As the weather gets warmer, we start to switch up our diets. Out with the hearty soups and casserole dishes and in with the frozen treats and fruit salads. It’s always exciting to bring out your summer recipes at the start of the season. Then, after a couple weeks, you realize you may need some new ones. We are here to help you switch up your snack game in a healthy way. All the recipes we’re sharing include bananas as a main ingredient.
Bananas are a perfect fruit to enjoy in the warmer months, either on their own or made into a fun treat. They are healthy and full of potassium to give you electrolytes to last the day. They help with digestion, heart health and blood pressure. Bananas pair well with lots of different flavors and can easily be made into enjoyable snacks. They can be enjoyed frozen, ripened or normal. Today we are sharing some of our favorite banana recipes for the summer to keep you cool. These recipes are so simple, a monkey could make them.
1. Vegan Banana Soft Serve (In 8 Different Flavors)
Often called “nice cream,” banana ice cream is great because it is vegan but still tastes like soft serve. The only ingredients in this are frozen bananas and your mix-ins of choice. We love this recipe because it can be made in so many different flavors. From chocolate and strawberry to piña colada and carrot cake, there is a flavor for everyone. Heck, you could even experiment with new flavors. It’s way healthier than regular ice cream so you can enjoy a guilt-free sweet snack this summer.
2. Nice Cream Blizzard
This recipe takes your favorite Dairy Queen treat to a new level. This one gives a DQ blizzard a run for its money because it’s way healthier and all-natural. It includes homemade vegan candy bars and dairy-free banana ice cream. This decadent dessert is perfect if you’re trying to stay healthy this summer while still satisfying your sweet tooth. These blizzards will make you think twice before driving to Dairy Queen.
3. Banana Nice Cream Sandwiches
As another play on the nice cream trend, these cookie sandwiches are vegan and gluten-free. They’ve got oats, peanut butter and bananas, making them almost appropriate for breakfast. These are such a unique summer snack that will having you drooling for more. They’re fun to make if you have some leftover nice cream and there is no baking involved in this recipe either. Try out these nice cream sandwiches to give you a protein boost in the mid-afternoon.
4. No Bake Banana Bread Bites
Trying banana bread in new forms can be a fun way to switch up your snacks during the summer. You don’t even have to turn your oven on to enjoy this version of banana bread. The recipe contains all the nuts and spices that make banana bread so tasty and delectable. These banana bread bites make for a perfect breakfast on-the-go. Keep them in your fridge to snack on throughout the week.
5. Banana Split Popsicles
Have a bunch of bananas in the freezer that you don’t know what to do with? Here is your answer. This recipe is fun, easy and perfect for all ages. Chocolate dipped bananas are a classic summer treat. They are made even better by adding chopped nuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top. Get creative by adding toppings like sprinkles or caramel sauce. Enjoy them poolside for added effect.
6. Banana Bread in a Bowl
You’ve heard of “Cookie in a Cup” and “Brownie in a Mug.” Now it’s time for “Banana Bread in a Bowl.” This recipe is super simple. Throw your ingredients in a blender and it will be ready to serve after a few seconds. It tastes exactly like banana bread done in a new form that’s perfect for summer. It’s a filling snack that can be made with whatever add-ins you prefer in your banana bread. Enjoy it any time of the day when you crave something sweet.
7. Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles
Nothing says summer quite like popsicles. Homemade popsicles are so much tastier than store-bought ones and it can be fun to experiment with different flavor combinations. Making these with your kids can be a fun summer afternoon activity. This version is vegan and healthy, but you would never be able to tell from tasting it. These will go great as a dessert to your outdoor summer barbeque.
8. Chunky Monkey Breakfast Ice Cream
This recipe proves that it is socially acceptable to eat ice cream for breakfast. This guilt-free recipe will have your kids craving more. We love this breakfast because it’s packed with flavor and nutrition to give you the energy to start the day. This breakfast ice cream is delicious in taste and low in artificial sugars. It’s easy, yummy and healthy, which is everything you can ask for in a breakfast.
Frozen Banana Bonbons with Pistachios
Dark chocolate and pistachios is such a time-honored, salty-meets-sweet flavor combination. This frozen treat tastes like ice cream rather than a frozen banana. They are super healthy, as all the ingredients are high in potassium and antioxidants. It’s a great recipe to have under your belt that you can pull out when you have guests over or even if you are just craving a late-night snack.
Adding in a quick recipe that includes bananas can help to keep you energized this summer. You will get your daily dose of potassium and vitamin C by adding bananas to your summer diet. With these recipes, you won’t even notice how healthy you are being because they are so sweet. We hope you enjoy these recipes and stay safe, healthy and happy this summer!