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Five Favorite Banana Recipes for a Healthy Lunches

 

If you are looking for a healthy lunch recipe that is quick and easy to prepare, here are five recipes for you. These banana recipes will help you get your day off to a good start.

Baked Bananas with Honey and Cinnamon

These are the perfect way to start your day. They have the sweet taste of bananas with the cinnamon and honey, which is a combination that will send your taste buds into overdrive.

The recipe is super easy and it can be done in less than 30 minutes. You’ll need some sliced bananas, honey, cinnamon, and mini marshmallows. Place a banana slice on top of each other lengthwise and then roll them in the cinnamon and honey mixture until covered. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees Farenheit.

Sesame-Coconut Banana Muffins

These muffins are made with whole wheat flour and a touch of sugar. They’re not overly sweet and the sesame and coconut flavors complement each other well. The muffin batter is mixed together in just seconds in your blender, so you can make plenty of them for a quick breakfast or snack.

Topping:

1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds, 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix together the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Bake in an oven-safe dish at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Banana Muffin Recipe:

1 large ripe banana, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 large egg white (or substitute with an egg substitute), 6 tablespoons vegetable oil (or substitute with canola oil)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment , beat together the mashed banana and granulated sugar until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Add the egg white or substitute then stir again to ensure there are no lumps left. Scoop into paper-lined muffin tins (preferably silicone) and bake for 10-12

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This moist and delicious banana bread recipe is so easy to make. This is a great recipe for quick snack on the go.

Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 2 large eggs, at room temperature

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

• 3/8 cup dark brown sugar

• 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

Gluten-Free Banana Oat Bread

This is a recipe for gluten-free banana oat bread. It is made with oats, ground flaxseed, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

1 cup gluten-free flour mix

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 bananas

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Natural peanut butter

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then add in the wet ingredients that are listed next to them. Stir everything until it has a smooth consistency. Use an oiled spatula or your hands to make sure that you have a well incorporated mixture. Grease two bread pans with cooking spray and then pour the batter into the pan. Bake for about 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from oven and allow to cool before slicing into pieces for serving.

Spicy Mango Smoothie.

You can go ahead and add some protein to this smoothie by using a handful of cashews or a scoop of protein powder. This will help you feel full for a longer period of time.

To prepare this recipe, you need three ripe mangoes, one whole banana, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, half an avocado, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon almond butter and a few ice cubes. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Another healthy lunch recipe is the Protein Power Smoothie. You will need two ripe bananas, 3/4 cup vegan vanilla protein powder or nut butter such as peanut butter, 2 tablespoons ground flax seed meal and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to make the batter. Blend until the mixture starts to form a dough-like consistency then add in your favorite fruits such as strawberries or blueberries. Serve with granola on top!

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