Going Bananas For, Well, Bananas!

By Vickey Casey

bananas

Photo credit: Aran Burton

Oh the banana, such a simple fruit that feeds millions around the world every day. The uniquely shaped gem does not  grow in the America but, according to the USDA, it accounts for 50 percent of the fresh fruits imported this year and is the number one most consumed fruit.

While you may not have tons of time to shop for and make elaborate meals, here are a few simple banana dishes you can make with things you probably already have at home.

Indonesian Fried Bananas 

While this recipe isn’t extremely healthy, it is fried, it could be the comfort food you need after a long day. Instead of pancakes, why not try these fruity bites.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredient and deep fry in tablespoon amounts until golden brown.

Dr. Oz’s Banana Tea

No your eyes do not deceive you, this recipe is in fact for tea. According to his site, Doctor Oz’s recipe is to help those chasing sleep finally catch it without a prescription. This is not a new recipe but hey, finding natural ways to get to sleep quicker couldn’t hurt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic banana
  • spring/purified water
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • stevia (optional)

Directions:

  • cut top and bottom off banana but do not remove the skin
  • bring water to a boil
  • add banana and some cinnamon and allow to boil for 10 minutes
  • add more cinnamon and sweetener to taste
  • enjoy
  • sleep

Gadget Trish can tell you all about her experience in her video below.

Delectable DC has not tried this recipe but if you are curious, let us know if it works and how it tastes in the comment section!

Caribbean Green Bananas

If you’re a planner who likes to get their bananas green and wait for those suckers to ripe then this recipe might help you out. We know the hunger is real and money is tight so eating out is not always an option for you right now. Neither is traveling to the Caribbean to enjoy the food in the place it was made.

Thankfully, there are options. A staple of the region’s diet is green bananas, also known as green fig. They are easy to cook and, do not require lots of supervision and can be paired with whatever meat you have in your fridge.

Ingredients:

  • Green bananas (preferably still pretty hard)
  • salt
  • water

Directions:

  • cut the top and bottom off the banana but leave the skin on
  • cut a slit down the back
  • place bananas in pot and cover with water
  • add tablespoon of salt and oil to season and prevent sticking
  • cover and bring to a boil
  • drain and allow to cool
  • peel off skin and serve

Here’s Jamaican Diet’s how-to video:

So eat, drink, be healthy and tell us what you think of these recipes in the comment section below!

*(CC) License: Aran Burton

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