If I had to pick one kind of food to live on for a while, I’d pick bananas. I love them because they’re so versatile, so sweet, but still healthy. I never, ever, unless I really don’t have a choice, have a banana free breakfast. You get the point: bananas are life. So here are five breakfast (or lunch or dinner, no limits there) ideas featuring BANANAS.
Note: when I say cup, I mean any cup, and not the standard American cup measure. It’s just for the sake of proportion.
Porridge with mashed banana
You can make oats without adding the banana, or you can simply add slices of it as a topping, but I really recommend mixing mashed banana into the oats because it makes them sweet and creamy. If you’ll be using classic rolled oats (not instant), you should soak them overnight or at least for an hour before using them, or just cook them longer, as they are harder. You can only use a cup of liquid if you prefer firmer oats, and up to two cups if you prefer them more runny.
- a cup of oats (the size of the cup depends on how hungry you are; just keep in mind that oats expand)
- a cup and a half of liquid (water, plant-based milk or a combination of both if you’re me)
- one ripe mashed banana
- a spoon (or two) of chia seeds/flaxseeds
- cinnamon to taste
Mash the banana in a bowl (if you’re using the microwave) or in a pan (if you’re using the stove). Add in all your remaining ingredients and microwave it for about two minutes, then give it a stir, then microwave the oats a bit more, for about thirty seconds. It takes about this long for me when I’m using the highest power (it might differ depending on your microwave and on what you consider cooked oats). They should be slightly firm but still creamy; you should be able to stir them. On the stove it might take a minute longer, you should cook them on low temperature and stir all the time; be careful not to burn them (I’ve done it too many times).
You can use everything, basically: a piece of dark chocolate, frozen/fresh berries, any sliced fruit, nut butters, nuts, seeds, you can drizzle it with maple, agave or some other syrup or add a spoon of »nutella«. My personal favourite is mixing a spoon of cocoa, a drizzle of coconut nectar and a tiny splash of soy milk in a small cup and microwaving it for about 30 seconds (no more because it will boil and you’ll turn your microwave brown, happens to me about every other time). Then I just pour this over my porridge and that’s it! Be careful not to burn your tongue; porridge doesn’t cool down quickly (which is why I sometimes add a splash of soy milk on top). It is, however, the most filling, delicious and healthy breakfast ever, and my favourite during winter.
My favourite breakfast in the summer or whenever I feel like eating ice cream! I think I actually enjoy it more than regular ice cream, maybe because I’m a health freak, or at least that’s what they say. The first thing you need to do is slicing a couple of ripe bananas (the riper, the better) and storing them in your freezer overnight or at least for a few hours. The second thing you need is obviously a regular blender (smoothie maker) or a stick hand blender.
- 2-3 ripe frozen bananas
- a splash of »milk« or a couple of spoons of yogurt (not necessary, but I prefer my ice cream a bit softer)
- any flavour that you desire: you can add cocoa powder, fresh/frozen berries, cinnamon, nut butters, vanilla…
Blend it all in a blender or in a bowl with the stick hand blender until smooth. You can add any topping you like and you’re done! Just be careful not to get brain freeze.
Yogurt with banana
It doesn’t get much simpler than this. I used to love Greek yogurt with banana slices and honey; so I veganized it.
- soy or any other plant-based yogurt
- sliced banana
- any desired toppings: more fruit, nuts, seeds, syrup, dried fruit, granola etc.
Mix it all in a bowl and enjoy!
Additional recipe for the homemade granola that’s pictured below
- some kind of syrup (any)
- chopped dates
*The quantities are a personal choice and depend on how much of it you want to make and on how sweet you want it. Also, the more syrup you add, the stickier it will become. I usually use about 2 cups of oats, a random amount of cinnamon, half a cup of nuts, half a cup of dates and a quarter of a cup of syrup. I sometimes also throw some seeds in there.
Mix it all in a bowl, adding the syrup in the end and mixing it well again. Place the granola on a tray lined with baking paper and bake at around 160 degrees Celsius for about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your oven. Don’t forget to check on it, it burns quickly. When it’s done, add the chopped dates and cool everything down. Store in closed jars/plastic containers.
Warm Weetabix with banana
You can, of course, eat this cold (as it’s meant to be eaten lol), but I like the hot version since it’s getting cold outside.
- 3 (or more) Weetabix biscuits
- one ripe banana
- about a glass of plant-based milk
- topics of choice
Very easy: mash the banana in a bowl, add the biscuits and the cinnamon, then the milk. Mix it all and the biscuits will get from dry and disgusting to mushy and nice. Microwave for about two minutes and here’s your alternative to porridge! Top with whatever your heart desires and enjoy.
Tip: eating cold Weetabix with milk, mashed banana, frozen berries, some kind of liquid sweetener and cinnamon is also amazing and my favourite version for the summer.
Sweet potato »toasties« with stuff (including banana, worry not)
This might take some more time, unless you have leftover baked sweet potato, so perhaps it’s better making it four lunch or dinner if you’re in a rush in the morning. You can, of course, just make the sweet version, or just the salty (which would exclude bananas, sadly), but here are the ingredients for both. Also, you can just use regular bread if you’re not feeling adventurous.
- one smaller sweet potato
- one banana
- nut butter of choice
- jam of choice
- smoked tofu
Cut the sweet potato into slices that are about a centimetre thick (sometimes it only means cutting it in half) and bake them in the oven at about 200 degrees Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes. (I hear that some people use a regular toaster for them, but I haven’t tried yet, so I wouldn’t know. I tried microwaving them once, because that’s apparently also a thing, but it took ages and they weren’t as good as they are from the oven.) Spread the nut butter and then the jam on one piece and top with banana coins. Spread the hummus on the other slice and top with slices of smoked tofu. I know it sounds bizarre but it’s seriously delicious, I kid you not.
I hope this post gives you ideas on what you can make with bananas, and what you can generally eat for a vegan breakfast (regardless of whether you’re vegan or not). This is not where the options for meals featuring bananas end at all, though, so expect more on that topic. 😀