Banana 5 Ways

I really struggle to eat healthy snacks, I love bananas but just eating a banana gets a bit boring you know. I have experimented with making snacks that are exciting and enjoyable to eat and there are truly so many things to do with a banana! I have come up with five ways you can eat a banana: there’s a breakfast idea, a dessert one and a few snack ideas.

SMOOTHIE. Probably one of the easiest and flexible ways to eat a banana is as a smoothie, you can be as creative as you like. You could be super healthy and make a banana and spinach smoothie, but here I created a peanut butter and cocoa one instead, it sounds unhealthy but trust me it isn’t and it is also super delicious. This smoothie is perfect to satisfy your sweet cravings!

You will need:IMG_0835

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 200ml milk (depending on your preferred consistency add less for it to be thicker or add more for it to be thinner)
  • handful of ice
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cocoa

Method:IMG_0823

  1. Simply place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until it is smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

If the mixture turns out really thin, add another banana or more ice to make it thicker again.

 


PANCAKES. Everyone loves pancakes right? It is the ultimate breakfast for a Sunday morning and these banana pancakes make your home smell amazing! It’s a really simple recipe and everything can be whizzed up in your blender – how easy is that? I served my pancakes with a summer fruit compote and I will feature the recipe for that below.

You will need:IMG_0845

Pancake:

  • 2 bananas
  • 150 gr oats
  • 190 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Vegetable oil or coconut oil

Compote:

  • 250 gr frozen mixed berries
  • 50 gr sugar
  • 4 tbsp water

This recipe makes six pancakes. 

Method:

  1. Firstly you need to turn the oats into flour by grinding them in a blender, then place the flour into a bowl.
  2. Put the bananas, milk and syrup into the blender and whizz until smooth.
  3. Add the oat flour and baking powder to the blended banana mixture and blend again until smooth.
  4. Skip this step if you’re not making the compote. Add your frozen berries, sugar and water into a medium-sized saucepan and heat over a medium heat until it starts to boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook the mixture for 15 minutes or until it becomes thick with a jam-like consistency.
  5. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat.IMG_5912
  6. When the pan is hot pour a traditional American-style pancake amount into the centre of the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining mixture until you have 6 pancakes.
  7. Serve the pancakes topped with the compote and some plain yogurt or toppings of your choice.

POPSICLE. This is a fun way to eat a banana, you can be really creative with what you use and it will always taste delicious! I kept it simple and topped the popsicles off with some desiccated coconut because I really love the combination of chocolate and coconut.

You will need:IMG_5933

  • 3 bananas
  • 150 gr dark chocolate (60-70% cocoa)
  • handful or chopped nuts or
  • desiccated coconut
  • 6 wooden sticks

Method:

  1. Put some baking paper onto a baking tray.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or place it in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water until it is melted, stir occasionally.
  3. Cut the bananas in half and place a stick in each half.
  4. Once the chocolate is fully melted, dip each banana in until it is half covered with chocolate.
  5. Sprinkle your chosen topping on the bananas and place onto the baking tray.
  6. Place them all into the freezer for at least 3 hours before you eat them or feel free to eat them straight away.

SUSHI. Okay so it isn’t wrapped in seaweed but it’s still similar to sushi, maybe? This is the simplest snack you can make when you’re feeling a little peckish in the afternoon, it takes about 2 minutes and it is yummy! You can add whatever toppings you like and if you’re feeling a little naughty you could use Nutella instead of peanut butter.

You will need: IMG_5938

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter or any nut butter
  • optional toppings : coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit

Method:

  1. Peel the banana and spread the nut butter of your choice over the top.
  2. Sprinkle on your optional toppings and press them slightly into the nut butter to ensure they won’t fall off.
  3. With a sharp knife, slice the banana into typical sushi pieces.
  4. Enjoy straight away or you could transfer the pieces into a container and store them in the freezer for later!

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COOKIES. Everyone loves cookies, especially when they are super easy and only contain a few ingredients. You could make this recipe purely with the bananas and oats if you wanted to make it even easier, but the other ingredients just make the cookies taste even better. These cookies taste amazing, you could make a batch of them at the beginning of the week and have them as your snack throughout the week!

You will need:IMG_0851

  • 2 bananas
  • 85 gr oats
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • handful of raisins
  • handful of a nut of your choice (I went for walnuts and pecans)
  • Optional: 50 gr chocolate (I used 70% dark chocolate)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200* and line a baking tray with some baking paper.
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Optional step: Melt the chocolate in the microwave or place it in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water until it is melted, stir occasionally. Once melted add to the mashed bananas.
  4. Add the oats, vanilla extract, cinnamon, raisins, nuts and stir until fully combined.
  5. Using a spoon, scoop up a small amount of the mixture and place it onto the tray, making it into a circle.
  6. Pop them into the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Hope you enjoyed this post and you got some new ideas – let me know if you have tried out any of these recipes!

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