Bananas are one of nature’s most perfect fruits. Not only are they packed with nutrients like fiber and potassium, but overripe bananas are a great natural sweetener for muffins, pancakes, oatmeal, smoothies and even doughnuts! When you’re feeling like enjoying something fancier than one of these fabulous fruits straight outta the peel, dive into one of these tantalizing recipes using ripe bananas, all for less than 300 calories.
1. BANANA SWEETENED BRAN MUFFINS | MYFITNESSPAL’S ORIGINAL RECIPES
Overripe bananas and applesauce are the only sweeteners in these hearty, breakfast-worthy bran muffins. Slather one with a teaspoon of creamy peanut butter right out of the oven for an extra decadent treat. Blueberries, pecans and chocolate chips all make excellent additions to the batter. Recipe makes 2 servings at 3 muffins each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 258; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 108mg; Sodium: 281mg; Carbohydrate: 57g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 12g
2. WHOLE WHEAT BAKED BANANA DONUTS WITH PEANUT BUTTER GLAZE | THE BAKER MAMA
These baked doughnuts are the best of both worlds! Although they’re made with not so typical doughnut ingredients like whole-wheat flour, mashed bananas and just a touch of brown sugar, they most definitely still get the job done when it comes to conquering your doughnut cravings. We love that the “glaze” is just peanut butter, but feel free to stir in some powdered sugar and a splash of milk for a more traditional topping. Recipe makes 12 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 207; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 16mg; Sodium: 183mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 7g
3. BANANA BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES & COMPOTE | THE WHEATLESS KITCHEN
Imagine waking up to nutty banana pancakes hot off the griddle topped with scrumptious homemade blackberry compote. Drooling yet? If you don’t have blackberries on hand, feel free to use blueberries or raspberries. A handful of chocolate chips never hurt, either! This recipe makes 5 servings of 2 pancakes each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 220; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 85mg; Sodium: 297mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 9g
4. GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA BREAD | LOVE AND ZEST
Banana bread lovers unite! This gluten-free twist on the classic is loaded with chocolate chips, cinnamon and ripe bananas. It makes the perfect light breakfast with a cup of java or a tasty afternoon snack. If you don’t have a loaf pan, feel free to make this recipe using a muffin tin instead (you will have to reduce the baking time). Recipe makes 16 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 255; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 23mg; Sodium: 104mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 23g; Protein: 2g
5. THREE-INGREDIENT PANCAKES | MYFITNESSPAL’S ORIGINAL RECIPES
Would you ever guess you could whip up sinfully delicious breakfast fare using only ripe bananas, eggs and cinnamon? Well, say hello to the easiest breakfast there ever was! This handy recipe combines three pantry staples that you likely already have on hand. Top with fresh berries, a smear of nut butter and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Recipe makes 2 servings at 4 pancakes each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 271; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 423mg; Sodium: 141mg; Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 17g; Protein: 14g
6. SWEET POTATO BANANA BITES | THE LEAN GREEN BEAN
These oh-so-adorable, gluten-free bites have just four main ingredients and are a breeze to whip up. They’re a great wholesome snack for the little ones, but adults will love them as well! Toss in a handful of dried cranberries, chocolate chips or walnuts for crunch. Recipe makes 7 servings of 2 bites each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 107; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 61mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 5g
7. ZUCCHINI BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS | HUMMUSAPIEN
These decadent, moist muffins are made with ground almonds, oats, ripe banana and a dash of sugar for a healthy treat you won’t feel guilty about! You’d never guess they were vegan and gluten-free. If you don’t have almond flour on hand, simply grind up a cup of raw almonds in a blender or food processor until they resemble the texture of flour. For extra crunch, add in a handful of crushed walnuts. Recipe makes 12 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 170; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 185mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 4g
8. BAKED BANANA NUT DONUTS | MYFITNESSPAL’S ORIGINAL RECIPES
Brighten up your day with ooey-gooey baked banana nut donuts with cream cheese glaze! They’re soft, fluffy and the perfect match for your toasty cup of joe. This recipe prevents waste by making use of extra ripe bananas and keeps things on the light side by subbing in applesauce for oil.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 161; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Sodium: 66mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 4g
9. CHOCOLATE ALMOND BANANA SMOOTHIE | GOOD LIFE EATS
This decadent afternoon pick-me-up is thick, creamy and guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling weighed down. You can easily use peanut butter if you don’t have almond butter on hand. Serve individual portions in a bowl with a spoon, and garnish with chocolate chips, slivered almonds and sliced banana. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 270; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 81mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 6g
10. PEANUT BUTTER BREAKFAST COOKIES | MYFITNESSPAL’S ORIGINAL RECIPES
Wake up to bite-size peanut butter cookies for a treat the whole family will appreciate! Their subtly sweet and nutty flavor goes great with a smear of strawberry jam or a glass of ice-cold milk. Warning: These likely won’t make it to the cookie jar. Recipe makes 8 servings at 3 cookies each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 299; Total Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 53mg; Sodium: 131mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 11g