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Friday Foodie: Breakfast or Snack Bar

Friday Foodie: Breakfast or Snack Bar

You are going to LOVE these. Super simple and quick to make, they are a great breakfast bar or an afternoon snack.

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Friday Foodie: Breakfast or Snack Bar
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
This is a quick and easy recipe that even your pickiest breakfast eater will enjoy.
Ingredients
  • ½ c peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ c almonds
  • 4-7 pitted dates
  • ¼ c dried cherries,
  • 2 Tbs. natural cocoa
  • ¼ c unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ c raw pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • 1 c rolled oats (not minute or instant)
  • optional: ¼ c raisins or chopped nuts
  • optional for snack bars: ¼ c dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line a large loaf pan with parchment paper
  3. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, heat nut butter and banana until nut butter is softened and completely combined. Remove from heat.
  4. In a blender or food processor, coarsely chop almonds, dates, and cherries.
  5. Add coconut flakes and process a few seconds to break up flakes.
  6. Transfer to a bowl.
  7. Add oats and pepitas and any optionals.
  8. Pour banana mixture over dry ingredients.
  9. Stir till combined.
  10. Press into loaf pan.
  11. Bake for 30 mins.
  12. Allow to cool before cutting.
  13. breakfast bars or cut into bite size pieces for a healthy snack.

 

Friday-Foodie

Friday Foodie: Banana Wraps

Friday Foodie: Banana Wraps

This is a great snack to make at home, or take to work and make there. These fill you up and satisfy your hunger until dinner time.

Remove Romaine lettuce leaves from bunch. Slice a banana lengthwise, four times. Spread 1/2-1 tsp. of almond butter or your favorite nut butter, down the center of the leaf. Place one length of banana on the leaf, fold up end, fold in sides and fold over top. Delicious! Makes 4. You can share…or not!

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Banana Ice Cream Pie

Friday Foodie: Banana “Ice Cream” Pie

 

 

Since I don’t eat many sweets these days, usually just a square of 85% chocolate a day, I get a craving for a proper dessert now and then. I came up with this idea through experimenting with an uncooked chocolate oat ball that didn’t hold together as planned, and well, it evolved into a little frozen banana “ice cream” pie that is quite nice and fixed my sweet tooth right up!

crumbs, crust, dessert

(In the picture, the small bowl is the crumbs before baking, then the crust and the final dessert.)

I actually ate this for breakfast this morning, as I had to be sure my experiment was a success before I posted the recipe. Some one has to make these kinds of sacrifices! Bananas, oats, cocoa….pretty nutritious!

I started with 3/4 cup of old fashioned oats, 2 Tbs natural cocoa, 2 Tbs real maple syrup (I think raw honey would work too) and 1/4 cup of raw almond butter. Mix this together with a fork. It should be sticky enough to hold together in a ball, but crumble easily.

Divide among four ramekins. Press into layer that covers the bottom. Bake at 375 for ten minutes. Remove and cool.

While crust is baking, peel three bananas and place in food processor. Add 3 Tbs chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond, soy, hemp or coconut milk. If you don’t have the vanilla milk, add 1/2 tsp of real vanilla flavor to the mix. Process until smooth.

Banana Ice Cream Pie

Place banana mixture in freezer for thirty minutes while crust cools. Remove from freezer, stir and divide banana among the four ramekins with crust. Freeze until firm. Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving. I froze mine overnight and had to let it set for 30 minutes before eating. If you make ahead, just pull out of the freezer when you sit down to dinner and they should be perfect by the end of the meal.

Friday Foodie: Banana "Ice Cream" Pie
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
A delicious healthy frozen dessert with bananas and oats.
Ingredients
  • ¾ c old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbs natural cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • ¼ c raw almond butter
  • 3 bananas
  • 3 Tbs walnut pieces
  • ½ c unsweetened vanilla almond, soy, hemp or coconut milk
  • ½ tsp real vanilla flavor
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Mix oats, cocoa, syrup and almond butter together with a fork
  3. Divide between four ramekins
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until crisp
  5. Set aside to cool
  6. While crust is baking, combine bananas, nuts, milk and flavor in food processor
  7. Process until smooth
  8. Pour into a shallow container and place in freezer for 30 mins
  9. Stir mixture
  10. Divide among four ramekins, freeze for 30 mins
  11. Serve
  12. If made ahead of time, allow to sit 30 mins before serving to soften the banana mixture

 

banana nut oatmea

Friday Foodie: Banana Nut Oatmeal

banana nut oatmeal

The weather outside is frightful! The wind is gusting up to 60 miles an hour today, a high of 27 and wind chill of 4 along with snow flurries, makes me want to stay inside with something warm and cozy to eat! Oatmeal, as a child, meant plain ole oatmeal with lots of brown sugar piled on top, but this healthier version takes out the brown sugar and adds some healthy ingredients to the mix. I think you’ll like this one for sure! (oh, and please excuse the chipped bowl.)

Friday Foodie: Banana Nut Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2
 
This delicious hearty oatmeal will fill you up and keep you satisfied throughout the morning.
Ingredients
  • 1⅔ cups of water
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs almond or peanut butter
  • 2 tsps pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsps chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Pour water into saucepan with burner on high.
  2. Add oats and cinnamon.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium.
  5. Add sliced banana.
  6. Cook for five minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Turn off heat.
  8. Add almond or peanut butter and maple syrup.
  9. Stir to incorporate.
  10. Pour into bowls.
  11. Sprinkle each bowl with 1 tsp of chopped walnuts.