Bananas for Bananas

February 4, 2013

These bright, easy to eat, cheap, and tasty fruit are so versatile it is no wonder why they are America’s top selling fruit. Contrary to popular belief bananas do not come from a tree, but the world’s largest herbaceous flowering plant.  First noted by Alexander the Great on his conquest to India in 327 B.C, this banana flower has become sacred in many cultures.  The Hindus associate bananas with prosperity, while Indians believe they are good luck. They are often seen in ceremonies, such as weddings.

Nutrition   Profile:

Rich is potassium

2 grams of protein

4 grams of fiber

Very low in calories and fat

Provide multitude of vitamins and minerals

For   your   health:

Help treat anemia

Lower blood pressure

Resolve bowel issues and diarrhea

Boost brain power and energy levels

Fight depression

Soothe heart burn

Help with mood disorders

Buying   and   Using   Bananas

Fresh and available all year round

Ripen best off the plant

The more they ripen the sweeter they are


1. Chunky Monkey Soft Serve

  1. 2-3 frozen bananas (peeled and frozen for at least one day)
  2. Options: nut butters, cocoa, chocolate protein powder, agave
  3. Throw bananas in food processor/ Vitamix and let run for 5 minutes (scrapping the sides every minute)
  4. Bananas will get increasingly fluffy and light.
  5. Top bananas with granola, chocolate chips, fruit, or other favorite toppings.


2. Top of the Mornin’ oatmeal banana bowl

  1. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
  3. 1/4 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 a ripe banana
  5. 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  6. 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  7. sweetener (the amount will vary, depending on your taste buds and what milk you use)
  8. Optional: chocolate chips


Cook the oats, salt, and milk (either on the stove or in the microwave). Meanwhile, blend the pb and banana. Then add your vanilla, sweetener, and 1/2 of the cooked oats to the blender (I used a Magic Bullet) and re-blend. Stir in the rest of the oats. You can blend all the oats if you prefer, but I like the chewiness of leaving some un-blended.

(Feel free to slice remaining banana on top.)



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