You already eat bananas as a snack and toss them into smoothies, of courseâbut this potassium-loaded, fiber-rich fruit can do so much more. Here are three creative ideas, straight from our food director's kitchen.
Grain-Free Banana Pancakes
Have you gone gluten-free, or are you reducing the amount of grains in your diet? Doesnât mean you have to give up enjoying pancakes for breakfast. Try these this weekend (double or triple the recipe if youâre feeding a crowd):
Yield: 4 pancakes
1 ripe banana
1 large egg
Generous pinch of salt
3 Tbsp. almond meal
Â¼ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
Coconut oil (for cooking)
In a bowl, mash banana well with a fork. Add egg, salt, almond meal and vanilla, if using and stir with fork until well combined. Melt a generous amount of coconut oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in batter (use about 3 Tbsp. batter for each pancake), spacing well in skillet. Cook for about 8 to 10 minutes total, flipping halfway through. Note: These can be tricky to flip, so resist the urge to try until the pancakes are firm on the bottom.
If cooking in batches, keep cooked pancakes warm on a plate in a 200ÂºF oven until all pancakes are cooked. Serve hot, with yogurt and berries or a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired.
Chocolate Banana âNâice Creamâ
Photo: Beth Lipton
Dairy- and refined sugar-free! This is a great treat for anyone, but especially if you're lactose-intolerant.
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and very thick. Thin with more nut milk, if needed. Transfer to a bowl and freeze.
Photo: Beth Lipton
Yep, you can roast bananas. This recipe makes for a sweet, spiced, and wholesome treat for breakfast or dessert.
Serves: 2 to 4
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter (preferably grass-fed, such as Kerrygold)
2 bananas, thickly sliced on a bias
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
2 to 3 tsp. raw honey
1/8 to Â¼ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 to Â¼ tsp. ground ginger
Preheat oven to 400ÂºF. While oven is heating, place butter in an 8-inch square pan, place in oven and allow it to melt. (Watch carefully; you donât want butter to brown.) Remove baking dish from oven. Place bananas in pan in a single layer. Sprinkle with lemon juice, then salt. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger. Roast until bananas are soft and lightly darkened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm or transfer to a bowl, let cool, then cover and refrigerate. Serve with plain yogurt, over oatmeal or chia pudding, or simply topped with chopped nuts or granola.
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