Eight Exciting Things To Do With Bananas

Bananas Zero Points Plus

February 15, 2012   18 Comments

When people meet me for the first time, what do you think they ask me? Where did you get your nails done?

NO! They ask me, "What is your favorite snack?" When you say you have an alter-ego named SNACK Girl - people are curious.

Well, like many Americans, I love bananas. They are portable, sweet, and packed with nutrients including potassium. And, if you are on Weight Watchers, they are ZERO Points+. Don't eat too many though, because you won't be able to move your bowels (the downside of bananas).

Here are the nutrition facts for a medium banana: 105 calories, 0g fat, 27 g carbohydrates, 1.0 g protein, 3.0 g fiber, 1 mg sodium, 0 Points+.

The thing is that I don't LOVE bananas plain. I like to add something else to them to make them more interesting.

My favorite snack is photographed above. It is a banana with sunflower seed butter (sunbutter) and some raisins. I call it "Ants On A Slippy Slide" to make it more fun. It matches well with my favorite drink - coffee - and is so much healthier for me than eating a cookie.

(actually my favorite drink is beer but I usually don't drink that all day long)

I have featured bananas many times on the site because I love them so much. Here are eight ideas for enjoying bananas:

1. bananasplitb Now You Can Eat A Banana Split Without Splitting Your Pants

2. buttermilkbanb You Won't Miss The Butter In This Holiday Banana Bread

3. bananaquesadillab The BEST Post Workout Snack

4. pinebananab Skip The Ice Cream: Grill Your Dessert

5. jacklalanneb Healthy Banana Pudding from Jack LaLanne

6. newenergyb A Grab 'N Go Breakfast With ZERO Added Sugar (and you will love it)

7. greensmoothieb This Green Smoothie Does NOT Taste Like Grass

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Ants On A Slippy Slide Recipe

1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter, sunbutter, almond butter, etc.
a few raisins or chocolate chips

Cut the banana lengthwise and spread on the nut butter. Add your raisins or chocolate chips and enjoy!

199 calories, 8.5 g fat, 30 g carbohydrates, 5.3 g protein, 4.0 g fiber, 75 mg sodium, 3 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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18 Comments:

My favorite thing to do with a banana is to freeze it and then blend it and skim milk with chocolate Shakeology. Better than a Wendy's frosty and lot more nutritious.

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on February 15, 2012

Love Banana's! Matter in fact my blog today is healthy chocolate banana bread! I love all the recipes you posted!!!

on February 15, 2012

Yum Yum Yum - Looks delicious!

on February 15, 2012

Have you heard of and/or tried the appliance Yonanas? It is supposed to make ice cream out of bananas (and other frozen fruit) and be absolutely yummy. Would love to hear your thoughts on it!

on February 15, 2012

I've heard that you can just blend up a frozen banana with nothing added and it comes out being the consistancy of ice cream - and tasting fantastic. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm wondering if anyone else has and if it really works. I also wonder if you have to freeze the banana first and then blend it or blend it up and then freeze it.

on February 15, 2012

make soft serve ice cream with frozen bananas. just bananas in a food processer, whirl until creamy...yummy!

on February 15, 2012

They are my favourite post workout snack!

on February 15, 2012

Easy, quick and not too high in calories -- peel banana, split lengthwize in half. Set aside In small "seasoned" cast iron skillet (or a non-stick saute pan will also do), melt 1 tsp. butter in hot skillet, add 2 tbl brown sugar. Melt together, add banana, after a minute, flip banana. DELICIOUS! Add a small dollop of yogurt for added flavor. Be cautious of the hot brown sugar - can burn your tongue if too hot!

on February 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing! I love bananas too! I eat one everyday. For a sweet treat I like to cut one up, put it on a tortilla with peanut butter, cinnamon, sliced almonds, and some honey. Wrap it up and enjoy!

on February 15, 2012

As Marilla in Anne of Green Gables said, "We may be kindred spirits afterall." lol :)

Love bananas! Have one everyday! One of my fave ways is sliced and put between 2 graham cracker halves-and heated for a few seconds in the microwave! but I eat them mostly by themselves!

on February 15, 2012

Great post on some great ways to use bananas. The Ants of a Slippy Slide recipe sounds great!

on February 15, 2012

I have a Yonana frozen treat maker! It uses frozen bananas then just add any other frozen fruit-it comes out with an amazing smooth texture just like ice cream! One of the best is frozen banana,frozen cherries and 1 oz dark chocolate - amazing!

on February 15, 2012

Wish I could eat these awesome banana snacks. I developed an allergy to bananas a few years ago. I used to love them.

on February 15, 2012

Love the title of this post. Knowing you, I was expecting at least *one* joke with some inuendo. ;)

I don't think I've ever met a way to eat bananas that I DIDN'T like. I love bananas. I just wish they were more local.

Have you heard about the banana disease that is wiping out the main variety in Australia? We'd all better hope it doesn't make it to the new world, but it is only a matter of time. :( Banana breeders had better be working on developing some resistant varieties!

on February 16, 2012

@Shanna - the title was the joke. All my ideas were just a bit too dirty for the website. It is HARD to be funny without offending people.

on February 16, 2012

Thank you for posting these different banana recipes. They could be considered an interesting way to integrate more fruit into one's diet.

on February 17, 2012

wat is this

on February 21, 2012

Instead of baking the bananas in the oven, I used a non stick skillet to caramelize them. I top them wiyh some nuts...delicious!!Meriem

on April 14, 2012


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