Bananas can replenish your stores of potassium, an essential mineral and electrolyte, which helps regulate heart function as well as fluid balance. They also contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. Have you ever wondered what uses there are for ripened bananas?

Research conducted at the University of Innsbruck in Austria suggests that as fruits fully ripen, almost to the point of spoilage, their antioxidant levels actually increase.

Freezing is a great way to save bananas for later use. Once frozen, they can be baked, made into smoothies, dipped into chocolate, or eaten as is for a healthy treat. Start by laying peeled bananas on a baking sheet in the freezer. This helps them to firm up and maintain shape. If you place peeled, unfrozen bananas in a bag, they are more likely to stick together. After your bananas are frozen solid, remove them from the tray and place them into large zip lock bags. Pre-freezing allows you to use just what you need without having to thaw the whole bag, (or attempt to break off each individual banana, which can be quite difficult).

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars
Shares
  • Pinterest

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars (or Cookies)

These anti-inflammatory bars or cookies are completely grain free, paleo, chewy and flavorful. They taste like dessert but are also perfect for a busy morning before work or school.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 6 bars

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium to large ripe bananas sliced
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts or your favorite nut
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup raisins optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line a jelly roll pan or oblong baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add banana, almond butter, water and vanilla and beat with electric beaters until mostly smooth. Add the almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and beat until combined. Fold in chocolate chips, nuts, coconut and raisins if using.
  • The dough will be sticky. Drop dough into pan and smooth until even.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden.  Cooking time will vary depending upon the thickness of your batter.
  • Once cool, cut into bars. Enjoy as a healthy snack, breakfast or dessert! Surprise your kids with this treat in their lunch boxes.

Notes

Banana Cookies
Shares
  • Pinterest
If making banana chocolate chip cookies, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, drop the dough into 12 equal mounds on baking sheet and press a reserved banana slice into the top of each cookie to flatten it out a little. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the bottoms are golden, then remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool. This recipe makes 12 cookies.
Keyword Anti-Inflammatory, Banana, Dessert, Snack

Want free anti-inflammatory recipes, downloadable resources and efficiency tips and tricks from a professional chef?  Of course, you do!  Click here for the secret sauce! 

 

Get The Official Anti-Inflammatory Foods List Here