15 Healthy Banana Recipes

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It's Banana Lover's Day! Seeing as I haven't done a theme post in almost two months, I figured this was the perfect occasion to showcase my love for the fruit oft referred to as "nature's candy bar." Got extra bananas on hand? Here are 15 ways to use them up:

Fat Free Banana Bread – It is so soft and buttery.
This bread actually wasn't supposed to be fat-free. In fact, I was quite upset upon discovering—midway through preparing the recipe—only about a teaspoon's worth of coconut oil lingered in my sad little jar. (Note to self: gather all ingredients before starting to cook a recipe. Will I ever learn?)

Homemade Chocolate Soft Serve – Swirly chocolate soft-serve.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably seen the idea of whipping frozen banana until it resembles the exact texture of soft-serve ice cream. (If you add a fat source, like peanut butter, it tastes pretty similar to ice cream as well. Or leave the fat out for a refreshing sherbet-like taste.)

Peanut Butter Breakfast Pudding – I'm going to be on television!!
The Dallas ABC affiliate news team is filming a story on me, for the 5 o'clock news! It's pretty much the coolest thing to happen to me since… ever?!

Chocolate Monkey Bites – those recipes…
One of those recipes that's impossible to stop eating until every last chocolate bite has disappeared. Rich dark chocolate, complemented by creamy banana filling…

Microwave Banana Cake – Ewwwww a Brown Banana!!!
Wrong-o! In fact, I'd argue that brown, mushy bananas are better than yellow (and goodness gracious, better than green!). Brownness signifies ripeness, so darker bananas yield sweeter fruit. Especially for those interested in eating less sugar, these fruits are perfect for smoothies, puddings, cakes, or even the raw fudge I've been eating non-stop. (If nothing else, one can always peel and freeze brown bananas, to be used on a later date.) And then there's banana bread.

Banana Split Pancakes – Dessert Pancakes.
In elementary school, my sister and I looked forward to every "report card" day when our mom treated us to ice cream sundaes at Friendly's (not for getting a specific letter grade, but just for working hard in general).

Banana Oatmeal Squares – I spy something brown.
Yesterday morning, I spied a very brown banana hanging out on the kitchen counter.

Creamy Chocolate Fudgsicles – From breakfast to dessert.
nd now it's on to dessert. Ya know, in case you're still hungry after those insanely-chocolatey pancakes.

Breakfast Doughnuts – Doughnuts for breakfast!
After that recipe, I 'd planned to go on a doughnut-making roll. So many possibilities swirled in my head: peanut butter & jelly doughnuts, chocolate brownie doughnuts, blueberry muffin doughnuts… But I never ended up making any of them. That's the problem with an idea; you have to actually do something with it, or it'll stay an idea forever! Thankfully, the idea for banana bread doughnuts is no longer just an idea: it's an absolutely-delicious breakfast treat… coming soon to a Dunkin' Donuts near you.

Banana Chocolate Butter – Crazy Nut Butter Flavors
At the end of that post, I asked for your nut butter flavor ideas. One reader (hi Kara!) went crazy with the question, offering all sorts of fun flavor ideas, from carrot cake to butterscotch to Thin Mint. She also suggested Neapolitan peanut butter, and that made me think of banana splits.

Cheesecake Bites – Don't mind if I do.
The following cheesecake recipe came about a few mornings ago, after I found myself with just half a banana that needed to be used up. (I hate wasting food.)

Banana Bread in a Bowl – Bananas for Bananas.
This recipe has all the flavor and nutrition of moist, delicious banana bread, just in a different form. It also makes a great snack.

The "Melted Banana" Trick – Step away from the sugar!
One of my favorite ways to sweeten oatmeal is naturally, by melting in a banana. The banana gets all caramelized, and the oatmeal tastes amazing! (If you don't believe me, just look at all the pingbacks on the post.)

Chocolate-Chip Banana Bites – Changing subjects…
I'm going to be in NYC this next week, so I was wondering: would y'all be interested in seeing trip-recap posts, with restaurant reviews and point-n-shoot photos? (I'm not bringing my DSLR camera on vacation.) Or would you rather I stick to my signature dessert posts? I don't care either way, so I wanted to ask your opinions. (Even if you do vote for NYC-recap posts, I'll still mix in some recipe posts as well.)

Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies – Haven't you always wanted to eat cookies for breakfast??

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