Green Bananas

These are a favorite Live Dirty, Eat Clean starch—good for your microbes, your waistline, and your blood sugar. Pair them with veggies or animal protein for a delicious meal.


*Serves 2 to 4



3 unripened green bananas

2 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee (optional)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste



PLACE THE UNPEELED GREEN bananas in a medium pot and fill with enough water to cover them by an inch. You may need to cut them in half to fit in the pot. Bring the water to a boil over high heat and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. When they’re done, they should feel tender when you stick them with a fork, and the skins may turn dark brown or black with cooking. Remove the bananas from the water and allow them to cool slightly. Remove the skins and mash the green bananas with a fork, adding in the clarified butter if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

These are great with other Live Dirty, Eat Clean recipes found in The Microbiome Solution (Penguin 2015), including Vegetable Stir-Fry (with shrimp) (page 240), Flank Steak (page 247), Turkey Burgers (page 246), Broiled Miso Orange Glazed Salmon (page 241), or any of the chicken dishes.


Recipe by Elise Museles of Kale and Chocolate. First appeared in The Microbiome Solution (Penguin 2015).