So versatile! I have been trying out different recipes since aiming to eat healthier and I just realised that a lot of it included bananas! Bananas were one of the more boring fruits for me growing up in Thailand having the plants just in my backyard. I never imagined that bananas would be my go-to, staple fruit that I would always have on hand at home. When I think about it I realise that I didn’t eat bananas on it’s own but had it in different forms. Having Filipino parents, growing up in Thailand and living in Singapore, bananas may not be the star dish but they are definitely part of the culture and traditional cuisine.
I started compiling the recipes I have tried recently and reminiscing how I used to eat bananas growing up and I just had to share my list. I will be sharing my 7 favorite ways to eat bananas. Easy to make, delicious and good for you!
There are many varieties of bananas and not all would work in each recipe. I used 2 kinds of bananas depending on the recipe: 1.) The most common ones we can find – Cavendish banana and 2.) Burro banana which is obviously different in shape and size than Cavendish bananas – stubbier, shorter and almost rectangular or box shaped.
Here are the 7 ways I recommend eating your bananas (bananas need to be ripe aka yellow with brown/black spots):
Freeze your bananas then put them in a food processor – add whatever “flavouring” you want – vanilla, strawberry, nuts, cocoa, peanut butter, blueberries – blend it and soon enough it will turn into a creamy ice cream texture for you to enjoy. Check out my super easy and guilt-free chocolate and peanut butter ice cream.
Banana + milk = basic smoothie! Just like the ice cream, add on whatever your heart desires and it can be a meal in a cup. In this smoothie I blended frozen bananas and strawberries with soy milk (perfect for after a workout or run). I have tried adding ice (if bananas aren’t frozen), cereal, cocoa, vanilla, baby spinach, broccoli, mango, blueberries, avocado, oats, yogurt – whatever I think would taste good when blended together. It’s a fun, yummy and filling experiment.
There are lots of banana pancake recipes out there. Here is a really simple banana pancake recipe: 1 Banana, 1/2 cup milk of choice, 3 tablespoons rolled oats. Blend together. Add more oats or milk to make it pancake batter consistency.
Here’s another easy recipe with add-ons too: 2 bananas, 1 cup oats, and whatever else you would like to add be it chocolate chips or nuts, 3 tablespoons puree (I used a plum and apple puree). Mix ingredients in a bowl form into balls and slightly flatten with a fork then bake at 160 for 15-25 minutes.
Paired with your choice of topping
As a kid when I wanted a quick snack I would grab a banana and a few slices of cheese and eat the two together. You can pair it with any nut butter, dates, bee pollen, biscuits, chocolate chips, honey or whatever you have on hand it could taste really great with banana! One surprise for me was when I tried my flaxseed cranberry mix with bananas. That was delish!
I baked my Burro bananas with palm sugar at 170c for about 10-15 minutes. I know there are recipes of baked kale chips, popcorn cauliflower, sweet potato chips, etc. Here in South-east Asia banana chips are pretty common but they have to be deep fried. I am not sure if I could bake thinly sliced bananas until they turned into crunchy chips. That would be cool though.
Put the whole Burro banana in a steamer and steam for about 15-20 minutes. Peel and eat. My Indonesian husband eats his with chill sauce. In Thailand I ate it with with shredded coconut and sugar. I have also tried a dessert of steamed bananas and coconut milk.
So there, I have shared with you the healthier ways bananas can be eaten but you could also eat them battered and fried or one of my Mom’s concoctions of bananas with milk, cheese and condensed milk. Other ways which you have probably tried as well is PB and J, bananas in your cereal, or even as an egg or sweetener replacer in certain recipes. Oh, and banana bread/cake of course.
Besides it being such a versatile fruit, it is full of nutrition. In fact my doctor says a banana a day is better than an apple a day. It gives you a quick boost of lasting energy (perfect for long runs) due to its natural sugars, being high in potassium and fiber with a number of vitamins and minerals.
It is a convenient and nutritious fruit that everyone can enjoy in a variety of ways.
So, tell me, how differently or similarly do you eat your bananas? I would love to know. Comment below!