Bonkers for the Health Benefits of Bananas

Bonkers for the Health Benefits of Bananas

Why should we go bonkers for BANANAS? Bananas are loaded with important health benefits. They offer powerful protection of the cardiovascular system because of the rich nutrient called potassium, which helps guard against high blood pressure. Bananas also contain an element called fructooligosaccharide, which is better known as a prebiotic. This substance not only acts as a food source for healthy bacteria lining the gut, it also helps calcium absorb in your intestine for stronger bones and beautiful teeth.

The Health Benefits of Bananas

Ever wonder why you feel so good after eating bananas? That feel-good mood has something to do with bananas’ electrolyte enhancing minerals and hormone balancing tryptophan, serotonin and norepinephrine. Bananas and peanut butter on whole wheat toast.These help fight depression, increase feelings of well-being and relaxation, and also have the ability to fight off sleeplessness and mood swings. Plus, they not only leave you feeling good, they keep your tummy happy too! Bananas actually suppress acid in the stomach, which helps ease heartburn and fight against ulcers. They are also an excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that helps eliminate waste and toxins from the body and also help the body get rid of cholesterol in the foods you are eating. It’s not hard to see why we’re bananas over the health benefits of this incredibly tasty fruit! Next time you hesitate to reach for a banana because you think it’s loaded with sugar and carbs, think again. One small banana has just 90 calories and 12g of sugar. That’s less than your traditional Greek yogurt, a Starbucks Frappuccino or a Nutri-Grain granola bar! Pick up a banana to peel back a bit of deliciousness and bite off a chunk of nutrients that will fuel your body from the inside out!

Cookie dough ice cream sundae recipeWant to supercharge your health with bananas? Pair up your favorite Betsy’s Best Nut and Seed Butter with a banana for a snack. Whether you spread, dip, or scoop Betsy’s Best onto a banana, every bite will be perfect. You can even take tasty bananas and Betsy’s Best to the next level by creating a healthy treat. Even though it is cold outside, try Betsy’s Cookie Dough Banana Sundae recipe (pictured below) that will warm your heart, and taste buds!

Cookie Dough Banana Sundae  – Gluten-Free, Non-Dairy

Cookie Dough Banana Sundae – Gluten-Free, Non-Dairy

Do you love ice cream sundaes but hate what they do to your waistline? With this Cookie Dough Banana Sundae recipe you can enjoy a deliciously cold treat while treating your body to great health. Even better, this sundae is gluten-free, dairy free, and vegetarian.

  • 2 frozen bananas, peel removed
  • ½ cup Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • 1 Tbsp natural cane sugar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup (or honey)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Cookie Dough Balls:

In a food processor, process Betsy’s Best and oats until reaching a fine crumble. Add flour, sugar and salt, and process for a few seconds. Pour in maple syrup and vanilla, processing until combined. Dough should be sticky. Stir in chocolate chips. Form dough into tiny marble-size balls. Store in freezer.

Ice Cream:

In a blender, blend frozen bananas until smooth (like soft serve ice cream). Add ¼ cup cookie dough balls to blender and process until creamy. Stir in remaining ¼ cup cookie dough balls by hand. Scoop ice cream into two bowls and enjoy!

Enjoy a guilt-free evening as you satisfy your sweet tooth with our homemade cookie dough banana sundae.