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Everybody loves bananas but do not often cook with them. Here, we provide you with two creative banana recipes to impress your family with these potassium-packed fruits! 

Look below to find more info about bananas including: health benefits, how to store, general cooking tips and banana recipes.

Health Benefits to Bananas:

  • Excellent source of potassium, which helps lower your blood pressure and your kidney health.
  • Good source of fiber, which helps regulate your body and cholesterol levels.
  • Good source of vitamin B, which helps your brain and nervous system.
  • Good source of vitamin C, which helps keep our bodies healthy.

How to Store Bananas:

  • Store bananas on the counter. Within a week, bananas will ripen and begin to turn brown. Don’t throw them away! They are a perfect addition to the Banana Pancakes recipe below.
  • If cooked, store bananas in a closed container in the fridge for up to a week.

Bananas Tips:

  • Bananas should always be peeled before eating. Peeled bananas can be used in recipes whole, sliced or mashed.
  • To slow ripening, break bananas apart and do not store near other fruit, especially apples.
  • Bananas ripe? Not able to cook banana bread that week? Store your banana slices in the freezer for up to a year. Use for future bread and pancake recipes.
  • To stop sliced bananas from browning in a fruit salad, add lemon or orange juice.

This six-ingredient recipe fills your breakfast with whole grains, fruit and protein. Try making extra and freezing them for a quick breakfast next week.

 

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Banana Pancakes

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These pancakes are delightful with some peanut butter and honey on top!

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 ripe banana (The riper the better.)
  • egg
  • 1/8 tsp salt 
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
  • Cooking spray or 1 tsp oil
  1. Peel your banana and place in a bowl. Mash with a fork until gooey.
  2. Crack your egg into another bowl and whisk with a fork until the yolk and white are mixed together.
  3. Add egg, oats, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the banana. Mix well.
  4. Add cooking spray or oil to a hot pan over medium heat. Spoon 2 pancakes onto the pan.
  5. After 3 minutes, or when the edges turn golden-brown and the middle is bubbling, flip pancakes with a spatula. Cook 2 minutes on the other side. Remove from pan and eat! Makes 1 serving.

Makes 2 medium pancakes or 4 small pancakes.


Try adding these bananas to vanilla yogurt, morning oatmeal or even a scoop of ice cream.

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Caramelized Bananas

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This recipe is a delicious and healthy treat for kids!

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (and/or pumpkin pie spice)
  1. Peel and slice bananas in 1/2-inch slices.
  2. Add oil to a medium frying pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the bananas, brown sugar, and cinnamon to pan.
  4. Cook the bananas, stirring 2-3 times, for 5-7 minutes or until the sugar has slightly browned on the bananas.
  5. Serve warm over oatmeal, cereal, or ice cream.

Makes 2 servings