Going Bananas...

Feb. 16, 2011

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
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
cup water

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


  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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