Bananas are the most popular fruit in the world. This may be a little bit surprising, since they are a tropical fruit that doesn’t grow in most places. They don’t grow in most of the United States, but the average American eats 26 pounds of bananas each year.
Bananas are a fresh fruit that is available all year, so they’re especially valuable in the winter when fresh fruit is less plentiful.
Are bananas nutritious?
Bananas contain no fat, but they have 1 gram of protein, 28 grams of carbohydrates (that’s two servings, officially), no added sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 450 mg potassium. That makes them a good source potassium, an important mineral. They also contain Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, and resistant starch, which can help prevent blood sugar spikes.
So yes, bananas are nutritious.
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 beaten eggs
- 1 1⁄4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Cream together sugar and butter. Add mashed banana and beaten eggs. Mix in baking powder. Stir in flour and then nuts. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, till a knife put into the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
Banana Blender Pancakes
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Whiz the ingredients up in the blender. Heat a skillet or griddle. Spray with nonstick baking spray. Test heat by dropping a few drops of water on the pan — if they sizzle, it’s ready.
Pour batter onto the pan. When bubbles form and pop, pancakes are ready to turn over. Serve with warmed berries.