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Once upon a time, we had a bunch of bananas sitting on our kitchen counter. Since we were getting company on the weekend, my mom got another bunch of bananas to serve with breakfast. Hardly anybody ate any bananas (company or otherwise), so we were left with eight speckled bananas, just sitting there rotting. Briana hates to waste things, so she used four spotted bananas to make banana bread. It tasted good, but it was very, very, very mushy in the middle. So she used the other four bananas, tweaked the recipe, and made banana bars. They’re good.
It’s a common misconception that bananas are off limits on the Trim Healthy Mama eating lifestyle (which you can read more about here). While bananas are limited to half a banana at a time in an E setting with protein alongside them to blunt a blood sugar spike, they’re OK to eat. I really enjoy bananas and banana-flavored things, and I don’t have a problem sticking to the 1/2-banana rule, so we keep bananas in the house quite often. Sometimes they don’t get eaten, though, so then I make things with them. Personally, I’ve found that if I don’t eat some banana every once in awhile, my feet start cramping at night. Don’t be afraid of those bananas, y’all! Please do note that because of the bananas included in these, you shouldn’t eat more than two of these banana bars in one sitting (and that would be the majority of your carb source for an E meal). There is some protein in these bars already, but adding some more on the side wouldn’t be a bad idea.
If you have trouble hacking alternative sweeteners like stevia, try a recipe like this that uses fruit for part of the sweetness (and check the link below the recipe to see my preferred sweetener – the brand makes all the difference). These banana bars taste pretty normal if you ask me – not like diet food. You can add a little cream cheese drizzle on the top if you like; check out my banana bread mini donut recipe for the cream cheese drizzle recipe. You want to use reduced fat cream cheese and keep your fat to under 5 grams per serving so these remain an E for Trim Healthy Mamas.
These banana bars are good warm but are pretty soft like a lot of things made with banana tend to be. I prefer them cold, and I think they would be great with ice cream!
For my allergy-conscious folks, the only source of dairy in these bars comes from the whey protein powder. You could replace it with a non-dairy protein powder, and another alternative suggested by some of my allergy-friendly blogging buddies is collagen.
Need more E dessert ideas? Here ya go!
Question of the day: do you get tired of chocolate desserts?
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 4 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 T lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- ½ tsp. salt
- 6 doonks THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder (a doonk is 1/32 tsp.)
- 1 cup oat flour (just ground up oats...use gluten free oats if necessary)
- ⅔ cup oat fiber (use gluten free if necessary)
- 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder, such as THM Pristine Whey Protein
- 1 T cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground cloves
- 1½ tsp. baking soda
- Beat wet ingredients together (I used a hand mixer). Add the dry ingredients, baking soda last, and beat again until combined. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch glass pan and shake to smooth the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out cleanly and the middle is not super-soggy (it will be soft). Let the bars sit for a few minutes at least before cutting into 15 pieces. They're good warm but will be very soft. I like them best cold. Store these bars in the refrigerator.
Trim Healthy Mamas, I recommend eating no more than 2 of these bars in a sitting (that would be the majority of your carb source for an E meal). Of course if you just eat one bar, you can have some other carbs along with it. These bars do have some protein of their own, but some additional lean protein wouldn't be a bad idea.
- Oat Fiber
- Whey Protein Powder
- THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder, gluten free oat fiber, and whey protein powder can all be purchased from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.
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