11 Ways Bananas Can Sweeten Up Your Breakfast

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11 Ways Bananas Can Sweeten Up Your Breakfast


There’s a reason bananas were the top-logged fruit among the entire 190 million strong Under Armour Connected Fitness community in 2016: They’re nutritious, versatile and easy. They can help keep your heart healthy and reduce muscle cramps because they are high in potassium. They also make for a healthy, satisfying snack because they’re rich in fiber, carbohydrates and antioxidants. Compared to other fruits, bananas are highly portable and affordable, and they’re a great start to your day. That’s why they’re our Ingredient of the Week.

1. 5-INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER BANANA ENERGY BARS | BOWL OF DELICIOUS

With only five ingredients required, this no-fuss recipe is designed to be an uncomplicated, delicious pre-workout snack. Each sweet, nutty bar is packed with wholesome carbs, healthy fats and protein. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 energy bar each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 240; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 94mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 7g

2. MINI ZUCCHINI-NUT MUFFINS | DIETITIAN DEBBIE DISHES

These vegan muffins are lightly sweetened and deliver some heart-healthy omega-3 fats from the ground flaxseeds and walnuts. (Plus they sneak in a veggie while still tasting delicious.) These mini muffins are great to have on hand for a quick breakfast or snack. Pair with a banana and a cup of yogurt for a filling breakfast. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 muffin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 174; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 108mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 4g

3. FOUR-INGREDIENT NO-BAKE BANANA BREAD BLONDIES | THE BIG MAN’S WORLD

Four ingredients, one bowl, five minutes. That’s all you need to make these soft and fudgy banana-bread blondies! You don’t have to turn on the oven — plus, these tasty treats are gluten-free, Paleo-friendly and vegan. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 blondie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 156; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 56mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 3g

4. BAKED BANANA FRENCH TOAST | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Craving French toast, but don’t want all the calories that usually come along with it? Our baked banana French toast saves you calories and adds nutrition without compromising the traditional flavors you crave. We use simple swaps such as baking instead of frying and whole-grain bread instead of white. Give this dish a personal flair by adding your favorite toppings. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 (3 1/2-inch) square (165 grams) each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 229; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 125mg; Sodium: 197mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 11g

5. ONE-BOWL BANANA NUT MUFFINS | HEALTHY NIBBLES & BITS

Need a healthy, delicious on-the-go breakfast or a healthy snack to curb your hunger before dinner? Try these one-bowl banana nut muffins. Filled with crunchy walnuts and and fragrant spices, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Recipe makes 11 servings at 1 large muffin each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 250; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 17mg; Sodium: 233mg; Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 4g

6. BLACK & WHITE BANANA GRANOLA | TWO OF A KIND

Craving something sweet and crunchy? Make this black-and-white banana granola. Flavored with chocolate and vanilla, this two-toned treat packs a healthy dose of fiber and protein without an overload of sugar. Serve these clusters for breakfast with fruit and yogurt or with recipe number 10 for a sweet treat. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1/4 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 178; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 157mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 5g

7. GLUTEN-FREE BANANA OAT WAFFLES | KIM’S CRAVINGS

Treat yourself any morning with banana-oat waffles. They’re light and crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside. These clean-eating waffles will satisfy your cravings while keeping you on track with your nutrition goals. Top your waffles with fresh berries or crushed nuts for an extra nutritious boost to kick-start your day. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 large waffle each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 232; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 93mg; Sodium: 82mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 10g

8. BANANA BREAD GRANOLA BARS | RUNNING WITH SPOONS

This lightly sweetened granola bar takes banana bread to a new, portable level. These simple bars are made from chewy rolled oats and ground flax and lightly sweetened with ripe bananas, honey and dates. They’re also gluten-free. These make a great post-workout snack. Recipe makes 10 servings at 1 bar each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 130; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 3g

9. HOMEMADE BANANA “YOGURT” | NUTRITION STRIPPED

This banana “yogurt” is made with deliciously simple whole-food ingredients, and it’s dairy-free! Creamy cashews, fiber-rich ground chia and ripe banana blend together to create a thick, yogurt-like dish that’s creamy and naturally sweet. Recipe makes 2 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 152; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 45mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 5g

10. ONE-INGREDIENT ICE CREAM | THE KITCHN

The easiest way to save your ripe bananas is to peel them and freeze in a zip-top bag, so you can save them for recipes like this one.This ice cream has just one ingredient, and we think you’ll go bananas over it! Recipe makes 2 servings at 1/2 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 61; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 1mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 1g

11. HEALTHY BANANA BREAD | COOKIE AND KATE

The most popular quick bread in the book, banana bread is a classic comfort food. Make this fluffy, moist loaf on Sunday, and enjoy it for breakfast or snacks throughout the week. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 240; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 47mg; Sodium: 322mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 22g; Protein: 4g

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  • Rich Boucher

    All that sugar??? Not healthy at all.

  • Karen Schlosser

    2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes – Heat your favorite griddle or skillet. Get out your blender or smoothie maker, add 1 peeled banana and 2 eggs (just the white & yolk, not the shells), and whirl away. When griddle/skillet is pancake temperature ready, pour banana egg mixture on to greased surface and cook/flip pancakes as you would normally. You can use whatever favorite toppings you enjoy on your pancakes. I’ve used agave, homemade fruit syrup (blueberry, strawberry, mixed berry). Yum!

    • Bruce Kuamoo

      Aloha from the Big Isle of Hawai’i! Mahalo (thank you) for this recipe. I’m sure I’ll be blown away. Sounds “Ono” (delicious).

      • Karen Schlosser

        Easy, delicious, fulfills my desire for pancakes without the bad calories.