On the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet bananas must be all yellow with lots of brown spots before using. This ensures that they have converted the vast majority of their starch into simple sugars. Starch is not allowed on GAPS or SCD because it travels to lower in the GI tract, feeding the pathogenic bacteria that we are trying to starve out. Simple sugars are absorbed quickly and do not give the pathogens a chance to feed.
It took me a while to get the hang of using bananas on GAPS. I’d buy one bunch at a time, and they seemed to take forever to ripen and then we’d use them all up in a day. I finally figured out a banana system that works for our family.
Our Banana System
- Buy in bulk. I buy an entire box (about a dozen bunches) at a time at Costco, or at the health food store if they are running a sale. Bananas aren’t heavily (if at all) sprayed and are one of the fruits that are not important to buy organic.
- Choose unblemished fruit. Bananas that have any blemishes on them more often than not will rot before they ripen all the way. It may not be noticeable if they are green or yellow, but any bruises will be very apparent by the time they are ripe! So choose your bananas carefully.
- Unwrap. As soon as we get home, we free our bananas of any plastic wrapping. They seem to ripen faster when they aren’t covered in plastic, and the plastic also can trap moisture, which encourages mold – yuck.
- Set a morning to process. Once the bananas are finally ripe, we set one bunch out to use in recipes like banana nut muffins, and the rest we slice and dry in the dehydrator and flash freeze. To dry, simply slice into evenly sized coins and lay flat on the dehydrator tray. They can touch, they will shrink as they dry. To flash freeze simply peel the bananas and then lay them onto a cookie sheet, try to avoid having them touch for this. Then place the cookie sheet into the freezer and once frozen, flex to pop the bananas off. Then they can be transfered to a zip-top bag and stored in the freezer. To use in smoothies just use as is frozen or cut in half if it helps your blender. To use in baked goods, thaw the bananas needed in a bowl and use in the recipe- they are easier to mash this way too.
Grain Free recipes that use bananas on Health, Home, & Happiness: