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Double Brown Sugar Butter Glazed Banana Bread Scones

Someday I will learn how to manage a bunch of bananas. Meaning, I’ll buy just the right amount that are exactly the correct ripeness so as not to have two or three that go brown on me before they’re eaten. Until that day comes, I have to figure out new and exciting things to do with the abandoned-too-ripe-to-be-consumed-any-way-but-as-banana-mush bananas. Since my children have teeth, it seems cruel to feed them anything the texture of baby food. This recipe screamed out to be made for two reasons.
#1: I love banana bread.
#2: I love scones.
Combining the two into one amazing breakfast food? Genius!

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Nanny’s Banana Pudding

I have three indelible memories of my Nanny (my mom’s mom) and cooking. The first two revolve around holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve I have always spent with my Mom’s side of the family in my Nanny’s home. Thanksgiving found my Nanny with a faded apron in the kitchen with the turkey and all the trimmings. Christmas Eve it was the same apron, but this time a ham occupied the oven and all the cousins ran thru the house with glee at the mounds of gifts awaiting us downstairs. My third memory is possibly my favorite. It involves weekend adventures at the cabin with just Nanny and my best childhood (and adulthood) friends. Also bananas, Nilla wafers and pudding. Isn’t my Nanny the most adorable 85-year-old you’ve ever seen?

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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

My nieces came over unexpectedly today. My gluten/dairy free sweet lovelies. I had just pulled a Blueberries & Cream Pie out of the oven…which, (of course) they cannot eat. It’s absolutely unacceptable for my sweet girls to come over to Auntie’s house and not get a treat. But what to make?

I remembered seeing this recipe on Pinterest ages ago and thought I remembered it being gluten free. A couple quick keystrokes and I the recipe pulled up. A speedy scan of the confirmed I had all the ingredients and was gluten free as I remembered. Bonus, it got rid of some bananas that were rapidly heading towards a ripeness only enticing to fruit flies.

Do not be tempted to sub out the sugar for applesauce (as someone started suggesting on Pinterest to do). Applesauce will make these bars turn into a mushy mess. You can however sub out the milk for almond milk (or rice milk) to make these gluten & dairy free.

These are sweet enough to pass off on unsuspecting children as dessert and nutritious enough to eat yourself for breakfast.  Top with extra peanut butter if desired. Or, if you are feeling wild and crazy, (and are a fan of chocolate hazelnut in general) give it a little dollup of Nutella. Hello delicious! It should be noted that Nutella is not a low calorie or “health” food. Shocking, I know. Enjoy!

Print Recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars
adapted from Gingerbread Bagels

1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar (I rounded my measuring cup just a bit)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 medium mashed bananas
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°

Mix together the quick cooking oats, light brown sugar, baking powder, kosher salt and ground cinnamon.

Add in the vanilla extract, milk and egg. Mix the ingredients together.

Add in the mashed banana and peanut butter. Combine all of the ingredients.

Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 8 by 8 inch metal baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

Cool Completely.  Cut into squares and enjoy!

Banana Snack Cake

With the greater Seattle area in the midst of the first massive snowstorm of the year (ie: we have a trace of snow on the ground), I settled into the kitchen to use up some black bananas. Yes, there’s always those couple in each bunch my kids don’t devour before they’re past the point of really being edible on their own. I just throw the black ones into the freezer one at a time until I have three or four saved up. Then I make some kind of bread, cake or muffins out of them. Just set on the counter to defrost and peel them out of their blackened shells. They are sweet, soft and perfect for baked goods.
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Cabbage Soup Diet – Day 4

Wow. I cannot believe how much weight you lose with this thing. I am not a big person with a whole lot of weight to lose – in fact, I’m pretty much at my body’s happy weight. But I have dropped 9 1/2 pounds in three days on this cabbage soup eating plan. Zero exercise. Just the food. It kind of made me look at The Biggest Loser contestants this week and say “Um…really? You lost 3 pounds in a week training with Bob and Jillian?”. Then I remembered. I will gain all this weight back. It’s just basically water flushing thru my system. It’s not real. It’s only temporary. It’s not sustainable. Ok. I feel better now. Everyone struggling at a gym. You go girl (or guy)! Keep working hard – that’s the real thing!

Day 4

Skimmed milk and bananas: You may have to endure eating a lot of bananas on this day. Consume up to eight bananas and take as much skimmed milk as you can, eating it together with your soup.

Good thing I like bananas. I have a friend who would totally not be able to endure this day. Probably not for a million dollars.

Breakfast: 4 bananas and 16 oz of skim milk

Lunch: Big bowl of soup. Added the fresh basil again – no zucchini today as I’m not supposed to eat any veggies other than what’s already in the soup. Man, that basil rocks my world. I might even have another bowl for a snack this afternoon. Also had 10 oz of milk and a banana.

Dinner tonight is going to be after my sister’s wedding rehearsal. Yup, the rehearsal dinner. It’s my first major problem with this diet. Considering all the weight I’ve already lost, and the fact that tomorrow I’m supposed to eat up to 20 ounces of steak or skinless chicken – I’m planning to “cheat” a little tonight and have either a filet mignon and some steamed veggies, or a chicken breast and veggies. Obviously I cannot whip out a banana and glass of skim milk with the whole family to toast my sister’s pending nuptials. In one of life’s totally ironic moments, the place we’re eating dinner is called The Cabbage Patch.

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