I recently went on a family holiday and decided to be very organised by ordering my groceries online for my return. What I didn’t anticipate was messing up the weights on the order form and ending up with 5 bunches of bananas. Yes, five bunches! That’s about 30 bananas!!
Fortunately, I love Bananas! They’re wonderful by themselves as a satisfying snack, but where they really shine is as an ingredient. So sweet you don’t need to add additional sweeteners and dense enough to form the base of a dessert.
With 30ish bananas now in the house I had to get creative (quick) and put them to good use! I actually managed to use up all the bananas within 48 hours, which was not my intention but I got so carried away with these delicious recipes!
One of my all time favourite dessert combos, and an absolute classic, is Banana and Peanut Butter. I experimented with different nut butters and am super happy with these recipes. So without further ado, here are three of my super quick, healthy, banana & nut butter recipes.
Easy Fudgy Banana Cookies
Sooo quick and easy to make, these fudgy cookies have a rich, gooey texture that I find completely irresistible! They are sweetened naturally by the bananas and you can experiment by adding different flavourings or spices to the mix. Almond and cashew butters are great for a more subtle flavour and work fantastically with ground ginger or chilli. Or choose peanut butter for that unmistakable PB taste.
Makes 24 cookies
Cook time: 15 mins
Prep time: 5 mins
- 3 large, ripe bananas
- ½ cup (120g) almond, peanut, or cashew butter.
- ½ cup (50g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp fine salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ground ginger or ½ tsp ground chilli (optional)
- preheat oven to 350f/180c/gas mark 4.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the cocoa/cacao powder, salt and spice if using.
- If your nut butter is very thick, heat in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 30-45 seconds.
- Add the nut butter to the mixing bowl and mix until combined.
- Scoop heaped tablespoons of the fudgy dough onto a greased or lined baking tray about 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 8-15 minutes until the cookies have just lost their sheen. If you like a gooey cookie aim for 8 minutes and longer if you prefer them firmer.
- Try to allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before diving in, or risk burning your fingers!
- These cookies can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 6 months.
Vegan Banana ‘ice-cream’
Oh boy… this recipe was entirely experimental and I had no idea how it was going to turn out. Which was fortunate, because had I known I would have doubled the batch and eaten the lot! This is basically a smooth and creamy PB and Banana frozen dessert that has the texture of ice-cream but requires none of the work!
Prep time: 5 mins
Freeze time: 2 hours
- 3 medium bananas
- 5 tbsp raw peanut butter
- 2 tbsp milk of your choice
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- If you have a very powerful blender: chop the bananas then freeze for a couple of hours until solid. Remove from freezer and blend with the peanut butter, milk and cinnamon. Serve immediately! This method makes for a smoother consistency like icecream.
- If your blender isn’t super powerful: Blend all the ingredients together, then pour into a container and freeze for a couple of hours before serving. This method makes for a slightly less smooth texture.
Banana PB Milkshake
Drooool… this is the ultimate, thick and creamy milkshake and my go to for a Banana PB fix. It doesn’t get better than this! If you have a powerful blender that can crush ice then you’re in for a real treat! But never despair if you don’t, this works awesomely without ice too!
Prep time: 5 mins
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- ¾ cup milk of your choice
- 1 cup ice
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- pinch of cinnamon (optional)
- Put all the ingredients into blender cup and blend until smooth. Serve with a straw and a smile!
Leave a comment and let me know which is your favourite! I’ll be updating with more healthy banana PB recipes next time I ‘accidentally’ order too many bananas 😉