Chiquita Cooking Lab Contest – September 29 – November 24, 2014


Bananas – one of the easiest and tastiest fruit around. They’re great for desserts, for a quick morning breakfast, or an in-between meals snack. Whatever your reasons for eating bananas, know that they contain an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals. Not everyone likes bananas, but if you do you probably already know that not only are they sweet but they can be used in many creative recipes. You can enjoy bananas as a simple in-between meals snack or incorporate them into intricate and delicious recipes. Whatever your reasons for eating bananas, take a look at Chiquita bananas newest cooking contest hosted on their site:

As a Moms Meet blogger, I was encouraged to enter the cooking contest using bananas as the main ingredient. I had to really think about that for a moment because it could be something super easy or incredibly complicated. I chose the middle ground given that a simple banana split might be too easy although yummy and chose instead to create a Pumpkin Pancake with Glazed Bananas and Pecans.


Each week there is a tab where the secret ingredients are revealed on the Chiquita bananas cooking lab website. I was having some trouble scratching off the tab to reveal the ingredients but once you do find out, be sure to include the secret ingredients in your recipe. This week’s secret ingredients are: Pumpkin, bananas, and pecans. A million ideas ran in my head but then when it came to execution of the recipe, I was at a loss as to what to make with these 3 main ingredients. I’m not really a pumpkin fan but I could enjoy it in a pie or a smoothie. I knew that I wanted to do something sweet as I associate pumpkins and bananas as more of dessert ingredients but I also wanted to do something that wasn’t too difficult either. My son actually liked it and he’s not a big pumpkin fan either, but with the caramelized bananas and the toasted pecans, all we had to do was drizzle a little 100% maple syrup and it was a very delicious treat!


1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 egg

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups all purpose flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp salt


In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, and oil. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.


So enter today at: and who knows, you might be a winner! For more info, please visit the Chiquita bananas website as well as their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram sites for more ideas.



I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

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Please read the labels and ingredients carefully and follow all manufacturer’s instructions (if any). The products selected for the giveaway were generously donated by the companies/PR to help readers learn more about their products. The winner’s choice in using/consuming these products are entirely up to the winner and will not hold the author and her family liable nor the companies/PR liable. These products are made with non-toxic ingredients but always be safe with what you use and consume.


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