Healthy Baking Tip #1: Bananas

Bananas have to be one of my favourite foods in the world.

Yes, they’re a brilliant fruit on their own. But they are also my number one healthy baking hack!

I use bananas in so many of my “naughty” recipes, that taste decadent and unhealthy but are actually perfectly good for you.

Here are my top four banana recipes:

Breakfast cookies 

Description:

Wholesome, healthy, and hearty. These will fill you up and satisfy your sweet-tooth!

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of sultanas (or dark choc if you’re feeling like a treat)

Method

Moosh the banana with a fork until smooth.
Mix in the oats, cinnamon and sultanas, combining with your hands to ensure everything mixes properly.
Roll into balls and bake in a moderate oven for about 10 minutes.

Banana Bread 

Description:

Just as, if not better, than the sugar laden version you’re used too. This is a weekly staple in my house. I eat it as my morning tea snack, by boyfriend heats his up and adds a slab of butter for dessert.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dark choc chips or 70% dark choc block, roughly chopped

Method 

Combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl.
In another bowl, moosh the banana until smooth with a fork.
Add all other wet ingredients to your banana.
Combine the wet and dry and mix.
Pour into a loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Nice Cream

Description

Who needs ice-cream? Seriously, this is JUST as good. So much so, my boyfriend six months into dating said to me upon tasting, “I am so angry at you, how have you not made this for me before. You’ve been holding this recipe secret hostage!”

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas
  • Flavour combos: raspberries, blueberries & vanilla essence, cacao & peanut butter.

Method

In a kitchen whiz, add your finely chopped banana, and a tiny bit of water.
You want a nice thick consistency.
From here, add your flavour of choice and blend again.
Serves one.

Banana Pancakes

Description

My Sunday staple. So easy, so delicious, and in my opinion more flavorful than “normal” pancakes. On top of my pancakes, I usually opt for fresh or warmed berries, maple syrup, chopped banana, and granola. Yum!

Ingredients (for one serve)

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Method

Put the almond milk and yoghurt into your blender or food processor first.
Add the rest and combine.
Use either full fat butter or coconut oil in your fry pan to cook.

 

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