Toasty Bananas

The GAPS diet initially introduced my family to frying bananas in coconut oil.  Being a family of Foodies, we have taken it to the next level!  Bananas are an excellent staple for any eating-especially when they are very ripe.  Bananas have a low GI and are high in fiber, meaning they digest slowly and aid in digestion in a variety of ways.  They are nutrient-dense as well, containing a good amount of B vitamins, which is known as the “happy vitamin” due to its positive effect on mood.

In one study involving female participants, eating two bananas each day for two months led to significant increases in Bifidobacteria. Along with these increased levels of Bifidobacteria, participants also experienced fewer gastrointestinal problems and more regular bowel function when compared to other women in the study who drank a banana-flavored beverage that did not contain any actual banana.”

If you want a great treat in less than 5 minutes, grab a banana, some good oil (butter or coconut oil), and a frying pan!

  1. Heat up 1-2 Tablespoons of oil in pan until simmering.  Sprinkle some coconut flakes into oil to start browning.
  2. Slice banana lengthwise and then in half.  Place flat side down in pan on top of the coconut flakes.  You will start to see the banana absorb some of the oil, noting that the banana looks “mushy” after it has been frying in the oil.  Turn it over and you will see a nice, golden browning.  Brown according to preference on each side.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter with a dab of honey (your preferred amount of sweetness) and butter.  Stir or whip it with a fork.  You will place the bananas on top of this.  For one banana, I’ve found that 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter is a good companion amount to the banana.  Use anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon of butter, depending on how “fluffy” or dense you want the spread to be for eating.  Like peanut butter that sticks to the roof of your mouth, then add only a touch of butter!IMG_20151122_083910889
  4. When the bananas have a nice browning on each side, I will sprinkle a bit more coconut flakes into the pan before putting it all into my peanut butter spread bowl.
  5. If you want to add even more protein and flavor to the meal, you can whip up 2 egg whites in a blender or mixer.  When soft peaks form, sometimes I will add a dash of vanilla extract.

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