This Surprising Ingredient Makes Cookies Healthier, New Study Says – Eat This Not That
Next time you eat a banana, you might want to save the skin and put it to good use instead of throwing it in the trash. In fact, you can incorporate the oft-tossed part of the fruit into your baking. While it might seem like a weird idea, it turns out that adding banana peels to your sugar cookies can make them both healthier and more satisfying.
In a study published by ACS Food Science and Technology, researchers ground banana peels into flour which they then added to cookie dough before it was baked. The result biscuits made from banana peel flour satisfied those who ate them more than biscuits made simply from wheat flour. On top of that, the cookies were healthier than they otherwise would have been thanks to the banana peel flour offering fiber, magnesium, and potassium, as well as antioxidant compounds.
“If I had a dehydrator, I’d be everywhere baking cookies to test it myself,” dietitian Amanda Sauceda, MS, RDrecount Eat this, not that!. “Using banana peel flour might be a good option for those who want to add a little extra nutrition to their cookies while maintaining the cookie quality.”
Sauceda also notes that “we often overlook the power of fruit and vegetable peels and bananas are no different.” Noting that “banana peels contain fiber and fiber helps you stay full, which is why this flour might be more satisfying,” Sauceda explains, “there’s also a lot of potassium in the peels, which is important for heart health and nerve function.”
Of course, “if you don’t like banana peel flour, you can always save your banana peels to make homemade fertilizer because your tomato plants will love that potassium.”
How to use banana peels in your baking
If you’d like to try making your own banana peel flour to use in your baking, Sauceda has a key tip, saying, “I’d make sure to wash or clean the peels thoroughly (which you wouldn’t normally do for a banana).”
However, Sauceda is also sure to note, “If you have a cookie recipe that you love as is, don’t feel like you have to make it ‘healthy’ by adding banana peels. Sometimes you just want a cookie. whether it’s a cookie. If the banana peel flour adds nutrients that you would like in your diet or you enjoy the flavor or texture it brings to your cookie, that’s what really matters.”
Desirée O is a freelance writer who covers, among other things, lifestyle, food and nutrition news. Read more