If you’re like most veggie shoppers, a nice bundle of bananas to adorn the tops of your kitchen counters and fridge is almost an absolute must after every grocery run. Like seriously, what’s a morning without a banana? If you love bananas in your morning smoothie or cinnamon oatmeal, then you are bound to love this article! We’ve found not one, but three ways to bring the yellow peels into your bedroom after 6pm, guilt free! Shhhh….
- Peanut Butter Banana ice cream
While technically this treat isn’t ice cream, the finish creamy consistency allows it to compete regardless of the specifics. All you need is
rep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 3 minutes
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Optional: 2 tablespoons almond or soy milk
1. Select two ripe bananas. Note: brown-ish bananas are totally acceptable for this recipe.
Slice the bananas into small pieces.
4. Once the bananas are frozen, blend them with the peanut butter in a blender or food processor until the texture is smooth and creamy.
Here, you have the option to add almond or soy milk if you prefer a creamier consistency. Don’t panic if you don’t own a blender; mashing the mixture with a fork will do.
5. Pour contents into a bowl, add desired toppings (recommendations include shredded coconut, cacao nibs, honey, and berries), and enjoy.
Note that this ice cream is served as “soft-serve consistency,” so for those who prefer more firm ice cream, stick the contents back into the freezer until hardened.
2. Banana Bread
It’s gluten-free, whole grain and has no refined sugar, and, most importantly, it’s delicious.All you need is
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
2 ½ cups brown rice flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 flax eggs, beaten
6 ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup maple syrup (or to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup melted coconut oil (or olive/walnut/canola oil)
½ cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a loaf pan with parchment paper (or grease with coconut oil, though I find parchment works much better).
2. In a large bowl, combine brown rice flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
3. In a separate bowl, mash banana with a fork (or, if you’re like me and like saving time, use your hands). Mix in eggs, oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
4. Combine wet and dry mixtures, making sure to stir out big chunks of banana.
5. Fold in chocolate chips.
6. Pour batter into pan, top with more chocolate chips, and bake for an hour or until set and golden brown on top.
7. Enjoy plain, topped with nut butter, or with a dollop of ricotta and a drizzle of honey.
3.Chocolate Covered Bananas
I know you’re thinking it’s getting pretty dangerous in this place, but oh boy will your sweet buds thank you later! All you need is
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 6-oz. bag chocolate chips (whatever kind you want)
1. Peel the bananas and cut them in half, width wise.
2. Place the chocolate and almond milk in a pot and melt on the stove.
3. Using either toothpicks or popscicle sticks, dip the bananas in chocolate. This part gets messy, so use a spoon to help you.
4. Place the dipped bananas on a plate, and put in the fridge for at least three hours.