Go Bananas!Posted: June 25, 2013
I have been on a serious banana kick lately.
For many years, I didn’t like bananas. I think it was mostly a texture thing at first, but I didn’t like the actual fruit, I didn’t like banana flavored anything… it was no bananas at all for this girl. When I started eating healthier though, bananas quickly became a regular item on my grocery list. They’re cheap, easy to find, good on-the-go, and a great source of vitamins, nutrients, fiber, and potassium.
Bananas are also great for active people because they are a high-energy fruit that can help you power through your workout or replenish your blood sugar levels after physical activity, preventing dizziness and fatigue. When you exercise, your muscles use glycogen – a type of carbohydrate – as fuel, but bananas provide your body with carbs to replenish the tank. When you work out, you also lose a lot of potassium through your sweat, leading to cramping, but bananas can help bring your levels back to normal, decreasing discomfort.
I guess these little guys are on to something!
I feel like I can never have enough bananas so I pretty much buy a bundle of them every single week. When I work out first thing in the morning and am not ready for a full breakfast right away, I usually have a banana right before or after I hit the gym. If I don’t eat them before they are about to go bad, they get frozen to use in homemade sorbet or smoothies, or I use them to make pancakes, banana bread, cookies, muffins, and other baked goods. I don’t think I’ve ever thrown one away!
Last week, I saw that someone on Instagram made Paleo-friendly banana scones, and I instantly wanted them. It was right before my trip, and I had a couple of bananas to use up, so I figured I’d give it a try.
In the food processor, I threw 2 bananas, 1 egg, a couple tablespoons of almond flour, 1 tablespoon of coconut flour, a teaspoon of vanilla, and a bunch of cinnamon. When it started to get a little thicker, I poured it in a bowl and stirred in a few chopped strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
I was hoping they’d hold up a little better, but they were kind of soft, so I just went with it and plopped them on a cookie sheet.
After about 25 minutes in the oven at 375*F, they came out like soft little mounds of goodness. I brought them on my trip with me and my coworker asked what they were called and I quickly spit out… ‘mookies?’
Cookies… muffins… I’m not sure what they should technically be called but they were certainly tasty!
(One thing I do know is that they were nothing like a scone. But I am definitely making these ASAP. Holy YUM.)
Over the weekend, I made another variation on my banana pancakes too: banana waffles.
I used the usual ingredients – 1 banana, 2 eggs, cinnamon, and a bit of almond flour – but I threw the batter into my waffle maker instead of onto a griddle. I topped them with strawberries, blueberries, and mini Enjoy Life chocolate chips, with maple syrup and bacon on the side.
It was quite the decadent meal for a Sunday morning and I enjoyed every bite of it. I don’t know what other banana treats will come out of my kitchen this week, but I’m sure there will be something!
Do you like bananas?
What’s your favorite way to use/eat them?