Going, Going… GONE BANANAS!
Bananas are a nutritionally wise meal choice for multiple reasons; most notably their fiber, antioxidant and potassium contents. On top of the healthy aspects, they are also versatile and delicious! From satisfying breakfasts, a quick snack, healthy desserts and beyond, explore these magnificent ways to use bananas!
Cooking With Bananas
Packed with a unique and powerful flavor, bananas are a fan favorite for people young and old. General guidelines suggest using greener, less ripe bananas for savory applications. This is because the less ripe they are, the lower their sugar content. For slicing and raw uses, go for yellow, medium-ripe bananas. These are sweet with a firmer shape and texture. When baking or mashing, let those bright yellow bananas sit out for a few more days until they darken, soften and blotches of brown begin to appear. The riper a banana becomes, the sweeter and smoother they become.
Thanks to their powerfully sweet flavor, it doesn’t take a lot for bananas to be the main feature for dessert! Combining raw & ripe bananas with chocolate, peanut butter, yogurt and ice cream is a safe bet for anytime the sweets come out!
With a few ripe bananas, cakes come to life with their bright and satisfying flavor. Made even better with coconut, vanilla, caramel and other sweet, nutty frostings, a banana cake is sure to please at any event or celebration!
From good-for-you banana oatmeal cookies to banana chocolate chip and beyond, there are few things that can go wrong when you add “banana” to your list of cookie ingredients. The exotic banana flavor merges so well with other sweets the possibilities are endless!
The banana cream pie has been an American favorite since the 1880’s! It’s amazingly strong and rich taste combined with the smooth, creamy texture is a glowing example of the magic of sweet cream! Perfect for any occasion and easily adapted to “mini” pies in a muffin tin, try this simple yet awesome recipe!
Using common ingredients like bananas, whipping cream, brown sugar and vanilla, this seemingly-gourmet recipe comes together in no-time with no fuss. In this case, your bananas foster is served on top of french toast, but is also super fantastic over ice cream, brownie, creme brulee and even overnight oats! What a perfect way to start a special day!
Perhaps the most famous quick bread (right up there with pumpkin and zucchini), banana bread is a sweet and delicious snack or dessert to sweeten up any day or occasion. While this recipe (pictured above) combines the sweet flavor of bananas with a complimenting swirl of cream cheese, other banana breads add chocolate chips, pumpkin, cinnamon, nuts and even sour cream.
Got some well-ripe bananas? Than you’re in for a treat! Simply warm a greased skillet over medium-heat and cook some banana slices 2-3 minutes per side, sprinkling with cinnamon sugar before the flip, for a quick, simple snack that is made to be served with your favorite ice cream.
What do you get when you blend 2 frozen bananas, peanut butter, greek yogurt, cocoa powder and some ice together? A sweet breakfast OR healthy dessert!
When it comes to dressing up toast, the sky is the limit! Because the sweet flavor of banana plays so well with many breakfast favorites, a gourmet culinary creation is only as limited by your imagination! In this recipe, bananas rest upon thick, toasted bread with a layer of protein-rich almond butter. Top it off with a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of toasted coconut and dash of flaky salt and your breakfast is in business. Simply mix and match these toast toppers with banana for a great start to any day:
- Greek Yogurt
- Nut Butter
- Chia Seeds
- Toasted Coconut
- Almond Slices
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Cream Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
- Jam or Jelly
While most of us have no problems with a straight banana, you can use its powerful flavor to add in some protein and healthy fats!
Build Your Own Banana Sushi!
Roll in / Drizzle / Wrap Banana With :
- Nut Butter (peanut, almond, cashew, etc)
- Greek Yogurt
- Dark Chocolate (55%+)
- Protein Fruit Dip
- Maple Syrup
- Sandwich Wrap (whole wheat, whole grain)
- Hemp Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Dark Chocolate (55%+) Chips
- Homemade Jam
- Nuts – Peanuts, Chopped Walnuts, Pistachios, Slivered Almonds
- Shredded Coconut / Coconut Flakes
- Favorite Cereal
- Raisins / Dried Fruit
*Go easy on the sugar here!
Savory Banana Recipes
Here is where those less-ripe bananas come in!
Ready in just 30 minutes, these bananas are sliced long-ways, “marinated” in a mix of turmeric and water for 5 minutes, then fried in oil until golden. Once out of the oil, sprinkle with red chili powder for a savory banana experience you won’t want to miss!
It may be hard to imagine banana and black beans in anything together, but this is actually all-the-rage in Argentina where bananas are a main staple of the cuisine. Baked instead of deep fried, black beans and unripe banana accompany a plethora of unique ingredients; including a dough made with unsweetened applesauce, vinegar and water as well as traditional Mexican spices and even some Tabasco sauce.
Fruit in salads can be a tough sell for some, but when combined with the right flavors anything is possible! Protein-rich chickpeas meet the sweet & tropical flavors of mango, banana and raisins in this unique salad! With a deliciously exotic dressing made with olive oil, onions, garlic, red chili flakes, black onion seeds, chili powder, lemon juice and coriander, it is certainly unlike any other salad you’ve ever had! See the full recipe here.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy bananas? Tag us in your photos with #BestMarket, we would love to see!
September 25, 2018