Going Bananas…

I spend an inordinate amount of time in the produce section when I’m grocery shopping.  It seems as though I discover a new fruit or vegetable with each and every trip.  This time I found some miniature bananas that are just about the cutest fruit I’ve ever seen!  I brought them home and the boys went bananas (hardy-har-har) over them!!  They have BEGGED to have one every day since I brought them home.  What a delight…to have my boys begging to eat fruit.  Today I decided to turn one of the mini bananas into an extra special treat by dipping it in a melted Chocoperfection bar (you can find these sugar-free bars on Amazon or Netrition).

In today’s lunch I also included a homemade protein bar filled with all kinds of yummy goodness.  It’s a recipe I adapted from this site.

No-Bake Protein Bars

2 cups of uncooked, fast-cooking oatmeal
½ cup natural peanut butter OR almond butter OR sunbutter
2 scoops of protein powder (I use Jay Robb Vanilla protein powder which you can buy on-line at Netrition, Amazon or at some vitamin stores)
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds (I use golden flaxseeds and grind them in my Blendtec blender…purchased at Costco)
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
½ cup water

Optional mix-in ideas:  sugar-free chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc…

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, knead all the ingredients together until mixed well.
  2. Line a square 8-inch pan with wax paper (IMPORTANT) and press the dough into it using your fingers.
  3. Freeze for 30 minutes. Remove and cut into 8 squares.
  4. OPTIONAL:  Drizzle with melted chocolate (I did this on half the batch and left the other half plain)
  5. Wrap individually, and refreeze or store in the refrigerator.  (I freeze mine and pull them out as needed)

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6 Responses to Going Bananas…

  1. Lynn says:

    Those protein bars sound yummy! Any suggestions for the kid who won’t eat PB or any of those varieties? I have an extremely picky eater on my hands and am trying to figure out how to get more protein in her diet.

  2. Shut the front Door! SO, I just happened upon this blog, because I of course wanted good lunch ideas that are healthy for my daughter. So, I fell in love with the blog,such great IDEAS!!! ANyway, come to find out, You are Jamie Shultz! WHAT?!?! Like, the photog/designer. Is there anything you don’t do girl?!?! Amazing!
    Thank you for the GREAT ideas! My daughter will surely thank you. :)

  3. Megan L says:

    Love this site. I have a one year old and can’t wait to get him off to a good start. Great ideas and I love the healthy recipes! Do you prefer to use the liquid stevia or the crystal form? I love to bake and am interested in trying stevia…

  4. Jan says:

    THANK YOU for making this recipe and publishing it on your blog. I am so happy to finally have a gluten free, sugar free, and soy free option for protein bars. You are my hero for today!

  5. Gayle says:

    Do you have the nutritional info for this recipe?

  6. thanks for it, gonna try this

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