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Banana Cookies

July 13, 2011

Everyone knows that eating fruit is good for you, right?  Well, I bet you didn’t know of all of the health benefits you can get from bananas:

Reducing Depression Bananas contain tryptophan, an aminoacid that can be converted to serotonin, leading to improved mood.
Anemia Bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body’s hemoglobin function.
Constipation and Diarrhea Due to their content in fiber, they help restore a normal bowel function. In addition, diarrhea usually depletes your body of important electrolytes (of which the most important is potassium, contained in high amounts in bananas). They also contain pectin, a soluble fiber (hydrocolloid) that can help normalize movement through the digestive tract.
Eyesight Protection Research published in the Archives of Ophthalmology has proven that adults consuming at least 3 servings of fruit per day have a reduced risk (by 36%) of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
Healthy Bones Bananas are an exceptionally rich source of fructooligosaccharide, a compound that nourishes probiotic (friendly) bacteria in the colon. These beneficial bacteria produce enzymes that increase our digestive ability and protect us from unhealthy bacteria infections. Thanks to fructooligosaccharides, probiotic bacteria can increase both in number and functionality, increasing our body’s ability to absorb calcium.
In addition, green bananas contain indigestible short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are very nutrient to the cells that make up the mucosa of the stomach. These cells, when healthy, absorb calcium much more efficiently
Healthy Kidney About 190,000 cases of kidney cancer are diagnosed each year.
Research published in the International Journal of Cancer has shown that daily consumption of whole fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, is highly protective to kidney health. The results show that, over a long timeframe (13.4 years), women eating more than 2.5 servings of fruits and vegetable per day cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40%. Among the fruits, bananas were especially protective. Women eating bananas four to six times a week halved their risk of developing the disease compared to those who did not eat this fruit. The conclusion of the study is that frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially bananas, cabbage and root vegetables, may reduce risk of kidney cancer. This is because bananas and many root vegetables contain especially high amounts of antioxidant phenolic compounds, while cabbage is rich in sulfur, necessary for effective detoxification of potential carcinogens.
Blood Pressure Bananas are extremely high in potassium (about 4673mg), yet very low in sodium (1mg), thus having a perfect ratio for preventing high blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Heartburn Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood-sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Smoking Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. They contain vitamins B6 and B12 they contain, as well as potassium and magnesium: these substances help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Ulcers This is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicle cases. It also helps reduce acidity and reduces irritation. Bananas stimulate the cells on the internal stomach lining to produce a thicker mucus (which protects against acid). Additionally, bananas contain protease inhibitors that help eliminate bacteria in the stomach that have been pinpointed as a primary cause of ulcers.
Nerves Bananas are high in B vitamins that have been shows to improve nerve function.
Mosquito Bites Many people report that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on a mosquito bite is very effective in reducing itching and swelling.
Stress Relief Bananas are high in potassium, which helps normalize the hearthbeat and regulate the body’s water balance. During periods of high stress, our body’s potassium levels tend to be rapidly depleted: eating bananas is a healthy way to rebalance them without using drugs
Stroke Risk According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%”


I don’t blame you if you didn’t read the whole thing!  Who knew that there was so much to know about the banana!

Banana Cookie Recipe:

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  • 1 stick of room temperature and unsalted butter (or 8 tbsp buttery spread, or peanut/canola oil)
  • 1 cup of sugar (you can use packed brown sugar)
  • 1 egg (or 1/4 cup of thoroughly blended silken tofu)
  • 2 ½ large bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups flour (any except self-rising)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • [option] 1 cup of nuts and or chocolate chips
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Cream the butter, sugar, and egg.
  • In a large bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes.
  • Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture.
  • Sift the flour, salt, and spices into the butter and banana mixture and mix.
  • Fold in nuts/chocolate chips.
  • On a greased oven pan, rounded tablespoon fulls of dough, about two inches apart.
  • Bake 11-13 minutes.

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  1. I love the idea of a banana cookie, and obviously there are some major health benefits too. Score!

  2. omg i never knew bananas were that good for you! i already eat like one a day but i think ill be increasing that to two per day!

  3. I never realized that bananas were good for the bones! Thanks for sharing all these facts, and the cookies look great 🙂

  4. banana are the bomb in cookies! they make them soo moist! I just tried an apple cookie, I think you might like it 🙂

  5. You didn’t even need to tell me about the health benefits… you had me at ‘banana!’ I love banana. Now put the banana cookies + the peanut butter cookies = and I’ll be your new best friend! 😉

  6. Any excuse to bake with bananas is ok by me 🙂 These look great!

  7. what a fun cookie – love it!

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