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Happy Belly Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites + The Nutrition Scoop on Resistant Starch

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Happy Belly No Bake Chocolate Brownie Bites Recipe Made w/ Green Banana Flour for a Healthy, Happy Belly! | Vegan, Gluten Free, and Grain Free at The Spicy RD

You’d never guess that these luscious, super chocolaty, brownie bites are made with belly friendly green banana flour which helps promote a healthy, happy gut microbiome, along with other resistant starch foods.

Have you heard the scoop about the health benefits of green banana flour and other resistant starch foods?

Ever since I attended Natural Products Expo West last Spring, I haven’t been able to get my mind off of the ooey, gooey gluten free brownies I sampled, made with organic green banana flour.

They were THAT good.

So, naturally, when I was shopping at Thrive Market {affiliate link}, and saw green banana flour for sale, I had to try it.

Of course that was several months ago, and, up until today, when my chocolate craving officially hit {raise your hand if you’re in this with me!}, I hadn’t opened my bag of green banana flour.

Oh, man.

After making these Happy Belly Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites, I’m SO glad I did!

Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bite Recipe {vegan, gluten free, grain free} + The Nutrition Scoop on Green Banana Flour & other Resistant Starch Foods | The Spicy RD

They’re no-bake, gluten free, vegan, and grain free, and they take less than 10 minutes to make.

Oh, and did I mention they are super duper chocolaty and delicious???

Before I share the recipe with you, let’s talk about the nutrition scoop on resistant starch, so you can learn why you should eat these Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites {other than because they’re delicious!} & other forms of belly friendly resistant starch foods.

Resistant Starch is a superfood for a healthy gut microbiome. Learn all about the health benefits of resistant starch foods like these Happy Belly Brownie Bites made with Organic Green Banana Flour

What is resistant starch?

Resistant starch, simply put, is a type of starch that is resistant to digestion in the small intestine. It functions similar to soluble fiber, and provides food for the good bacteria in the gut, making it an important addition to a healthy diet. When the friendly bacteria in our guts feed on resistant starch and fermentable fiber, they produce beneficial short chain fatty acids {SCFAs} including acetate, propionate, and, the most important one for digestive and overall health, butyrate.

What are the health benefits of resistant starch?

As the preferred source of energy for the cells of the large intestine, butyrate may provide protection against colon cancer, and may be beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. In addition, because it helps decrease intestinal permeability, butyrate has a potential therapeutic implication for autoimmune disease, heart failure, and fatty liver disease.

Resistant starch has also been found to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels, potentially decreasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Further research needs to be done, however, because not all studies with resistant starch have shown the same benefits.

In addition, adding resistant starch to meals increases satiety and feelings of fullness, which may aid in weight loss by helping people eat fewer calories.

Importantly, because resistant starch is fermented slowly in the large intestine, it may be better tolerated by individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome {IBS}, and other digestive disorders because it leads to less gas formation than other fibers.

Besides green banana flour, what other resistant starch foods should you be eating?

While underripe bananas, which is what green banana flour is made from, contain some of the highest levels of resistant starch {4.7 grams/1 unripe banana}, other resistant starch foods include: uncooked rolled oats, lentils, white beans, cooked and cooled potatoes {i.e. potato salad}, hi-maize flour, and more. Refer to this list and this list for more resistant starch foods.

Intakes of 6 to 12 grams of resistant starch at a meal have been shown to improve insulin and blood glucose levels, while 20 grams or more per day may be necessary for digestive health benefits.

It’s important to note that resistant starch is lost as foods are cooked, so to get the full health benefits of green banana flour, and other resistant starch foods, they should be eaten in their raw form.

References + Further Reading: Resistant Starch, Butyrate, and Resistant Starch Foods

Interested in learning more about what foods to eat for a healthy gut microbiome & digestive health?

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Happy Belly Brownie Bites! You'd never guess that these luscious, super chocolaty Brownie Bites are made with organic green banana flour, a resistant starch that helps promote a happy, healthy gut microbiome! | This no-bake recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make and is vegan, gluten free, and grain free

Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites

You’d never guess that these luscious, super chocolaty, brownie bites are made with belly friendly green banana flour which helps promote a healthy, happy gut microbiome, along with other resistant starch foods.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 bites

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup green banana flour {i.e. Let’s Do Organic Green Banana Flour}
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, or to taste*
  • 2-3+ tablespoons almond milk, or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Melt chocolate chips in the a small microwave safe bowl, on high power, in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir, and microwave for an additional 30 seconds, or until chocolate chips are fully melted. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  • Combine banana flour, chopped pecans, cocoa, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla extract, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 1 minutes then add melted chocolate chips to mixture, and process for an additional 2-3 minutes, stopping to scrape side of bowl as needed, until mixture is very fine fine and crumbly.
  • Using clean hands, form mixture into 8 ~ 1 inch balls, and place them on a serving dish, or in a storage container. If not consuming all of the Brownie Bites right away, you can store them in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 week,

Notes

*Feel free to add additional maple syrup if you find these brownie bites are not sweet enough for your tastes, as I tend to make my treats “less sweet” than some people are accustomed to.
If mixture won’t stick together with 3 tablespoons of milk, add additional milk, in small increments, until dough is sticky enough.

Nutrition

Serving: 1“bite” | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.7mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword chocolate energy bites, no bake energy bites
Diet Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegan
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Happy Belly Brownie Bites! You'd never guess that these luscious, super chocolaty Brownie Bites are made with organic green banana flour, a resistant starch that helps promote a happy, healthy gut microbiome! | This no-bake recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make and is vegan, gluten free, and grain free

Let’s Chat!

Have you tried green banana flour before? Did you learn anything about the health benefits of resistant starch in this post? Do you have questions about resistance starch? Are you craving chocolate today too???

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36 thoughts on “Happy Belly Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites + The Nutrition Scoop on Resistant Starch”

  1. Natasha Shepherd

    I am so happy I came across this recipe. I’m trying the Metabolic Reset diet…the lazy version lol and I couldn’t hack the taste of the Green Banana Flour in a Smoothie. The diet calls for 1/4 cup of the Banana flour PER smoothie and I just couldn’t for the life of me get the smoothie down so I was looking for an alternative way to get the benefits of resistant starch. I came across this recipe and I love these little bites! I’m not vegan so I did use regular dark chocolate, used processed almonds instead of pecans and oat milk and I missed the salt but they still turned out pretty darn good.

    1. Hi Natasha! Thanks so much for sharing your adaptations to the recipe! I’m so happy you found it, and liked the Green Banana Flour Brownie Bites. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Tried this with Deccandiaries brand NeeRaw Jaggery(coconut nectar) instead of maple syrup . Was super nice!! Was a little skeptical to use raw banana flour but turned out really good.

  3. Didnt taste sweet, tasted mostly like cocoa powder, and definitely needed a bit more than 3 tbsp of milk to make it moist enough to form into balls. We had to use lactaid instead of almond milk and are trying covering them in powdered sugar and putting them in the freezer, to see if they make a nice cool treat.

    1. Hi Paulelle! Thanks for your feedback. The recipe indicates to add additional sweetener per your own taste. And, I just added another tip in the recipe, based on your feedback, to add additional milk if the dough is not sticky enough.They definitely have an intense chocolate taste πŸ™‚ Hopefully you got them made to your taste with the additional powdered sugar. Cheers!

    1. You can use a double boiler method on the stove to melt the chocolate chips. That’s the only thing that requires the microwave from what I can see.

  4. Thank you for this great recipe that sounds so good. Haven’t made them yet. Just wondering if you know if we could substitute carob for the chocolate? Unfortunately for me, I’m not supposed to be eating chocolate, but I really love dark chocolate. anyway, if anyone knows, I’d appreciate your response. Thanks!

    1. Hi Caroline! You just put them in the fridge-no baking required πŸ™‚ Honestly, I’m not sure how they would turn out if you tried baking them, but please let me know if you give it a try! Cheers1

  5. Pretty cool idea, I can’t wait to try making these! Banana flour is very easy to make at home. Just peel the skin off the green banana lengthwise along the ridge using a knife to cut into the top layer, slice thinly and place on parchment paper, then dry it out either in the oven on its lowest setting for at least 3 hours or in the sun until all the moisture is gone. Then you can blend it into a fine powder. That’s it! Store it in the fridge or freezer in an air tight container. Traditionally in the Caribbean, we make a porridge with it in its ground up state with milk and sweetener, cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg and cook it over low medium heat for 15 minutes until thick. It’s a very hearty and comforting dish and a great alternative to cream of wheat.

  6. I made a wonderful ginger cookie with green banana flour then found out I should be eating it raw not cooked. Was pointed here by a friend and tried these brownie bites and they were wonderful Since I do not eat sugar at all, I subbed out Yacon Syrup for the maple syrup and actually used hemp milk, found I needed the full 3 TBS. OH I also used Lilly’s Stevia sweetened chocolate and they turned out perfect. Though note melt on 30 second stirring intervals at 50% power or Lilly’s will burn. These were amazing!!! They will be in my Christmas cookie tins for sure and I plan to keep a box in the fridge frequently and they were great to take to a cookout and share.

    1. Hi Shellia! Thanks so much for your comment along with your substitutions. I’ve never eaten Yacon Syrup, but it’s on my list to try now πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed the brownie bites! Feel free to send me a tin at Christmas. Ha, ha. Cheers!

  7. O.M.G. Tried making these last night. I subbed 1/2 cup cashew butter, as I was just missing the pecans. They came out perfect and delicious!!! Can’t wait to try them with pecans next time as I love pecans too. Oooh, then maybe macadamia nuts….oh the possibilities πŸ™‚

  8. I made these exactly as directed and never got a “crumbly” texture. Made some adjustments and tasted okay, but weird overall

    1. Hi Susan. Thanks so much for letting me know about your experience with making the brownie bites. I wonder if the difference is in the food processor, as the pecans need to get very finally chopped up-almost to a nut butter consistency, but not quite. Sorry they turn out well for you!

  9. I have never heard of green banana flour and doubt we have it yet in the UK, but I”m coming back to see my Dad in Florida in March so will hunt it down then. I’m not a huge banana fan (I grudgingly eat one before a long workout) but I read above in the comments that the flavour disappears in recipes. Great info on RS too. Sharing xx

    1. No doubt you will be able to find green banana flour in Florida πŸ™‚ It really doesn’t taste like bananas at all-my MIL can’t stand them, and I’m sure she would have no idea these are made with bananas. Glad you enjoyed the post-thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Not a banana fan? You and my mother-in-law, both πŸ™‚ If you were to taste the green banana flour straight up, you might detect a slight hint of banana, but once it’s mixed with the other ingredients, you can’t taste it at all!

  10. I feel so informed now! I’m always fascinated by resistant starch and all that I continue to learn about it. But I’d never heard of green banana flour! What a great idea. I can’t wait to try it out at home!

  11. Okay, you’ve done it again. First off, mind blown on this recipe. Have never tried this banana flour but now I’m heading to sprouts and going to look for it! If not for sale there, going to buy online for sure! I definitely learned some new things on RS and think I need to tell my mom to eat more! She’s trying to fill her diet with dementia busting foods so this is a great way it sounds like, even if research is still on the fence. It can’t hurt her! Please bring one or two or three for my chocolate craving next hike πŸ™‚

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