If you want to split a banana into three even segments but don't have a knife handy, we've got good news; you don't need one. The best way to easily split a peeled banana without a knife is to push your finger into the base to separate the segments into three spear-shaped lengths.
While it may look like a banana doesn't have any segments, like those found in oranges, it naturally splits into a trio of even pieces with the addition of a little gentle pressure. This is because the entire fruit is made up of three carpels that have fused to look like one. But why would you need to split a banana into lengths anyway? Perfectly packaged and easy to transport, the humble banana is nature's fast food; simply peel and enjoy. However, when you're out with a hungry weaning baby who doesn't have any teeth, it simply doesn't make safety sense to give your little one an entire banana to munch on. Splitting the banana into three segments makes it easier for your munchkin to nosh on a manageable portion. Plus, the spear-like shape means they can hold one end in their pudgy fist while safely eating the top section.
Lengths of banana are also useful for dipping into chocolate and sprinkles to make cute little snacks because they aren't as fiddly as slices. Plus, skipping the chopping reduces prep time and means you won't have any utensils or a cutting board to wash up afterward.
Split Your Banana Into Three Equal Lengths
The first step to prepping your fruit is to peel your banana and discard the skin. Then cradle it in your hand and use a finger from your free hand to push through one end. This simple, gentle movement should release one segment of the banana so you can get your finger under it. Continue this fluid action along the entire length of the fruit to release the whole section before picking up the remaining piece and splitting it into two. At this point, you should have three sticks of banana that are perfectly separate and evenly sized, ready to be used to make anything from grilled banana splits, to banana cream boats, and more.
Or, why not place your split bananas on top of some cake batter just before it goes in the oven to make a pretty topping on an aromatic banana bread? It's a breezy way to replicate the professional look of bakery-style banana loaves at home. Bananas are also a great post-gym snack because they release energy slowly into the body and contain both magnesium and potassium. Toss one in your bag before you next hit the gym to recover faster after an exercise session.
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