Anyway, I’ve been on a wee bit of a health kick since January. Instead of following a fad diet like I usually do, this time I’ve decided to try something pretty darn revolutionary. I’m eating healthy food (aka more fruit and veg, less processed stuff) and I’ve cut out alcohol. I’ve also started running.
At first I thought I wouldn’t lose any weight on this regime. I thought if it was this simple, why would diets like Atkins exist? But after dropping 3 and a half kilos and 5cm off my waist and bust in a matter of weeks, I’m starting to think there might be something to this.
Over the past month or so I’ve realised that bananas are basically the best thing ever.Not only are they a tasty fruit you can munch on the go, they’re also perfect for days when you fancy eating something unhealthy. Ripe bananas are basically my best friends now. So if you’re eating clean and fancy some low calorie alternatives to high calorie food, look no further my friends!
Yep. This is a round up of my favourite one (or two) ingredient banana recipes.
Banana Ice Cream
Step one: Chop up a banana and freeze it.
Step two: Wait until it’s frozen
Step three: Blend it!
Step four: Enjoy your ice cream.
The best thing about this (apart from the fact that it’s totally vegan) is that you can customise it by adding other flavours. Blend in some frozen strawbs, or some peanut butter, or stir in some chocolate chips at the end. It’s so creamy and sweet, just like proper ice cream.
Full recipe: Tree Hugger
Step two: Whisk in an egg
Step three: Drop a tablespoon full of mixture into a greased pan. Make the pancakes small cos they’re a bitch to flip.
Step four: Enjoy a stack of pancakes like a true American!
These pancakes are rich, sweet, light and fluffy. If you can get the fact that you’re basically eating a banana omelette out of your head, they’re pretty much the perfect breakfast.
Full recipe: Top with Cinnamon
Step one: Pre-heat your oven to 180 C
Step two: Mash up a banana
Step three: Add 100g of porridge oats (and any extras like cinnamon, raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, etc)
Step three: Form into roughly 16 blob shapes, flattening them onto a greased baking tray.
Step four: Bake them for 15 minutes
Step five: burn your mouth because you’re too impatient to let them cool 🙁
These are so quick and easy to throw together, and so tasty. Usually I bake up a batch and James and I will just munch our way through a whole plate of them over a cup of coffee for him and a green tea for me. The texture is slightly different from a traditional cookie, but I think they’re lovely jubbly. It’s a shame they never seem to last… maybe I’ll double the quantities next time…
Full Recipe: The Burlap Bag
AKA lazy Jemma breakfast.
Step one: Chop up a banana and stick it in a big wine glass
Step two: Plop some Greek yoghurt on top
Step three: Slice a strawberry on top if you’re feeling decadent.
Seriously, this is such a good way to set yourself up for the day. It’s creamy and yummy enough to basically be comfort food, and it’s healthier than buying those Greek yoghurts that have jammy compote lurking around at the bottom. At least that’s what I like to tell myself.