Ode to the Banana: A Student’s Recipe Book

Recently my housemate Liv and I have been experimenting with bananas in recipes and I wanted to share some of our ideas! As a student, it can be hard to get your five a day, and sometimes it seems easier to buy a packet of breakfast biscuits than make something healthy. After going home for the weekend and coming back to find a bunch of over-ripe bananas, I needed a quick solution, so here’s some of the things I found: 
1. The obvious: Banana cookies
Banana, peanut butter and chocolate chip to be precise. These are seriously tasty! Don’t worry if they’re a little on the soft on the inside when you take them out of the oven – they will firm up and will be lovely and chewy! 

Ingredients:

  • 125g mashed banana – basically 2 bananas I’d say! 
  • 130g peanut butter – try and buy the unsalted version to cut down on the calories! 
  • 70g dark brown soft sugar – sadly a little pricey, sorry…. 
  • 100g caster sugar – if you can’t afford dark brown soft sugar, you could just use 170g of caster, it won’t make too much difference! 
  • 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract – not hugely necessary?
  • 165g plain flour 
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 40g chocolate chips – 40g is a rough guideline, you may want to add more/less depending on what a chocoholic you are! 
Cook for 15 mins on gas mark 5/190C! ENJOY! 

2. Banana pancakes
I don’t just mean pancakes with banana on top, oh no! These are seriously healthy, energising pancakes you don’t need to feel guilty for!! They’re a great way to make a healthy breakfast feel naughty, and go great with blueberries and honey! This recipe makes 4 medium size pancakes. 
Ingredients: 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • Yes, that’s it! 
Method: 
  1. Mash the banana. You can’t be lazy with this, you’ve got to keep mashing until its very runny! The more you mash the more like normal pancakes they taste.
  2. Add two eggs and whisk 
  3. You could add cocoa powder and/or honey and whisk at this stage for an extra sweet taste!
  4.  Pour the mixture into a frying pan with hot butter as you would with a normal pancake.
  5. Add your favourite toppings and enjoy! 
Photo credit: Liv Ingram (she makes them better than me!)

3. Nice-Cream (credit to Liv Ingram yet again!)

What’s nice-cream, I hear you ask? Trust in the banana and you’ll find out. 
Ingredients: 
  • Bananas (yes, again, didn’t you read the title?) 
  • Cocoa powder
Method:
  1. Mash the banana (well!!!) 
  2. Add cocoa powder and whisk 
  3. I know it looks unappetising, but bung it in the freezer overnight and trust me!
  4. Serve with fruit, chocolate sauce, cake, anything! (Maybe not cake, this is supposed to be a healthy recipe!! 
I hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes and give them a go. Follow these recipes to say goodbye to sadly binning over-ripe bananas.
Got any more ideas? Comment below, I’d love to give them a try! X

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