9 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

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It’s easy to go bananas for bananas. But, despite our best intentions, they sometimes start to brown before we have the chance to take advantage of their clean eating goodness. That’s why we’re sharing 9 ways to use ripe bananas.

And there’s no question: the banana is a smart, simple addition to a clean-eating lifestyle. Bananas are rich in potassium, a mineral important for maintaining heart function and blood pressure. As a bonus, they’re also low in fat and high in fiber, so they’ll fuel you up without weighing you down with fat or unhealthy carbs. Bananas have a low glycemic index, too, making them ideal if you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes.

What’s more, because bananas are so versatile, there’s no reason to let Mother Nature’s original to-go food go to waste. From smoothies to desserts to energy bars, here are 9 uses for bananas.

1. Whip up a delish smoothie.
Frozen ripe bananas make a great addition to healthy smoothie recipes. Try Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Mango Banana Cream Smoothie, or Blueberry Banana Smoothie.

2. Make frozen banana pops.
Worried about frozen treats wrecking your health. Let it go! Let it go! These Superfood Banana Pops are simple to make and tasty to eat.

3. Dig into banana pancakes.

Flourless Banana Pancakes
Get the day off to a nutritious start with healthy pancake recipes. We love Whole Grain Banana Blueberry Pancakes with Walnuts, Flourless Banana Pancakes, and Banana Oat Pancakes with Apricot Compote.

4. Make banana bread.
Replace traditional banana bread recipes with options that offer the clean-eating ingredients that nurture weight loss and nourish the body. Try Skinny Strawberry-Banana Bread or Vegan Chocolate Banana Nut Bread.

5. Mmm…macaroons.
Bananas, coconut, and chocolate chips combine in our 3-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Macaroons. Give them a go—betcha’ didn’t know making macaroons could be this easy!

6. Energize with homemade energy bars.
When you need uses for bananas, they make a healthy and delicious addition to homemade energy snacks, like Banana Blueberry Bars.

7. Start the day with banana oatmeal.
Instead of trying to health-up processed cereal with a sliced banana, enjoy a bowl of nutrition with Slow Cooker Nutty Blueberry Banana Oatmeal or Chocolate Oatmeal with Egg Whites.

8. Indulge in a new breakfast recipe.
Skinny Nutella-Banana French Toast Sandwich is a fantastic way to enjoy ripe bananas, and, what’s more, this delightful dish is simple enough to make on even busy weekdays.

9. Mix up breakfast with banana quinoa.
When you want uses for bananas that shake up a ho-hum breakfast routine, try Maple Banana Quinoa, a superfood morning meal filled with bananas, walnuts, and quinoa.

 

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