RECIPE: Super Brain Banana Ice Cream
In an age of information overload, our brains are tired and could use some support. There’s an ingredient that most of us have in our households that can lend a helping hand.
It’s been the culprit of comical slip-ups, it clothes one of our favourite portable snacks, and it’s usually something you throw away.
Allow us to introduce you to the banana peel. Yep, it's edible.
You might want to reconsider throwing this part out from now on because it turns out it’s packed with nutrients, making the lowly peel a verified superfood.
In many parts of the world, such as India and the Caribbean, the peel does not get forgotten. It’s baked, fried, boiled, dehydrated, added to smoothies, curries and chutneys. The riper the skin, the more spots on your peel, the sweeter the flavour it adds.
But more than just adding flavour and substance to your food, some serious health benefits come along with eating the peel too.
Banana peels are packed with essential amino acids that raise our serotonin (also known as our mood-boosting hormone). This helps us get better sleep, strengthens our memory, and increases our mood. Research shows that eating two banana peels per day can increase your serotonin levels by 15%.
As with the banana itself, the peel contains high potassium and magnesium. But what’s surprising is that the peel contains 20% more vitamin B6 and vitamin C than the actual banana.
We’re not trying to make you take sides when it comes to the banana and its peel. We’re just saying we think the peel has been overlooked and turned into a bit of a joke. Besides, have you ever seen anyone slip on a peel anyway?
If you’re hesitant about eating the peel, don’t worry, we were too. Below is a recipe where you won’t even taste it. We’ve included other ingredients that are good for your brain and give you that extra mood and memory boost also: maca root, cacao, hemp seeds, walnuts, and some healthy fats from the coconut.
P.s. You will want to make sure you’re buying organic, spray-free bananas as conventional bananas are often exposed to pesticides which could have adverse effects on health.
- 2 frozen bananas (with peels)
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream