Aug
3
2010

Bananas are a girl’s best friend

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Bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s. I’m personally not a fan of that song, but I must admit the song is now stuck in my head (and probably for the rest of the day). You can thank me later. ;)

Bananas are a wonder food for many reasons. Being rich in vitamin B6, fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, bananas just might be the next “Superfood”. Bananas are superheros all themselves since they can help with weakness and insomnia (from the B6), regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke, and can help reduce muscle cramping during exercise (thanks Potassium!). A medium-sized banana provides 400 mg of potassium (11% of your daily value) and contains only 110 calories with 4 grams of fiber. Bananas also contain plenty of carbohydrates and are easy to digest, which make for the perfect pre-workout snack. Oh, and apparently, they can help you lose weight. Who knew? ;)


With all of the wonderful benefits of bananas, it’s just a shame to not take advantage of all that they are capable of… including some awesome meal items.

Great plains of cookies

Yes. They were good. Very good. And yes. I am now obsessed.

Banana Coconut Chip Cookies via Girl Meets Health. Great recipe, people.

Although very uncharacteristic of me, I followed this recipe to a T. The cookies came out great, although a little too moist (next time I will have to reduce the amount of almond milk by half), even though they sat in the oven for 30 + minutes. I will be making these again but with some alterations… more later on this venture.

Banana Ice Cream with floating Banana Coconut Cookies and cinnamon. MMMM...

And you can’t eat cookies without ice cream… Banana Ice Cream

Cinnamon Banana Ice Cream

Into the blender went:

    • 2 frozen bananas
    • +/- 1 tbsp raw honey
    • 2 tsp raisins
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • lots of cinnamon
    • a shake of sea salt
    • and ice, ice baby

Blend, blend, blend and pour into a bowl. Top with more cinnamon, a few of the above cookies, and you’re good to go.

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Want more creative uses for bananas? All on my (huge) list of things to make, check these recipes out:

No Meat Althete‘s Frozen Banana Truffles

Healthy, No Guilt, Banana Bread by Seek

Fruit Chewy Cookies

What is your favorite banana recipe?????

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christina August 3, 2010 at 11:07 AM

hi! thanks for the blog comment! 52 days without alcohol is great! not sure if i could do it bc i really love my wine too. i need to make those cookies for sure. i remember seeing them on her blog and being like daaaaaamn i need those in my life. i’m a fan of banana bread with chocolate chips. :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) August 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM

you know, i used to HATE bananas…now i use them in oats, banana soft serve, and every flavor of smoothie i can come up with. they’re amazing!

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Gracie August 3, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Yay, glad ya liked ‘em! :D They are definitely on the moist side, so let me know how decreasing the almond milk works out! Just be careful because coconut flour can tend to make for dry/crumbly cookies :)

Take care sweetie! xoxo
.-= Gracie´s last blog ..delicious failure =-.

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Kelly Michelle August 3, 2010 at 2:44 PM

yummmmmmm I could not live without bananas, banana ice cream is my favorite though, I like to add a few frozen cherries into it.

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maggie(livingfoodjunkie August 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Delicious cookies and pretty simple list of ingredients too! Gotta love that :D

I have so many banana recipe favs it’s hard to choose from :) Most recently though, I made a Banana Cream Pie…oh my it was good!
.-= maggie(livingfoodjunkie´s last blog ..It started with a lemon =-.

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Kady August 3, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I love bananas! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is one of my favorite banana recipes! You really can’t beat bananas with peanut butter and chocolate in any form.
.-= Kady´s last blog ..Surviving the Heat =-.

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Pure2Raw Twins August 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM

We love bananas too! Though we can not have too much of them at one time because the sugar gets to us but besides that we love them ;) Banana ice cream and cookies look delicious!!! YUMMMMM

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Katie August 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM

I actually am not a huge banana fan, but I do like them in cookies or bread. Something about banana bread is just…good. I might try these cookies though – they seem like they’d work as raw cookies, too.
.-= Katie´s last blog ..It’s all so green =-.

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nelly August 4, 2010 at 4:27 AM

HOLY MOLY. i want to make those cookies…they look divine.

i love bananas…and eat them daily…but have noticed that i am now being attacked by mosquitoes…apparently they love bananas too…and i am not joking!!!

=)

great post!

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Alisa August 4, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Must. Have. Cookies! Dang it, yet another awesome blog to follow. How will I ever keep up with all of these?
.-= Alisa´s last blog ..Summer Reading Series Giveaway- Food Allergy-Friendly Coookbook =-.

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Kristie August 4, 2010 at 8:19 AM

How funny, I actually JUST finished eating some of those cookies mixed into a bowl of chocolate raspberry smoothie. It was divine. As are those cookies. Mine came out very moist too but I froze all of the remainders and they are quite delicious partially defrosted! My stash is just about gone now, oh no!
.-= Kristie´s last blog ..Oats- Fish- Greens- and Barley Grow =-.

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