Oh Bananas

Love love love those babies!  They can be used in so many different ways and can make so many great meals, from sweet to savory!  And on top of that, this weeks BSI by Lara is BananasWhat are your favorite ways to eat bananas?  I’m a sucker for them in cereal, w/ pb or as bananas foster…omg amazing.

So how did I have bananas today?  In two ways:

One, to finish off my chobs this morning, and with some kashi go lean cereal and bear fit naked granola:

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I spent the morning out on the lake helping one of the other projects with their snail traps.  It was pretty cool because I got to see lots of snails, fish, sirens, and turtles!  The only thing I have to complain about was the hydrilla…this plant gives you the worst rash ever when you touch too much of it…and since I was wading around in MOUNDS of it…you can guess what I’m covered in: LITTLE RED BUMPS.  We actually call it hydrilla herpes…hahaha…

We got off the lake around 11.30 and as soon as we got to the car I dove into my lunch!   I ate the apple and carrots first, then dove into my super super pb filled sandwich…I finally hit the bottom of the jar and finished it…love ALL NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER!!!

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I actually didn’t eat the piece of blackberry bread that was in there and saved it for my snack later on, that I paired up w/ some very ripe cantaloupe and strawberries!  Everything tasted great!  Nice and juicy and fresh!

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I spent the afternoon baking up a new bread and went for a nice 3 mile walk with Brad to get some exercise in, as I’m trying to let my leg heal.  Oh, but I think I figured out one of many reasons why it has started to hurt again: NO ARCH SUPPORT.  As far up as my quad is from my feet, my feet have a huge effect on many other parts of my body.  I know that when I don’t have support for my high arches that not only will my quads hurt but so will my calves, and to an even greater extent.  So since I basically live in my zoris (Japanese for flip flops) I wore my running shoes on the nice sandy road we walked along.  And of course, I was very much enjoying all the lightening and thunder in the distance!

I really wanted to have pizza for dinner but the kitchen had already been taken over by my coworkers so I had to resort to the limited use of the toaster oven.  I decided to settle on an open faced wrap with this pesto I’ve been dying to use:

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The flavor was great and super strong with the basil and sun-dried tomatoes, but it was a tad bit salty.  I think I might try diluting it with a bit of regular tomato pieces/sauce/mash. Think that would help/work?

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I had it along side about a 1/3 of a cucumber and a mango.

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Look at the cheesy-pesto goodness!  

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My mango wasn’t quite ripe enough though.

But the best part of the day: more banana!  Use/way to eat number two: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  I took a pretty staple recipe and totally tweaked it to make it a bit more healthy.  I used what I had on hand and made the best of what I could think to make it a bit better.

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Ingredients:

  • 1C all purpose flour
  • 1C whole wheat flour
  • 1/3C cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • sprinkle/dash of cinnamon
  • 1/3C packed brown sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4C unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1C unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 2 bananas, one smashed and one diced
  • 1/2C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a loaf pan.
  2. Mix together brown sugar, egg whites, apple sauce, almond breeze and smashed banana in one bowl, then mix in all dry ingredients (both flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon).
  3. Make sure not to over mix and add in the diced banana and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
  4. Spread evenly into the bread pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, checking at 60.
  5. Presto!  Wonderfully chunky chocolaty banana bread!!!

Have a great Friday night everyone!!!

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25 Responses to Oh Bananas

  1. Sarah (lovINmytummy) says:

    I’m glad you decided to take a walk with your man instead of running. You might want to look into getting some orthodics for arch support. I was going to have a pair made before my injury. Your insurance will usually pay for them if you get a doctor to prescribe them.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Anne says:

    I love bananas sliced in oatmeal, or sliced in a greek yogurt mix. I also like them with nut butter as a snack. Yum, that bread looks amazing!
    Also, I agree with Sarah– I got custom orthotics cause I have super flat feet, and they’ve done wonders. My insurance paid for them. You might want to look into it.
    Have a great night!

  3. Run Sarah says:

    Ouch, I hate plants that cause rashes etc, so uncomfortable. I love bananas with pb, cereal, or oatmeal…yum!!

  4. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks says:

    I love anything banana if it is paired with nut butter. I can never get enough of this combo!

    That recipe sounds awesome!

  5. Bec says:

    mmm that loaf looks amazing!

  6. jenngirl says:

    Bananas are my FAVORITE! I MUST have one with peanut butter each morning, like seriously, my day isn’t right without that flavor combo, but I think they are also AMAZING when baked into muffins..so much banana-y flavor!

  7. shelby says:

    I can’t have banana but I used to love it in banana bread!

    Mmm, your recipe sounds AMAZING!

  8. Jenny says:

    you are BANANAS girl.. (little ol’ Jenny’s witty.. eh? ;)!!) seriously though – awesome eats. bananas are my favorite fruit for sure – especially with PB :)

  9. ChickPea says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the pesto–I’ve been tempted to buy it before. Maybe I’ll make my own instead!
    Have a GREAT weekend!

  10. rediscoveringlauren says:

    hi girlie
    a walk with the boy sounds like fun :)
    lovin all the eats! and thanks for the bananabread reciepe! i cant wait to make it :)
    enjoy your weekend hun
    xxxx

  11. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) says:

    I agree with Sarah – some orthotics might really help. Hope you enjoyed your walk – I love distant thunderstorms. So cool to see thunder and lightning far away.

    Your pesto sounds delish, and I think it’s a good idea to mix it with plain tomato sauce. That should make it taste less salty.

    Chocolate Chocolate chip banana bread? Yum – sounds like the perfect way to eat bananas to me.

    Have a good weekend Melissa…hope you restocked your natural PB! :)

  12. glidingcalm says:

    Nanas are the bessssst. And that banan bread looks amazzzzzzzzing!!

    sorry about your red bumps! do they itch or hurt?

  13. ellie says:

    I mix pesto with melted laughing cow cheese when it’s strong and it tastes great :)

  14. Balance, Joy and Delicias! says:

    walking with your man must have been really enjoyable and good for your legs!
    You made me crave pizza and banana bread now! both of them look scrumptious!!!
    my fav way to eat banana: in oatmeal and in banana breads! :)

  15. K from ksgoodeats says:

    I think I’m the only blogger who doesn’t like bananas! Crazy right?! Your baking looks fantastic as usual :)

  16. burpandslurp says:

    I don’t really like bananas plain. I like them cooked, sauted, or mashed into breads and oatmeals.
    that bread looks like a hunk!

  17. ttfn300 says:

    delicious banana bread!!

  18. Erin of Care to Eat says:

    I love bananas when they’re blended into smoothies or GRILLED!
    Are those bumps itchy?!
    I have orthodics and honestly, they’re life changing. So worth it!

  19. Thinspired says:

    Yay for bananas! I feel the same way about them, obviously ;) I think my favorite way to have them is in yogurt or cereal.
    I think I need orthodics too! Do you have flat feet like me? It’s horrible!

  20. Thinspired says:

    P.S. Thanks for spreading the word on BSI ;)

  21. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome chocolate banana bread recipe – as someone who is frightened of baking (wimpy, I know), its great! :)

    Hope you’re having an awesome weekend!

  22. Brandi says:

    the bread looks great!

    i love bananas in oatmeal or just smeared with nut butter of some sort :)

  23. RachelK says:

    I am glad that you are taking it easy on your leg and allowing it to rest/heal. I must be the odd blogger out with bananas – I don’t like the taste or texture of them at all! Apples are my favorite fruit … maybe it has something to do with growing up in MN?
    Hope you are having a great Sunday!

  24. Aimee says:

    That bread looks amazing. I have super low arches, so my feet have troubled my running before when my shoe support is worn out.

  25. Marisa (Trim The Fat) says:

    Oh no, hydrilla herpes sound BAD!!!LOL!

    Your banana bread looks so yummy!!!

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