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This Weekend is Bananas

Posted Feb 27 2011 5:28pm

Until yesterday, what had I not eaten in over a year?  No, not meat.  It’s been way more than a year since I’ve had that.  I’m talking about bananas.

That’s right — over a year.  Honestly, I don’t eat a lot of fruit anymore.  When I am leaning out, I don’t eat fruit at all.  Even now, when I am eating a lot more carbs, I’m not eating tons of fruit.  I eat half an apple a few times a week, and I sometimes throw a scant 1/4 cup of blueberries on my oatmeal.  That’s it.

In search of some good banana flavor, then, I finally got to try my Muscle Gauge Banana protein powder, and I love it.  I’m even considering mixing 1/2 a scoop of that with 1/2 a scoop peanut butter protein powder to make my own custom flavor.  Protein powder, though, doesn’t change the fact that I still hadn’t eaten an actual banana in forever.

But yesterday was a different story.  Yesterday was a moderate carb day for me — 60g carbs from starchy sources & fruits.  Since I had bootcamp at 11 AM, I figured I’d try stacking all those carbs into one pre-bootcamp meal instead of spreading them over 2-3 meals.  The result was this:

Banana Oatmeal!

And it was goooood.  That’s 40 grams of oats, one medium banana (116 grams), chopped and thrown into the oats when half cooked, 2 teaspoons of peanut butter, and one scoop Muscle Gauge Cinnamon Bun protein powder.

Today I had a leftover banana, not too ripe, to use up.  I wasn’t going to eat it; the banana oatmeal I made yesterday was kind of a once in a while deal.  And David is one of those weirdos who only likes his bananas under ripe.  Like green.  Ick.  So I used up the ripe banana by making some Banana Oat Bread for David.

Banana Oat Bread

This is super simple, super sweet, has no cane sugar, and could be modified to be less decadent (omit the cranberries) or more decadent (add chocolate chips!).

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 medium banana, well mashed
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves to taste
handful dried cranberries (about 1/3 cup)
large handful walnuts, roughly broken (probably 1/3 cup)

1.  Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the egg, mashed banana, and milk.  Stir well.  Fold in the cranberries and walnuts, reserving a few walnuts for the top.  Bake in a sprayed loaf pan at 350-degrees for 30 minutes or until center is firm.

I tried this, and it’s good.  Better than the failed protein cakes and bars I’ve attempted over the last few weeks.  In fact, this bread is so good, it’s pretty much bananas.  (Yeah, I went there.)

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