May 13, 2009

No-Bake Banana Bread

Hmm, No-Bake Banana Bread looks an awful lot like a breakfast cookie. Ok, maybe it is. BUT this combination of ingredients totally did taste like banana bread! Behold:
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 packet (15g) Jay Robb vanilla whey protein powder
  • shakes of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana, melted in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • 1 tbsp Better'n Peanut Butter
Just combine all ingredients well, spread onto a plate to make a cookie about 1/2 inch thick and refrigerate overnight! This recipe makes a very thick cookie dough, which is how I prefer it (as opposed to goopy), so add a splash of milk if you think it requires thinning.

I've read plenty about Better'n Peanut Butter on other blogs, but I just picked it up for the first time at Trader Joe's this weekend, figuring it was worth a go. It's fairly drastically lower in fat and calories than regular peanut butter (by 85% and 40%, respectively), which is accomplished by replacing some of the peanut bulk with stuff like tapioca and dehydrated cane sugar. Due to those additions and a taste that is a far cry from traditional PB, I don't know if I'd call it Better'n PB, per se, but if you just think of it as a sweet peanut-flavored spread...sure! It is a much better sweetened peanut-ish blobule than I could ever scoop out of my regular PB jar, which contains only one stupid ingredient: wait for it...peanuts.

More to the point, it made my breakfastcookieImeanbananabread a bit more desserty. And maybe just now I stuffed some Better'n PB into a date and housed it as a before-midnight snack. And maybe I have a new addiction...

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Anonymous said...

Love your no-bake banana bread! I have always wanted to make one of those microwaveable desserts but never have.

I agree with you on the Better 'n' PB! "Sweetened peanut-ish blobule" is a great way of putting it ;o)

Thanks for the link love, lady! Good luck!

Missy said...

No-Bake banana bread sounds like my kind of treat! I agree about the Better "n" PB. It is a nice substitute for a lower calorie spread but I think I would still prefer some Barney Butter!

K from ksgoodeats said...

I love the sounds of a no bake banana bread!! I haven't tried Better N' PB but I haven't heard great reviews so I'm thinking I'll save myself the money - thanks for the review :)

Anonymous said...

yummm, this is so my style.

i agree with your review of better'n' pb -- it's not quite peanut butter, but it's a decent enough spread in its own right. and it is good for mixing in to other things for some pb "essence"!

Sweta said...

The "No-bake" caught my eye-yippee!! I hate baking :) So this one is a "must try"