Both bananas and sunflower seeds are healthy snack foods. Bananas are one the most eaten fresh fruits in America. They are native to southeast Asia and Malaysia but are grown in well over 100 countries of the world. Bananas are a strong source of potassium, calcium and vitamins C and B6. They also are considered a high energy food because of the carbohydrates content.
Sunflowers are native to North America and are a beautiful flower as well as a vegetable. The sunflower seed itself is often sold as a snack but is loaded with nutrition, including Vitamin E, betaine and choline. Vitamin E is known to benefit your cardiovascular health. It is also an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce symptoms of asthma, arthritis and may reduce risk of colon cancer. Sunflower seeds are a good source of phytosterols which can help lower your cholesterol and are also a great source of magnesium which is good for bone health.
Below is one of my favorite recipes that uses a combination of both bananas and sunflower seeds. Bake these when the bananas are just getting soft. I use lightly salted sunflower seeds but unsalted seeds work just as well. Also, feel free to double the recipe! I’m sure you and your family will enjoy these.
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup oil
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup honey
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
– Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
– Peel and mash the banana in a large bowl. Add the oil and sugar and mix together.
– In a separate bowl, mix the flour, sunflower seeds and baking soda.
– Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir thoroughly until you have a soft cookie dough.
– Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
– Bake approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.
(Makes about 16 cookies)
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