20 of the Best Healthy Banana Recipes this is for all of you out there with some bananas on the counter just waiting to be used! I’ve got you covered. You’ll find everything from Double Chocolate Banana Bread to Banana Overnight Oats on this list.
The Best Healthy Banana Recipes
Every time I walk into someone’s kitchen there is a bunch of bananas on the countertop. They’re a kitchen staple, right?! They’re affordable, delicious, and a fruit that everyone can get behind. You can bake with them, put them in smoothies, add them to oatmeal, and so many other applications.
Look at your own countertop and tell me if you see some bananas! Are they begging to be baked with?! I’m sure they are and I’m here today to share with you some of my favorite healthy banana recipes.
Yes, of course, I have some pretty amazing banana bread recipes (like my all-time favorite Healthy Banana Bread). But not all banana recipes need to be banana bread! I love using them in smoothies, overnight oats, muffins, and energy balls. They’re versatile and add so much nutritional value to some of our favorite recipes. Let’s learn a little bit more about bananas!
Are Bananas Healthy?
Bananas are loaded with nutrition! This is why they are a great snack on their own or when you incorporate them into your favorite banana recipes. Here’s what makes a banana such a nutrient-loaded superfood!
- Packed with potassium: Potassium is an important nutrient for those of you who like to move your bodies! It promotes healthy bones, aids your muscles, and helps control your blood pressure.
- Fiber-filled: Fiber is necessary for healthy digestion and it helps you feel full for longer periods of time. And this makes bananas a great snack when you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.
- Positive carb choice: Bananas are a healthy source of carbohydrates! These positive carbs give you lots of energy to get through the day.
- Plus lots of vitamins and minerals: Bananas are a great place to help you get your daily dose of vitamins B6, C, A, and magnesium.
How to Properly Store Bananas
The one tricky thing about bananas is that they can ripen very fast! Which makes it harder to enjoy them fresh on their own but it does make them great for baking banana recipes. When bananas start to ripen and turn brown they get sweeter and wonderful for bread, cookies, and muffins.
So it’s not the end of the world when they start to brown, but I still like to keep them yellow for snacking, too. Here are a few storage tips to keep your bananas fresh and tasty for however you want to enjoy them.
- Store bananas in a cool and dry spot. Ideally, the spot should not be in direct sunlight either.
- Separate the bananas. Breaking up the bunch will slow down ripening.
- Keep them away from other fruit. Storing next to other ripened fruit will cause a banana to ripen quicker.
Can I Freeze Bananas?
Yes, you can freeze bananas! We’ve all been there – we have a bunch of ripened bananas and no time to bake with them right away. It happens far too often, but I have the perfect solution for you!
Freezing the bananas is a great way to preserve them until you’re ready to use them in these banana recipes. Always peel them first and then place them in a plastic bag. Label and date the bananas and try to use them within 3 months.
Always thaw the frozen bananas before you bake with them. But keep them frozen for when you want to use them in a smoothie! A frozen banana = a perfectly creamy smoothie. It’s my favorite!
Healthy Banana Recipe Round Up
Here are 20 of my favorite banana recipes! I can’t wait to hear which ones you like the best. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite, can you?!
Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
This Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is an easy, healthy breakfast that will keep you full all morning! Make a batch on Sunday for a quick breakfast all week long!
Baked Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Baked Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars – loaded with nutritious oats and naturally sweetened with bananas and maple. These baked oatmeal bars make a delicious healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert.
Protein Overnight Oats
These Protein Overnight Oats with banana are the perfect breakfast when you want something healthy, filling, and easy to make.
Easy Banana Bread Granola Recipe
An easy and healthy Banana Bread Granola Recipe that’s full of banana flavor and only takes 30 minutes to make! The crunchy granola goes so well with soft banana slices. It’s a banana bonanza!
No Bake Banana Bread Energy Balls
Easy Banana Bread Energy Balls that taste just like a slice of your favorite banana bread. Made with 8 ingredients, filled with nutrients, and high in protein – these no bake energy bites are a must-make sweet treat snack!
The BEST Hummingbird Cake Recipe with Light Cream Cheese Frosting
Looking to make a banana cake? This is the Best Hummingbird Cake Recipe you’ll ever make, slathered with a light Cream Cheese Frosting. This twist on a classic homemade cake is filled with pineapple, bananas, and cinnamon – extremely moist and light.
Skinny Banana Nut Muffins
Everyone needs a classic banana muffin recipe & these Skinny Banana Nut Muffins are it! Moist, delicious, sweetened with honey, and only 205 calories!
Crazy Moist & Healthy Marbled Chocolate Banana Muffins
Healthy Chocolate Banana Muffins naturally sweetened with maple syrup, only 115 calories. These moist marble muffins have swirls of chocolate and banana in each bite. They are easy to make – perfect for breakfast, weekend brunch, or a snack.
The Best Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
These Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are the muffins of your dreams! A healthy, refined sugar free banana muffin recipe that’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup loaded with chocolate.
Tropical Mango Smoothie
This creamy Tropical Mango Smoothie is full of fresh and tropical flavors that will take you straight to the beach!
Cafe Mocha Smoothie
Cafe Mocha Smoothie is a delicious way to start your morning. This Mocha Smoothie is made with banana, yogurt, espresso, and chocolate almond milk. Packed with 30 grams of protein per serving!
High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie Recipe
This quick, easy and healthy protein shake is fruity and delicious! Fuel your body with energy and nutrients by enjoying a High Protein Blueberry Kale Smoothie.
Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This sweet and creamy Strawberry Banana Smoothie is easy to make. It’s a super refreshing breakfast or snack that’s high in protein and fiber! You are sure to fall in love with it.
Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe
A delicious fiber-packed Green Smoothie Bowl you can easily customize. The perfect healthy breakfast, lunch, or post-workout snack!
Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl
This healthy smoothie bowl is a refreshing way to add protein, fiber, fruits, and veggies to your breakfast. Plus, you can easily customize the toppings!
Protein Chocolate Pancakes
These easy chocolate and banana pancakes are packed with cocoa flavor and a hefty dose of protein!
Healthy Banana Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips
This healthy Banana Pumpkin Bread recipe is loaded with gooey chocolate chips! It’s moist, delicious, and absolutely the best pumpkin banana bread you’ll ever have.
Double Chocolate Banana Bread
This Double Chocolate Banana Bread is incredibly moist, filled with rich chocolate flavor, and has only 196 calories a slice. The perfect healthy breakfast (or dessert) recipe!
The BEST Healthy Banana Bread Recipe
This healthy banana bread recipe only needs a few simple ingredients & makes the best banana bread ever! A moist & flavorful banana bread you’ll love!