This list is inspired by the colossal box of nanas my dad brought home the other day.
My top 10 simple and healthy (not an oxymoron, surprisingly) ways to eat BANANAS (thanks Gwen for teaching 7 year old, non-english speaking me the correct spelling).
1. In smoothies
Tropical avocado and banana smoothie recipe, here.
Caramel nut smoothie recipe, here.
Breakfast smoothie recipe, here.
2. As CHOCOLATE MOUSSE (yep, you read right)
Simply blend 2 bananas, 3 tbsp raw cacao powder or good quality cocoa powder, 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp nut butter (my favourite is almond) until smooth then refrigerate to set. Serve with fresh berries- oh mama!
3. As ICECREAM
Slice bananas and freeze until solid. Place frozen bananas in a food processor and whizz until smooth and creamy. Eat immediately or refreeze if desired to use later. If using later, remove from freezer a few minutes before use to allow to soften.
For a little shizam: add the likes of cinnamon, peanut butter, cacao powder, honey and maple syrup OR just freeze the above mousse recipe. Trust me, it’s heavenly!
Slice 4 whole bananas lengthways then lay skin down in a large baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup and juice of half a lemon then sprinkle with a little cinnamon. Bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until caramelised and golden. Serve warm bananas with cream or yoghurt.
5. All natural dipped in melted chocolate – so really, not natural whatsoever.
Melt 150g of good quality dark chocolate (roughly chopped) and 1/2 cup coconut cream in a small saucepan over extremely low heat. Whisk continuously until melted together then remove from heat Immediately. Transfer melted deliciousness to a small bowl and dunkaroo to your heart’s content!
6.In the form of BREAD
Date and banana loaf recipe, here.
7. In the form of my favourite english word EVER: pancakes.
Simply blend 1 large banana, two free range eggs, and 1/4 cup of quick oats until smooth. Cook in a frying pan with a little coconut oil until golden on both sides. Serve with fresh berries, yoghurt and pure maple syrup.
8. In cookies
Banana cookie recipe, here.
9. [insert reader’s suggestion(s) here] – Please comment your favourite way(s) to enjoy nanas below!
10. Last but not least, raw!
Fun fact: In addition to their countless other health benefits, bananas can help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin (the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter).