Banana Oat Bars

The other day I saw Tami make these banana oat bars, and a quick run down her ingredient list I thought I had just about everything to make them.  I thought they would be the perfect grab and go for my pre-workout meal in the morning.  No need to wait to toast an English muffin.

I had to make a few changes, because I didn’t have date sugar and for the life of me I cannot find my 8×8 baking pan.  I am sure it’s at work, at my desk, in the cabinet under my kitchen counter, in the pantry, on top of the refrigerator – yep, I never put anything back in the same place and it drives Tony nuts.  I am just used to my scattered brain.

Banana Oat Bars (inspired by Tami!)

8 servings: 186 calories, 6.6 fat, 29 carbs, 4.5 fiber and 4.1 protein

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit – I used 1/4 cup craisins and 1/4 cup chopped dried dates
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Heat oven to 350.  Since I am lazy, I just threw everything in a bowl and mixed it up with my hands to break up the banana and make sure that the applesauce covered everything – at first I thought it was going to be dry, but after a couple minutes it got all combined.

I spread it in a cake pan, having never found the 8×8 pan and giving up, and baked it for 30 minutes.  I let it cool, then cut it into 8 slices.

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The verdict?  Very tasty – as in I ate the whole thing – my problem?  It was a texture thing – a bit too chewy for me.  I am a Nature Valley crispy crunchy granola person, so I baked the remainder of them last night for another 20 minutes at 350 and they became crunchy on the outside, yet slightly chewy on the inside – perfect!  Thanks Tami!

When I saw that I only had legs on the strength calendar and no cardio I was a bit perplexed, and actually thought I might get a break.  Um, no.  First, can we just all laugh at what it says at the top of the workout?

“Walk across this workout and step to victory!!”  Ha!

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First of all, to go from doing 3 sets of 20 reps (both legs being 1 rep) of the walking barbell lunges, THEN going to single leg barbell squats – well, my legs were like jello at the end.  I couldn’t have even tried to do cardio after that if I wanted to.

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I used 8 pound weights with that exercise above.  The whole routine took me 40 minutes.

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And since I had so much time before I had to get to work, I took a super long hot shower, and had time to put on makeup, fix my hair AND wear jewelry!  That’s my new goodwill outfit – the pants cost $2.99 – they are Body by Victoria pants – I didn’t even know Victoria Secret made anything other than underwear!  And the top was .99 cents – score! 

Of course, Tony thinks that people die in these clothes, then pee on them and then their family gives them away.  I say no way – bring on the deals!!  I do wash them before I wear them!

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So I decided while the granola was baking last night to throw together a sort of breakfast bake.  I lined an oven safe dish with 3 ounces of sliced canned potatoes, then mixed 1/2 a cup of egg whites with 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1.5 ounces of chopped rosemary ham, and 1 slice of American cheese.  I poured the egg mixture into the potato lined bowl and baked it for 25 minutes, or until the egg was set.

I have to say, that pre-workout granola bar stuck with me!  I ate it at 6:45 and didn’t heat up my breakfast until 10:15.  At work I inverted the bowl and then put it under the broiler to heat up – and it ended up crisping up the potato “crust” so it was crispy on the outside and eggy in the middle.  So good – this “bowl” comes in at 274 calories and 26 grams of protein.

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With some blackberries and banana on the side – I’ve learned that if I eat a banana with berries it doesn’t spike my blood sugar as much as if I were to eat the banana by itself.

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I had an errand to run at lunch so no lunch time workout – I kind of missed the pool! 

My lunch was more lasagna soup!  This time with whole wheat egg noodles – I am really loving these egg noodles – you can’t taste that they are whole grain at all.

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The afternoon dragged on and it was time to drive home in the dark – but the ride went by quick!  I am being interviewed for a diabetes magazine!  I’ll provide the details later, but at first I was only going to give some tips on how to deal with high and low blood sugars.

But after talking to the interviewer, she talked to her editor and she said “she’s just so upbeat and positive” for having diabetes!

Well, anyone who knows me well knows that I am a half glass full kind of person.  In my mind there could be worse things than to have diabetes, like breast cancer, lymphoma, etc.  And while a pain in the ass, it is a manageable disease.

They are even sending a professional photographer to my house to take pictures – weee!!  (note to self – get your eyebrows threaded before then!).

So dinner was quick and easy – fried chicken thigh with mashed potatoes and baby cucumbers.  Comfort on a plate, no?’

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1550 calories, 163 carbs, 73 protein, 68 fat, 22 fiber
  • 39% of calories from fat, 18% from protein and 42% from carbs
  • Grade of B on caloriecount.com

We have chest and abs on the strength training menu today,  followed by 30 minutes of cardio – but my bags are all packed and I am ready to roll.  Make it a great day!

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45 thoughts on “Banana Oat Bars

  1. Those bars sound yummy. I love the banana oat combo. You seem to find such great deal thrifting – I just have no patience for it! Have a great one

  2. I pinned Tami’s banana oat bars for after the cleanse. Can’t wait to make them! 🙂

    Sounds like a great leg workout!

    Have a great day, Biz!

  3. Those bars sound yummy! Too bad I’m trying to cut out all grains 😥 Guess I’ll have to find something else to sub! Anywhoo wondered if you took them out of the pan and drove w em’ in your backseat if that might ‘dry’ em out and make em good and crunchy?

    Congrats on the Photo/Magazine OP, that’s just tooo awesome!

    • Ha, not this time Renee – but while they were crunchy before I went to bed, somehow they became chewy again this morning – still tasty, but I need to find a crunchy granola bar recipe!

  4. Thanks for the pics of the exercise – I would be stuck in that position for a long time if I tried those…or maybe my knee would snap and I’d just be laying in a heap! Either way, I’m impressed with your perseverance and obvious strength! Lasagna soup is on my agenda for this weekend – Yum!
    Have a nice day:) PS – Your outfit looks great! How did they recognize you at work with makeup and and hair do?? 😉

  5. I can’t wait to make these banana oat bars. Looks so easy and delicious!

  6. Congratulations Biz! I think you are a wonderful role model for others living with diabetes. I can’t wait to see the article.

  7. How cool that you’re being featured in a diabetes mag! Enjoy that photo shoot – work it, work it!!!

  8. Congrat’s on the magazine interview. You are a superstar!!!! Question, when you fry that thigh do you coat it with anything first. My husband and I just got a fryer and he would love that thigh you have in the picture. Thanks!!!!!

    • Jan, all I use is an equal mix of all purpose flour, corn starch and egg whites.

      I only had two thighs, so I used 1/4 cup of AP flour with 1/4 cup corn starch seasoned with salt and pepper. Dipped the chicken in the flour/corn starch mix, then dip into egg whites (I maybe had 1/3 of a cup of liquid egg whites?) then dipped them again in the flour mixture. While the fryer was getting to temperature, I let them hang out in the fridge.

      These were on the bigger side, so they took about 15-17 minutes – just probe them when they come out – should be 165 and you are good to go. 😀

  9. Congrats on the Photo/Magazine spread, that’s awesome!

  10. Wahoo! Miracle of miracles…I woke up at 5:45 and had time to do a 15 min weight workout in my bedroom (with my 7 year old chatting away) AND take a shower before the baby woke up at 6:20! That NEVER happens!

  11. I’ve got some Victoria’s Secret workout pants, they’re fabulous because they make my ultra-flat booty look good!

    I’m following in your footsteps, I’ve got some lasagna soup in the slow cooker. My soup is this one from Food.com, http://www.food.com/recipe/donna-lasagna-soup-275988
    I cheated with a bag of shredded carrots, a package of sliced mushrooms; subbed red wine vinegar for the white wine, dried herbs for fresh, and a couple cans of tomatoes rather than fresh. I’ll let it cook all day and later add the spinach and cook the pasta separately. I insist on mafalda pasta, it is flat with wavy edges, looks like miniature lasagna noodles. 🙂

  12. Okay, I have to ask. Did Tony get you a private gym membership? Other than the pool, I never see anyone else around in your workout photos. I want a gym like that. All of ours around me are wall to wall people except between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. I of course can’t go at those times due to my work schedule:(
    Super delighted to hear about the magazine interview. I am having a feeling it will lead to a few more doords opening for you.

  13. Congrats, that’s amazing. Cant wait to read it. You do find cute clothes at thrift stores!! I love a bargain. Are you watching that new show with the southern lady who won food network star? She made an awesome looking granola last week. I thought of you when I saw it.

  14. You’re gonna be famous! Hooray!

  15. How exciting about the interview! Can’t wait to see/read the article!

    Are you still getting those workouts from Bodybuilding.com? Do they have an app or do you just go through their mobile site? I upgraded my iPhone yesterday and downloaded all the apps I had, but I’m always looking for new ones.

  16. Those sounds and look like my kind of bar – I love chewy!!
    SO exciting on the interview – can’t wait to hear about it, keep us posted (as I’m sure you will! 🙂

    • Yep, then you will love these bars Courtney – I like that you can throw any kind of dried fruit in there – I think next time I’ll leave out the banana and see if they stay crunchy. 😀

  17. You’re looking good Biz. Making those bars too. Something different for the husbands lunch box that I know he will eat!!! Oh and yes……lasagna soup is on the list to make after the chicken soup is gone.

  18. Do you always split your weight lifting? Or do you ever do full body weight workouts?

  19. I love grab and go bars – these look awesome! I just ate lunch and just by the looks of it, I’m totally craving your lasagna soup!

  20. you are going to be a star baby!!!!!! Love it!

    • Thanks Renee! I still have your apple cinnamon scones on the list of things to make – I think since it’s a football night, I may need to make them tonight!

  21. Thanks for the shout out Biz. So glad you liked the bars and I’ll have to try your longer baking method. Congrats on the magazine interview. I do admire your attitude and approach to loving life! You look adorable in your thrift store finds!

  22. That granola bar looks great – I am a ‘chewy’ granola person, so I bet I would love it!

  23. You look lovely sweety!

    I love your attitude about your diabetic. As you know it’s possible I’m gluten intolerant which will mean I have to change things. I am thinking about this a lot already even if I don’t know the results yet but like you I say to myself: there are worse things that could happen to me. If I have it, I see it as a challenge to eat healthy and good without the glutes.

  24. […] ended up having one of the banana bars before work, even though they got soft again – I guess Tony is right, with the banana in there, I […]

  25. Congrats on the mag spread! Now on to try out that banana oat bar recipe, it sounds great.

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