Bananas are probably the best fruit in the entire world. They pair perfectly with peanut butter, chocolate, jelly, really anything you can possibly think of. One of my favorite breakfasts is oatmeal with bananas and honey! I also love using frozen bananas in my smoothies instead of ice cubes and making banana ‘frozen yogurt’ as a healthy dessert. In honor of National Banana Bread Day we’re serving up ten healthy and delicious banana recipes. From banana bread, to banana smoothies, we’ve got a recipe for everyone to enjoy! Check ’em out:
Mini Banana Pancakes (via Skinny Mom)
Perfect for breakfast or snack time, these skinny mini banana pancakes are fluffy and delicious. Drizzle with honey or organic maple syrup for a meal (or snack) everyone will love. I always like to use overripe bananas because they are the sweetest and easiest to mash into the batter.
Banana Colada Smoothie (via Lemon Tree Dwelling)
Try this amazing recipe as a post workout snack for a creamy, refreshing shake that will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Paradise in a glass, this smoothie is made with banana, coconut, and pineapple. You can add your favorite protein powder for an extra boost of energy and protein.
Healthy Banana Bread (via Hungry Meets Healthy)
Warm banana bread with dark chocolate chips and peanut butter is literally like heaven on earth. Offer me a slice of that concoction and I will do anything you want (clean your house, wash your car, walk your dog, etc.). This banana bread is made with Greek yogurt, egg whites, and coconut oil so you never have to feel guilty about eating a slice (or three).
Banana Caramel Tart (via Heather Christo)
I cannot tell a lie- this may not be the healthiest banana dessert recipe, but it will probably be the best one you’ve ever had. The caramel/banana combo on top of a flaky, buttery pastry is unlike anything else. You will fall in love. And it will be magical. Don’t eat this everyday and you’ll be fine. Try serving this at your next big family dinner or dinner party and everyone will love you (I promise).
Banana Bundt Cake (via My Baking Addiction)
This banana bundt cake is topped with a semi-sweet chocolate ganache that is out of this world. Perfect for afternoon tea or after dinner dessert, this banana bundt cake is light and fluffy and made with all natural, wholesome ingredients like mashed bananas, unsalted butter, and eggs.
Baked Banana Donuts (via Sweetly Raw)
These baked banana bread donuts make a great breakfast treat, snack, or after dinner dessert. The best part about this recipe is that it is gluten-free and uses organic, unbleached sugar. You can add a glaze or serve them plain, I love adding dark chocolate chips to the batter and spreading a little organic peanut butter on top.
Banana Pudding (via Chocolate Covered Katie)
This healthy alternative to traditional banana pudding is made with bananas, coconut butter, tofu, and vanilla. Top this delicious banana pudding with fresh slices of banana and homemade whipped cream.
Chocolate Dipped Banana Cream Pops (via I Wash…You Dry)
Perfect for a hot summer afternoon or any time you’re craving banana and chocolatey goodness, these frozen banana cream pops are delicious and totally healthy. Made with mashed bananas, peanuts, milk, and chocolate, these popsicles will satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you feeling happy!
Banana Bread Granola (via The Minimalist Baker)
There’s nothing better than a bowl of homemade granola and almond milk in the morning to get your day off to the right start. This banana bread granola is made with rolled oats, walnuts, pecans, cinnamon, bananas, flax seed, and maple syrup. Yum!
Healthy Banana Cupcakes (via Chick Rx)
When you’re craving something sweet and sinful, reach for one of these seemingly decadent banana cupcakes. Made with honey, Greek yogurt, bananas, and egg whites you can enjoy this cupcake without feeling guilty.