You’ll never look at a banana the same way again after discovering the many health benefits and reasons to add them to your diet. Bananas combat depression, make you smarter, cure hangovers, relieve morning sickness, protect against kidney cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and blindness.
Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium and only 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.
In addition to these cardiovascular benefits, the potassium found in bananas may also help to promote bone health. Potassium may counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Americans, thus helping to prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate (Wikipedia 2012).
- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- Cook Time : 55 minutes
- Yield : 1 Loaf
2 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (~ 5 medium-sized bananas). Freeze the banana’s without the peels in a freezer bag. Unthaw and the banana’s are surpy and wonderful to use. 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts or pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a little bit of Pam for your loaf pans. In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt) and also set aside. In a food processor or blender or by hand, blend together the milk, oil, syrup, agave nectar, and bananas until smooth. Using as few strokes as possible, fold in the banana mixture into the flour mixture. Fold in the chopped walnuts and then pour the batter into the loaf pans, filling about 2/3 of each pan. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread, comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.