Woe to the brown banana, thrown out at the peak of sweetness. Unappealing in appearance -- mushy and smelly but at the height of flavor like Epoisses, an artisan runny French fromage (cheese.) Flavor a dull oatmeal or punch up pancakes with this spotty over ripened fruit. Yielding easily to a fork, a banana in this advanced maturation will mash and mix into these morning favorites. The Chef picks up bananas at his local Latin market for well under 99 cents a pound; 99c only Stores carry two-pound bags and also carry oatmeal and pancake mixes.
Mash 1/2 a banana into a serving of oatmeal. Follow oatmeal preparation directions, whether instant or regular. The Chef likes his steaming oatmeal topped with a slice of butter, a splash of milk and a squeeze of honey. For pancakes, mash 1 to 2 whole brown bananas into the batter, depending on how many pancakes are coming off the grill.