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Five Reasons You Should Start Using Green Banana Flour

green banana flour health benefits

Green banana flour is catching on fast among health buffs. A lot of new research has helped it catch on.

It's the perfect substitute for white flour if you're watching your sugar intake and weight.

It's quite popular among diabetics. Plus, it's a fantastic flour to make your recipes gluten-free.

What is green banana flour?

bowl of green banana flourYou guessed it…green banana flour comes from unripe bananas (the Brazilian variety).

Unripe bananas hold less sugar than ripe ones which is why they're so popular.

Once sliced and dehydrated, the unripe bananas get powdered to a flour. The resulting product is low sugar, nutritious green banana flour.

5 Healthy Reasons to Bake with Green Banana Flour

1. Prebiotic

Green banana flour is high in fiber, and it makes an excellent prebiotic.

Prebiotics are foods that promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Think of them as the precursor to probiotics.

The non-digestible fiber in green banana makes an excellent feed for the good bacteria.

2. Blood sugar balance

woman low glucose level green banana flour benefitGreen banana flour is rich in Resistant Starch (RS).

RS helps slow the release of food through the gut, which slows the rate at which sugar raises in your blood.

It prevents sugar spike and sugar crash and is better for insulin sensitivity. It's easy to see why it's so popular for people who are watching their sugar intake and aiming to lose weight.

3. Gluten-free substitute

Green bananas are packed with nutrients. They're a good source of fiber, vitamin A, B6, C,  and potassium.

The flour makes a great grain substitute in baking and gluten-free recipes.

Green banana with the skin (unpeeled) supplies more minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Unpeeled green banana flours have about 21.91g/100g of fiber and 68.02g/100g of Resistant Starch.

4. Boosts weight loss

When compared to wheat flours, green banana flour is low in calories and high in fiber.

Its high fiber content keeps the blood sugar levels stable and curbs your appetite.

5. Therapeutic value

doctor healthy heart green banana flourStudies show that nutrients in green banana flour can help prevent inflammation too.

Its high mineral, fiber, and antioxidant content act to protect gut flora.

Preliminary studies also show that flavonoids in green banana flour have cholesterol-lowering effects.

Promising studies on its heart-protecting and cholesterol-lowering effects are underway too.

How to use Green Banana Flour

Green banana flour has a bland flavor, so it is easy to incorporate in most recipes. You can use it to thicken soups, stews, and in baking.

You can also enjoy it in smoothies, homemade granolas bars, and cereals.

Where can you buy it?

Green banana flour is available online and in natural health food stores. Amazon has many green banana flour suppliers.

This powerhouse of a flour is a great way to nurture your gut health. Here is a quick recipe for you so you can try the awesomeness of green banana flour for yourself!

Healthy Brownies

¾ cup 100% maple syrup
¾ cup coconut oil
2 organic eggs
1 cup banana flour
¾ cup raw cacao powder

Combine the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls, whisk the eggs well.

Mix the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a baking pan.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, bake for 20- 30 minutes.

Allow the brownies to cool and slice. Enjoy!

Want more info. on healthy substitutes for white flour? Here's a great article my friend and colleague wrote that outlines several more options.

Yours in health and happiness,

Danette

P.S. Please share the joy of green banana flour with your friends who love to bake and I invite you to comment below. Have you used green banana flour before?