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I'm a Nutritionist and These are the Best Banana Recipes For Weight Loss

Pair your banana with protein for a great start to the day.
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Some people, especially weight-conscious dieters, have an irrational fear of bananas. While bananas do have carbs and sugar, they are an unprocessed food filled with nutrients and can't possibly lead to fat gain in isolation unless they are eating a caloric surplus in general. I have plenty of clients losing weight while eating bananas on a regular basis.

One of the most common breakfasts I see my clients eat before we begin working together is a single banana. They are an easy, fast, and nutritious choice to grab in the morning, but the problem is they are not pairing it with anything else, so the banana is quickly digested, and they are hungry an hour later, reaching for another quick carbohydrate-rich treat, which keeps the cycle going.

A better breakfast would be to pair a banana with yogurt, bend in a smoothie, and add a handful of walnuts or a side of eggs. Here are the two best banana recipes for weight loss.

1

The Easiest Protein Pancakes Ever

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My most popular recipe includes bananas and has 38g of protein. This is a staple in my diet, and many of my clients love it as well.

Ingredients:⁠

  • 1 banana⁠
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 scoop protein powder⁠ (I used @legionathletics banana crème pie casein protein)

Directions:⁠

  1. Mash banana in a mixing bowl with a fork.
  2. Add 2 eggs and mix until combined.⁠
  3. Add protein. Stir until forms a thick batter. Add more protein (or flour) if too thin.⁠
  4. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Lightly spray with avocado oil and spoon batter into pancake shapes on skillet. Keep pancakes on the smaller side for easier flipping. ⁠
  5. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked how you like your pancakes.

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2

3-Ingredient Brownies

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As bananas ripen and go from green to yellow to brown, the starch content lowers and sugar increases.

Ripe bananas are considered a high-FODMAP food which means the sugar content could be problematic for sensitive stomachs. If that is the case, choosing a green banana with higher starch could be better.

For those who are sensitive to constipation, a green banana may worsen symptoms so they could be better with a yellow banana.

Don't throw out your overripe bananas! These have the highest amounts of nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Bananas in this stage are great to mash and add some sweetness to any meal or use to make a healthy dessert recipe like these 3-ingredient brownies.

Ingredients:⁠

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed⁠
  • 1/2 cup of any nut butter⁠
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder⁠

Directions:⁠

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.⁠
  2. In a bowl, mash bananas as smooth as you can get them with a fork (or use a blender).⁠
  3. Add the cacao and nut butter, stir until mixed into a batter.⁠
  4. Pour batter into a 9×9 baking dish (or silicone molds, cupcake pan, cake pan etc.) and bake for 20 minutes.⁠
  5. Remove and let cool, you can put them in the fridge for faster cooling.⁠

Makes 12 brownies.

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Kat Best is the co-founder and Head of Nutrition for Alta Coaching, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer who is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.

Kat Best, NASM-CPT, NTP, BCHN
Kat Best is a Co-founder and Head of Nutrition for Alta Coaching, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. Read more