Bananas are one of the most widely eaten fruits in the world. This yellow, curved fruit is packed with big nutrition and comes in its own convenient wrapper. One medium size banana is considered a single serving and contains 110 calories, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein. They are also naturally free of cholesterol, sodium, and fat. There are a variety of vitamins and minerals that bananas provide such as: Vitamins B6, C, and A, Potassium, Manganese, Iron, Protein, and dietary fiber.
We at Sugar Loco understand that some people may not like the taste or texture of the banana that is why we have complied three healthy but still delicious recipes that have bananas as the starring role, but not as the front man. Push that banana split aside and try one of these delicious desserts.
Honey-Cinnamon Banana Bread Pudding
4 cups of half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
6 cups of 1-inch bread cubes
4 egg yolks
3 very ripe bananas
¾ cup of honey
3 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
Canola oil cooking spray
- Preheat your over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using the cooking spray, lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan or glass dish.
- Whisk together the half-and-half, ¾ cup honey, eggs, eggs yolks, cinnamon, salt, and bananas in a large bowl until well mixed.
- Stir in the bread cubes and set mixture aside for fifteen minutes to soak up the moisture.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and spread it out in an even layer. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until the pudding is firm in the middle but the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for an hour.
- In a clean, large bowl, whisk together the cream and three tablespoons of honey until soft peaks form. (Do not over whisk!)
- Serve the bread pudding with your homemade whipped cream on top.
Chocolate Banana Treat
1 tablespoon chocolate-hazelnut spread
1 half of a bagel (toasted)
Half a banana (sliced)
2 tablespoons shredded coconut (sweetened or not, personal preference)
Spread one tablespoon of chocolate-hazelnut spread on one-half of a toasted bagel; top the spread with the sliced banana; sprinkle two tablespoons of shredded coconut on top.
Peanut Butter-Banana Dessert Smoothie
A 1 ounce banana
2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
1 cup 1% milk
1 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon honey
Slice the banana and place it along with all other ingredients into a blender, and puree until smooth. You might want to use the icebreaker setting first, (if you have it – it will help save the motor from burning out); if that is not an option use a cup of crushed ice cubes, rather than whole ones.
Pro Tip: Put your glass in the freezer for a few minutes before serving your smoothie to make sure it is frosty and stays colder longer.