Have some bananas lying around? Don’t let them go to waste! Try these delicious, clean-eating recipes that use bananas for a healthy treat.
Bananas are naturally fat and cholesterol free. Use mashed bananas to substitute for some or all of the butter or oil when making cookies, for example, for a healthier treat. Bananas are known for their high potassium content, with over 400 mg potassium in a single medium-size banana. According to Colorado State University Extension, potassium is necessary for good nerve and muscle function as well as for maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body. The potassium in bananas can help prevent muscle cramps after exercise. Bananas also have Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Manganese, and Fiber. (source)
So why no banana bread? An average slice of banana bread has 196 calories and 33g of carbs. This first recipe is way to still get than banana bread goodness with less calories and carbs: a serving a cinnamon bananas has only 73 calories and only 19g of carbs.
Next up, try this Elvis Shake for a refreshing drink:
- 2 large bananas, sliced and frozen
- 1 1/4 cups milk (can use almond, soy, or coconut milk)
- 6 tablespoons nut butter (either peanut or almond)
- 2 table spoons honey
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cups crushed ice cubes
Place ingredients into blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately.
Need a chocolate fix? Number 3 on the list is a childhood favorite: Chocolate-Avocado Pudding
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
mash eggs & banana (and cinnamon) together and fry them like regular pancakes! Serve with fresh fruit
No 5: Try these energy bites for an afternoon pick me up! I love when I can “clean cheat” a snack that tastes like a treat!