April 6, 2018 8:58 am Leave your thoughts
If you’re not feeling much like the ‘legendary’ British super-hero Bananaman at the moment, but more like his alter-ego, Eric the schoolboy, then perhaps you need to pep yourself up with a little spoonful of banana powder? We’re now stocking this as part of our Superfoods range!
There’s no funny business with banana powder: it’s simply made from the pulp of dried bananas. It’s a great, easy way to access the many benefits of bananas without having to eat a whole one every time. The powder has long been used in baking – it makes great cakes and biscuits, and is naturally gluten-free – but has recently moved into the realm of ‘superfood powders’ too, finding a new customer base that’s interested in throwing it into smoothies as well as cookies, and mixing it up in all kinds of superfood blends.
Unlike some of the more obscure superfood powders, this is one we’re all pretty familiar with. Banana powder has in fact been used as a health food for decades. It began to be added to baby food over 100 years ago and has been the basis of various ‘health foods’ for all age groups ever since. It’s sweet-tasting, making it palatable across the board.
Why take banana powder?
Banana powder is good for curing indigestion and is, as every athlete knows, rich in carbohydrate and calories. It boasts a range of vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium.
Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A in our bodies, where it promotes good eye health, a healthy immune system and strong skin and membranes. Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine; it allows the body to use and store the energy obtained from protein and carbohydrates and helps us form haemoglobin and regulate hormones.
For the growth and repair of tissues, vitamin C is essential. This vitamin helps the body manufacture collagen, which in its turn, makes skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels. Potassium, meanwhile, works with sodium to maintain normal blood pressure and the correct balance of fluids in the body.
What’s the best thing to do with banana powder?
Perhaps the very best thing, in our opinion, is to make a proper banana milkshake with it. You don’t need to use dairy milk, of course – one of our non-dairy milks is a great alternative. This fine yellow powder makes a great shake and, unlike commercial milkshake powders, is free from added sugars and colouring.
Or take it one step further and go for a smoothie, perhaps with some peanut butter added into the mix. The powder also makes wonderful banana custard and is an obvious choice for a gluten-free banana loaf or muffin.
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This post was written by Yzanne