Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Banana a Day

Today I have two banana breakfast/ snack recipes for you. Today at church they talked about bananas during story time. (I help teach four year old preschool.) Almost everyone in the room claimed to eat bananas every day. I don't doubt it. Bananas are delicious, and you can do a ton of things with them. Enjoy these two ideas.

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Banana Pops
1 banana
2 wooden skewers
¼ cup oatmeal
2-3 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Half the banana, and stick a skewer down each half lengthwise. Line a plate with tinfoil, and freeze the bananas for 1 hour on it. Meanwhile, lightly toast the oatmeal either by microwaving it for 1 ½ minutes, or by toasting it in the oven at 350 degrees until lightly browned. Mix together the toasted oats and cinnamon on a plate. Using a knife, spread the yogurt onto the banana halves, covering them completely. Dip the bananas into the oatmeal, coating them all over. Put the bananas back on the tinfoil lined plate and freeze for at least ½ hour. Enjoy!

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Banana Flatbread
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 large banana

Mix the flour, salt, and banana until a dough forms. Knead it into 3-4 small balls, and coat each ball in oil. On an oiled surface, roll the balls out into flat disks. Preheat a nonstick pan to medium heat. Cook each flatbread on both sides until lightly browned. Eat right off the pan, or allow them to cool off in between layers of paper towels. Serve with banana chocolate filling (recipe follows).


Banana Chocolate Filling
1 large banana
½ cup Greek yogurt
2 tbsp cocoa powder

Mix all the ingredients well. Refrigerate until they need to be used.

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The down side to eating a banana every day? It's the wrong fruit if you are hoping to keep the doctor away. Maybe I should post some apple recipes.... Meanwhile, here is a card to send to all your banana loving sick friends.

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