Banana PB Chia Bread. V. GF.

 

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I have a thing for banana bread.  And with the volume of bananas we have in our house… I pretty much always have super ripe bananas and that means banana bread or nice cream.  I needed an after-school snack so I whipped up this super easy recipe in my food processor.  Made mini loaves – one without chocolate and three with. My kids love banana bread.  My dad has it with coffee and my husband always eats it as dessert after dinner.  I typically like a piece before my runs because it’s easy.  I added some chia and flax to this to amp up the Omega’s and protein.  Totally plant-based and gluten free as the oats serve as the flour.  Can be made in your blender or food processor so that makes it easy to clean up too.

I hope you guys had a great weekend.  Our youngest went on a church retreat.  We had a nice relaxing weekend.  Dog walks, bike rides and a run through Amish country.  This week begins my three week taper/recovery after last week’s peak of 86+ miles.  My body needs a recovery, refueling and a reboot.  I’m still struggling with the new meds I was put on for my restless leg so I’m going to deal with that and focus on lots of stretching and rolling.

Ingredients:

2.5 cups of gluten free, rolled oats (I love Bob’s Redmill)
3 large bananas
1/2 cup of nut butter (I used Justin’s peanut butter)
1/4 cup of cashew milk (I used Silk unsweetened)
1/4 cup of coconut sugar
2 teaspoons of chia seeds
2 teaspoons of flax seed meal
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Dark chocolate chips (non-dairy)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 35o degrees and spray your loaf pan/pans or muffin tins with coconut oil.

Into your food processor, add your oats and pulse them until a flour is achieved.  Then add the remaining ingredients through cinnamon.  Blend until combined – scraping the sides down as necessary.  If you’re splitting the batter up – making some with chocolate and some without – pour your batter into the pan/tins that you want without chocolate.  Then return the bowl to your food processor and add as much chocolate as you like (1/4 cup is good).  Pulse a few times to break up the pieces.  Then pour into your prepared pans.  I top with extra chips and banana slices but that’s optional.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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Let cool completely before slicing.  Serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Last week I finished out with 86.84 miles.  Saturday was a rest day and then I started my week back out on Sunday running hills through Amish country.  This week I’ll be taking my mileage down about 25-30% in preparation for race day and my taper.

Sunday: 11 hilly outdoor miles
Monday: 12 outdoor miles

That’s it from here.  Time to take the pup for a walk.  Oh and by the way if you have a snapchat come follow me at: kneadtocook.

Congrats to all the Boston Marathon finishers!!!

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— Knead to Cook

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