Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

Have you ever eaten warm banana?

Think pie… bananas foster… breads.

When you bake a banana it becomes a gooey, caramel-y treat.  You don’t even need to use sugar.  Like in these muffins.

I’m not one to take the time to make a baked oatmeal in the morning, but I love having it for breakfast.  Especially as it gets colder outside!  Bake it in advance and you have a delicious instant breakfast, portioned out perfectly.  That’s the idea behind these.

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

I’ve done this before as Raspberry Banana Baked Oatmeal and as Sweet Potato Baked Oatmeal.  This round I wanted something reminiscent of bananas foster.  I remembered a technique I used to make a Banana Rum Raisin Banana Bread long ago.

So what’s strange about these?  You actually bake the bananas whole, in the skin.  They come out of the oven 10 minutes later black as night and oozing.  Remove the peel and you have a perfectly caramelized treat.

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

From there I used a mix of flavorings, protein, and oats to bulk it up.  Oh, and did I mention avocado?  I’ve done it before in baked goods like these cookies and this cake to replace butter or oil.  You can’t taste it and it’s a terrific way to get more healthy fats in.

They come out dense, like baked oatmeal rather than muffins, which is why I call them bites.

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

They are gluten-fee if you use gluten-free oats.  You can even make them vegan with a flax egg (1T flax meal + 3 T water).

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Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

  • 3 ripe bananas, skin on
  • 1 /4 C egg whites (or flax egg)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 avocado, mashed
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Rice Protein)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 C rolled oats
  • 1/4 C chopped pecans

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  

Place bananas on a cookie sheet  lined with foil or parchment and bake for 10 mins, until the skins are black and they have just started to seep.  Remove and allow to cool completely.  Go do your laundry or whatever – you want them cool so you don’t scramble your egg whites in the next step.

Prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners, or grease with cooking spray.

With a hand mixer or blender, blend together bananas and egg whites, and extracts.  Add avocado, protein powder egg, and extracts.  Blend just until smooth.  Fold in oats and nuts.

Pour batter evenly into tins.  Bake 20-25 mins, or until golden and slightly firm to the touch.

Enjoy a few fresh, and allow the remaining to cool completely before placing in a freezer bag for storage.  For a quick breakfast, remove muffin from the freezer and microwave ~30 seconds (until warmed through).

Notes: Don’t worry if you don’t have maple extract; you can also use maple syrup or leave out altogether. You can omit the avocado… but it really is good!

Makes 12 “bites.”

Approximate nutritionals (for 1): 119 calories, 3.6g fat, 15.7g sodium, 17.7g carbohydrates, 2.9g fiber, 3.7g sugar, 4.9g protein

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These also freeze really well – I’ve been eating them for weeks!

Have you ever baked a banana whole?

What’s your favorite oatmeal flavor add?

Roasted Brussels, Butternut, & Beets (Recipe)

Fall gets me excited for new produce.

It’s the little things… am I right?!

While I’ve seen a lot of strange in Vegas (some good, some BAD), this strange but good meal was done in advance of the trip.

Side note: I planned ahead?!  Who AM I?

Roasted Brussels, Butternut, & Beets… 

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Cauliflower & Eggplant Noodle Pumpkin Lasagna (Recipe)

You can do anything with cauliflower.

Really… I  bet you could even make ice cream. Maybe… that might be weird.

I’ve made cauliflower pizza, pancakes, waffles, sriracha muffins… the sky is the limit.  Why not sheets of noodles?  It sounds strange, but it works!

Cauliflower Sheet of … 

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Pumpkin Tomato Sauce Recipe

Recipe inspiration can come from anywhere.

I like to think this excuses my aimless wandering in Whole Foods.

This particular meandering trip paid off!  I happened down the tomato sauce aisle and a bright orange jar caught my eye.  It was pumpkin tomato sauce!  I immediately put it in my cart… then remembered to look at the price.  For $9.99 I could certainly make it myself, and I had nearly all of the ingredients at home.

I took a quick picture of the back of the label and scurried off to execute.

Pumpkin Sauce inspirationNormally I’m too lazy to actually follow through with a sauce idea.  For some reason using a saucepan seems like a lot of effort.  It’s really not.… 

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Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad

There is a distinct crispness in the air.

Before the sun comes up… after that… hey, we are in the South.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.   The colors, the refreshing coolness… and the food!  Everyone goes pumpkin crazy, but one of the best things out of Georgia in the fall is apples.

We make the requisite pies, doughnuts, compotes, cider, and various other treats, but I like to use them in savory dishes.  They add a great texture and a strange (but good) shot of sweetness to dinner salads.  I’ve been known to make them just for snacks.

Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad 2… 

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Cauliflower Fiesta Waffles

I’ve had lots of bad ideas.

I’m talking about recipes here… ;)

As I was mixing these up I thought “this is either my best or worst [waffle] idea ever.”  Turns out, it was the best… in a strange way, of course. ;)

I’ve made a lot of unusual stuff with cauliflower.  One of my go-to is this pizza crust.  I also rocked some pancakes with this versatile vegetable.  So why not a waffle?

Savory Cauliflower Waffle

I decided on a savory waffle, but you can easily change up the spices to make it sweet.  For “brinner,” savory seemed the way to go.  It’s a thinner batter, but if you grease the waffle iron liberally it wont stick.  I used coconut oil cooking spray.

My veggie toppings were easily prepped while I was making the waffle.  I sautéed bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  It looked like a fiesta!

Veggie Cauliflower Waffle

You could stop with the veggies to keep it vegetarian.  I used a little turkey to get more protein, and added a quick sauce made from hummus mixed with hot sauce and a little ACV.

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Cauliflower Fiesta Waffle

Cauliflower Fiesta Waffles

  • 100g cauliflower
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 6T egg whites

Preheat waffle iron.  Place ingredients in a blend or food processor and mix until batter is (mostly) smooth.

Grease iron very well (I used coconut oil).  Cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions.

Plate and top as desired.  While my waffle cooked, I sautéed bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and turkey to use on top.  I also sauced my waffle with a mixture of hummus, hot sauce, and a little apple cider vinegar.

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I just realized… this is my 1,000th post! Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read over the past (almost) 4 years!

What would you top a savory waffle with?

Did anyone try the sweet eggplant french toast (waffle)?

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast (Waffles)

It wasn’t me, I swear.

This is weird even for me.

Even I couldn’t have some up with something as strange as eggplant french toast.  No, this fabulousness was linked up to an August #strangebutgood by Debbie @ Accidentally Delish.  It was shockingly good.

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

I did make it a little more odd by spicing it pie-style and cooking it in the wafflemaker.*  You can also cook it in a skillet like “normal” french toast.

*Note: All things in my house are now cooked in the wafflemaker.  

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

After a good waffling, I topped with with protein syrup and a little cereal for the added crunch.  It made for strange (but good) brinner!

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Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

Pie-Spiced Eggplant French Toast

  • 1 small eggplant, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3-4 drops liquid vanilla Stevia

In a shallow bowl, beat together egg whites, spices, and stevia. Mix together.  Place eggplant slices in mixture and soak.

Meanwhile, preheat wafflemaker or pan.  Make sure you grease it well!

Place eggplant slices in your cooking vehicle or choice and cook until softened and golden brown.  If you’re using a wafflemaker, push down on the lid to help flatten and cook the eggplant.

Plate and top with protein syrup (recipe below).

Protein Syrup

  • 1/4 scoop (~8g) vanilla protein powder (I use Growing Naturals)
  • 1 T syrup (I use a Stevia-sweetened one)
  • 1/8 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk

In a small bowl, mix ingredients together.  Pour over waffle.  Eat.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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I am floored that I couldn’t taste any eggplant “funk.”

What do you like best: waffles, french toast, or pancakes?

Have you ever made a recipe from the #strangebutgood link up?

Falafel Waffle

Falafel Waffle Falafel Waffle

You know you want to say it again.

It may seem strange to make a savory waffle, but I assure you that this Falafel Waffle is not awful.  To make this falafel-like waffle, I used chickpea flour  (aka garbanzo bean flour).  You can find it at most grocery stores – I know Bob’s Red Mill makes a version.

I’m still new to waffle-making, but this one came out perfectly fluffy.  I was amazed since I straight up forgot that I wanted to use baking powder!

Falafel Waffle… 

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Flavor Overload + WIAW

Flavor overload.

A line needs to be drawn.

Lays flavors have gotten out of control.  I mean… I can see a Wasabi Ginger chip.  I can even stretch it to Mango Salsa.  But Cappuccino?!  No.  One review I read described them this way: “They smell like a tomb, and taste like stale crackers dusted with International Delight-brand instant coffee.”

I’m all for #strangebutgood… but really?!

Funky Lays

BUT… this is even worse than anything Lays could ever come up with.

Chicken Wing ICE CREAM?!

Chicken Wing Ice Cream… 

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S’More Poutine

This really needs no intro.

Who needs to explain dessert porn?

Many of you have heard of poutine.  It basically french fries with gravy.  Well… I’ve always found it to be a bit overwhelming.  I don’t love white potatoes or gravy.  I do love sweet potatoes and almost anything sweet.

This is going to sound really strange… but I hand-on-the-Bible swear it’s good.

S'more Poutine

I kept it simple by using sweet potato crinkle fries from the frozen section at Fresh Market.

While they baked, I whipped up a quick peanut butter sauce.  If you haven’t had sweet potatoes with nut butter… well, you’re missing out on a truly amazing #strangebutgood combo.  Top all that with marshmallows and pop in under the broiler to achieve that crunchy s’more char.

S'More Poutine

Make this.  You’ll be left licking the plate and moaning “I need ‘smore poutine!” ;)

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S'More Poutine

S’More Poutine

  • 1 serving sweet potato fries (I used the frozen variety)
  • Peanut butter gravy (see below)
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips

Peanut Butter Gravy

  • 2 T peanut flour (or nut buter)*
  • 2 T unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 T pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4-5 drops vanilla liquid stevia

Bake the sweet potato fries according to package instructions on a piece of foil or parchment.  Meanwhile, mix together Gravy ingredients in a small bowl.

Remove from oven and top with gravy, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

Return to oven under broil for 1-2 mins.  Watch it closely – it will burn!  Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a plate.

*Note: I buy my peanut flour on iHerb.  You can use discount code USO924 for $5019 off your order.  You could also use protein powder or nut butter here.  If you use regular nut butter you may want to reduce the amount of milk.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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This is going to make for the perfect Labor Day weekend treat.  Bonus points if you have a campfire to toast your ‘mallos over.

Have you ever had poutine?

What’s your favorite sweet potato topping?