Bananas are the most popular fruit in the whole world; they are very tasty and highly nutritious. But, what to do with the bananas that have turned overripe or about to be. Well, there are many recipes for their use, like the banana ice cream or the banana bread. The latter one is very difficult to make and if you have had enough of the banana ice cream, then we recommend the following recipe, pan-fried cinnamon banana slices.
First of all, let us focus what this fruit can offer to your body.
Health Virtues of Bananas
Bananas are very popular among athletes because of their rich mineral content and easily digestible carbohydrates. They are the best food choice before and after endurance exercises. Plus, the banana intake helps in soothing muscle cramps from exercising and soreness.
This fruit contains plenty of potassium, a mineral that has the ability to keep fluid levels in the body and process the movement of nutrients and waste in the cells. It assists the muscles to contract and nerve cells to respond, thus boosting heart health. This mineral is very helpful in regulating blood pressure. Sodium is very bad for the blood pressure, but the consumption of adequate amounts of potassium coming from foods (especially from whole foods and little processed), may help in neutralizing some of the negative consequences of excess sodium.
This mineral is highly beneficial for the function of the kidneys, namely, studies have proven that people who eat bananas 4 to 6 times a week are at 50% less chances of developing a kidney disease.
Furthermore, the content of pectin, a type of fiber, can help in regulating blood sugar levels and reducing appetite. Bananas are low to medium on the glycemic index, meaning that they would not cause spikes in blood sugar levels in healthy people. On a GI scale from 0–100, bananas rank about 51, and the green ones are with lower GI.
This fruit is an incredible assistant in the weight loss process since it contains very little calories meantime being very tasty, nutritious and filling, which is of great help in curbing the food cravings. There are no studies that have focused their analyses on the effects of bananas on weight loss, but it has been scientifically confirmed that the intake of fiber coming from fruits and veggies is related to lower body weight.
This fruit is probably the easiest one that can get incorporated into one’s diet.
The recipe of the pan-fried cinnamon bananas is easy to make even easier than preparing banana ice cream. It can be consumed as dessert, breakfast or as a sweet, healthy, and delicious snack.
The bananas that are slightly over ripened must be used very soon, and this recipe is the best choice for you. Plus, you will need only additional four ingredients, that is, most likely that you already have them in your pantry.
If the word “fried” makes you suspicious about this recipe, don’t be, you are using only a little bit of a healthy oil so that the banana slices are slightly toasted. This frying method will only enhance their natural sweetness making them super delicious.
Recipe of Pan-Fried Cinnamon Bananas
Preparation time: 10 min (5min for preparation and 5min for cooking)
- 2 bananas, slightly overripe
- 1 tablespoon of honey, Stevia, or monkfruit*
- 1 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon
- A quarter teaspoon of nutmeg (optional use)
*If you need to reduce crabs into your diet, then use monkfruit.
Method of Preparation:
First you need to slice up the bananas into rounds having the thickness of 1/3 inch. Then, mix the Stevia, monkfruit, or honey (depending on your choice), cinnamon, and nutmeg (optional) in a small bowl. After everything is nicely combined leave it aside.
In a large skillet fry the bananas, but previously use nonstick oil spray or lightly coat the skillet with coconut oil. Place the skillet over medium heat, and then add the banana slices. Sprinkle them with half of the cinnamon mixture. Fry the banana slices for around 2 to 3 minutes and after that flip them and again sprinkle them with the remaining of the cinnamon mixture. Continue cooking them for additional 2 to 3 minutes, that is, till the bananas become soft and completely warmed.
For a better taste, place on the warm bananas a vanilla ice cream, coconut whipped cream, and chopped nuts. You can eat them plain or with the additions, either way they are extremely delicious. Enjoy them!
Notes for better cooking results:
The best used bananas for this recipe are slightly overripe having a bright yellow color and being firm on the outside. Overripe bananas can be also used, but they will be mushy, which will not interfere with their taste.
Make sure not to overcook the banana slices. You will be sure when they are done when they start to become too soft. Do not leave the stove while cooking them as the heat might become a little bit too high.
The taste of your banana slices very much depends on the brand of the used oil. Hence, use only fresh oil from a good quality brand. If you are interested in a neutral taste, use avocado oil, but if you like coconut taste and aroma, then the virgin coconut will do just fine.