Bananas are honestly one of the best foods you can eat in college. They are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, manganese, and other essential vitamins and unripe bananas are quite starchy which acts as insoluble fiber in you digestive system. I mean, they are cheap and healthy, how could it get any better than that? Bananas = perfect college student food
Banana ice cream is one of my favorite uses for bananas because it is quick and it solves my craving for ice cream. You can get good ice cream bananas for really cheap at the store if you know what to look out for. Look for the red banded bananas, they are usually in the discounted produce section of the store. I know, they are probably are brown and ugly, but that means that they are ripe and perfect for things like banana bread and ice cream. Also, they are super cheap so stock up. When you get home with your boat load of bananas take a moment to assess them, if they are nice and spotty they are ready to hit the freezer. If not, let them sit on the counter until they look a nice bunch of spotty giraffes. I recommend breaking the bananas in half and placing them a bag or container. Let them freeze overnight and then you are ready to experience the wonderful world of banana ice cream!
Strawberry Lime Banana Ice Cream
- 2-3 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup frozen strawberries (raspberries are also good)
Cut the bananas into circles and add in the berries and a little bit of water to get the blender* going. Blend until smooth, pressing down with the tamper to make sure everything gets incorporated. Serve in a bowl with lots of toppings
*A note on blenders… I would recommend either using a high speed blender or a food processor to make this. The better quality blender you have the less water you have to use and the thicker your ice cream will be.
More banana ice cream, this time I blended the bananas with a date to make it taste a little caramel like. Buckwheat groats are my go to topping. Things like berries (fresh or frozen), chia seeds, coconut flakes, kiwi or mango cubes, banana slices, granola, peanut butter… the options are really endless! A really good combination is plain banana ice cream with peanut butter swirled in and then topped with a mixture of coconut oil, cocoa powder, and maple syrup. It gets hardens like that chocolate shell that I use to put on my ice cream as a kid. Let me know what your favorite banana ice cream combinations are!
A super simple snack is banana and peanut butter sandwiches. I remember making these after school or on the weekend as an addition to breakfast in the mornings. You can’t go wrong with bananas and peanut butter, it was a match made in heaven…
Another one of my favorite banana snacks is banana coins with toppings. It is kind of like a cheap healthy cereal. I just slice up two bananas in a bowl and add toppings like I did to the banana ice cream. Here are a few of my favorite combinations…
- peanut butter & applesauce
- cinnamon & raisins
- berries & chia seeds
- peanut butter & chia seeds
- frozen berries & chia seeds
Let me know if you eat a lot of bananas and what your favorite banana recipes are!