I know this is about as simple as it gets but I had to finally share this with you all. It is a great quick, healthy snack or way to start your day. If I hadn’t of seen it before, I would never have thought to make it myself. I first spied this creation on an Instagram account that I follow many moons ago and it has stuck with me ever since. So here it is, in all it’s simplicity for you to gather your ingredients and make one for yourself!
Want to watch a quick hyper-lapse video on how to make a banana boat? Check out the one I posted on Instagram!
Before we continue, I thought it would be fun to share some banana fun facts!
- If you peel a banana from the bottom up you won’t get the stringy things. And in case you didn’t know those stringy things are called phloem (pronounced FLOM).
- Bananas are one of the few foods to contain the 6 major vitamin groups.
- The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means ‘fruit of the wise men’.
- Bananas are low in calories and have no fat, no cholesterol, and no sodium. They contain vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6.
- Bananas don’t grow on trees. They’re actually a giant herb. (Interesting, never knew this!)
- The banana plant reaches its full height of 15 to 30 feet in about one year. The trunk of a banana plant is made of sheaths of tightly overlapping leaves.
- You can use the inside of a banana peel to clean and polish leather shoes.
- Fibers isolated from bananas can be used in the manufacture of paper and fabrics. (This is right up there with hemp fibers, let’s do it!)
Now let’s get busy and make a banana boat!
First, layer your banana slices with some type of nut butter. I used chunky peanut butter here but you can use your favorite nut butter. This will give you a nice dose of protein. A single serving, 2 tablespoons, of nut butter has approx. 8 grams of protein. That’s not too shabby! Then we’ll add a sprinkle of colorful goji berries, shredded coconut, hemp hearts and cacao nibs. Some other optional toppings that come to the top of my head are raisins, cranberries, finely chopped nuts such as almonds, pistachios or walnuts. I imagine a dash or light dusting of cinnamon or raw cacao powder would be great too!
Since this really isn’t a recipe and more of a template, I’ve left the amounts called for out. I would suggest one banana per person but even that can be changed to suit your situation. Add the toppings in any amount to suit your taste. Feel free to have as many banana boats as you like but one will probably be enough. :)
It’s silly quick and easy, and my kind of a genuinely good, healthy snack. Be wise and go eat your bananas! ?
QUICK & HEALTHY BANANA BOATS
- bananas, 1 per person (or however much you want the serving to be)
- natural peanut butter or raw almond butter
- goji berries
- shredded coconut
- hemp hearts
- cacao nibs or semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Peel and slice your banana in half lengthwise. Place banana slices cut side up and layer your bananas starting with the nut butter. Next, add the remaining ingredients in any order you like. I added them in the order in the list. Enjoy the simples!
Add toppings in any amount you like. This is just a guide and hopefully some good inspiration!
Some optional toppings would be raisins, cranberries, finely chopped nuts such as almonds, pistachios or walnuts. A dash or light dusting of cinnamon or raw cacao powder would also be great!