Meet: banana flour! Made from under-ripened bananas, the flour is virtually tasteless, but still carries the health benefits of the more flavorful, ready-to-eat pieces of fruit. Interested in giving it a try? Here’s what you need to know:
It can aid weight loss. Banana flour is rich is something called resistant starch—a type of carb that’s harder for the body to store as fat. More good news: One study found that including resistant starches in meals can boost satiety hormones by a whopping 51 percent! If those aren’t good enough reasons to make your dinner rolls or breakfast muffins with banana flour, we’re not sure what is.
It can be easily substituted for any other type of flour. Swapping in banana flour for your standard go-to is super simple. Because banana flour has more starch than other flours, all you have to do is use 25 percent less flour than recipes call for. If, for example, a pancake recipe needs 1 cup of whole grain flour, you’ll want to use ¾ cup of banana flour.
Ready to buy a tub? Banana flour is not yet available in stores, so for now you’ll have to buy it online through a global women’s advocacy organization called WEDO. For every pound of the product sold, they provide a meal for a hungry child through World Food Program USA—gotta love that!