Banana Nut Protein Bars – BSP Style

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My fiance and I were perusing through Gourmet Nutrition the other day and came across the Banana Nut Squares. We hadn’t tried these yet, they looked delicious and we happened to have 3 bananas getting pretty ripe sitting in our fruit bowl. So we set about making some for the week.

Since we had 3 very ripe bananas, we had to double the recipe. This was fine with me because it gave me more wiggle room to modify it to my liking! The recipe (doubled) called for 4 cups of walnut meal. I love walnuts and all, but that seemed a bit over the top. So we got creative. I am more of a little of this, a little of that kind of cook, so we didn’t actually measure everything else we added, we just made sure it came out to about 4 cups total. We used roughly 3 cups of walnut meal, maybe a little less. The last cup was made up of chia seeds, milled flax, and unsweetened shredded coconut. This gave us a little more fiber, an increase in omega-3′s, less omega-6′s and a little healthy dose of saturated fat to top it off. Needless to say, they came out awesome.

Here is the recipe, modified BSP style:

Banana Nut Protein Bars

  • Banana, very ripe and mashed – 1/2 cup
  • Whole omega-3 (or pastured) eggs – 2
  • Cottage Cheese – 1/4 cup
  • Rolled oats – 1/2 cup
  • Walnut meal – 1 1/2 cup
  • Milled flax seed – 2 tbsp
  • Chia seeds – 2 tbsp
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla whey/casein protein blend – 6 scoops
  • Vanilla extract – a touch (we didn’t measure)
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Redmond Real Salt – 1/8 tsp
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray (from the Misto sprayer)

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk the eggs and combine with the banana, cottage cheese and vanilla extract. Combine all dry ingredients and stir until mixed. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry and combine until well mixed. Be patient, it takes a while. Lightly coat a 9×9 pan with the olive oil. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Really make sure to not overcook as they will dry out. This makes 4 large or 8 small servings. Enjoy!

For more great meal and snack ideas like this, check our Dr. Berardi’s incredible Gourmet Nutrition 2.0.

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Posted on September 4th, 2009 by Brian St. Pierre

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