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! :)

Banana Walnut Bakes

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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