Paleo/Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Dark Chocolate Chips

What’s the best thing to do with bananas that are getting overripe? Make banana bread! That’s why I absolutely love banana bread — it gives me a way to get rid of my bananas while also enjoying an amazing and easy to make treat! This is another one of Danielle Walker’s recipes (yes, I’m on a roll here!) and once again, it did not disappoint! Words can’t even describe how incredible this turned out: super moist and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. You can find the recipe here. In the past two days, I’ve made two batches because it’s just that good. One thing I should mention: I didn’t have any apple cider vinegar, so I left it out, and it was still amazing. So, if you don’t have any, I wouldn’t worry about it, as it didn’t ruin the recipe.

Enjoy!

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Banana Ice Cream

Have you ever craved ice cream but wanted to spare the calories (and the guilt?) Well, then, I have a treat for you! You can make healthy ice cream (I know, sounds like an oxymoron) with just one simple ingredient: bananas!

All you need are bananas, which you’ve frozen ahead of time. For the picture below, I used two frozen bananas and pulsed them in my food processor until they turned creamy. If your bananas are super frozen, it will take a few minutes until they turn smooth. You’ll just want to keep taking off the lid to your food processor, scraping the sides, and pulsing the bananas until they turn into an ice cream consistency.

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If you want it to have the true ice cream look, you can freeze your ice cream after you food process it; then, after a few hours, scoop it with an ice cream scooper. It will then look like this:

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And, if you want to get really fancy (like I was in the picture above), you can add 1 tablespoon of all-natural, no sugar added peanut butter after pulsing your bananas.

It doesn’t get much tastier and healthier than that!

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter and Banana Bread Pudding

Last night I was in the mood for something sweet (no surprise) and was curious to see how my regular 4 ingredient peanut butter brownies would taste with a little banana added to them. The end result was that while the brownies didn’t have the consistency of brownies at all (hence, me calling this a bread pudding) it was still incredibly rich and tasty! The banana did make it watery but that’s why I call it more of a bread pudding — just scoop it out with a spoon and you’re good to go.

Ingredients:

  • Check out my original recipe for my All Natural Peanut Butter Brownies here (I doubled the original recipe in order to make this bread pudding)
  • Add 1/2 of a banana, cut into slices

Preparation:

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl (except the bananas) and then, gently fold the bananas into the batter. Pour into a small, greased baking dish, and bake in a 350 degree heated oven for 18 minutes or until golden brown. Afterward, your bread pudding should look like this:

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Wait at least 20 minutes for it to cool. If you try to cut through the bread pudding right away, it will be a messy disaster because the banana filling will still be very hot and runny. I put mine in the fridge. Once it cools down, start cutting the bread pudding. Here’s a pic of how it will look (as you can see, we already devoured a few pieces):

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This dessert is incredibly rich and will be sure to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth.

Enjoy!

Fried Banana

We’ve all been guilty of buying bananas, with the best intentions of eating them, only to see them ripening away on the counter, untouched. Instead of throwing them into a smoothie or frantically searching your cupboards for ingredients to bake them into something, why not fry them into a delicious treat? The best part of this recipe is that you need only a few ingredients, which you most likely have lying around the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • A drizzle of honey

Preparation:

Heat a nonstick pan with the coconut oil. Wait a minute and allow it to heat up. Take your banana, cut it in half, and then cut it lengthwise down the middle, so that you have four pieces of banana. Lay each piece in the pan on the coconut oil. Fry on medium heat for 2 minutes on each side. flipping with a spatula. Remove your banana from the pan and transfer onto a plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle lightly with honey.

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This is great as a snack (especially for pre and post-workouts), for dessert, or even for breakfast! It’s simple to make, tastes delicious, and is healthy. And, you’ll be sparing your bananas from being thrown away, too!

Enjoy!

Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter “Sandwiches”

I’m all about quick and easy snacks, so, when I find one, I latch on to it! Like most everybody else, my life gets busy and I don’t always have the time (or patience) to make something elaborate. The other day I made frozen banana and peanut butter sandwiches. How can something so simple have never crossed my mind before?

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • All natural peanut butter

Preparation:

Cut the bananas into small slices, layer one slice with peanut butter and put another slice on top, making a, “sandwich.” Put in the freezer and freeze for at least 3 hours or until the bananas feel hard and icy. For me, the colder, the better, since I like refreshing treats.

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And, that’s it! There’s nothing else to it. A filling, guiltless treat that you can easily make at any time. Who needs a bag of chips when there are so many healthful recipes around, right?

Enjoy!