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We Just Discovered The Easiest Hack for Eating Bananas

Get ready to re-discover why you love this fruit.
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The world completely lost it when avocado toast hit the scene. It feels like every brunch spot in the country took notice of this trendy item and offered some take on this now-iconic item that we can't get enough of. While we have since fallen for the creamy richness that avocado toast serves up whenever we need a pick-me-up, what if we could find another similar food that wouldn't require us to buy pricey avocados? Insert this clever hack for bananas.

If you have a ripe or overripe banana, get ready for a kitchen hack that can take this fruit to the next level. Instead of turning your soft bananas into banana bread or cookies, try mashing them up and spreading them on toast, a la avocado toast, for a surprisingly delicious way to make eating bananas fun again.

If you want to keep things simple, have no fear—you don't even have to dirty up extra plates to enjoy this banana hack. Simply peel the fruit lengthwise and use a fork to mash the fruit while the skin holds all the banana in. From here, you can simply spread the mashed banana on a piece of freshly toasted bread for a rich treat that offers a fun alternative to your typical banana smoothie or banana oatmeal breakfast. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)

Avocados and bananas have more similarities than potentially getting spread on toast. According to a study published by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, both fruits help prevent arteries from stiffening, thanks to the potassium content of each food. The stiffening comes as a result of calcification, and the potassium helps reduce the risk of this occurring. This means that you receive some of the health benefits that the standard avocado toast bestows.

Making the perfect banana toast

When it comes to creating the perfect banana toast, don't feel like you have to stick to a plain banana. Just like avocado toast, you can decorate and season your banana toast to your heart's desire. Nothing pairs great with this hack like nut butter, shredded coconut, your favorite types of jam, other fruit, and you can even top it with a pinch of salt to bring out the flavors of the banana.

If you love an occasional banana in a smoothie or love eating one straight every once in a while, this new hack guarantees to change the way you approach the fruit, while making them incredibly fun to eat. Next time you want to expand your culinary boundaries and tackle this hack for bananas, try constructing the ultimate banana toast by mashing a banana in its peel for a quick and tasty treat that can start any morning right and curb any craving.

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Erich Barganier
Erich Barganier is a health and food writer. Read more
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