A Healthy Alternative: Banana Flour

Banana flour?? What and why??

I know what you’re thinking..another weird ingredient that will go out of style in a year or two.

This stuff is fantastic guys!

First, let me tell you why.

Green banana flour is a resistant starch. Isn’t starch “bad” though? Nope, and especially not this one.

Resistant starch is a prebiotic food. It feeds the good bacteria in your gut. This will improve digestion and the immune system. Feeding the good bugs in our gut improves the immune system simply because most of the immune system function is in the gut. That’s terribly oversimplified but you get the point. It’s gluten/grain free too!

If you and your family take a high quality probiotic like we do, banana flour prebiotic will increase the effectiveness of your probiotic too!

Now don’t worry about this kind of starch. It doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels like grain based flours do.

So, improves your gut health, immune system, and won’t spike your blood glucose levels. Got it? Check!

I’ve just started experimenting with it and I love it. Toddler approved. Here are the ways we enjoy it:

Simply add a tbsp right from the container into your smoothie and blend. Easy peasy. Careful here though – if you know your gut flora is out of balance, start with 1/2 tsp to test your tolerance. If you experience GI upset I would go back to working on your gut bacteria balance with probiotics, enzymes, and pathogen eradication first and revisit this wonderful ingredient in a few months.

Use it to make GRAIN FREE pizza dough, muffins, breads, pancakes, and as a thickener in soups and sauces.

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So far our family likes it best as pancakes. Our favorite recipe comes right from the label on “WEDO banana flour” (not an affiliate, it’s just yummy)

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup banana flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond/cashew milk
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Place all ingredients in a hi-speed blender. Blend until smooth and let it sit for a couple minutes to thicken. Pour onto medium-hot cast iron pan and cook with a bit of butter or coconut oil 40-60 seconds each side.

Enjoy!

Here are a few more sites to try for yummy prebiotic filled banana flour goods:

bananaflour.com

gluten free banana flour brownies

natural evolution banana flour recipes

paleo rebels banana flour pizza dough

Give a few of them a try and see what your family likes! Let me know what you think in the comments below. How did you use banana flour and what recipes did your family like?

 

 

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