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5 easy banana recipes

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Stuck in quarantine, want to practice your baking skills, or just love bananas? These quick and easy recipes might make you go bananas and try them out.  

Banana Ice Cream

Yields 2 servings

Ingredients: Bananas, vanilla extract, milk (optional)

You will need: Food processor or blender, container

  1. Cut two ripe bananas into small pieces and freeze overnight in a container
  2. Place the frozen bananas into a food processor or a high-quality blender
  3. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  4. Blend until a soft-serve consistency forms

Tips: Add small amounts of your milk of choice if the bananas aren’t blending. You can also eat this ice cream in its soft-serve form or scoop it into a container and freeze it for an additional 30 minutes for a firmer banana ice cream. 

Banana Pancakes

Yields 1 serving (4-5 thin pancakes)

Ingredients: 1 ripe and large banana, 2 eggs, nonstick spray

You will need: Fork, skillet, spatula, stovetop

  1. Mash a ripe banana in a bowl until all lumps are gone
  2. Mix in two eggs with the mashed banana
  3. Heat a skillet to medium heat and spray with nonstick spray
  4. Scoop approximately ¼ of the batter on the skillet
  5. Cook until the edges of the pancake look dry
  6. Flip the pancake and cook the other side briefly
  7. Repeat this process with the remaining batter 

Suggested toppings: mini chocolate chips, strawberries, maple syrup, almond butter 

Green Banana Smoothie

Yields 1 serving

Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, ½ cup frozen mango, a handful of spinach 

You will need: Blender

  1. Add all your ingredients into the blender and blend
  2. Serve chilled

Banana Muffins

Yields 12 servings

Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas, 2 eggs, 1 cup whole wheat flour, ¼ cup peanut butter, 1 ½ tsp baking powder, 3 tbsp honey, ¼ tsp salt, ¼ cup water, 1 tsp vanilla extract

You will need: Food processor, baking cups, muffin tin, oven 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray
  3. In a food processor add in all the ingredients and blend until smooth
  4. Pour the muffin mixture into muffin tins lined with baking cups 
  5. Bake the muffins for 15 to 17 minutes
  6. Insert a toothpick into the muffins to see if they are done
  7. If the toothpick doesn’t come out clean continue baking in 3-minute intervals

Banana Chips

Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients: 2 bananas, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 4 tbsp water, salt

You will need: Small bowl, basting brush, parchment paper, oven

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit 
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper 
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 4 tablespoons of water
  4. Slice the bananas into very thin slices
  5. Brush the lemon juice and water mixture over the slices using a basting brush 
  6. Sprinkle salt on top.
  7. Bake for two hours at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Flip the slices halfway through baking.
  8. Allow the chips to cool for a few hours for a crisper texture. 

Enjoy these delicious banana treats and don’t forget to share with family!

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