to websites owned or operated by Fusion Sweets.

Monitoring

Fusion Sweets is under no obligation to monitor the conduct of its website users, but it may investigate and respond if violations are reported. Fusion Sweets reserves the right to delete, remove or exclude any listing or information, in its sole discretion, that does not meet its intent and guidelines for the services offered on the website.

Changes to Privacy Policy

In the future, Fusion Sweets may offer new and different programs that necessitate a change in this Policy. Fusion Sweets reserves the right to change its privacy policy at any time without prior notice. Any changes to the privacy policy will be posted on this page and will be effective immediately upon posting.

Governing Language

Any translation of this Policy is done for local requirements and in the event of a dispute between the English and any non-English versions, the English version of this Policy shall govern.

Security

We are committed to preventing others from unauthorized access to the personal information you provide to us, and we maintain commercially reasonable procedures and technology designed for this purpose. This website has reasonable technical and organizational security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of information under our control. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those security measures. Although we cannot guarantee that our systems are 100% secure 100% of the time, we periodically update and test our technology in order to improve the protection of customer information.

We suggest that you install anti-virus software on your computer and routinely check for viruses, keyloggers, spyware and other programs that may become installed on your computer without your permission. If you believe that you have received a virus from Fusion Sweets, please contact us as soon as possible so that we may take remedial measures to remove the virus.

Fusion Sweets does not send emails to customers requesting billing, login or password information. If you receive an email purporting to be from Fusion Sweets that asks you to provide personal or account information, or login and passwords, do not provide such information unless you have first verified that the website or email is from Fusion Sweets. Such emails may be fraudulent and used in connection with scams known as phishing. Fusion Sweets asks that you report any suspicious emails or websites to Fusion Sweets.

2. Return Policy

Non-personalized candy products

You must contact Fusion Sweets here and file a returns or reshipment claim within 14 days of receiving your order or 30 days after shipment, whichever is sooner.  Any returns after this are in store credit only. 

We can only accept returns of unopened items.  Customers are responsible for return shipping costs unless the items arrived damaged or defective.  Please contact us before returning a package.  We will do our best to help you out!

Personalized and custom candy products cannot be returned.  

3. Use of Web Site

Fusion Sweets has taken every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of content provided on this website. Fusion Sweets makes no warranty, express, implied, or otherwise with respect to accuracy or safety of any items or information contained within this website, including, but not limited to price, representation, specification, or potential hazard of any item.

Occasionally there may be information on fusionsweets.com that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies, or omissions that may relate to product descriptions, pricing, and availability. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions and to change or update information at any time without prior notice (including after you have submitted your order). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Fusion Sweets reserves the right to refuse or cancel any orders containing any error, inaccuracy or omission, whether or not the order has been submitted, confirmed and/or your credit card has been charged. If your credit card has been charged for the purchase and your order is canceled, Fusion Sweets shall promptly issue a credit to your credit card.

We reserve the right to refuse or limit quantities on any order for any reason at any time. If your credit card has been charged for the purchase and your order is canceled, Fusion Sweets shall promptly issue a credit to your credit card.

If you use this website, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the information you submit through “My Account” and the corresponding password and for restricting access to your computer. You agree that you will use only your password and you will take reasonable precautions to protect its secrecy.

ALL PRICES AND AVAILABILITY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Our policies may at any time change as conditions warrant.  

4. Late, Lost or Damaged Delivery

We cannot be responsible for late, lost or damaged deliveries by the postal service. We will cooperate with you in every way to track your package and file a claim if necessary. If we make a mistake with the address, we reserve the right to issue a refund or reship. 

If an incorrect address was provided by the person placing the order, a duplicate order must be placed with additional charges. We will issue a refund if the original shipment is recovered in resaleable condition. You must report the problem to us within 2 weeks after receipt of the order or 30 days after shipment, whichever is sooner.

5. Order Errors

If we make a mistake in your shipment, we reserve the right to issue a refund, issue a store credit or to replace your candy. You must report the problem to us within 2 weeks after receipt of the order or 30 days after shipment, whichever is sooner.

6. Limitation on Liability

We cannot be responsible for damage arising from the operation, content or use of our website. Additionally, we are not responsible for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages that result from the use or the inability to use our website, including but not limited to, your reliance on information obtained at the website, or that result from mistakes, omissions, interruptions, errors, defects, viruses, delays in operation or transmission, or any failure of performance.

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Standard Shipping Rates

Rates effective January 15, 2015

DOMESTIC (USA)

(USD) Shipping and Handling (USD)
Order items total up to $75 $6.95
Order items total over $75 Free

CANADA

(USD) Shipping and Handling (USD)
Order items total up to $75 $19
Order items total $75-$150 $27
Order items total over $150 $35

INTERNATIONAL

(USD) Shipping and Handling (USD)
Order items total up to $75 $29
Order items total $75-$150 $37
Order items total over $150 $45

Shipments and returns  

When will my order ship?

Orders usually ship within 3 business days (Monday through Friday). There may be an additional 1-2 day delay in shipping during times of high order volume.

Custom orders and pre-orders will ship according to the schedule indicated on the product page.

Once your order is shipped you will receive an email with any tracking information available.  You can also check order status by logging into your account.

Can I pick up the candy at your store?

Not as of today. We do not have a retail store and we process all of our candy orders on the web and ship them directly from our kitchens. 

Once we establish our own storefront we will offer in-store pick up.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes we do.  We ship international orders with two methods, International Airmail and Global EMS. It may take anywhere from 1-2 weeks or longer to receive your order. This depends on customs and border controls in your destination country.  

  • International Airmail. This is the most economical shipping method with the lowest chance of import taxes. Available for orders up to $80 or 2 kg (4.4 lbs).  Please note that international airmail is untrackable.  However we have had less than 1% rate of lost/undelivered packages with this method.  Delivery times average around 10-14 days though delays up to 2 months have happened.  Though this “snail mail”method does not have a guaranteed arrival time, packages do arrive eventually.  Contact us after 45 days if your package has not arrived to file a claim.
  • Global EMS (Speedpost). The best speed for value.  Equivalent to Express Mail in the US, packages usually arrive within 3-7 business days.  This method provides tracking information and is the best choice for time sensitive orders and orders over $80. Rarely customs delays can add on a couple of days to the estimated delivery time.

Import Taxes

Some countries will levy an import tax on packages over a certain threshold.  These charges are not included in the shipping charge and are the responsibility of the buyer.  You are responsible for any VAT, tariff, duty, taxes, handling fees, brokerage charges, customs clearance charges, etc. required by your country for importing consumer goods.

You can use this handy duty calculator to find out about your country’s import taxes.

Does Fusion Sweets guarantee that my candy will arrive on time?

We will make every effort to ship your candy on schedule, but delivery is out of our hands once your candy leaves our kitchen.

The final journey from the post office to your doorstep is dependent upon your country’s postal service.

If you need your order by a certain date, please contact us to set up express shipping with a guaranteed delivery date.  We can ship with Global EMS (Speedpost), DHL, Fedex, or UPS.

We will warn you that this is an expensive option especially if the delivery address is overseas.

Because borders and customs can add additional delays to the delivery timeline, Fusion Sweets cannot be responsible for delays or late deliveries of international orders.

We will not accept returns nor offer refunds under these circumstances.

Return Policy

Please see here for the full return policy.