When you have too many bananas there’s only so much you can do. Banana bread is the usual staple bake. It’s simple and cost effective. And quick. But this time I wanted to add more than the usual handful of chocolate drops into the mixture. So I came up with this, equally easy, but slightly more decadent recipe.
Bananas are the staple fruit of most households, and athletes. when we go any major orienteering event there must be hundreds upon hundreds of bananas consumed. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin B6, fibre and carbohydrate, and supply some vitamin C. Since they have a lower water content than most fruit, bananas typically have more calories as well as a higher sugar content compared to other non-tropical fruits. This is good for those, like me, who will, no doubt be out on a mountain for quite some time!
Bananas are soothing to the digestion due to their high content of pectin – as soluble fibre that not only lowers cholesterol but normalises bowel function. The high fibre content of bananas helps you to feel full, another bonus if you will not see food again for some time. No point being distracted from your running by a grumbling tummy!
The resistant starch in bananas also has a prebiotic effect, helping to keep gut bacteria happy by increasing the production of short chain fatty acids for digestive health. And you all by now know my obsession with healthy gut bacteria!