Everyone knows bananas are good for you. They’re loaded with potassium and fibre to protect your heart from heart diseases. The antacid effects of a banana help shield you from stomach ulcers. If you’re having a tough time going to the toilet for a number 2, the banana’s soluble fibre helps pave the path. Bananas are also packed with fructoologosaccharide (a prebiotic) which helps to lower your risk of colon cancer.
With so many health benefits from the banana, why ruin it all by coating it with flour and dunking it in a vat of hot oil to make banana fritters? Why mix it up with a load of sugar, flour, and oil to make banana cakes? Instead of negating all the good stuff that comes with the humble banana, why not try some of these super simple (we made sure!) and super delicious recipes? Like we always say, food that is good for you can be tasty too!
1. Make these peanut butter banana bites
We suggest making your own peanut butter or getting one with no sugar and oil added for this recipe. Then pair it with some banana slices, pop the finished products in the freezer for a few hours. The result? These scrumptiously filling and satisfying snacks to cool down a hot day. You’ll also be filling up on nutrients like protein and vitamins and also helping out your heart with the monounsaturated fats in the peanut butter.
2. Fry up some of these 2-ingredient banana pancakes
You’ll just need one large banana, very well mashed (make sure there are no lumps anywhere). Mix in two eggs until blended well. You can use a blender, or not, up to you. Then fry them in the pan like you would a normal pancake. Top with a little butter and honey, and you’ve got yummy banana pancakes! Best thing of all? You can gobble up these knowing you’re doing your body good. With no flour (simple carbs) used, but two full eggs to increase your HDL (heart-protective, good cholesterol) levels, plus all the benefits of bananas, this is a super healthy breakfast indeed. Full recipe here.
3. Skinny banana cheesecakes
Skinny cheesecakes? Do these two words even belong in the same sentence? Packed with 13.6 grams of protein, no refined sugar or gluten, these baby cakes use oats as its crust instead of the usual graham cracker. Oats are loaded with dietary fibre (more than any other grain!) and help to lower your cholesterol. Perfectly healthy and guilt-free, plus very easy to make! Recipe here.
4. Two-ingredient banana cookies
Yup. If you haven’t noticed, we are big fans of easy recipes with very little ingredients required. This one calls for 2 large old bananas and 1 cup of oats. That’s it guys. No refined sugar to be spotted anywhere, no 20 other ingredients to search for in the supermarket! All you need to do is to mash the bananas together with the oats, pop them in the oven for 15 minutes and you’re done! Plus when they come out and you eat half of it, you’re only eating a banana and half a cup of oats. Totally guilt-free! Get the recipe here.
5. Bite on these banana pops
Pierce an ice cream stick through a peeled banana, dip into sugar-free natural low-fat yogurt, then roll into oats and other add ons you like (dark chocolate chips go really well, nuts and raisins are great too). Pop them in the freezer and in a couple of hours you can enjoy these in the place of ice cream!
6. Make a bunch of banana chips
You know the moments when you just want to munch on something crunchy but don’t want to feel guilty about it later on? These banana chips should save the day. The chips are made with only bananas and a spritz of lemon (no oil, no sugar involved), then baked in an oven at a low temperature till crisp and golden brown. You’re welcome! Detailed how-to here.
7. One-ingredient banana ice cream
Two-ingredient recipes? Pfft, move aside. It’s time to take it up a notch. With only ONE ingredient – bananas, you can have a smooth, rich, and creamy ice cream. When we made this, nobody could guess that we only used bananas. They all thought we added in cream and sugar and all the regular suspects in ice cream. Nope. You just need to blend bananas well, put it in the freezer and like magic, you get banana ice cream. All the goodness, none of the unhealthy stuff.
Top tip: Mix in some unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate banana ice cream! Recipe here.
8. Whip up a matcha banana smoothie!
Remember our recent article about green tea and how it helps you burn fat? The tips included eating the green tea leaves so you absorb all the nutrients that come with it. Well, matcha powder is made from fine-grounded high quality green tea leaves so you’re chugging down all the good stuff here. Blended with frozen bananas, unsweetened soy milk, vanilla beans and a tiny bit of honey, this is a power smoothie that also tastes amazing. Get recipe here.
Now you know what to do when your fruit stall pakcik has a sale on ripe bananas!
You might want to check out our 11 Quick and Healthy Meal recipes too!
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