The Health Benefit of Bananas plus Some Great Healthy Banana Recipes

The banana has always intrigued me.  It is so different from other fruits; it is not what I would call a traditional fruit.  It is less juicy and has a weird texture.  It can be very popular with many, and extremely unpopular with others due to its slimey nature!

This observation of mine awakened an interest in bananas, so I decided to investigate their health benefits. Firstly, my studies took me to discover the nutritional elements a banana contains:

A banana (average weight around 126 grams) contains 110 calories, 30g of carbs and 1g of protein.  They are fat-free, and contain no salt or cholesterol.
1) Please view the below video of a healthy, super-low fat banana cake recipe I invented...

Ingredients
1 banana, 2 egg whites, water for cooking (alternatively you can also bake these in the oven on a medium heat!), a pinch of salt, a shake of cinnamon, optional: fresh fruit, a dab of honey.

Method
1. Mash banana in a bowl
2. Mix in eggs, a pinch of salt & the dab of cinnamon
3. Place a small frying pan and warm it to medium/high temperature
4. Add a small amount of water & wait until it is sizzling
5. Pour the liquid on the pan into ideal sizes
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the liquid is all used up
7. (optional) add fresh fruit or any of the optional ingredients, but it tastes quite good on its own.

Hmmmm...delicious!  I can almost taste them in my mouth! ;)

2) I love the delicious, familiar flavour of banana loaf.  My mum sometimes made it when I was younger.  Here is my own healthy take on the famous loaf recipe:-

Ingredients:
5 or 6 very ripe bananas, 4 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of dessicated coconut, raisins, 2 cups (200g) 50% fruit museli (or any other museli), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of allspice, 1 teaspoon of ground 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Method:
Heat oven on 350 degrees farenheit (175 degrees centigrade). Mash up the bananas with a fork, put to the side.  In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients, adding the bicarbonate of soda at the end. Whisk the ingredients together, slowly add the mashed up bananas. Add to loaf tin with parchment paper as the lining.  Bake in the oven for around 50 minutes.

Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that plays a role in preserving memory & boosting people's moods...something my husband thinks I need!!

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3 comments:

  1. Banana is one of my favourite fruits so far, I love it frozen mixed with cacao or whey protein. ;-)

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  2. Cool thanks! I didnt know that they had so MANY nutrients and fiber! I always thought they were just good potassium! Def adding more bannanas back into my diet!

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