Friday Feature: Going Bananas!

*What do you see when you look at a banana?*

A long, curved, creamy pale fruit in a bright yellow skin, eh?

Fair enough, you are not at all wrong.   Don’t worry I haven’t gone crazy.  I see exactly the same thing too.  But, what I also see is a great source of fibre and natural sugar that is perfect for prolonged and slow energy release.

In fact there are many health benefits to eating bananas that you may not be aware of:

  • High blood pressure prevention-they contain a high level of potassium and little sodium which is the perfect ratio of these ions to prevent high blood pressure
  • Reduce the effects of depression- bananas contain tryptophan which is a precursor to the happy hormone serotonin, meaning more smiles all round!
  • Great for anemia sufferers- they are a packed full of iron
  • Improve nerve function– as they contain high levels of Vitamin B, which has been shown to enhance nerve function in some studies
  • Maintains blood sugar levels– snacking on bananas between meals is a healthy way to keep blood sugar at a constant level as they contain high levels of natural sugar
  • Calms mosquito bites– many believe that by rubbing the inside of a banana skin on to mosquito bites it reduces the level of irritation.

I’m a big banana fan and eat quite a lot of bananas as a snack or as an ingredient.  One of my favourite ways to use it is in my Banana and Vanilla Tofu…

They’re also great in green smoothies to make them thick and creamy.

My Triple Chocolate Nut Green Smoothie is great after a long run to fill up on those calories you have just worked so hard to burn.

And if you are not on a green smoothie high, you may like to keep it simple with something like a Chocolate and Nana Shake for instance.

They also make the best soft serve custard to go with any breakfast pudding, especially of the chocolate variety…

…delicious Chocolate Pudding with Custard!

Of course we cannot forget that bananas are a key ingredient in my Choco, PB and Nana Pudding too.

Or you may want to try my Banana Bread Batter recipe because it’s simply delicious…

…I tell no lies! πŸ™‚

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of kara coconut milk (or any other non-dairy alternative)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tap of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger
  • 1 mashed banana

Place the oats, water, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger and mashed banana in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.  Check and stir the oats to make sure that all of the ingredients are incorporated.  Microwave for another 3 minutes until the oats are fully cooked.  You may have to stop and stir the oats during this time.

Once the oats are cooked pour them into the blender, until the oats turn into a smooth texture.  There should be no lumps in your banana bread mixture.

Next go heavy on the toppings.  Surely, it would be a crime not to?!?

I topped mine with banana chips that I made in my dehydrator, shredded coconut and a swirl of Hershey’s chocolate sauce.  I ate this after this mornings run and I was in banana bread heaven!

And if none of the above appeals, Alfie assures me that the skin of bananas is great for practicing your suturing techniques on…

…if you are that way inclined of course! πŸ™‚

Are you a banana fan?

How do you like to eat your bananas?

Do you have a favourite banana recipe you’d like to share?

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55 Comments

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55 responses to “Friday Feature: Going Bananas!

  1. I love bananas best when frozen and in a shake with almond milk and nut butter. Or as softserve! After years of running and eating bananas constantly, I have a hard time eating them plain anymore!

  2. i love banana’s and why did you just give me all those recipes to drool over? because now im going to run inside and make them. all of them. no really i probably will. ♥

  3. I adore bananas – I usually eat around 2 a day πŸ˜€ I love them in oatmeal, and topped with almond butter. Mixed into yogurt messes, thrown into smoothies, or made into banana soft serve. And who can forget banana bread! One of my favorite baked goods for sure.

  4. I’m a HUGE banana fan! I eat at least one everyday (usually more!!), and like them in anything really. oatmeal, with nutbutter, in baked goods, as soft serve and in smoothies! They are truly the best.

  5. Oh my god. I eat bananas on EVERYTHING. I always have them in my oats, in smoothies, and with almond butter for a snack. Sometimes I even go as far as 3 bananas a day!

  6. I love everything about bananas!! I have to have at least one a day..grilled, sliced, smeared with PB, baked in bread..any way, any day.

  7. I honestly don’t really enjoying eating a plain banana. But I have a frozen banana in my smoothies every morning! And I LOVE Banana soft serve!

  8. OH MY GOODNESS this post… it has been bookmarked fo sho. I love plain old banana bread, but with walnuts and a glaze on top πŸ™‚

  9. vivoir

    that is seriously all that’s in it? that’s even minimal-budget friendly! all over that recipe!

    still love your blog for the fact that you’re always so bubbly in it πŸ™‚

  10. I eat a banana everyday, usually in my porridge but I don’t like them mushy so add them just at the end of my porridge. im so going to make the choco bana pud! such simple ingredients too.

  11. I love banana bread! I also love your pb choco banana pud- it is amazing and magic! πŸ™‚
    I love freezing bananas and then adding them to smoothies- they make it so thick and delicious. Or mashed with oats and then topped with milk, left to soak overnight and cooked in the morning. Delish.

  12. I go through phases with bananas…I actually had a blog called Beyond Bananas over on Blogger (so strange to have a totally different one by a lovely author out there on WPress now…) three years ago now because I could get through 3 or 4 in a day, easily.

    They do always leave me peckish unless I pair them with some kind of protein or fat though, if I’m eating them for a snack.

    xxx

  13. i hate bananas..

    PSHA! JOKES

  14. hehee! i learn’t to suture on real pigskin! yeah…..wasn’t too happy about that!

  15. I love bananas, I have them pretty much every day in smoothies and oats πŸ™‚

  16. All these pictures makes me hungry for banana+chocolate+nutbutter! Best combo ever! Also banana+chocolate softserve is fantastic, and banana bread! Yum!
    Happy weekend sweetie!

  17. I loved this post. Yesterday at lunch i was talking to colleagues about how i eat lots of bananas – and they don’t. They said they were really hard on their stomach….while they sat there eating doritos. Ugh. It was hard to keep my mouth shut.

  18. Errign

    I LIKE bananas, but I don’t like them once they’re spotty. Eeek. I used to totally hate them, so the fact that I’ll eat them at all is a big deal. I like them cold, usually topped with peanut butter or blended into smoothies and oatmeal. Most of my baked goodies feature banana πŸ™‚

  19. This is such a great feature, I love bananas every way! Baked, plain, smothered in nut butter, melted on toast, cooked into oatmeal, you name it!

  20. Lenna (veganlenna)

    Thanks for the banana bread oatmeal recipe πŸ™‚ I am the bananasΒ΄ biggest friend πŸ™‚ I eat them every day! When i was at high school I read that bananas cured depression and I thought “Wow, thatΒ΄s cool, let eat them all the time!”…and so I do πŸ™‚ I like them plain, but mostly I have them in my oats, because oats just need to have a perfectly ripe banana in them πŸ™‚

  21. I love bananas πŸ˜€ Even my extra-super-picky boyfriend loves them so we always have a ton in the house.
    My favourite ways to eat them are in toasted sandwiches, green smoothies (or; green banana milkshakes as i call them) or chopped into cereal…. kind of boring but all very easy πŸ™‚

  22. Haha, I have to admit I had a dirty thought at your first question, childish I know! Your banana bread oats sound delicious! Love that your bf uses them to practice on! My new fave way to enjoy banana is healthy banana split for breakfast!

  23. I love bananas, I go through banana fazes, I wont et them for months then I’ll buy loads for a week or two then stop again! x x

  24. I love bananas – I have to have one every single day and I get very upset if I run out. My favourite ways to eat them are in porridge and overnight oats, in smoothies and with PB as a pre-run snack. I rarely eat them plain though!

  25. I adore bananas!! BBQ’d bananas are especially yummy!!

  26. I used to hate bananas, but over the past year or so I’ve developed a real love for them! Only real bananas though- I cannot STAND banana flavored things! Like banana flavored candy- ewwww!!

  27. I love banana’s! And have yet to met a blogger who hasn’t πŸ™‚
    I put a whole nanner in my oats every morning. Choco-banana shakes are good too.

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