Bananas on SCD- Uses and Tips


Ripe Bananas SCD

Ripe Bananas SCD

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:

homemade banana chips

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  1. Bananas are one of the main reasons I have been skeptical about the SCD. I’ve been unwilling to try them, even when very ripe, because of the intense stomach pain they’ve given me in the past.

    In “The Curious Cook,” Harold McGee has a chapter on persimmons, where he discusses how to neutralize the tannins that make them astringent. He mentions that tannins can cause proteins to coagulate in the stomach, which can cause digestive distress, and he cites bananas coagulating in the blender as another example of this phenomenon.

    Ripening is the primary means neutralizing tannins, and it can be accelerated by putting the fruit in an airtight container, which increases the exposure to carbon dioxide. For that reason, I thought actually sealing bananas in plastic would help, although I admit it’s done little for the plantains we bought weeks ago. McGee cautions that the plastic must be airtight, though – microwave-safe plastic wrap will not work.

    Does the SCD say anything about tannins? I believe they’re also a problem with cranberries.

    • I don’t know that I’ve read anything about tannins on SCD. My son actually doesn’t do well with bananas, I can use them in baking or he can have a few banana chips, but if he gets more than about half a banana a day his digestive system gets thrown off. I was thinking it was fructose for a while, but now I think it’s just bananas and I hope he grows out of it. It happens with apples with him too, but only those fruits.

      But the rest of us do well with them.

  2. In my personal experience, under-ripe bananas cause constipation, over-ripe bananas cause diarhea. So, I rarely eat them, because it’s hard to get them at the perfect stage. Don’t know if that is helpful to anyone else.

  3. I believe it’s the tannins that cause constipation, and why bananas are a recommended treatment for diarrhea (persimmons are too).

    I have problems with apples too. And peaches and plums. I don’t know if it’s fructose or sorbitol.

  4. Hi,
    I have had a hard, hard health journey over the last 2 years. I’ve lost a lot of weight and am extremely underweight. My doctor is now starting to think I have an eating disorder. Needless to say, I’m too scared to go back to the doctor.
    My bowels for a long time were loose, mushy, stool…always incomplete. nutritonists put me on no dairy and heavier on grains, beans , and vegetarian protein powders, etc….I mentally found it tough to eat grains (haven’t been able to exercise at all), so that was hard.
    For the last couple of years, I have intense, horrible “stitches’ in my ribs and guts …cramping, but like gripping of the intestines, etc…i guess like extremely , extremely severe gas…my iron and WBC are ultra low…everything else on blood work okay…now i get constipation severe routinely (and I mean sever).I feel i am literally impacted with food that will not come out..but i’m rail thin (alarmingly)…so doctors just stare at me…i’m scare of doctors (long story)…so i started with a newer naturopath and she recommended these homeopathic supps, lot of other supps (omegas, etc etc) and a potential diet plan much heavier on yogurt, eggs, fruits, veggies, some potatoes, maybe some brown rice, meat, poultry, fish, oils, raw cheeses, etc…i worry though about all the heavy meats…plus i tend to go overboard with yogurt and whey protein and i feel guilty for that bigtime…but sometimes its easier to get it down when i feel so so so full, in pain, cramped, constipated, nauseous at times, dead dead tired…i basically walk once or twice a day, i look ridiculous…I’m at a loss…
    i did some googling and i personally seem to match the following: diverticulitis (left abdominal stitching is so so bad), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and adrenal fatigue.
    Any thoughts? I feel silly for reaching out to internet strangers…but maybe i’m just desperate…is it possible i just was not or do not eat enough (my calorie intake is so low now…but i’m not sure what the hell will kill my tummy now)…i’m heavy on fats…i do eat nuts, etc also…i take gas-x frequently…at complete loss..soryr if this is bizarre,,,but any thoughts? maybe i ought to just listen to the naturopath (though the diet seems strict on low…and i need to gain!!! but healthy)…confused

    • Hi J,
      I’m not very experienced in digestive issues (we’re doing SCD for autism and fortunately haven’t had many digestion problems) but I would look into the GAPS Intro diet, as it very slowly introduces very digestible nourishing foods. I hope you find something that helps!

    • Hi J,
      I don’t know if you have had your questions answered since it has been over 3 years but if not, maybe I can help you (and others). Have you considered being celiac where you can’t eat gluten? Our entire family is gluten free and dairy free. I use to have terrible stomach pains, constipation, painful diarrhea, sore belly button, skin problems, being underweight (which celiac can have the opposite problem too), sore knees, canker sores, etc. You can go to and get tested for the celiac and gluten sensitive gene(s). Hope you are feeling better now because it hurts eating food that your body does not like. I feel so much better being gluten and dairy free. Take care.

      • One more thing, I can’t eat bananas since it causes oral allergy syndrome (itchy throat and ears) plus stomach, gas pains too. My daughter gets the pains like me.

  5. I just wanted to say thank you for your blog. I will be starting a GAPS-like diet (still not sure I can do the whole thing!) and I’ve been looking for a blog to follow for initial recipes, suggestions, tips, etc. Yours is great!!! I’m already eating pretty well but I could definitely use more animal products and veggies in my diet. I’m looking forward to learning more here!

  6. I love your practical system for catching bananas at the peak of their potential. And thanks for the links to the recipes! I’d like to start scoping out good deals on coconut flour.

  7. We’ve been on a banana streak in our house lately. So it’s nice to see someone else posting about them, maybe it’s not just us!

  8. You can throw the whole banana (in peel) into the freezer and just defrost before using (use any “water” that comes out of it) and you can also use them frozen in smoothies. I just hold it under running water for a minute and take a sharp knife and peel the banana and pop it into the blender..mmmm!

  9. ONLY BUY ORGANIC BANANAS now, they ARE HEAVILY SPRAYED. I cannot digest conventional bananas, but I can eat Organic. I thought I was going crazy until I researched and found many articles about them being sprayed A LOT!!!

  10. Per earlier comment …APPLES &PEACHES are on the list as HEAVILY Sprayed with pesticides too which can cause reactions Always buy them Organic. heavily sprayed foods can test positive for 100 types of pesticide resides. The dirty dozen food list to always buy ORGANIC:

  11. Is there any preparation to dehydrating the bananas?? Just cut them up, put them on the tray and turn the dehydrator on…is that it?? I was shocked to read earlier this week that what’s typically sold as banana chips in stores are fried bananas. That’s why they are always listed with coconut oil.

    Thanks for this article.


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