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10 Ways to Eat a Banana

April 26, 2010

Bananas are most definitely my favorite fruit. Not only are they delicious, but they also contain vitamins B, C, and potassium! I know that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for bananas, so in an attempt to make bananas a staple ingredient in more people’s life, I will offer ten ways to eat a banana.

1. For breakfast. Mash up one exceedingly ripe banana and mix it with natural or vanilla flavored yogurt for a nutritious banana-filled breakfast! For a crunchier delight, add in some granola to your freshly-made banana yogurt.

2. Baked with cheese. Slice through the curved side of a banana (still in it’s peel) and fill the inside with feta or mozzarella cheese. Add a little bit of butter, wrap the banana in foil, and bake until all the cheese has melted. Walnuts or pine nuts may be placed on top before serving.

3. Variations on a s’more. As with the baked banana with cheese, you must first slice through the banana in it’s peel.  Then stuff full with as much marshmallows and chocolate as your heart desires. Wrap in foil, place on the campfire (or in the oven if you are stuck inside), and cook until melted. Use extreme caution when opening up your cooked banana, sprinkle with crushed graham crackers, and enjoy!

4. Grill it. Cut the banana into four slices, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar. Let the bananas sit for five minutes and then grill each side for 2 minutes or until grill marks appear. Serve with frozen yogurt for a tasty dessert.

5. Spice it up. Create a unique banana curry by combining 2 small ripe bananas, 1/4 cup chopped sweet onions, 1 quartered shallot, and 1 halved clove of garlic in a nonstick skillet with oil. Add 3/4 cup chicken broth and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend this mixture with 1 Tb vinegar and 1 1/2 Tb honey using a blender and process until smooth. Serve with grilled chicken and cooked vegetables for a healthy dinner!

6. Freeze it. Carefully remove the peel from the banana using the proper technique (as described in number 10) and insert a stick into one end of the banana. Dip the banana into melted chocolate and top with choice of sprinkles, nuts, or anything else you can think of. Freeze and enjoy on a hot summer’s day.

7. Caribbean twist. Mash up a sweet banana with egg and flour to create a ball which is then stuffed with raisins, olives, capers, ground meat and spices. This ball is then fried and served as a not-so-healthy-but-ever-so-tasty snack!

8. Drink it up. Create a fun smoothie by combining bananas, strawberries, choice of fruit juices (orange and pineapple work well), ice, and frozen yogurt.  The perfect way to cool down during those warm days of June.

9. Fry it. Fry small circular pieces of bananas in oil until golden, remove, smash with a spoon so that the still tender insides just come out of the fried shell, and refry. This will create many a banana chip for all to enjoy!

10. Raw. This is the most classic way to eat and enjoy the full, natural flavor of a banana. However, you must be cautious when peeling the banana. Most people struggle with this task, but I will walk you through this. Step 1: Holding the banana in your left hand, turn it so that the stem is pointing towards the ground and the nub is pointing up. Step 2: Using your thumb and forefinger of your right hand, pinch the nub until it divides. Step 3: Peel down the sections of banana. Step 4: Eat and enjoy!

So go I ask that you go forth into the world and eat a banana using one of my ten suggestions or one of your own unique creations!

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