Sunday, May 15, 2016

What To Do With Super Ripe Bananas

Bananas are a pole dancer's best go-to food. It gives you energy without bloating you or making you feel heavy before a class. It's rich in potassium so it prevents cramps. It's a great after workout food to keep you sugar in check. Plus, it's so convenient.

I keep bananas at home as a staple go-to snack if I'm taking a yoga class early in the morning or I want a midday snack. Sometimes though, I find that due to meal planning, I still got bananas that are getting brown or about to get old. To avoid wasting them, here's what to do with bananas that are about to get soft and old.

1. Muffins or Cakes

Overripe bananas are perfect for baking. The soft ones are mushier and so much sweeter. Make banana bread, banana cookies, muffins, or cake. If you're like me with no oven, try mug cakes, which are single-serve cakes you can make with a mug in your trusty microwave.

2. Pancakes

Have some healthy, gluten-free pancakes for breakfast. Mix 1/2 c of mashed banana with 2 eggs, 1/8 tsp baking powder, a dash of cinnamon, 2 tsp coconut sugar, and a few drops of vanilla extract. Mix to form a batter. Fry your pancakes in coconut oil. The pancakes come out thinner and a bit softer than traditional pancakes. Serve this with sliced bananas, berries, and honey or maple syrup. The pancake itself is yummy and tastes like turon.

3. Dairy-free "Nice" Cream

Here is a vegan and non-dairy alternative to ice cream, Slice up some bananas and freeze them until they are rock-hard. Process in a food processor until the mixture becomes smooth like ice cream. You may add some fruit like strawberries or cacao powder if you want chocolate-banana flavor. Place in a container and freeze.

4. Smoothies

I don't like ice in my smoothie because it dilutes the fruit, juices, and milk. I freeze my fruit instead to serve as ice. Add frozen banana slices to your smoothie for a yummy and refreshing drink.

What other banana-based recipes do you like?

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