Banana Day is a bit like a heady mix of April Fool’s Day and Halloween (without the trick or treating and vandalism) and with a helpful portion of healthy eating thrown in for good measure!
So, get ready to Go Bananas on Banana Day!
History of Banana Day
The origins of Banana Day, which is aimed at celebrating bananas in every conceivable sense of the word, are murky.
However, it is known that every year students at many prestigious American universities use Banana Day as a way of celebrating this humble lunchbox standard. They eat and share weird and wonderful banana concoctions (banana punch, anyone?), they dress as bananas and they generally go a bit…well…nuts.
And bananas too, of course.
Banana Day is the perfect day to find solace in this world-renowned fruit that is useful and beneficial on so many levels.
How to Celebrate Banana Day
Celebrating Banana Day seems like a great time to get creative and enjoy a big load of fun! After all, there aren’t many days in the year when you can legitimately goof off and have a little fruit-based fun, so why not take a (banana) leaf out of the students’ book and go a little bit bananas today?
Consider these ideas for celebrating Banana Day:
Make a Banana Treat
Get creative in the kitchen and enjoy what monkeys have known all along–the banana is a fabulous food! Try these delicious treats to eat alone or share with friends:
Banana Split. A classic American tradition, the banana split uses a halved banana, some scoops of ice cream (usually vanilla, chocolate and strawberry), and toppings such as hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts and cherries.
Banana Bread. Although they bake quicker when made into muffins, there is something special about a dense loaf of warm banana bread! No matter what shape they are in, this is a great way to use up bananas that have gotten a bit over-ripe or brown.
Bananas Flambe. This French Caribbean treat is made from peeled banana halves fried in oil and then coated with rum and sugar. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course.
Chocolate Covered Bananas. Channel that inner Arrested Development character (Bluth family, anyone?) by freezing some bananas and dipping them into chocolate–add nuts too!
Host a Banana Party
It’s not hard to decorate with a banana theme! Just make sure everything is yellow and green, including paper plates, napkins, balloons, tablecloths and streamers.
For an activity that doubles as a snack, provide a chocolate dipping station (aka fondue) or chocolate fountain where guests can dip slices of banana. For extra fun, supply other items for dipping, such as sprinkles, small candies, or mini marshmallows.
Other treats that can be served at a banana party include banana muffins or banana bread (same recipe, but muffins are a bit easier to serve). Banana cake, banana ice cream, banana splits or banana pudding.
Listen to a Banana Playlist
There is no better day than Banana Day to get jamming with a fruit-focused playlist on Spotify or another music hosting website. Play it at the Banana Party or listen alone. Try out a few of these songs or add a few other creative ones:
- Day O [The Banana Boat Song] (1956) by Harry Belafonte
- Thirty Thousand Pounds of Bananas (1974) by Harry Chapin
- Yes, We Have No Bananas (1923) by Louis Prima
- Hollaback Girl (2004) Gwen Stefani
- Apples and Banana (1985) by Raffi
- Banana in Your Fruit Basket (1991) by Bo Carter
- Apples, Peaches, Bananas and Pears (1967) by The Monkees
Tell Some Banana Jokes
Get a little silly and have a laugh (or groan) with friends or family using a variety of banana jokes like these:
- What kind of key opens a banana? A Mon-key!
- Why did the banana go to the doctor? It wasn’t peeling well.
- Why are bananas never lonely? Because they come in bunches.
- What’s the easiest way to make a banana split? Cut it in half!
- What do bananas say when they answer the phone? “Yellow?”