Banana Walnut Bakes

Serves: 9

I think while the boyfriend and I were away on vacation something clicked in him. The day after we returned home he told me that he really wanted to start eating healthier. I don’t remember what his next words were because I think all circuits in my brain shut down and I went into shock. Now, it’s not like he has a horrible diet, but it is far from as clean as mine! So, after a few hours of processing the new and VERY EXCITING news of his desire to improve his eating habits, I knew I had to make some healthy treats for him to satisfy that sweet tooth he has! I asked him what he wanted and he said “A banana nut cake”. Perfect! I happened to have a few bananas that were waiting to be baked! The next day I went to work on making him something healthy that would have a flavor that he would like and wouldn’t taste healthy! And this Banana Walnut Bake is what he got!! I call it a bake because it is a cross between a cake and a brownie in texture.

So, in honor of the boyfriends new found desire to improve his eating habits, I am dedicating this recipe to him!! He didn’t even get home before he had dug into the bag and started eating them on his way home! That is the true testament of a successful recipe! 🙂

Fit Ingredients

  • 2/3c (80g) oat flour (can sub with regular flour)
  • 1/4c (23g) vanilla or unflavored whey protein (can sub with brown rice protein)
  • 3 tbs (19g) ground flax seed
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbs stevia (or equivalent in sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 oz (42g) chopped walnuts (feel free to add more! that’s all I had left)
  • 1/4tsp xanthum gum, optional
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2c (113g) greek yogurt
  • 1/2c (123g) liquid egg whites
  • 1/4c coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp banana extract, optional
  • 2 small bananas (mine equalled 178g)

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  • 8×8 in baking pan
  • non stick spray

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Directions

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl mix your oat flour, whey protein, flax seeds, baking powder, stevia, cinnamon and xanthum gum. In a separate bowl add your bananas, vanilla extract, greek yogurt, egg whites, coconut milk and banana extract. Mash away!! I used a potato masher and mashed the bananas up until they were almost liquid. (Feel free to use a blender). Add your banana mixture to your dry ingredients. Mix well. Fold in your walnuts. Pour your batter into your pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Serve topped with greek yogurt or some homemade coconut cream!!

These ‘bakes’ had an amazing banana flavor with just the right hint of cinnamon and a slighty crunch from the walnuts! You’d never know they were healthy!!

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Nutrition: (per 1 out of 9 squares)

Calories: 119.9, Protein: 7.9g, Carbs: 12.6g, Fat: 4.5g (0g Saturated), Sodium: 40mg, Fiber: 2g (Net Carbs: 10.6g)

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9 Comments
  • Missy
    Yay! I have all ingredients except banana flavoring, but I can do without that. I think my husband would like these - he's trying to eat healthier too! I must set aside time to make these this weekend - Ive just been so busy I don't feel like baking in my few moments if spare time. But hopefully I can get on these. I'll pick a few Ive wanted to make and ask him which he'd like first. Glad your boyfriend liked them - that says alot!
    July 13, 2012
    • You definitely don't have to use the banana extract if you don't have it Missy! It is totally optional! I think it's so funny when guys try to jump on the 'healthy bandwagon'!! Their definition is always so much different than ours! But yes, my boyfriend at 6 out of the 8 squares I gave him in 1 day (not exactly healthy, but I give him credit for trying)!! Let me know how they turn out!! My boyfriend also loved the quinoa bars! He didn't even know what quinoa was! haha
      July 13, 2012
  • Thanks Charolina! Let me know if you make it and how it turns out!
    July 13, 2012
  • Nicole
    You are so cute!! You remind me of myself :) I only wish my husband would say that to me! So much easier when you both are on the same page with clean eating. I try my best to cook him healthy lunches and dinners and making them taste fabulous without him knowing there healthy.. hehe but If Im not around to cook, everything goes out the window!! Grrrr.. Im definetly going to have to make this for him, he loves bananas and its a good snack to take with him for lunch. On a side note, I just started following your blog and I must say I am really impressed by it. I really wanted to start my own healthy food blog just like yourself and I even attempted to create one from word press, but you must be a computer genious, or Im computer illiterate because I have nooo idea how to do it. lol needless to say I gave up trying :( But Good Luck with yours!!!
    July 13, 2012
    • Hahaha!! Don't get me wrong, his definition is FAR from healthy in my opinion, but small changes, slowly over time are better than nothing! It's not like he eats horribly, but he is italian and devours pasta! Plus he eats too many deli meats...again, his italian side! I think your husband would really enjoy this! If you make it for him, let me know what you both think! I am so happy you enjoy my blog! It took me A LONG TIME to get things because I am computer illiterate as well. I feel like I am still so far behind everyone else, but I am learning through trial and error over time. I also bought the blogging for dummies book when I first started! I think you should give it another shot! I'd love to be able to try some of your healthy recipes too! :)
      July 14, 2012
  • Jessica @eatclean_getfitwifey
    What could you sub for the oat flour? almond/coconut/whole wheat pastry flour? And any idea how that would change the calorie count... unfortunatrly have about 15 to loose so I am a calorie counter :(
    April 23, 2013

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