Last Updated October 19, 2022
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!
Health Benefits of Bananas
It’s a good thing too, because bananas are so good for you!
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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.
Recipes With Bananas
Bananas in 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.
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!
Bananas Dipped in Dark Chocolate
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!!
Frequently Asked Questions about Bananas
What are bananas good for?
Bananas are a popular fruit with many potential health benefits. They help boost heart health and digestion because of their fiber and antioxidant contents. Plus, they may support weight loss because they’re relatively low in calories, nutrient-dense, and filling.
Do bananas cause constipation?
No, certainly not for most people; more apt to make it better. Bananas do feed the microbiome, and thus may help relieve diarrhea in children.
Green banana vs yellow banana
A standard yellow banana might be your best bet. A perfectly ripe yellow banana is perfectly good to eat. You reap all the benefits of a banana when you consume a yellow banana.Green bananas are usually starchier, which means they have a minimal amount of sugar – so it’s a better choice for those who have, or are at risk of, type 2 diabetes. And because they’re so fiber-rich, they’ll fill you up in a healthier way.
Are bananas good for Diabetes?
Consumption of most whole fruits is associated with less diabetes, not more, and better glycemic control; bananas are rich in soluble fiber which contributes directly to this effect.
Are bananas good for blood pressure?
Bananas are packed full of potassium – an important blood pressure-lowering mineral. Potassium helps balance sodium in the body. The more potassium you eat, the more sodium your body gets rid of.
What is the best time to eat bananas?
Eating bananas before breakfast or as part of a balanced meal may help promote satiety and aid digestive health.
Is a Banana beneficial before a workout?
Not uniquely beneficial, but a good source of key minerals – potassium and magnesium- so, a good choice.