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Healthy Breakfast with Green Bananas

Updated on October 4, 2016
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MsDora, former teacher and counselor, is fascinated by the study of healthy aging and loves to share the information she finds.

Green bananas growing in my yard
Green bananas growing in my yard | Source

The green banana made it to my list of preferred foods after my nutritionist told me to avoid wheat gluten, which is a major ingredient in almost all breakfast foods. My first reaction to avoiding bread and waffles was “No problem”. I thought I’d just fill up on fruits, including the ripe banana. Then she warned me to limit my intake of sugar (even fructose).

Nothing wheat? Limited fruit? What else could I have for breakfast which is nutritious, filling, inexpensive and easy to prepare? The taste of gluten-free foods which are supposed to have gluten reminds me that they're not what they're supposed to be.

This was my dilemma, until I settled on few foods as wholesome replacements for the flour and the sugar at the breakfast table. Green bananas are high on my list.

In North America and the United Kingdom, green bananas can be found in Caribbean, Mexican and Indian grocery stores or variety produce shops catering to immigrant populations.


Green Banana Cooked in Water with Salt*

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Medium Banana
Calories 81
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 206 mg9%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Green Banana Facts

  • The green banana is 40% starch, compared with the ripe banana which is 8% starch and 91% sugar.1
  • One cup of boiled green bananas supplies 39% of the daily requirement for Vitamin B-6, necessary for the formation of hemoglobin, the protein which carries oxygen in the body.2
  • The starch in the green banana is high resistant meaning that it acts more like fiber than starch and may aid in blood sugar control, reducing the risk of diabetes; and it may also help to lower blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease.3
  • The glycemic index is low, making it stay longer to digest, consequently making the stomach feel fuller for longer.4
  • Green bananas contain a pro-biotic bacteria which promotes colon health.5
  • They help absorb nutrients better, particularly calcium.6
  • They are versatile on the breakfast menu.

Following are five breakfast suggestions, all simple and easy to re-create according to personal taste.


(1) Boiled Green Bananas

When the peel cracks exposing the bananas, they're cooked.
When the peel cracks exposing the bananas, they're cooked. | Source

Peeling raw bananas can be difficult, so the easier way is to cook them unpeeled. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to the water, or the banana peel will leave a crusty ring stain around the pot. The stain is not permanent, but the oil prevents it altogether.

Put enough water in the pot to cover the bananas, add salt (optional) and boil about 15 minutes or until the skin begins to open exposing the bananas. Once cooked, they fall out of the skin easily and they are ready to eat. Two bananas make a good serving.

The texture is firmer than potatoes, and require a little more chewing. The nutty taste can be enhanced with a little butter or sprinkle-on seasoning of choice. Or, dip in hummus.

Option: Boil banana in coconut milk. Sautee onions for another 5 minutes and add banana.

Boiled green banana served with saltfish.  Thanks to Cynthia Nelson and Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook
Boiled green banana served with saltfish. Thanks to Cynthia Nelson and Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook | Source

(2) Fried Green Bananas

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium bananas
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • olive oil for frying

Cut each banana into four pieces. (Split lengthwise, then cut each piece in two.) Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dip into the egg, then fry in heated oil until golden brown. Fries in about 10 minutes and serves 4.


(3) Diced Seasoned Green Bananas

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: Serves 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium bananas
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ¼ green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic (roasted and chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil for sauteing

Cook the bananas and dice. Sauté celery, onions and garlic in olive oil and add the bananas.


(4) Crushed Green Bananas

Most Caribbean people say crushed bananas, although they say mashed potatoes. Not sure why.

Boil the bananas, and crush just like you would mash potatoes with milk, butter and seasoning of choice, which would take another 5 or 6 minutes. Sprinkle flax or chia seeds (optional) for added nutrition.


Green Banana Porridge Video

(5) Green Banana Porridge

  • 5 green bananas, uncooked
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • a dash cinnamon, ground
  • a dash nutmeg, ground
  • a dash allspice
  • a dash salt
  • enough sugar, for sweetener
  • additional hot milk, for less thick porridge

Green Banana Breakfast

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Method

  1. Peel bananas (video shows how). Chop into small pieces and put in blender.
  2. Blend water and milk and use to grate bananas in blender. Begin with half the liquid, then keep adding until mixture is smooth.
  3. Put mixture in pan on a low fire and stir continually.
  4. Combine spices and add to the mixture in the pan.
  5. Add hot milk, if necessary to make the porridge less thick. Stir and add milk to bring to desired consistency.
  6. Sweeten to taste and serve in bowls.

The American potato and the Caribbean breadfruit are two other foods which can be prepared in similar versatile recipes as the green banana.

References

1, 4, 5, 6 Angie: For Living Strong, The Nutritional Difference of Ripe vs Green Bananas, (08/02/2014)

2, 3. Corleone, Jill: Livestrong.com, Health Benefits of Green Bananas (03/13/2014)

* Nutrition Chart is from FitDay (visited 01/05/2015)

© 2015 Dora Isaac Weithers

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had no idea there was such a difference in nutritional value with green bananas. Thanks for the information, Dora!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for reading, Bill. Bananas lose vitamin and mineral potency as they ripen, although they still have antioxidant content. They're good both ripe and green, but the sugar in the ripe is not good for everyone.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      These are some interesting Green Banana Facts. I love fried green bananas even though I eat pretty healthy most of the time. There are many wonderful choices here for a healthy breakfast. The Diced Seasoned Green Banana Recipe sounds delicious! The dish in the picture looks very yummy too. Good information& useful too.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      These bananas are delicious fried. My loves friend ripe plantains because they are sweet.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So are you talking just regular green bananas, Dora? Or are these another type of banana, called Green Banana? I love just eating reg green banana if not too green. I have them almost every day. Would love to try some of these recipes. Up and sharing! Great thing for all to know if having your dilemma.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Who knew? I did not know these facts about green bananas. And I also did not know of these ways to prepare them. I will b e giving them a try.

      Pinned Thanks for the heads up

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I've always preferred my bananas to be on the green side. I'm happy to learn the benefits of eating green bananas. So much good information here. Thanks a ton!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and informative hub about green bananas!

      It is almost a regular food in India and many mouth watering snacks and recipes are prepared with green bananas, including the ones you have beautifully presented above. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and pinned on my healthy food board!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I learnt a lot here MsDora, would never have thought of eating green bananas. I can understand that they would be better to cook with than ripe ones. Interesting.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wow...this brings back some fond memories. Plantin, sweet potatoes and green bananas are staple diet in Grenada and the Grenadines, the saltfish looks yummy. Most of us could use a little more natural fibre in our diet, green bananas, as you've so clearly shown, is a good source of fibre, high in potassium and very nutritious. A great share, as always well presented.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, LoveDoctor. I saw a recipe somewhere for green banana chips. If you like them fried, you might also like the chips. They're healthy any way.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ologsinquito, plantains are the favorite for frying because they are sweet. Glad you like the fried green banana also.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Jackie, bananas start green (like you see in the picture). As they ripen, they turn yellow. Green banana, therefore is the unripe banana. Most people only see and know ripe bananas; by then they're still nutritious, but some of the vitamin and mineral efficiency is decreased. Here, I promote the same banana but before it ripens. Thanks for your interest.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Patricia, hope you find the green bananas satisfying when you try. They're good for you and there's still so much we have to learn about them. Thanks for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      VocalCoach, thanks for weighing in. Just a reminder that these recipes call for the banana which is so green, so unripe that we need to cook it before we eat it. But whatever their state, bananas are nutritious.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Chitrangada, thanks for reading, commenting and voting. I always loved green bananas too, and when I did this research from my personal knowledge, I thought it was good enough to share. I appreciate you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, thanks for your comment. Yes, green bananas have their advantage. Go for it, if you want to try something new.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Jo. You talk about all the good stuff. I have a new appreciation for these foods after being away from them for a while. Thanks for affirming their benefits.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Who would have thought? As a child my mother used to say "don't eat that banana, it's too green and will give you a bellyache". So we never dreamed of eating a green banana. This hub was certainly an eye opener and a good read with great recipes and pictures.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      honestly.. looks like too much work for someone who is too lazy in the morning.. ( of course that's me ) but damn, wish I can get someone to make it for me they look sooo good... five stars my friend

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Mary, your mother was partly right. If the banana is still green (unripe), it has to be cooked. She may have been talking about a ripening banana that was not ripe enough. So cook the green banana and no bellyaches. Thanks for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, many things look like much work, until we get accustomed to the routine, but really, there are many other breakfast plans easier than these. Try this when you're looking for something different.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi MsDora. I love the originality of this recipe hub. It's informative, educational and yummy. My father would love it, too. I think he must fix green banana (or as he pronounces it, green bihnahnuh) at least 3 or 4 times a week. Of course, it's a staple in the Jamaican household. They are soooo good when prepared the traditional way, boiled in its skin. Now I need to go and buy some. But I'm more inclined to fix plantains rather than green banana. Great hub, voted useful and interesting.

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      You can also slice it into thin pieces and then fry, just like potato crisp. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper (optional if you are on special diet). Try it. It’s nice.

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      This sounds interesting. I never thought about green bananas. Having been gluten free for 2 years and writing about the many recipes I have created, I'm going to try your recipes and add a new dimension to my collection. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great information Dora. Who would have known that green bananas are so popular. I see them in the grocery store and quickly pass them by, next time I will pick up a few. I really like reading about health infused foods and who couldn't use some extra B vitamin. Especially after the holidays when energy is low. Great hub. Voted up and shared. Will come back and try a few recipes.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wow, I love it that you gave recipes. So are cooked green bananas less sweet? I've always disliked green bananas because of the texture and flavor but I'm guessing cooked it's a whole different thing. Great hub dora.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I've never had green bananas, Dora. Are they regular bananas that haven't ripened or are they a type of banana in their own rite? Do they have a flavor to them or do they depend on spices for taste?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jan, your Dad knows a good thing. Have your plantains, they're good too, but we'll have our green bananas. Thanks so much for sharing about your Dad. Happy New Year!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Mazlan. Thank you for sharing this tip. Sounds like a healthy snack to me. Definitely!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Judy, green banana will fit into your gluten-free foods just fine. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Michelle, happy to introduce you to the green banana. Hope you'd stop by them soon and that they offer you some satisfaction. Thanks for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Yes, Lori. The green, unripened banana will become the yellow, ripe banana if allowed. The riper they become, the softer and sweeter they become. To eat them before they're yellow and ripe, we cook them. Thanks for your interest.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      You guessed it, Shauna. They're regular bananas that haven't ripened. Sorry I neglected to explain that, forgetting that everyone does not have banana tress in their yard. They have a firmer texture than the potato and a slightly bitterish or nutty taste. Spices can influence that making taste the way you prefer them. Thanks for asking.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Yes, like Bill, I did not realise the difference between green and ripe was so great. Anyway, I'm supposed to be off these foods myself. Extremely difficult. I mean the ones with gluten.

      Your recipes are quite cool. It would most likely improve your health. Alas! about me, I'm hopeless. Too much eating out and little time to cook. Enjoy.

      P.S. My young man is 34 yrs old today. Just sharing. Peace.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      I also wondered what they were, but saw the comment above, I have never tried them, but after reading this I will really have to try it, wonderful stuff!

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello MsDora, this is awesome.

      On the next trip to grocery store in my list- Green Bananas. Never have before though I was wondering why are they picked "green" , and what to do with them. Thanks for your healthy food recipes, using them would be complimentary to my healthy body. ( In our language we have a saying, "in a healthy body healthy spirit.”) As long as the Lord keeps me here on this planet, it is my objective , healthy both, thus becoming fully effective for the service in His kingdom.

      Voted up and useful.

      God bless and protect you.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very good information, Dora. We prepare cooked bananas. But we sauté with minced ginger, green chillies, green onions. Your tips are great to try to taste.

      Thanks for sharing it. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi MsDora you got me interested in green bananas. I did not think much until now. A very insightful idea and I got to try it. Thank you for such a valuable hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, you're not hopeless; a little effort on your part can produce the change you think you need in your eating habits. Congratulations to you and your son. Thanks, as always, for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Nell. They're worth a try. When you start cooking them, you'll think of creative ways to make them please your taste.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Michael, I agree with you that we should take the best care of our bodies, to remain fit for God's use. A healthy eating habit is part of our Christian duty. Hope you like the green bananas. Thanks for your support.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Venkatachari, thank you so much for sharing. I'm excited about using the ginger. I will definitely try it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Devika, so glad I could pique your interest in green bananas. With all your versatile talent, I know you'll be able to create something tasty from them. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      This was a welcome treat. I'm hypoglycemic so I have to be really careful with sugar and starch. I'm going to try these. Not only was this informative but it was well researched and cited. I sincerely appreciate and respect that in a writer. Voting up.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I've seen people eat green bananas, but I never really knew what to do with them until now! Thank you for sharing these important nutritional facts and great recipes!

      Up useful and interesting, tweeting, pinning and sharing

      Blessings for great health!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing this useful information. I didn't know that green bananas have so many benefits! Your recipes sound very interesting.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you steam the banana? Should make a very nice baby food for toddlers

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello MsDora,

      The title immediately piqued my interest - because my favorite movie of all time is Fried Green Tomatoes. If you have never seen it, I can definitely recommend that you watch it. I have eaten ripe bananas and also baked bananas but never green ones intentionally. I find that eaten green they are liable to give one terrible heart burn. Great looking hub with some lovely images. Now, I just have to find the courage to try eating them green.

      Sally

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Iris. I started researching this information for my personal use (had green banana porridge this morning), and I know that my readers deserve the same authenticity that I want for myself. I appreciate you mentioning that and I'm glad it is helpful to you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, glad to be useful. There are other great green banana recipes online, also for meals other than breakfast. Thanks for your interest.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Alicia, I'm happy that I shared, and happier that you find the information useful. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Peachy, you must be a creative cook. Now that you mention it, I'm sure that you can steam the green bananas in their peels, and have yourself a nutritious foundation for several tastes of baby food.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Sally, did you cook the green bananas? We're talking about green, unripe bananas and they are difficult to eat raw. Please try them cooked. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      MsDora

      No, I did not eat them green, half ripe bananas seem to cause acid reflux problems with some people and sadly, I happen to be one of those.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Sally, for clearing that up. Sorry about that acid reflux. Half ripe bananas are still not ripe, just wait a little longer. You deserve the best of the banana.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I love green bananas and I order them at restaurants, but I never thought to cook them myself. Now I think I will give it a try.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good idea, Catherine. You already love them. In cooking them yourself, you may find creative ways to prepare them. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      So is a green banana just an unripe banana or is it a plantain or is it a different type of banana all together? I much prefer eating less ripe bananas than the ripe ones, but I never realized that was such a difference in them. Interesting hub!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan, a green banana is just the unripe banana (before it turns ripe and sweet).

      I know that some bananas are ripe enough to eat although the peel might still be green; that's probably what you refer to as less ripe.

      The green (unripe) banana referred to in the article cannot be eaten as is, it has to be cooked.

      Plantains are different from bananas. Hope my answer is satisfactory. Thanks for reading and thanks for the question.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      MsDora when I saw your hub it made me smile. I lived in Jamaica for about a year and I use to eat green banana's all the time. This brought back many good memories.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Joyfulcrown, sounds like you don't eat them anymore, but you still have memories to make you smile. That's how good they are. Thanks for your input.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is really interesting! I had no idea that bananas in their green state could be a gluten free start substitute! It sounds like a low-cost healthy alternative!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Denise, thanks for your input. A statement from a study involving celiac (a condition where the body's immune system reacts to consumption of gluten) and non-celiac participants reads: "Both the testers with celiac disease and without celiac disease said that the banana flour pasta was overall better than the whole wheat pasta." The proof is in.

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Are green bananas different that plantains? Green bananas are intriguing as starch substitutes.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Judy, they resemble but they are different. To begin with, plantains have a thicker skin. In addition:

      (1) Green bananas are unripe bananas. They cannot be eaten raw; they must be cooked.

      (2) Both unripe and ripe plantains are usually cooked.

      (3) The ripe banana is used a fruit; the plantain is used as a vegetable.

      For further reference see: http //www differencebetween com/difference-between-banana-and-vs-plantain/ (insert the dots)

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Thank you for sharing this article, Ms. Dora. I am also gluten intolerant, but I have never tried green bananas. Some of your food pictures look delicious, so I'm going to try a couple of your recommendations. :-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Abby, thank you for reading. Hope you like the green banana as much as I do.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      My mother used to make certain dishes with green bananas. I have to say at the time I didn't appreciate the value. I may have to try them soon at breakfast as you suggest. Blessings!

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      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      This is some totally new information for me, MsDora. The only thing I've ever seen done with green bananas is (1) complain about them being too green, and (2) wait for them to ripen. I may not be eating green bananas anytime soon, but at least I now know they are food.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Hi Teaches, if you try them, you'll appreciate them even more. Thanks for the feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Ron, you made me smile. Thanks for sharing your changed attitude toward the green banana.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I'm one of the rare people (at least in these parts) who prefers bananas that are green. When they're green they don't have much taste (bland even), they're very firm, fibrous. I didn't know their nutritional value was different, however. I love when the grocery stores get fresh shipments of green bananas. I buy the ones no one else will touch because they're not ripe yet.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, it sounds like you are eating those we would cook; but you can develop a taste for anything, especially when you appreciate the nutritional value. You noticed the better fibrous quality, and that's a big difference. Thanks for sharing.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am not sure how my digestive system would handle green bananas but it's certainly sounds like it would be worth trying.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Poetryman, cook them and a healthy digestive system should not have a problem. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting. I haven't really tried green bananas, I believe the green banana is a raw immature banana. These recipes do sound interesting.Thanks.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Rajan. I appreciate your comment, you being the food guru you are.

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      Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

      Wow! what a unique article about the health benefits that bananas supply! Voted up! and tweeted out!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Emunah, thanks for the feedback, the vote and the tweet. I appreciate you helping to share this information.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I tired the green bananas several ways. I tried some with the flour and egg, but I liked the simple version best. No coating, just a little salt and pepper and fry them in butter. Next time I will boil them first and see ow that works out for me.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Catherine, thank you for sharing. I also like it simple. Thanks for the feedback.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Green bananas or plantains are healthy and we can make so many tasty recipes out of them. We use them very often sometimes with the skin too, as it is a very staple food here. We also use the green banana flour, which s a great gluten free food. Thanks for sharing some great ideas of including green bananas for breakfast!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Violet, thanks for your contribution. I noticed that you also wrote about plantains. Would love to get my hands on some banana flour.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i thought green bananas are unhealthy and not advisabe to eat. Thanks for the info

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Peach, glad to share this information with you. The longer we live, the more we learn. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thank you for all these great suggestions. I had read in Dr. Davis's most recent book that green bananas are great for pre-biotic or pro-biotic benefits, but never figured out how to make them into tasty dishes. I wish I had some the morning. I'd make some of these right away for breakfast. Can you freeze them like I do with ripe bananas to keep them green until I'm ready to use them? That would really help.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Judy, I have never frozen them, but it might be worth a try; I can't see how it would hurt them. Thanks for your feedback and enjoy your new green banana dishes.

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I got some green bananas today and boiled one up. It tastes just like a potato. I wonder how it would be cold and made into a potato salad. I put all the rest in the freezer so I'll let you know how that goes.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Judy, thank for sharing. Glad you enjoy the boiled green banana. In my experience, you can do with the green banana most things you would do with a potato. Enjoy!

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      Sang 23 months ago

      Here is a recipe or two for you. I hope your bmakdreaer has a sweet bread button, or just use the reg cycle.Caribbean Banana BreadLarge Loaf1/3 C water3/4 C mashed very ripe banana2 T vegetable oil, margarine or butter (I use olive oil)1 large egg3/4 t salt3 T brown sugar, packed1 1/2 C white flour*1 1/2 C whole-wheat flour1 t ground nutmeg or cinnamon (bet pumpkin pie spice would be good)1 1/4 t bread-machine or instant yeast1/4 C each raisins and chopped pecans (optional) * In Canada use all-purpose or bread flour; in the United States use bread flour.(You don't have to use wheat flour. Just add the amt listed in white)Extra Large Loaf1/3 C water1 C mashed very ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas)3 T vegetable oil, margarine or butter (I use olive oil)2 large eggs1 t salt1/4 C brown sugar, packed2 C white flour*2 C whole-wheat flour1 1/4 t ground nutmeg or cinnamon (bet pumpkin pie spice would be good)1 1/2 t bread-machine or instant yeast1/3 C each raisins and chopped pecans (optional)*In Canada use all-purpose or bread flour; in the United States use bread flour. 1. Add all ingredients except raisins and nuts to machine according tomanufacturer’s directions. Select sweet or white cycle. 2. Add raisins and nuts at ingredient signal (or about 20 to 30 minutes into cycle after the starting time). Tip: Freeze overripe bananas either in their skins (the skins will turn black but the bananas are good for baking when thawed) or peel, mash and freeze in airtight containers or bags.

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      Sam Tumblin 20 months ago from Eunice, La.

      Never knew the benefits of green bananas until reading your hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sang, thank you for the recipes; I would have to substitute the whole wheat flour, though. Thanks also for your final tip. I appreciate you taking the time and making the effort to share.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 20 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sam, happy to present something new to you. You make my day!

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