At this point, you’ve probably run through several puzzles, Netflix shows, movies, books, workouts, and have seen everyone’s Instagram stories. If boredom is starting to set in, get creative! Odds are you’ve gone on a larger-than-normal grocery run recently and have plenty of groceries in the house. With all this extra time at home, you might as well find new ways to use the food in your kitchen. We’re sharing some of our favorite unique banana recipes to inspire you! Since bananas are so healthy and easy to incorporate, you can’t go wrong with any of these! Not to mention, there are tons of recipes for green, yellow, and brown bananas so you can enjoy them at every stage.
In addition, good health is obviously so important at this time and bananas make for great immunity boosters. Don’t take yours for granted! Eating a banana every day encourages a healthy lifestyle, which can help prevent heart disease and obesity. Adding a banana to your diet to keep yourself in good shape, even many of us are spending more time indoors.
These next few weeks can be a great opportunity to spend time in the kitchen and try some new recipes. It can help brighten your mood, get your mind off of the news, and will kill more time than you think. We’re setting you up with all the banana recipes you need to keep yourself busy at home for the time being. They include ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen, so there is truly no need to leave your house.
1. Best Ever Banana Bread
We’re starting off with a classic. This recipe is truly the Best Ever. Substitute walnuts for chocolate chips, oats, or any other topping of choice. Make a loaf for your neighbor and deliver it to them (with precaution, of course) to brighten their spirits.
2. Baked Banana Chips
Banana chips make a great, healthy snack. The store-bought ones have lots of added sweeteners, but this recipe is literally two ingredients! One banana can go a long way, too. Add it to a trail mix with nuts, other dried fruit, and chocolate chips for added nutrients.
3. Banana Oatmeal Muffins
This blender recipe is perfect for mornings before a day of sitting in front of your laptop. The oats, Greek yogurt, and bananas (duh!) in them will give you energy and protein. Feel free to include any added mixers that you may have at home. Just throw the ingredients in a blender and pop them in the oven.
4. Three Ingredient Banana Frozen Yogurt
Another simple, yummy recipe that all your quarantine-mates of all ages will love. It’s a good sweet treat or midnight snack that’s still healthy. With only three ingredients, this recipe is fresh and easy.
5. Banana-Vanilla Soft Serve
This recipe is vegan and delicious. It proves that eating ice cream can be indulging AND healthy. Grab your frozen bananas out of the freezer and serve up some soft serve. Add a chocolate drizzle on top for some extra sweetness.
6. Banana Oatmeal Cookies
These banana cookies have the perfect cookie texture; soft, warm, moist, and chewy. Check, check, check and check. You can whip them up in about 20 minutes, too. They’re a great health food for a post-workout snack.
7. Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt Frosting
A sweet twist to a classic recipe. Try it out if you’re tired of your usual banana bread. You will barely even notice the Greek yogurt flavor in the frosting. Turn your banana bread into a banana cake… or banana cupcakes.
8. Banana Milkshake
Have bananas in the freezer? In the mood for a sweet treat? This is your answer. We love to make this classic recipe for kids and adults. As the weather starts to warm up, a fresh banana milkshake will start to sound more enticing.
9. Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins
Another favorite vegan recipe! The secret ingredient in these may surprise you. Adding zucchini to your baked goods creates the perfect soft, moist texture. Your kids will never even notice there’s a vegetable in them.
10. Banana Pudding
If you have an extra box of vanilla wafers in your pantry that is about to go bad, whip up some banana pudding! This classic southern recipe is such a crowd pleaser. We doubt there will be any leftovers.
11. Frozen Banana Cereal Pops
This recipe makes a perfect snack for the kids while they’re home from school. Try out different cereals, hazelnut spread, peanut butter, sprinkles, the list goes on! There are probably a million different combinations to try. Get creative with what you’ve got.
12. Strawberry Banana Crepes
This recipe makes for a perfect morning brunch! Crepes are easier to make than you may think. There are tons of variations of crepe recipes, too. Add other fruits or spreads that you may have at home.
These recipes are all perfect if you’re stuck at home. Of course, bananas are great on their own, but why not spice it up and make a meal or a dessert out of them? There’s absolutely a banana recipe for everyone to enjoy. Bananas are one of those foods that’s hard to let go to waste because there’s so many ways to use them, from muffins and breads to smoothies and frozen yogurt. Bananas can be a great, healthy topping, too. Slice one up and put it on top of waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, or throw it in your smoothie. Put peanut butter on some toast and top it with bananas.
We encourage you to use this time to switch up your routine and take advantage of the extra free time. Being stuck at home is the perfect opportunity to improve your cooking skills and try out some new recipes that you’ve never had the time to make. If you’ve got kids, they will love helping you in the kitchen and will savor these sweet treats. Stay home and stay safe with these recipes. Sending our warmest regards to our hardworking doctors, nurses, grocers, and others remaining at work during this time.