Banana pineapple smoothie recipe

As many readers would know Sunday is market day for Brooke and I. Each Sunday we venture to South Melbourne markets to do the weekly grocery shop. Brooke is a woman on a mission when doing the grocery shop, methodically checking the items off the list, whereas I’m frequently straying from the plan. This Sunday Brooke turned around to see me holding not one but 2 whole pineapples (which, were not on the list). Pre-empting the question coming my way I said, “I’m going to make a banana pineapple smoothie”.

On the ride home, I now needed to back that audacious statement up so I Googled healthy banana pineapple smoothie recipe. To my surprise, I couldn’t find any, which appealed so I decided to make a hybrid of a couple I had read.

This is a quick and tasty way to start your morning. Simply combine your 4 ingredients, fresh pineapple, half a banana, half a cup of Greek yogurt, and 1 cup of Almond coconut milk (either plain almond or coconut milk will also work). Add half a cup of ice and blend for 60 seconds and your tropical banana pineapple smoothie is ready to drink.

With no added sugar this sweet and tangy banana pineapple smoothie recipe is secretly healthy!

Looking for more great smoothie recipes then check out our healthy purple smoothie or our kale smoothie.

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With no added sugar this sweet and tangy banana pineapple smoothie is secretly healthy!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Australian
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ medium banana
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cups almond and coconut milk
Instructions
  1. Add fresh pineapple, banana, Greek yogurt and ice to the blender. Add 1 cup of the almond and coconut milk. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Pour into a glass and drink your refreshing tropical smoothie!
Notes
*DAIRY FREE OPTION: Leave out the yogurt.

 

Healthy banana muffins recipe

We’re a little obsessed with these healthy banana muffins at the moment because they are simple to make. Made with wholemeal flour these honey-sweetened healthy banana muffins are so fluffy and moist. It’s easy to forget they’re healthy muffins. They use basic ingredients and only one mixing bowl! Looking for a recipe to go with these banana muffins then check out our blueberry and lemon muffins or our healthy savoury muffin recipe.

Making your banana muffins with fiber-rich wholemeal flour, honey and coconut oil means they are relatively guilt-free.

These healthy banana muffins are the perfect treat for when you feel like something sweet. If you are trying to watch your treat intake, then it is so much better to bake muffins yourself, as you can choose exactly what you put in them! Meaning you can go easy on the refined sugars or leave it out completely if you like. These are perfect brunch snack on the weekend or for bringing to work for morning tea.

Making healthier snack choices, like these healthy banana and oat muffins is a great way to decrease your daily sugar intake. Feel free to add mix-ins of your choice, like or toasted nuts or raisins to put your own spin on the recipe.

The recipe calls overripe bananas and basic cupboard ingredients. Mixing them together in one bowl makes this the perfect snack recipe for busy people.

When cooked to perfection these wholemeal, honey-sweetened, healthy banana muffins are delicious.

Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate.

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Homemade healthy banana muffins – Recipe Instructions

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Made with wholemeal flour these honey-sweetened healthy banana muffins are so fluffy and moist. It’s easy to forget they're healthy muffins.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed banana, approx. 3
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ cup wholemeal flour
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit). Grease the cups of your muffin tin with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey together with a whisk. Add eggs and beat well. Mix in the mashed bananas and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about two-thirds full. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats (about 1 tablespoon).
  5. Bake muffins for 23 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. You might need to run a butter knife along the outer edge of the muffins to loosen them from the pan. Enjoy!

 

Banana Cake with cream cheese icing

Now we are all guilty of letting bananas ripen in the fruit bowl before getting to enjoy them, and with the warmer months approaching in Perth it even happened to us. Don’t feel guilty though, as overripe bananas make for the best recipes and are what gives every banana recipe the right colour, texture and of course flavour. This banana cake with cream cheese icing is a great way to use up those ripe bananas.

Last week the bananas in the fruit bowl were too far gone to be enjoyed naturally. So by the weekend Brooke was happy to have more than enough overripe bananas to make a cake with. This banana cake is so easy anyone can make it. Through using the overripe bananas you will have a moist and sweet cake and the tangy cream cheese will give it a nice bite to top it off!

You won’t ever feel guilty again for letting the bananas over ripen, and will end up with a simple crowd-pleasing cake!

For other cake recipes check out our recipe for clementine cake.

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Banana cake with cream cheese icing – Recipe Instructions

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Ever leaving it too late to eat those bananas you bought? This Banana Cake with Cream Cheese icing is a great was to use up those over-ripe bananas and create a crowd-pleasing cake.
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Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Banana Cake
  • 150 g butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas mashed together with 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ cup self raising flour sifter with ½ tsp bicarb soda
  • 2 tbsp milk
Cheese Cheese Icing
  • 60g butter
  • 60g cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 120 g icing sugar
Instructions
Banana Cake
  1. Beat butter and sugar together till light and fluffy
  2. Add eggs gradually, then the mashed bananas
  3. Fold in sifted ingredients and milk
  4. Place in a greased tin and bake in preheated oven for about 35 minutes
  5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before turning it out
  6. Once the cake is cool ice with cream cheese icing
Cheese Cheese Icing
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter
  2. Add lemon juice and icing sugar gradually
  3. Mix until smooth
  4. Spread on cooled cake
  5. Note if you want to cover the whole cake in icing, double the icing mixture