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Healthy Banana Dessert Recipes

Updated on February 28, 2013

Banana Dessert Recipes!

Bananas are a versatile fruit that can be transformed into some really delicious desserts! In my quest to be healthier and shed a few pounds I've discovered some excellent dessert recipes with bananas as the main ingredient. Bananas are full of beneficial vitamins and minerals. They also have a good amount of fiber!

Fried Bananas

If you've never tried cooking bananas, you're missing out! All of that natural sweetness that bananas have is amplified when they are cooked. I'm not just talking about the baked banana chips that you can buy in the bulk section of the grocery store, either. Here's a yummy recipe for fried bananas. Try pairing it with some vanilla frozen yogurt!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • Coconut oil spread
  • Honey

Directions:

  • Put a tablespoon of coconut oil spread into a frying pan over low/medium heat.
  • Once coconut oil has melted, add your sliced bananas to the pan.
  • Add a teaspoon of honey.
  • Fry bananas for about 1-2 minutes per side (add another teaspoon of coconut oil if needed, you don't want the pan to dry up)
  • After cooking your bananas place them in a bowl and drizzle with a bit of honey (optional)

Banana Coconut Custard

This custard recipe is simply amazing! It's so easy and just takes a few ingredients. The combination of banana with a hint of coconut is to die for!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (not the kind you buy with all the added sugar) or 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined
  • Pour your custard mix into a ramekin or casserole dish
  • Place the dish containing the custard mixture into another larger casserole or Pyrex dish, then fill the outer dish half full with water, creating a water bath for the custard to bake in (for more info on creating a water bath for baking, click here)
  • Bake for 45 mins. to an hour until custard is set
  • Carefully remove from oven, water will be extremely hot!
  • This custard can be served hot or chilled.

Simple Banana Milkshake

Who doesn't love a nice cold milkshake? Here's a healthy alternative to the traditional sugar-loaded shakes. This doesn't necessarily have to be a dessert recipe, you could have it for breakfast too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup low-fat milk (may also use coconut milk or almond milk for a dairy free shake)
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/8 of a tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Cut banana up into chunks and place in freezer for about an hour
  • Once banana has been chilled, place all ingredients into blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour into cup and enjoy!

Banana & Oat Cookies (Just 2 Ingredients!)

Okay, so this may not be your typical cookie recipe, but they are delicious and super simple to make! It takes no time at all and you probably already have everything you need to make them. You can really get creative and add things like walnuts, dark chocolate chips, raisins, etc.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1 cup quick oats

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a cookie sheet
  • Pour 1 cup quick oats into bowl
  • Add your bananas to the bowl and mash them up with the oats until combined (mixture will be slightly chunky and should not be runny)
  • Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto your greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes

Banana Ice Cream

Healthy banana ice cream is one of my favorite go-to diet desserts. It's so tasty! This is another recipe that allows you to get creative and add in some fun ingredients. Try peanut butter, berries, or walnuts to add a little something extra to your banana ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2-1 cup low fat milk (you can also use coconut milk or almond milk)
  • 1 tsp. honey

Directions:

  • Cut your bananas into chunks and put in freezer for 2-3 hours
  • Once your bananas are frozen, put them into your blender
  • Add your honey and milk (and any other optional ingredients you want)
  • Blend until smooth, the consistency should be really similar to regular ice cream, but you may need to adjust the amount of milk you add to get a good consistency

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      barbara 2 years ago

      Made these but added pecans and peanut butter.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I made the banana oat cookies with chocolate chips and pecans. Very good.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I love bananas, you have some great suggestions here. I will be trying the Banana Coconut Custard for sure.

      Thank you for sharing

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Thank you! They are very easy to follow and they are all yummy too!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Incredible ideas for banana recipes and all are so easy to follow and attempt.

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      I'm sure your kids will love them, plus they are a healthy alternative to some of the sugar loaded desserts out there, so it's a great option! Thanks for the comment!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are great suggestions alisharenee. I'm going to try the banana shake and banana ice cream for my kids. These recipes seem very easy. They will love this!

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      alisharenee 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      I'm glad you like the recipes! Bananas are one of my favorite fruits and I love that they are really affordable in comparison to other fruits.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi alisharenne,

      thanks for the banana dessert recipes that you

      have here. I love bananas especially when they

      are used in sundaes or banana pudding. and the

      fact that it has a healthy spin on it just makes it

      even more delicious and worth trying in the future.

      thanks, voted up and shared.