UPDATED October 16, 2017:
This is from the archives but it’s true as it ever was…AND I created lots more recipes using bananas since, some of them where they are hidden and you don’t even know they are there!!… Read on!
Creamy, rich, sweet, pure yummy-in-the-tummy…what’s not to love about bananas? They are just delicious in the raw, plain and simple and make a wonderful addition to cereal, oatmeal, granola, pancakes, yogurt, sandwiches, paninis ….the list is endless!
It’s a good thing too, because bananas are so good for you!
Click here for a nice article about everything you wanted to know about bananas, from their history and interesting facts to their health benefits!
They are filled with potassium and vitamin B6 and in spite of their high natural sugar content, they have a low Glycemic load, in part because of their good fiber content. This combination of attributes makes them a perfect fruit for endurance athletes. So whether you need to boost your workout, or just to boost your day, remember to throw this nutritious natural snack in your bag!
On the culinary side, there are many reasons I love to use bananas in my baking.
They naturally sweeten a dessert, that would otherwise need more added sugar –My Almond Oat Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chewy Granola Squares are perfect examples– AND they sometimes just do that while “disappearing” into the flavor! You’ll taste what I mean in this decadent tasting rich dark chocolate vegan shake I just created….WOW!!!
They also create creaminess to those smoothies and shakes. Oh my goodness, I have so many others for you to choose from: Power Chocolate Banana Milkshake , Power Strawberry Banana Milkshake, Banana Date Almond Shake , Carrot Banana Almond Smoothie, to name a few.
…PERFECT after a great workout!
They provide a moist and rich texture in batters such as in my Soft Wheat Banana Muffins, and Banana Hazelnut Pancakes, and of course they give it that assertive wonderful rich yummy-in-the-tummy taste! If you haven’t tried it yet, you must check out my Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Panini or Strawberry Banana Panini-YUM!
I also love the wonderful aroma that fills the house when they are baking in a bread in the oven. It just warms my heart and says welcome home! In fact, now that the kids are older, whenever they come home, I invariably have my Welcome Home Banana Bread in the oven for them! I have also created a vegan version of this recipe (Vegan Banana Walnut Bread), basically by replacing the eggs with an extra banana, and more recently my vegan Banana Date bread with NO added sugar- NONE!
There are also simple ways to “dress them up” They are great dipped in dark chocolate, or natural unsweetened nut butters and you can whip those up with the kids at a moment’s notice, if your sweet tooth calls!
So, no matter what, give those bananas some loving! Make sure to have a bunch of bananas ready to grab on your counter —I always do–and don’t hesitate to make them part of your daily routine. In fact, I love them so much that when they get to the perfect ripeness, I peel them and put them in a tupperware container in the freezer so I always have some ready to go for my son’s breakfast shakes!!