What is it about the starch in green bananas and banana flour that is so good? These foods contain a special type of carbohydrate called resistant starch that nourishes and strengthens beneficial gut microbes. Hence, it is an important type of food to be eating on a regular basis if a balanced gut environment is important to you.
Other foods that contain resistant starch include:
- Retrograded potatoes (cooked and then cooled such as fermented potatoes)
- Plantains and plantain flour
- Legumes (cooked and cooled)
- Parboiled rice (including wild rice)
- Potato starch not potato flour (where to find)
- Cassava starch
Note that gut healing diets such as the GAPS protocol exclude all starch from the diet temporarily while the intestinal wall heals and seals. This doesn’t mean starch is “bad”, just that it is contraindicated until healthy digestive function is restored. Once this is achieved, resistant starch in the diet can help it stay that way! This article outlines the many benefits of resistant starch (RS) to gut health if you’d like to learn more.
Green Banana Flour Muffins with Blueberries!
Green banana flour has a mild banana taste when eaten raw. When cooked or baked as in the recipe below, however, it loses all banana flavor and has a texture very similar to light wheat flour. It is a very good choice for making low to no grain baked goods.
What’s more, preliminary research has shown that the type of RS in banana flour is more resistant to heat than other sources like potato starch, which is encouraging for those of us who might prefer to cook with it than eat it raw. In addition, after the muffins cool, a portion of the resistant starch becomes active again.
The most surprising thing I discovered about green banana flour is how it soaks up the moisture! It is definitely the thirstiest flour I have ever baked with requiring more than a little trial and error to get the right consistency for muffin batter.
Green Banana Flour Blueberry Muffins Recipe
Easy recipe for blueberry banana flour muffins using green banana flour that contains beneficial resistant starch to nourish and strengthen beneficial probiotics in the gut.
Preheat oven to 350 F/ 177 C. Mix banana flour, gluten free flour, sea salt and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs and mix in date syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients together until well blended.
If the batter is too thick, slowly thin with whole milk until a consistency like homemade frosting is achieved.
Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full with batter.
Press about 6-7 blueberries into each batter filled cup. Leave a few blueberries poking out of the top.
Bake at 350 F/ 177 C for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and then enjoy a muffin or two with a generous square of grassfed butter on top.
Keep in an airtight container on the counter for quick and easy snacking. Refrigerate muffins you will not use in 1-2 days.
If you wish to make these muffins completely grain free, I would suggest this recipe for grain free blueberry muffins.
Maple syrup may be used instead of date syrup if desired.
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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. Her work is dedicated to helping families effectively incorporate the principles of ancestral diets within the modern household. She is a sought after lecturer around the world for conferences, summits, and podcasts.
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