Valentine's Gift: Protein Banana Nut Bread

Good morning and happy Monday! Can you believe it's February already? Dare I say this year is flying by? January sure did! How did you enjoy the Superbowl last night? To be honest, I didn't pay it might attention to it. (I was probably most attentive during the Bruno Mars performance!) I half-watched the game as I worked on posts for my blog and surfed Pinterest, which is my normal for watching any sport, really! Earlier in the day I whipped up this healthy Valentine's day treat. The recipe is adopted from Bodybuilding.com and the heart muffin tin is from Ross, which I snagged for less than $10!

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I decided to make protein banana nut bread because my hubby is a huge fan of bananas. In fact, he can often be caught in the kitchen eating a banana and peanut butter sandwich after dinner! And he always - ALWAYS! - buys banana-flavored whey protein. I'm a fan of vanilla myself so that I can mix it and make it into whatever I like, but he never gets tired of banana.

He doesn't have the best eating habits but he's always good about having his protein shakes. (He believes in the importance of protein! I'm yet to convince him the importance of greens, or at least a way to incorporate greens in his diet! - Lol!) I thought a protein banana nut bread would be a nice alternative to his boring whey shakes! ;)

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This recipe was relatively easy to make. The only ingredient I didn't have in the pantry was the medjool dates. I ended up getting regular pitted dates (though, later in the day I saw Medjool dates at Costco! Grr!) but I don't think it affected the recipe. I also added a teaspoon of honey just in case it wasn't sweet enough.

To make this a gift, I stacked the banana nut bread hearts in a mason jar and dressed it up with ribbon and washi tape. It was so easy! For the tag, I just used a pink sticky note and wrote Happy Valentine's Day!

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Aaron was probably more impressed with the packaging than with the actual bread. They may have been because the first batch was a little undercooked and the second batch burned! :( All I can say is watch your bread closely after about 35 minutes in the oven. The recipe says it's done when you can pull a knife out clean, but I thought they needed a little longer than that.

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Valentine's Day is an interesting holiday, isn't it? On the way to work this morning I heard a debate on the Kain Show about women's expectations on Valentine's Day. One caller said her boyfriend told her he doesn't do Valentine's Day cause he does nice things for her all year. Kain thought that was a total cop-out but others agreed that consistency was more important than doing something special one day out of the year! What do you think?

Do you expect a gift on Valentine's Day?

Are you planning to get your significant other anything?

Protein Banana Nut Bread
Author: Adopted from Bodybuilding.com
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Serves: 11
Protein banana nut bread hearts adopted from Bodybuilding.com, and Proteinpow.com.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cartoned almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of banana-flavored whey protein
  • 2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup of liquid egg whites
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 6 pitted dates (medjool dates, if available)
  • 1 handful of walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients in blender.
  2. Pour the batter in muffin tin.
  3. Bake at 325 F for about 50 minutes (checking often).