Food for Thought: Banana

Did you know that by adding bananas into your diet you can help combat depression, make yourself smarter, cure hangovers, help protect against type II diabetes AND cure the itch of a mosquito bite?

Nope..they're not just for monkeys!

Due to their high level of tryptophan (which converts into serotonin - the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter), bananas can help improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms.  They're rich in pectin which helps aid digestion by gently cleaning out toxins and heavy metals, as well as stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the bowels.  

They're also high in vitamin B6 and antioxidants, helping to protect you against chronic disease and help strengthen the nervous system.

Holy moly.....what a fruit!

 

 

Nut and Banana Cookie

(gluten and refined sugar free)

 

Makes 25-30 biscuits

 

1 cup nut butter (I used peanut) | 1 cup ground almonds (or nuts of your choice) | 1 ripe banana | 5 tsp brown rice flour (or buckwheat, tapioca or cornflour) | 2 tbsp rice malt syrup (or honey or pure maple syrup) | 1/2 tsp baking soda | a handful of chia seeds for sprinkling

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place all ingredients in to an electric mixer and blend until smooth. Using your hands, form into balls, place on the baking tray. then flatten down. The mixture will be a little sticky, so wet your hands a little to prevent it from sticking. Sprinkle with the chia seeds.
  3. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until lovely and golden on the outside. 

 

Best eaten on the day or the next day!

(recipe adapted from My Petite Kitchen Website)

As with anything - moderation is key.  Even though this smart little fruit is chock full of so much goodness, it does still contain a high amount of sugar

(approx 4 teaspoons per banana, which equals 2 teaspoons of fructose).

Just something to keep in mind when substituting it for refined sugars in your recipes.