It’s all about the Banana – Healthy, Delicious & Effortless

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Banana is not only a food, but also an effective medicine.   Bananas make a natural remedy for many illnesses and it’s the perfect snack and the dessert. What can be better than bananas dipped into honey? Unfortunately, a lot of people try to avoid bananas due to its caloric content. However, a well balanced diet (one which excludes processed and nutritionally void foods) would welcome natural foods like fruits and vegetables. Bananas make a natural remedy for many illnesses!

In Latin banana means “fruit of the wise man.” Banana tree is also refereed to as a “Paradise tree” because they are a perfect delicacy, nice and smooth, which come in a convenient and original package ready to be used. Africans add bananas literally in everything – porridge, tomato soup, ham omelet. In Uganda, a large part of the banana harvest is turned into beer. Europe was introduced to bananas only in the beginning of the 20th century, when specially adapted containers were available for the transportation of fruits.

What’s in banana?
A ripe banana is the most nutritional snack that you can eat on the run. If you want to quickly restore a low energy level of your body, you should grab a banana. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, which give immediate substantial energy boost, sufficient for the 1.5-hours of energetic work. And it comes as no surprise that bananas are a favorite fruit of many of the world’s leading athletes.

  • Bananas are also called  a “fruit of happiness”. They contain tryptophan Mino substances which help to increase production of serotonin known as the ‘happy hormone‘.  This increase allows you to feel a surge of strength, pleasure, improves your mood, and stabilizes emotions. Bananas provide energy to our nervous system; they regulate digestion, reduce blood pressure, and strengthen heart muscle.
  • Bananas are high in potassium, 422 per medium banana,  which plays an important role in our bodies. Potassium is a mineral that helps in the building of muscles and protein synthesis. Potassium helps prevent against high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and stroke.
  • Bananas also provide 3 to 4 g of fiber per banana. Further, Bananas contain vitamins A, B, E, K and C as well as 6 mcg of folic acid, which is essential for red blood cell formation. Bananas are among the few fruits which contain the entire range of vitamin B—thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), folic acid (B6),  B5 and B12. Vitamin B in bananas helps control the nervous system which makes the body feel more relaxed and is recommended for consumption as a snack prevention of depression. Vitamin B6 is essential in helping the body to process amino acids and in synthesizing antibodies for our immune system. Vitamin C, also found in bananas, is responsible for the creation of red blood cells and collagen. Vitamin C helps defend the body against infections.
  • Bananas contain copper, chromium, manganese, selenium and zinc.  Magnesium enables the absorption of calcium, which is essential to maintaining strong bones. Copper plays an important role in the formation of collagen, several hormones, and the absorption of iron.
  • Bananas contain prebiotics, fructoogliosaccharides, which support the good bacteria in your intestine. These good bacteria help to inhibit the growth of bad bacteria, and increase the absorption of minerals.

Stop Avoiding Bananas! They are great for you! Bananas make a natural remedy for many illnesses.

Recipes that prove bananas make the healthiest frozen desserts

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Pop them in the freezer and bananas transform almost magically and effortlessly into a healthy dessert with delicious wow-factor.

They’re super low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and a great source of dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese. Plus, they have a non-dairy creaminess and a natural source of sugar that won’t make your nutritionist mad.

Here are six deliciously simple and healthy frozen banana recipes you’ll want to clear out the ice box .

Salted Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites

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3 ripe but firm bananas
1 batch homemade magic shell (1 cup dark chocolate chips &  2 Tbsp. coconut oil stir together and pop in the microwave for 30 sec. remove & stir until fully incorporated)
coarse sea salt
cocktail forks or toothpicks

Cut the bananas into your desired size of bites. (approximately 1 inch long.) Place on parchment-covered baking sheet. Then poke them with the cocktail forks. Freeze for at least 2 hours or until frozen.
Remove and dip each banana in the magic shell until covered. Sprinkle with sea salt and place back on cold baking sheet until dried.
Serve immediately or re-freeze.

Frozen Banana Sherbert

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1 ripe banana, frozen
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon honey
Peel the banana and cut into chunks about 1-inch long. Put the banana, lime juice and honey in a food processor and process by pulsing until it is pureed but still a little chunky. Spoon into a serving dish and serve.
Top with nuts and/or chocolate

1 Ingredient Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

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• Peel your bananas first.
• Cut them into small pieces.
• Freeze for just 1-2 hours on a plate.
• Blend, blend, blend – scraping down the bowl when they stick.
Enjoy!

Variation of this recipe:

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Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Ice Cream
makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons honey
Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in peanut butter and honey, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Nutella Banana Ice Cream
makes 2 servings
1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
3 to 4 tablespoons Nutella or other hazelnut-chocolate spread
Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in Nutella, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in cocoa powder, cream, and vanilla. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Cinnamon Dulce Banana Ice Cream
makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground cinnamon
Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in sweetened condensed milk and cinnamon. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Strawberries & Cream Banana Ice Cream
makes 2 servings

1 1/2 peeled medium bananas, sliced into coins and frozen until solid
1/3 cup roughly chopped frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons cream
Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Blend in strawberries and cream until smooth, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.

Frozen Banana Treats

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6 very ripe bananas
6 wooden craft sticks
8 oz. fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup granola-based cereal
Waxed paper
Baking sheet
Leave your bananas out until the peels develop brown speckles. Normally if your bananas get to this stage of ripeness, you’d likely toss them in the trash. However, when making frozen banana treats the riper the bananas, the better. As the bananas ripen, they get sweeter but become gooey. The texture won’t matter, as they will be frozen anyway.
Peel the banana and cut it in half. If it’s a small banana, leave it whole if it will fit on your wooden stick. Remove all of the strings from the banana.
Skewer the banana gently on the wooden stick. Make sure the stick goes through the center of the banana. Be careful not to put the stick all the way through the banana, as it might break when it comes time to freeze it.
Spread some fat-free vanilla yogurt on the sides of the bananas. Roll the coated bananas in a granola-based cereal of your choice.
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Place the coated bananas on the baking sheet and slide the sheet into the freezer. Freeze the bananas for about an hour until they’re firm. Once firm, wrap the bananas individually in plastic wrap.

Chocolate Frozen Banana

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3 bananas, peeled and halved
5 oz (150g) dark chocolate (Vegan and Parve with dark or otherwise dairy free chocolate. Vegetarian. Gluten Free.)
Finely chopped peanuts or other nuts

Insert popsicle sticks into each of the banana halves and put on a parchment-lined sheet. Freeze, uncovered, for at least two hours or overnight.
Once the bananas are frozen, gently melt the chocolate in a double boiler (I rig one by putting a heat-proof metal bowl over a small pot of simmering water). Alternately, microwave the chocolate until melted.
Carefully dip a banana half in chocolate so it is evenly covered, roll in nuts, and hold upright for about 30 seconds, until the chocolate has set (it happens very quickly!). Set down on the parchment-lined sheet and repeat with the remaining bananas and chocolate.
Serve immediately or freeze until ready to eat.

 

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