Ingredient of the Week is back!
This week we’re going to talk about bananas—which are packed with nutrients and delicious on their own and in all kinds of dishes.
First up, the nutrition stats. One medium-sized (7″-7 7/8″) banana gives you:
- 105 calories
- 0 g fat
- 27 g carbohydrates
- 3 g fiber
- 1 g protein
- 17% of your daily vitamin C
- 22% of your vitamin B6 needs
- 422 mg potassium (12% of what you need in a day)
- 39 mg magnesium (about 8% of your daily needs)
- 16% of the manganese you need in a day
Though some worry bananas are in danger of going extinct, others roll their eyes at the mention of the threatening Tropical Race Four fungus. I guess we’ll see. A world without the bananas we know and love would be a sad thing.
Though bananas are great as is, they can also be used as an ingredient and substitute in other dishes, especially baked goods. One of my favorite ways to use them is to sub mashed ripe banana for eggs and/or oil in cakes and cookies.
It’s also hard to go wrong with banana “ice cream.” It doesn’t get much easier than this.
Bananas are also a great way to add volume and sweetness to oatmeal. The trick is to keep stirring it and breaking up small pieces. It may sound tedious, but it’s totally worth it. Look what you end up with…
What’s your favorite banana recipe?