Bananas: 5 Ways To Use Overripe Bananas (Beyond Banana Bread)
Recipe ideas for the whole family
Posted June 12th, 2012 by noelle |
Fruit, including bananas, are naturally cleansing, feel-good foods. Health beauties love to embrace fresh fruit, in moderation, because it is rich in enzymes which helps to support your bod’s youthful glow. In my house, we LOVE bananas. My little one, especially, loves bananas because they are a food that he can feed himself – without any of mom’s help.
Here are a few ways that I like to use bananas. You can use just ripened bananas, or slightly overripe bananas (it’s OK if there are a few dark spots) in any of these recipes. Moms, if you’re like me, you’ll appreciate that you can enjoy these recipes AND share them with your little one too. I hope you all are having a beautiful week!
Banana “ice cream”
Place two frozen bananas in a food processor. Add a splash of water or almond milk. Purée until creamy and smooth. Sprinkle with slivered almonds or dark chocolate chips, if desired!
Bananas add a yummy creaminess to a healthy smoothie. Freeze one, then toss it into this Strawberry-Banana smoothie! New to smoothies? Learn more about why more and more health beauties are embracing these nutritious drinks here.
Looking for a few healthy meals to feed your little one (and yourself?) This Banana Chia Seed Pudding is a favorite breakfast food that my son, Halston, and I share! You might also try this Banana-Avocado Pudding which is also legendary in my house!
Instead of buying sugary yogurts, I’ll buy a nice plain Greek yogurt or coconut milk yogurt and fold in my own whipped banana purée. I simply toss a few bananas in a food processor with a splash of water or milk and then fold it into the yogurt.
This guacamole is great on its own and sometimes I’ll add a few slices of banana or fold in a few tablespoons of a banana purée.
Banana Bread….(Just in case!)
And just in case you’re still craving banana bread, give this Banana Bread with Date Swirl a try. Instead of white flour, I used a whole wheat pastry flour (a healthier alternative to white all-purpose flour). I also included an extra banana, some chia seeds (packed with Omega 3 good fats) and a few walnuts (also rich in Omega 3 good fats). I also opted to use some dates to help sweeten up the bread, instead of so much sugar. I hope you enjoy it!