Sunday, July 14, 2013

Banana Bread Protein Bars & Pad Thai

Hello! I hope your weekend is treating you well. I wanted to share a couple recipes with you. First, I recently made Page’s banana bread protein bars:


I made a few adjustments to the ingredients based on what I had on hand.


  • 3/4 cup old fashion oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 scoops banana protein powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • chocolate chunks


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a pan with non-stick spray.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand), smash the bananas. Add remaining “wet” ingredients (oils, honey, eggs). Once combined, add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks or chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Note: the batter looks WET, but don’t worry- that’s OK!!


Thanks Paige! Both Josh and I loveee these bars!

I also made a third go at Pad Thai. One of Josh’s coworkers, Sarah, sent me a link to a Pad Thai recipe that turned out just awesome. Here is the original recipe. Again, I made a few substitutions:


  • Rice sticks/noodles
  • Desired quantity raw shrimp (deveined & shells removed)
  • 1-2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Vegetables of choice (I used broccoli slaw, cauliflower, broccoli & peas)
  • Toppings: cilantro and chopped peanuts

Prepare sticks/noodles according to package directions. Steam vegetables. In a bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients (soy sauce, sriracha, orange juice, canola oil and brown sugar). Set all aside.

In a wok, or frying pan, heat sesame oil. Cook shrimp ~ 3 minutes each side (or until cooked through). Add remaining ingredients (noodles, vegetables & sauce) to wok. Cook on low for a few minutes (until heated through). Serve (top with cilantro and peanuts if desired):


Definitely a winning recipe!!

Hope you enjoy the recipes. Aside from cooking and baking, I taught a couple classes this weekend and went for a run. Josh and I also went out to Hank’s with Josh’s parents to celebrate Josh’s Dad’s birthday! A few pictures from the weekend:




What’s the last thing you made?

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