5 Delicious Ways to Eat Bananas
Bananas are easily one of the tastiest and healthiest fruits around. They're a great source of potassium, fiber, magnesium, and other essential nutrients. The University of Alabama explains that potassium is particularly good for the heart, as it can help prevent coronary heart disease. The high fiber content of bananas also promotes gut health and weight loss. Meanwhile, magnesium aids in sleep and Vitamin B6 produces red blood cells.
Bananas are also a delicious way to healthy skin. Pretty Me’s feature on fruits that help your skin glow detail how bananas are an excellent source of Vitamins A, B, C, K, and E, which are collectively known for their ability to renew skin cells. This process can help reduce dark spots and prevent aging.
Other than the fruit’s taste and health benefits, what makes the banana a kitchen staple is its versatility as an ingredient. It can be used for breakfast, snacks, and a variety of desserts. So if you’re looking for more delicious ways to eat bananas, here are a few ideas to help you out:
Chocolate-covered peanut butter banana chips
Chocolate and bananas go well together, but so does peanut butter and bananas. So why not create a treat out of the three ingredients? This recipe calls for the crunchy and addictive Freeze Dried Banana Slices, melted chocolate, and gooey peanut butter. It’s very easy to make, too! Simply coat each banana slice with peanut butter and when it’s hard enough, dip each slice in melted chocolate. The chocolate will harden at room temperature, but you can also put it in the fridge to avoid melting the peanut butter.
Healthy banana bread
There are tons of recipes for banana bread online, but Food & Wine's list of recipes offers healthier alternatives to the classic favorite. The loaf can be made with flax seeds and walnuts for a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids. It can also be infused with cinnamon, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help strengthen the immune system. Or, you can even try making banana bread with silken tofu instead of dairy milk for people with lactose intolerance or dietary preferences.
No-bake banana oatmeal cookies
Did you know that you can make cookies without using an oven? All you need are a few simple ingredients — including bananas, chocolate chips, and gluten-free oats. No-bake recipes don't make use of eggs, so there's no need to cook them! The secret to achieving a cookie-like consistency is to mash the bananas to create a smooth mixture and then incorporate the rolled oats. You can take big spoonfuls of the mixture or create small healthy bites to chill in the freezer. Either way, they're super healthy and great for snacking throughout the day.
Banana coconut chia pudding parfait
Chia pudding can be made with a hundred different ingredients, and bananas are always a delicious topping. To make the pudding itself, you'll need non-dairy milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and a sweetener like maple syrup. Simply chill it in a jar overnight and add banana toppings. The great thing about chia pudding is that its main ingredient, chia seeds, are filled with nutrients, too. Healthline notes that a 28-gram serving of this superfood contains 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of healthy fat, and 11 grams of fiber. Combined with the health benefits of bananas, this is truly a super dish. Eat it for breakfast or as a quick snack.
Banana nice cream
The easiest way to make "nice" cream, or non-dairy ice cream, is with chopped frozen bananas. You can blend the frozen bananas on their own or mix them with berries, mangoes, and other fruit combinations that you prefer. Don't forget to add about a cup of non-dairy milk and vanilla extract to taste, to enjoy the creamy goodness of banana nice cream!
So, there you have it — five of the most delicious ways to eat bananas with your family. Of course, the best part about all this is that unlike other fruits, bananas are available all year round, so you can enjoy any of these tasty and healthy treats whenever you want.
What's your favorite way to eat bananas? Share it with us in the comments!
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