Are you a fellow banana fan? This inexpensive fruit is perfect for active women to snack on as-is, but also makes a great start for a number of unique healthy banana snack recipes. You’ll find ten of my favorite treats here today, all of which are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while supporting your fitness goals.
1. Banana Protein Muffins
One of the most popular recipes on our site! These chocolate chip banana muffins have more protein and less sugar than your average bakery muffin. Each muffin packs in 6 grams of high-quality protein, but still tastes amazing (seriously, my kiddo loves these!). Use ’em as an afternoon snack or part of your breakfast.
Get the recipe: Banana protein muffins.
2. Matcha banana bread
This twist on the classic quick bread is perfect for when you start to feel your energy dip mid-morning. The matcha powder provides bioactive compounds that promote health, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (according to research). Matcha also provides a little caffeine boost in each slice, helping with that mid-morning lull.
Get the recipe: Matcha banana bread.
3. Healthy banana mug cake
This single-serve cake is perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth in a portion-controlled way. The recipe calls for just half a banana and a handful of other nutritious ingredients, so it’s easy to create in a few minutes. Plus, it packs in 8 grams of protein!
Get the recipe: Healthy banana mug cake.
4. Peanut butter banana granola
With no added sugar and no oil, this granola is a great healthy banana snack option! It combines workout-fueling carbs with satiating healthy fats for a satisfying meal. Try prepping a batch ahead for busy days. Simply mix everything together, bake, and then store in an airtight container for up to 1-2 weeks. The granola is perfect on its own as a bowl of cereal, or as a topping for yogurt or smoothies.
Get the recipe: Peanut butter banana granola.
5. Healthy banana peanut butter cookies
Soft, chewy, and delicious, these cookies are a great snack or dessert. They’re made with just five ingredients and only take a few minutes to prep before popping them in the oven. Bonus – they’re also vegan and gluten-free for any of you with dietary restrictions.
Get the recipe: Banana peanut butter cookies.
6. Chocolate covered frozen banana bites
These little guys are perfect when you need something sweet but don’t want anything too heavy. The chocolate coating provides antioxidants and mood-boosting flavanols, the bananas provide potassium, and the peanut butter provides satisfying healthy fats. (These are my FAV to snack on throughout the summer – they taste so good right out of the freezer).
Get the recipe: Frozen banana bites.
7. Pistachio banana bread
With pistachio butter and shelled pistachios in this quick bread, you’re in for a double dose of nutty deliciousness. Each slice packs in 4 grams of filling fiber and 8 grams of protein to support muscle health. This bread is perfect to have on hand for quick snacks or breakfasts.
Get the recipe: Pistachio banana bread.
8. Strawberry banana nice cream
Who doesn’t love a good bowl of ice cream? While I certainly love the classic, it’s also fun to try new frozen desserts. In this case, instead of using a traditional dairy base, you’ll use frozen bananas for that classic creamy consistency. While we’ve used strawberry in this version, you can also get creative with experimenting with your own favorite combos. (Another favorite of mine is frozen bananas, cocoa powder, and peanut butter powder).
Get the recipe: Strawberry banana nice cream.
9. Cacao banana smoothie
This 5-ingredient smoothie is a great post-workout snack – it’s packed with carbohydrates to re-stock energy in the muscles, protein to support muscle repair and recovery, and antioxidants to support overall health. The cacao powder and almond butter in this recipe also contribute a good amount of magnesium, which plays a role in energy production and many other processes in the body (a key nutrient for active women).
Get the recipe: Cacao banana smoothie.
10. Peanut butter banana energy bites
These little guys are perfect when you’re on the go and need something quick. Prep ’em ahead so you can grab ’em all week. They’re made with just five ingredients, most of which you’ll likely have on hand already. Plus, they contain a blend of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein to help sustain your energy levels.
Get the recipe: Peanut butter banana energy bites.
There you have it – ten of the best healthy banana snacks on our site! As a bonus, here are a few more quick healthy ideas:
- Greek yogurt with sliced bananas and nuts
- Oatmeal with caramelized bananas and pecans
- Overnight oats made with mashed banana, milk, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips
- Whole wheat toast with nut butter, banana, and a drizzle of honey
- Baked sweet potato topped with sliced banana and almond butter
And if you’re looking for even more banana recipes, be sure to check out our post all about ways to use overripe bananas.
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