Meat Loaf gone Bananas

Bananas in Meat Loaf?

Yes, you have heard me correctly. It’s not as eccentric as meat & vegetables in Jell-O. This recipe was tried last month; I did not have a chance to post it as I was busy researching for a Disney-themed cake (Watch out for next post; birthday girls loved it).

Weeks ago, when I didn’t want to bake ANOTHER banana loaf, I added mashed bananas to our meat loaf instead. (Most moist meat-loaf recipes call for 1 egg, no? Here’s where mashed bananas can also do the trick!)

Recipe source: Retro Food Fiascos ISBN 1-888054-88-3 (Printed 2004, in Singapore); my copy was a cast-away found from a thrift-store.

Recipe notes: I store shallots in my kitchen readily (for curries; etc), wherever onions are required. The original recipe called for onions, with no specific types. Personal preference: the original recipe also suggested the onions be added to the meat. I added to the banana mixture and it was still fine.

Future adaptations: I will add ketchup/barbecue sauce to the meat loaf, prior to baking next time.

Preheat oven to 350F. Serves 4 to 6.



1 lb ground beef
1 shallot, chopped (or 1 tbsp onion, chopped)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup soft bread crumbs (I used the store-bought parsley bread crumb mix kind)

2 bananas, mashed
2 tsp prepared mustard



Mix meat, salt, pepper, and crumbs.

Combine: bananas, onions, and mustard.

Combine: bananas, onions, and mustard.

Combine bananas, onions and mustard; add to meat mixture and mix well.

Place into a loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour or until meat is thoroughly cooked.

Sorry, I just realized I didn’t take a picture of the final product, but it’s just meat-loaf! 😉 Easy-peasy? Let me know how your trials turn out!