Cooking with bananas is so easy because the texture is incredibly versatile and the taste is effortlessly delicious. While they’re often used in things like smoothies or fluffy banana bread, there are so many more unique ways to make even more of this fruit. Bananas are not only great for cooking in terms of taste, they also have a number of health benefits. Bananas provide the body with healthy sources of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C, along with a variety of antioxidants and phytonutrients, according to health line†
Forget lemons, when life gives you bananas, you should make a unique meal! Just in time for National Banana Day (April 20), here are 10 delicious banana recipes you need to make tonight. And don’t miss our 22 meals to melt belly fat in 2022.
This healthy banana pudding recipe doesn’t take away from the flavor, but it’s lower in calories than the bread pudding you’d order at your local restaurant, and you may still be able to taste the banana. That’s because this delicious dessert has fewer total ingredients to give more room for the natural and delicious flavors to speak for themselves.
Get our Southern-Style Banana Pudding Recipe with Vanilla Waffles.
Think about swapping raw fish for bananas the next time you think about making homemade sushi rolls. These Banana Sushi Rolls are aesthetically pleasing and can be customized to your liking.
They may not be quite in the sushi family, but the look fits right in! Perfect for snacking or serving as an aperitif to keep your audience engaged until the main event. Fortunately, bananas dipped in a nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew butter) are a combination that will never get old. These little banana sushi-style bites are also rolled in crunchy rice cereal, giving them a texture similar to a crunchy tempura roll. An entertaining pastime in the kitchen and mouthwatering richness on your taste buds, what more could you want?
Get the recipe for Banana Sushi Rolls with Crispy Rice.
Making pancakes for breakfast is the classic way to go. But these mini banana pancake snacks can spice up your breakfast game with just a few extra steps and ingredients.
If you’re looking for a healthier meal to start your day or secretly want to add more fruit to your kids’ diet, you need to add this recipe to your morning routine. Because bananas are naturally soft and sweet, covering them with pancake batter only increases their flavor and smooth texture. Plus, the recipe calls for a yummy strawberry and mango puree that’s almost too simple to make and even more fun to dip the baby pancakes in!
Get the recipe for Mini Banana Pancake Bites.
Once you taste this decadent homemade Banana Coconut Ice Cream, you won’t believe it’s both vegan and Whole30-approved. The trick is actually quite simple: bananas and coconut milk give this ice cream body and flavor. Roasting the bananas with a date syrup gives them even more flavor once frozen and adds caramel notes to the finished product. We recommend finishing with sliced almonds (also caramelized in date syrup), which is an excellent crunch to add to the mix.
Get the recipe for Whole30 Banana Coconut Ice Cream.
These muffins are good enough to convince anyone, regardless of their diet. They are also gluten-free, dairy-free and use no refined sugars. More importantly, they have a wonderfully tender and moist texture and just a hint of sweetness.
The only source of sweetness in this recipe are the sweet potatoes and bananas, and you won’t believe their satisfying power in these muffins. However, if you absolutely can’t live without some chocolate in your muffins, we recommend adding some dark chocolate chips to the batter to give you an extra sugar boost!
Get our recipe for Whole30 Sweet Potato Banana Muffins†
Elvis Presley is known for his hip movements, Hound Dog singing and very specific eating habits. If you haven’t heard them yet, the stories of Elvis’ prodigious consumption ability are well known – in particular his love for a certain sandwich with peanut butter, banana and, according to some stories, bacon and honey.
This recipe captures everything Elvis enjoyed on a sandwich, down to the last slice of banana on a smooth layer of thick peanut butter. Like the rest of the recipes in this roundup, this one is not only worthy of the last meal, but it’s also low in calories and packed with healthy ingredients.
Get the recipe for a low-calorie Elvis sandwich.
This recipe will shamelessly shame Pop-Tarts! Making such puff pastries is not as difficult as it sounds. In fact, with Dole’s recipe, you can whip them out in about an hour.
These Strawberry-Banana Toaster Tarts are gluten-free and seamlessly combine sweet and savory flavors. A filling made with strawberries and bananas sautéed in sugar and lemon juice is sure to mess up your morning. And when cooked to perfection, the fluffy and flaky pie crust will leave your mouth watering while you wait for your toaster tarts to cool.
Get the recipe for Strawberry-Banana Toaster Tarts.
As spring and summer are creeping around the corner, mixing up a tasty frozen drink will help thaw you out when the temperatures are high. Save the hot pot of coffee for another day and try a new kind of caffeinated drink to get through the day.
Blended iced coffee is nothing new – see Dunkin’, Starbucks and even Dutch Bros for example – but coffee with a dose of fruit is something special. Dole’s Blended Banana Iced Coffee tames the strong taste of coffee with ground cardamom, powdered sugar and vanilla. All this goes very well with ripe bananas, and a touch of milk chocolate makes this drink a real treat!
Get the recipe for Blended Banana Iced Coffee.
Who knew sweet, sweet bananas could have such a spicy side? Well, Dole tried it out and found great success. Bonus: Their recipe can be put together in 10 minutes or less!
This Spicy Banana Dip is a unique shareable that will be the new crowd pleaser and everyone will be asking for the recipe. Instead of going the basic route of chips and salsa, turn things around with this healthier alternative that’s great with your favorite cracker (a much less salty option). This dip uses a variety of fresh ingredients like mint, ginger, and green chili, but none of them overpower the natural banana flavor. It’s also vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, so anyone who can handle the heat can enjoy it!
Get the recipe for Spicy Banana Dip.
If you’ve ever had the Dole Whip at a Disney theme park, then you know the dreamy and addictive potential of this dessert. Leave the ice cream and popsicles on supermarket shelves and let this recipe take over your sweet tooth.
Bananas and berries can do powerful things when used together. The ideal texture is somewhere between frozen yogurt and light whipped cream. And don’t worry if you’re dairy-free! This Berry Banana Fro-Whip recipe calls for unsweetened coconut milk, which adds to the consistency without taking away all the fruity punch.
Get the recipe for Berry Banana Fro-Whip.
Coconut soup is a vegetarian staple for many people, and adding bananas to the mix makes it even better. Sweet and savory transform this cozy bowl of goodies into a dish you can’t get enough of.
This banana coconut soup simmers and sizzles to bring out the savory flavors of garlic, soy sauce, red chili, and of course sliced bananas. The seasoning of the soup will be ready in minutes and your kitchen will smell like a delicious dream. This hot meal will leave you feeling full without feeling heavy or sluggish due to its low sodium ingredients.
Get the recipe for Banana Coconut Soup.
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