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Book Giveaway Winners & Banana Split Power Bars

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banana split barsGood morning everyone!

Thank to all of you for entering the book giveaway! I wish I could give books to everyone–I loved reading all the great ideas for energy-packed foods and ingredients.

As noted in the giveaway, I used random.org to determine the winners. Since many of you have the same first names, I have posted the name and comment of each of the 10 winners.

If you see yourself below, please send me an email message asap with your full name and mailing address. Send it to camillacooks AT gmail DOT com.

Congratulations!

A few other sites will be doing giveaways of the book in the days to come. Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter–I will let you know when those come up!

Also…here’s the recipe for my banana split bars!

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Banana Split Bars


Ingredients

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  • 1/3 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (GF, if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 11/2 cups mashed, very ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup honey, pure maple syrup, or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (GF, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries,dried cranberries, or raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips (optional; GF if needed)

Instructions

  1. Combine the quinoa and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover,and simmer for 9 to 13 minutes or until liquid is just barely absorbed. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Transfer to a medium bowl and cool completely.
  2. Mix together the oats, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Add the bananas, egg, honey, oil, and vanilla to the bowl of cooled quinoa, stirring until well blended.
  4. Add the banana mixture to the oats mixture and stir until just blended. Mix in the cherries, walnuts, and chocolate chips, if using.
  5. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  7. Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board.
  8. Peel off the foil or parchment and cut into 12 bars.

Notes

Bar-Tending Tips

* Be sure to use very ripe bananas for this recipe; the skins should be mostly brown. It will take approximately three to four medium-large, very ripe bananas to equal 1-1/2 cups mashed bananas

* Even though almost all of the quinoa available in the U.S. comes pre-rinsed (meaning the naturally occurring bitter coating called saponin has been removed), you should still rinse your quinoa before cooking. Why? Because trace amounts of saponin residue may remain during processing, leading to a bitter taste. Rinsing the quinoa is no chore: simply place the quinoa in a
fine-mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly under cold water for 30 to 60 seconds.


Bar-Keeping

Individually and tightly wrap the bars in plastic wrap. Store the bars in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Alternatively, place the wrapped bars in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Let the frozen bars thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 143
  • Sugar: 11.3 g
  • Sodium: 82 mg
  • Fat: 4.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.9 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 12 mg

 

(1) REBECCA
I am a lover of any sort of nut or nut butter, but if I had to pick, I’d choose almond butter. My favorite!

(2) ALEXIS
My favorite power food is raw cacao. It is delicious, packed with antioxidants and curbs my chocolate cravings! Its great as a yogurt topping, mixed in smoothies and added crunch to granola. Please pick me!

(3) ANN
Like many folks, my go-to power food is a banana. I live in NYC and even the dumpiest bodega seems to have bananas. So, even if I arrive at work unprepared I have numerous options, close by, to pick up a banana. It always seems to fend off hunger when I’m going to have a late lunch and is the perfect mid-afternoon snack.

(4) KATE
My newest favorite power food is evolution fresh sweet green juice. A few years ago – if you had asked me to drink green juice I would never have done it. But after reading the benefits of more greens in your diet and trying sweet greens – I’m hooked. I instantly have more energy when I drink a juice and I know that energy is from nutrients my body actually needs

(5) ROBIN
Coconut milk! I’ve been LOVING it in my morning smoothies lately!

(6) TERRAFITNESS
Bananas with almond butter. Keeps me going while I am on my feet all day with clients.

(7) CAROLE RESNICK
My favorite power food, like may others, is bananas. Would love your new book.

(8) LAURA OSBORNE
My favorite power food is bananas . . . a banana keeps me full for a long time.

(9) TIFFANY
I would say that my power food is almond butter with a banana! Always great before a run.

(10)EMILY HOLMES
I LOVE Dates and Hemp Protein!

 

 

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Jessica

Sunday 5th of October 2014

Sad right now. Baking this recipe, followed directions step by step, but noticed too late that I should have added parchment paper in a previous step. Removed mix, added parchment, added mix again. I'm glad this recipe was posted; I was curious about what Camilla's recipes might be like. Hopefully, for future people attempting this recipe, this online version can be updated to include when to include the quinoa; at which point parchment paper should be added; and the oven temperature and baking pan size (325 F; 9" x 13"). I've been looking for easy, fast, healthy and tasty energy bar recipes. Really looking forward to results from this one...

Erin

Friday 3rd of October 2014

I made the banana split bars last night. I had to guess at how to prep the pan, the pan size and the temperature. But I guessed right and my kids loved them! I will definitely make them again with more additions, maybe coconut flakes and chia seeds. I always have frozen bananas in my freezer, but learned it is better to peel them before freezing. Love your site - I will be back for more! Thanks

Camilla

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Thanks so much, Erin! :)

Tammy

Saturday 5th of July 2014

I am very new to all this and need to know what the "GF" stands for????

Camilla

Thursday 12th of November 2015

Sorry, Tammy--it is my shorthand for "gluten-free"

Sue

Monday 3rd of February 2014

These are fantastic for breakfast. Warm them in the microwave and then crumble them over greek yogurt. I have made seven types of bars out of Power Hungry so far, I absolutely love it.

Camilla

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Thanks, Sue!!!

Mary

Tuesday 24th of September 2013

I'm also wondering the size of the pan?

Camilla

Wednesday 25th of September 2013

eek, sorry Mary! I made the additions (325F, 9x13 pan)

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