When you hear the word ‘banana’, does your mouth water, thinking about the creamy, sweet fruit that is extremely popular the world over, or does the thought of the texture make you feel a little queasy? You either love bananas or you hate them, but one thing is for sure, and that is, bananas are incredibly nutritious and extremely versatile when used as a baking or raw food ingredient. If you are one of the millions of people who do like the taste of bananas, then these 50 healthy banana recipes will keep you going for quite a while!
Bananas have a number of powerful health benefits. They are rich in fiber, antioxidants and several essential nutrients. A medium-sized banana (118g) contains 9% of your recommended daily intake of potassium, 33% vitamin B6, 17% vitamin C, 8% magnesium, 10% copper and 14% manganese. One banana has around 105 calories and is made up of mainly water and carbohydrates.
A Brief History Of Bananas
When you think of bananas, do you think of tropical holidays and cocktails by the beach? Bananas are believed to have originated in Malaysia, about 4,000 years ago, before spreading into the Philippines and India. Arabian traders introduced them into Africa, where Portugese explorers were first introduced to them, later taking them to America. Bananas were not sold in the US until the 19th century, because the fragile fruits were not able to travel far. However, the development of refrigeration and improved transport in the 20th century saw the sale of bananas skyrocket, becoming far more widely available. Most tropical and subtropical regions around the world grow bananas today, with major producers in South and Central America.
Healthy Banana Recipes
Bananas are so versatile when used as an ingredient, and, similar to sweet potato, apples and avocados, they can be used to substitute a multitude of carb-loaded and sugary traditional baking ingredients like flour, sugar, cream and butter!
1. Fluffy Kefir Banana Pancakes – Using kefir as a substitute for buttermilk, these delicious vanilla-flavored pancakes are filling and satisfying. The probiotics in the kefir gives the immune system a well-deserved health kick and the banana and maple syrup give them a sweet, caramelized taste.
2. Two Ingredient Pancakes – Okay, hold the press! We have pancakes made from just two ingredients. It takes literally seconds to mix the batter and just a few more minutes to cook them! And these two-ingredient pancakes surprisingly taste absolutely delicious! You’re welcome.
3. Gluten Free Cardamom Banana Pancakes – Vegan, gluten-free, flavorful and healthy. What more could you want in a pancake? If you’re a fan of sweet, decadent breakfasts or desserts, then this perfect match of caramelized banana and exotic cardamom was made for you! Free from processed sugar, and rich with vitamins, fiber and nutrients that won’t cause a sugar crash, they are perfectly healthy and are quick and simple to make. Plus, they give you the perfect reason to leap out of bed in the morning when your alarm sounds!
4. Blender Banana Rice Gluten-Free Waffles – Talk about creativity with leftover food! This is the perfect breakfast option when you have leftover rice from the night before. These healthy waffles are super quick and easy to whip up, using bananas, rice, eggs (or a vegan alternative), coconut sugar, coconut oil, almond milk and a couple other base ingredients for a great weekend breakfast or brunch.
5. Breakfast Cookies – You can’t really beat cookies for breakfast – for ease, speed, cleanliness, and, let’s face it, deliciousness! These hearty cookies are packed with healthy, filling ingredients including oats, nut butter, seeds and fruit. They are the perfect grab-and-go option for busy mornings, and they taste incredible warmed up on a cold day.
6. Banana Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits – If you’re more of a night owl than a morning bird then this scrumptious make-ahead breakfast is perfect for those mornings that you know aren’t going to be pretty! All you have to do is blend all the super healthy, nutritious ingredients and let them sit in the fridge overnight to thicken. Add bananas, oats, walnuts and coconut, and your own favorite medley of garnishes, and you’re good to go – brain fueled and energy boosted!
7. Tofu Waffles With Baked Banana Sauce – This clever recipe is completely vegan and uses tofu as an alternative to buttermilk because of its ability to create the perfect waffle – fluffy inside and crispy outside. As a result, this breakfast is packed full of protein!
8. Banana Zucchini Overnight Oats – Another perfect roll-out-of-bed and grab-and-go breakfast that will fuel and nourish you for the day. Simply mix the 5 ingredients together, and, voila! You have your breakfast sitting in the fridge waiting for you in the morning!
9. Baked Oats – Oats, blueberries, walnuts, banana, raisins, plant-based milk, maple syrup and cinnamon – the perfect breakfast concoction, and a quick, easy one to whip up at that! And unlike bircher muesli, it is served warm – perfect for winter or cold, frosty mornings!
10. Dark Chocolate Almond Banana Bakes Oatmeal – Another delicious, satisfying and warming oatmeal breakfast for cold or early mornings when only a comforting breakfast will do. And what’s more – making it is an absolute breeze. It’s just a matter of combining the dry ingredients, adding the wet ingredients, and baking!
11. Blender Banana Oatmeal Muffins – There isn’t one unhealthy ingredient in these gluten-free blender muffins. The main ingredients are bananas, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt, and, since they’re loaded with fiber and protein, they are extremely satisfying and filling!
12. Banana, Yogurt & Cinnamon Muffins – Banana and yogurt – a match made in heaven. Add the cinnamon, chia seeds and almonds, and you have a flavorful, nutritious low-carb dessert or breakfast that is full of fiber with no refined sugar, and they are super handy to grab as you race out the door!
13. Banana Cauliflower Muffins – Sound appealing? Maybe not, but you actually won’t be able to detect the cauliflower in these yummy, moist muffins, and it’s a great way to get one of your veggie servings into your day! Topped off with a delicious peanut butter icing, and these muffins are a winning dessert or snack for the kids.
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