Energy Bites – Bananas & Oats

For a couple of weeks I have been seeing this posting about making energy bites/bars out of bananas.

So the day came when I had 2 bananas that needed attention so I embarked on this testing, testing being, will the family like them or not!

Recipe is pretty easy and since I made the first batch I have been replacing a few of the ingredients here and there but to start off, here is what it calls for:

  • 2 bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 cups of rolled oats ( I used the regular minute Quaker oats)
  • 2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix it all together, put it in the fridge for a couple of hours and then roll about a tablespoon into balls or put into a mini cupcake mold for the perfect bite.

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I love love cinnamon so I use a full teaspoon of it instead of 1/2 and I sometimes replace the peanut butter with Cashew butter, Almond butter or the healthy version of peanut butter. They are also great with Craisins ❤

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They are great to have in the fridge for the quick picker upper, as well as great to have on the go in the morning with your coffee!

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Got the family seal of approval so they are now a staple in our home and bananas get bought with a purpose in mind 🙂

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Baklava…..need I say more

Just completed an order of Baklava for a customer and decided that I should make another batch just to satisfy the families sweet tooth.

Depending on who you speak to, Baklava seems to come from various countries, the greeks say its greek, the Turkish people say its Turkish, the Lebense say its theirs, all I can say is that its totally divine and who ever invented was a sweet genius 🙂

Here is the recipe I use to make it and to date it has never failed me:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
  • 1 pound chopped nuts
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9×13 inch pan. I actually like lining my pan with parchment paper.
Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon and set aside.

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Unroll phyllo dough. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly.

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Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 – 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top.

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Top with two sheets of dough, butter, add nuts, and repeat this over and over. The top layer should be about 6 – 8 sheets deep.

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Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts.

Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.

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Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake wrappers.  Do not cover as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up ❤

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Healthy meals can be tasty too……

I acquired a special respect for Tofu a few years ago. Coming from what I call cow country (Uruguay), I never thought I could enjoy a dish if it didn’t have some kind of meat on it. Don’t get me wrong I still LOVE my meats but I have come to appreciate and really enjoy a lot of vegetarian meals too!

So tonight for dinner I made some Honey Sesame Tofu baked sticks on a bed of Vegetable Quinoa.

For this I used:

  • Extra Firm Tofu
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 minced cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Slice the tofu into even sticks and mix the rest of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Dip the pieces of tofu in the sauce and lay them out on a non-stick baking sheet. Pour any leftover sauce on top of the tofu.
Bake for 40 minutes until the outside is golden and the edges brown. Turn once halfway through baking.
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Then I made some Quinoa with mushrooms, onions and carrots and served the tofu with it.