For most people the New Year brings in the hype of Christmas clean-up, newer resolutions, could-of-should-of-would-of, gym passes, let’s pick a word of the year (what is that, anyway?) and a handful of other inspirational checklists. For me, the passing of yet another year of my life bring both hope and sadness. The holidays are over, its dark and even a little dreary outside. The feeling of snow surrounds me, as it waits to make its self known in the coming days or even hours. This is problematic, as I don’t own a shovel.
As I started skimming over January’s seasonal produce guide, I was delighted to find that the winter months didn’t bring a lack of familiar comfort food options. Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, Farro and Sausage Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash, Low Fat Creamy Mushroom Soup, and Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Feta, Truffle and Lemon Zest all effortlessly brought back the remaining warmth of the passing holiday season.
Mind you, no winter’s eve would be complete without filling my home with the enchanting smell of Warm Baked Apples. Topped with a dab of fat free whipped cream, low fat ice cream, or my preferred choice vanilla greek yogurt. This healthy, but simple recipe consistently hits my craving spot every time. More importantly, my grandmother approves.
Protein Packed Banana Bread + Recipe
- 2½ cups Kodiak Power Cakes: Protein Packed Flapjack & Waffle Mix
- 1½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground Nutmeg
- ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 6 ripe Bananas, mashed
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ cup Olive Oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray bread pan with coconut oil or cooking spray.
- Mix flapjack mix, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped pecans together.
- In separate bowl, mix the eggs, mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, and melted coconut oil.
- Add banana mixture to dry mix.
- Pour batter into your bread pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.