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Healthy Banana Recipes to Kick Off the New Year

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With the turn of the years, you might be considering your resolutions for 2020. Many individuals resolve to eat healthier and start working out, but how often do people actually stick to these objectives? Sometimes, adjusting towards a healthy diet can be more challenging and more expensive than originally anticipated.

We get it: life gets busy, cravings creep in and suddenly cooking a healthy meal doesn’t seem so appealing. Well, if living a healthy lifestyle is top of your priorities for 2020, this blog post is for you! We’re sharing some fast, simple, and convenient ways to be healthy, compliments of a few of our favorite healthy banana recipes. Easy to make and full of flavor, eating healthier will suddenly feel like a breeze.

Before we get into the recipes, let’s discuss why bananas are such an amazing fruit to add into your diet.  For starters, they are chock-full of potassium and fiber. Potassium is a vital nutrient in our bodies and helps keep our hearts healthy and our blood pressure under control. Fiber can help improve digestive health which is vulnerable to a variety of ailments. Bananas are also great sources of vitamin B6 and vitamin C which help your body maintain internal health. In fact, bananas have long been loved by athletes because they are such great sources of energy and can help reduce soreness or muscle cramps. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, they’re also an amazing alternative to a lot of ingredients and add sweetness to any recipe. 

Of course, bananas are great on their own, but they can be even tastier and more filling when combined with other healthy ingredients. Since they are readily available all year round, these recipes can be enjoyed in any season (and at any time of the day).  If you’re ready to start eating healthier 2020, try incorporating some of these recipes into your daily rotation.

Healthy Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those classic, go-to baked goods that warms our bellies and can be enjoyed any time of day. This recipe takes it to another level, maintaining all the flavor without the processed sugars that most banana breads have. We love this bread for a rainy day when you need a last-minute crowd-pleaser. It is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and honey and can easily be made vegan or gluten-free. If you’re feeling adventurous, banana bread rewards creativity. Make this recipe your own by adding chopped walnuts or chocolate chips for some added texture.

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Vegan Banana Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes?! This recipe is so simple and only takes 20 minutes. It’s a quick and easy breakfast and these pancakes are just as fluffy as the real deal, sans any animal products. They are packed with potassium, which is great for cardiovascular health, and they are loaded with gut-healthy fiber. Try these healthy banana pancakes alone or with some fruit on top to add extra sweetness.

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Vegan Banana Muffins with Sweet Apple Chunks

These muffins are as healthy as they are yummy and are a great breakfast for kids or adults. The recipe calls for browned bananas, which are full of their own natural sugar, and are sweet enough to replace granulated sugar. It’s a five-star recipe that proves how delicious vegan recipes can be! You will definitely find yourself eating multiple of these a day. Luckily, they’re so easy to whip up that you won’t have to worry about replenishing your supply 😉

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Vegan Coconut Banana Cheesecake

You don’t have to give up sweets in order to stay healthy. This cheesecake is an excellent example of pleasing your sugar craving in a guilt-free, quick way. It’s such a tasty recipe, you’ll forget you are eating bananas. Fresh coconut and sweet banana prove to be a perfect combination in this dish that will fully satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt

Strawberries and bananas make a great pair and this recipe is perfect for when you’re craving something sweet without a ton of calories. It beats most store-bought frozen treats, which are full of high-fructose corn syrup. This is another great way to use ripe bananas for their sweetness. Did we mention it only takes five ingredients and this frozen yogurt can be served in two minutes? Sold and sold.

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Banana Oatmeal Fitness Cookies

These are perfect for on-the-go mornings or right before your workouts. They contain bananas and lots of oats, which are both great energizers. Opting to make these fitness bars at home significantly cuts back on your sugar consumption, especially when compared to normal store-bought granola. The numbers on this one tell the rest of the story: check out the nutritional facts at the bottom of the recipe to see how truly amazing these cookies are.

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These recipes are irresistible, easy, and so good for you, not to mention, it’s so much fun to experiment with new recipes. Bananas are wonderful on their own. They are great on their own and can be mixed with so many other ingredients to create something even more wonderful.  With their natural sugars, ripe bananas are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without hopping off your healthy eating agenda.

The bottom line is that bananas offer so many health benefits and can be used in so many different ways. From improving cardiovascular health, to helping maintain a healthy digestive system, the perks of eating bananas go on and on. Because of how dense in nutrients and low in calories bananas are, they are an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Once you really get into eating healthy, you’ll be amazed at how much more energy you’ll have alongside an overall increase in your general well-being. We hope these recipes encourage you to kick off 2020 on a healthy note. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated; these recipes are proof that adding necessary nutrients to your diet can be simple.

Our Favorite Banana Jokes for Kids

Are bananas your childs’ favorite fruit? Do your kids go bananas for a good joke? Well look no further because we have compiled a list of the 50 best banana jokes out there that your kids are sure to love. Whether they like knock knock jokes or a good pun you’ll find something that they are sure to crack up about. 

Why did the banana go to the doctor?

Because he wasn’t peeling well.

Why do bananas use sunblock?

Because otherwise they’d peel.

You need to be extra nice to bananas, you know why?

You don’t want to hurt their peelings.

What happens when a boy banana and girl banana break up?

A banana split

What kind of school do bananas go to?

Sundae school

Why do monkeys like bananas so much?

Because they are very apeeling

What did the orange say to the green banana?

You don’t look like you’re peeling well

Why did the banana farmer lose his job?

Because he kept throwing away the bent bananas

What happened to the banana who got a sunburn?

He peeled

Why did the banana agree to go out with the prune?

Because he couldn’t find a date

What do bananas wear on their feet?

A pair of slippers

What is a sheep’s favorite fruit?

A baaaa-nana

What is a banana’s favorite day of the week?

Sundae

Why didn’t the banana cross the road?

Because he was yellow

Why didn’t the banana student go to school?

He told his parents that he wasn’t peeling well

Why do bananas never get lonely?

Because they hangout in bunches

Why did the banana have to go to the hair salon?

Because she had split ends

What do you do when you see a blue banana?

Try to cheer it up

What do you call two bananas?

A pair of slippers

What did one banana say to the other banana that she just met?

Yellow, nice to meet you

How does a banana answer the phone?

Yellow?

What is the key to opening a banana?

A mon-key

Where to bananas go shopping for clothes?

Banana Republic

Why don’t bananas snore?

Because they don’t want to wake up the rest of the bunch

What did the banana do when he saw a monkey coming?

He split

What is a ghost’s favorite fruit?

A boo-nana

Knock Knock Who’s there!

Banana!

Banana who?

Banana split so ice creamed!

Why did the banana get so many valentines gifts?

Because it was SO sweet

Why was the banana so sick he had to go to the hospital?

He had yellow fever

How did the green banana think about the ripe banana?

He was green with envy

What is a bananas favorite song?

Yellow submarine

Why couldn’t the police catch the banana?

Because he split!

Why happens when you tell a banana a really funny joke?

They break out into side-splitting laughter!

What’s yellow and goes 30 miles per hour?

A banana in a washing machine  

 What was Beethoven’s favorite fruit?

Ba-na-na-naaaaa

What do you call a charismatic banana?

A banana smoothie!

What’s the best thing to put in a banana cream pie?

Your teeth!

Why was the banana so upset?

Someone mistook him for a plantain!

How do monkeys stay safe when they walk down the stairs?

They hold on to the banana-ister

Where do bananas like to go swimming?

In a cereal bowl

Why do bananas have so many friends?

Because they’re really sweet

Why did the plantain get sent to the principal’s after class?

Because he went bananas during the lecture

What is the easiest way to make a banana split?

 Show it out the door

What’s yellow and always points north?

A magnetic banana

 How do unripe bananas feel about ripe bananas?

They’re green with envy

Why did the banana fail its driving test?

Because it peeled out

What’s yellow and used to write letters?

A ball-point banana

They’re not growing to grow bananas any longer…

Apparently, they’re long enough already  

What fruit teases you a lot?

A ba-na-na-na-na-na

 Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Banana.

Banana who?

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Banana.

Banana who?

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?

Orange.

Orange who?

ORANGE YOU GLAD I DIDN’T SAY BANANA!

There you have it! The 50 best banana jokes that are sure to have your kids peeling over with laughter. 

Banana Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits and are found in most parts of the world, we use them in a variety of recipes from banana bread to smoothies and much more. They are loaded with nutrients, are high in potassium and can have many health benefits. However, there are a ton of facts that you probably didn’t know about this common (and delicious) yellow fruit. Here, we will list 20 banana facts that you probably had no idea about until now!

Bananas come in more colors than just yellow.

While we’re most accustomed to the classic yellow banana, it is actually not the only color of banana out there. Some more uncommon varieties can be found in many different colors, such as red, pink, and even blue!

There are over one THOUSAND varieties of banana! 

While this is still debated, there are believed to be over a thousand different varieties of banana found all over the world. Bananas can be found in about 150 countries worldwide and the shape, color and flavor of bananas can be drastically different depending on where they are grown.

Bananas aren’t technically a fruit.

Anymore, that is. Because of the rise in commercialized farming, the bananas we know and love have evolved to have almost microscopic seeds. In order to be categorized as a fruit bananas have to have seeds, so many debate that the banana should no longer be considered a fruit since the seeds are so miniscule they are almost non-existent. Many people believe that bananas should instead be considered a berry because of the way they grow in bunches. On the other hand, bananas are also debated to be an herb. So it depends who you ask, but bananas are most popularly considered to be a fruit.

Bananas are composed of mostly water. 

Bananas are made up of 75% water! In comparison, a watermelon is made up of about 90% water.

The yellow banana we are used to is the Cavendish variety.

The classic, sweet bananas you find at your local grocery store are called the Cavendish variety of banana. These are the most popular banana thanks to modern farming methods, however the Cavendish haven’t always been the mainstream banana. Up until the mid 60’s, the most popular banana was the Gros Michel. Unfortunately, though, this variety was almost entirely wiped out by a fungal disease which is why we now have the Cavendish bananas in our home. But, these bananas are now thought to be in danger of the same fate as their predecessor. So appreciate the bananas the Cavendish bananas while you can!

Bananas can get rid of warts.

Rubbing the inside of a banana peel or even taping a piece of banana peel with the inside against your wart, repeating daily, is said to clear your wart in one to two weeks. It is said that the potassium helps to fight against the HPV virus, which is to blame for most common warts.

Not all bananas are sweet.

Although we are used to the flavor of the Cavendish variety, not all bananas are sweet. Another type of banana, called plantains, are quite common in Africa, Indian, Latin American and South America. They are used in cooking and are prepared in many different ways around the world.

India is the largest banana producer.

India is by far the largest producer of bananas out of any country in the world. Followed by China and the Philippines, India produces almost thirty million tons of bananas annually. In total the annual amount of bananas eaten around the world is close to one hundred million bananas, so needless to say they are a popular fruit. 

Bananas are radioactive.

Okay, while this one is technically true, you don’t have to worry about radiation poisoning. Bananas are radioactive because they contain high amounts of potassium, and potassium decays which results in radiation.

You can shine your shoes with bananas

Don’t have any shoe shine or polish? The inside of a banana peel can be used to shine leather shoes! Just peel a banana and rub the inside of the peel on your leather shoes in circular motions and you’ll have the most beautifully shined shoes in no time!

Use bananas to condition your hair.

If you’re looking for a great way to nourish and deep condition your hair, bananas are here to help! The flesh of the fruit can help prevent split ends and breakage because of the potassium and vitamins present in bananas. It is also said that bananas can help your hair become shinier and more manageable.

Banana peels can remove splinters!

As mentioned previously, banana peels can greatly help to soften skin. If you find yourself with a nasty splinter that you just can’t get out with tweezers alone, try taking a piece of banana peel and putting it against the affected area. Use tape or a sock, if the splinter is in your foot, to hold the peel in place overnight. By the morning the splinter should make its way up to the surface of your skin and be removed completely by the peel, or at the very least make it easier for you to go at it with your trusted pair of tweezers.

The Banana peel can be used to make clothes!

In some countries, such as Japan, the fiber in banana peels is used to make paper, fabric and even clothing. Because of how much fiber the peel of a banana possesses, it can be transformed into clothes that will hold up over the test of time.

Bananas can relieve itching

It is popularly thought that the inside of a banana peel can greatly help to relieve itching from either poison ivy or bug bites. So next time you go hiking or camping, bring a banana with you – you never know when it might come in handy.

Humans and bananas share 50% of our DNA

So we’re basically bananas. Just kidding, but through research, we have learned that bananas and humans share about 50% of the same DNA. Pretty crazy right?

96% of Americans purchase bananas during their monthly grocery runs

What can we say, we really love to eat bananas in the States. It’s no wonder how this fruit has become such an iconic staple in our diets – we can’t get enough of these sweet nutritional powerhouses!

Not blessed with a green thumb? Try bananas!

Adding banana peels to your flower beds is a great way to fertilize your plants without using harsh chemicals. Since bananas have high amounts of potassium and phosphorus, they introduce these nutrients in the soil as they break down.

The scientists who discovered why banana peels are so slippery won a Nobel Prize for their research in 2014.

Interestingly enough, the answer can largely be explained by physics. The root cause of banana peels slickness is the polysaccharide molecules present in the skin. As a frame of reference, these molecules are the same things that lubricate our joints so we they move smoothly. 

Ever wonder why bananas are curved? We’ve got an answer for you!

Scientists believe that bananas’ signature shape largely has to do with the way they’re grown. Since banana leaves are so large, they shield a majority of the light from ever reaching the ground. Naturally, the banana fruit curves upwards toward the sun to get as much light as possible. 

Humans have long enjoyed their fair share of bananas.

Although bananas were not brought to mass markets until the 1880s, there have been several accounts of them throughout history, many of which are spread all over the world. The oldest sighting of bananas that we’ve come across dates all the way back to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, or about 5,000 years ago!

Hopefully you learned something new from our list of facts you probably didn’t know about bananas. Although they are a common produce that you can find in any grocery store and just about every household, there are a lot of things that you probably didn’t know about them. Next time you eat a banana or pick up a bunch at your grocery store maybe you’ll stop and think about how much more there is to bananas than what meets the eye.