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The Darker The Better! 15 Banana Recipes For Your “Soon-To-Go” Bananas

The Darker The Better! 15 Banana Recipes For Your “Soon-To-Go” Bananas

Help! I bought too many bananas!

It seems there are always more brown bananas then yellow bananas on the kitchen counter. What to do? Oh, what to do? You probably don’t want to go on a banana-only diet!

As bananas pass the yellow-ripe stage, they develop brown “freckles” on their skin. They are still good to eat, and these riper bananas are sweeter because their internal starch is in the process of converting to sugar. A black banana has converted all its internal starch to sugar and is as sweet as it will get, before spoiling.

Bananas are a great source of potassium – good for your heart and blood pressure, and easy on the digestion. A fully ripe banana has TNF (tumor necrosis factor) which may be effective in fighting abnormal cells in the body. The more dark brown spots on the skin, the higher the TNF content. More dark brown spots also indicate the presence of more antioxidants that can help boost the immune system.

These freckled, sweeter bananas are great for banana bread, smoothies and shakes. The fruit inside may be soft and mushy but as long as its not dark brown or black it’s useable. Freezing bananas will slow down the ripening process, and you can use these frozen bananas in recipes, too.

A banana that is moldy or smells rotten is beyond use. One or two brown spots on the fruit itself can simply be cut away, but if there are a lot of brown spots, don’t plan on using it for anything. When you buy bananas, avoid fruit with cuts or severe damage to the skin.

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Peel it like the monkeys do!

Here’s an easy way to peel a banana: Instead of struggling to peel starting from the stem end, just pinch the other end. It will split apart, and all you have to do is peel and repeat. The stem makes a perfect “handle” for holding the fruit while you eat. Those pesky “strings” tend to stay attached to the peel this way, too. Check out the video:

Here’s what to do with your over-ripe bananas

  1. These mini brown-banana muffins are healthier than regular banana bread, and quick to make with your food processor!

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2012/07/09/go-brown-bananas/

  1. This banana cake takes on a sweet, tropical turn with coconut and orange marmalade.

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/recipes-search-result.aspx?recipes=ripe-brown&tool=yes

  1. Choose either walnuts or pecans to use in this classic glazed banana nut bread.

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/old-fashioned-banana-nut-loaf-recipe.aspx

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  1. Marry ripe bananas and carrots, add healthy whole wheat, flaxseed and a Greek yogurt glaze for these healthy muffins.

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Glazed-Banana-Carrot-Muffins-recipe.aspx

  1. Seeds are healthy. You get four different kinds of seeds in this banana loaf.

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Four-Seed-Banana-Loaf-recipe.aspx

  1. Up your fiber intake with this prune-based banana bread:

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/fiber-rich-banana-loaf-recipe.aspx

  1. Here’s an energy-laden smoothie: BananAde!

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/BananAde-Smoothie-recipe.aspx

  1. When zucchini is plentiful, why not combine it with bananas and some healthy oils for a blended bread.

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/banana-zucchini-loaf-recipe.aspx

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  1. Would you have ever thought of this? Slow-cooked baked beans get an unusual addition: ripe bananas!

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Sweet-Spicy-Baked-Beans-recipe.aspx

  1. Yum! Honey, pecans, and ripe bananas. How sweet is this?

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Banana-Honey-Pecan-Muffins-recipe.aspx

  1. Skip the oil or shortening used in traditional banana bread and use healthier applesauce instead:

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/applesauce-banana-loaf-recipe.aspx

  1. Do you love Red Velvet cupcakes? This version adds a richness courtesy of ripe bananas.

http://www.chiquitabananas.com/Banana-Recipes/Banana-Red-Velvet-Cupcakes-recipe.aspx

  1. Looking for something different on a hot summer day? Break out the Chocolate Banana Creamsicles!

http://thevietvegan.com/chocolate-banana-creamsicles/

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  1. Got a cookie monster at your house? How about satisfying him or her with a Banana-Bread and Almond-Butter Cocoa Sandwich cookie?

http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/recipe/7219/You-wont-believe-whats-in-this-sandwich-cookie.htm?pwquery=overripe%20banana

  1. Bananas, raisins and oatmeal. Does that sound like breakfast? Or lunch? Or dessert?

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/11/oatmeal-raisin-breakfast-cookies/

And here’s a Bonus!

  1. If you’ve got a food processor, you’re only minutes away from a delicious banana ice cream!

http://greenlitebites.com/2011/01/banana-soft-serve-homemade-one-ingredient-ice-cream/

Featured photo credit: Jason Gillman via mrg.bz

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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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