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Some people are still pretending to be on a health kick, so I’ll throw a few more atcha before the onslaught of Valentine’s recipes begins. JAB seeks to accommodate you!
And these are quite lovely, even though the word “healthy” appears in the title. Chocolate, banana, and no butter or oil. Plus, there’s a Greek yogurt protein kick in there. Can we all cheer?
I almost called these brownies. That’s how fudgy they are. Have I ever mentioned how difficult it can be to name some recipes? Or children?
With every single one of our children, we didn’t name them until they were born and we could look into their faces. I had a hard time committing anyway. Being a teacher made it a lot harder.
You see, I associate names with people. And while I really enjoy most of my students, I didn’t want to name my kids anything that I’d associate with my workplace. It’s just nice to keep home and work as separate as possible.
As a result, my kids have fairly obscure names (with even more obscure spellings) and while their names fit them quite nicely, it wasn’t an easy process. Names are so dang important. What if a kid gets the wrong one?
Forget about real people. Character names bug me, too. When Big from Sex and the City finally got a name in the last episode, it was “John.” Really?! John? That’s the best they could do for him? It was so unbelievably frustrating.
If you could name yourself, what would it be? Feel free to let that marinate, or share below! No, this is not that game where you come up with your accidental stripper name. This is you deciding what you would have been called, had it been your choice.
If this cake had a choice, it might ask to be buttery and full of fat. Actually, no, it wouldn’t. When I brought this to work, not only could people not believe that it was healthy, but almost everyone also asked for the recipe. Here’s a video tutorial, but see the full recipe below as well:
Aside from its health benefits, this cake (almost brownie) is super simple to make. Without butter to cream (and no oil either), it’s just mixing ingredients together. Have I mentioned that this cake is also gluten-free?
The only danger here is that you’ll convert to healthy cake and miss out on the Valentine’s Day splurging. Nah, I’m not really worried about that. But this is really good, whether it’s named right or not. In the end, it’s the taste that matters!
I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner.
This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker.
Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.
The other day, my kids and I spent our first snow day of the season together. I’m always the parent on duty for snow days since I’m a teacher, so we do snuggly activities during the day. We watch movies, drink lukewarm chocolate (nothing hot for my babies!), dabble in arts and crafts, and of course, we bake.
This time, I happened to have some overripe bananas on the countertop, which could only mean one thing. In a world with bananas and children, there must be banana bread.
Is it just me, or have women engineered our lives so that we have no time at all?
See, we have rights and we can work and vote and do all those great things. Super! I’m excited to be alive in this time, really I am. But why does having permission to be considered equal to men translate into women suddenly being superheroes?
Because I am, ya know. Sometimes I lie back against my fluffy pillows at the end of the day and just sit there, dazed at how much I could pack into a day. And I’m not bragging, because I’m not pretending to do it well or anything. But somehow, it’s totally legit for women to figure out how to pack in work, family time, exercise, errands, logistics (don’t get me started on how much we plan), general hygiene, and oh so much more in one day. Every day. Relentlessly.
I’m not necessarily complaining, mainly because I’m lazy and tired and don’t feel like opening that can of worms right now. I’ll open it next week. I’m just trying to explain how I wound up baking when I had no time. These bars, to be exact.
It all came down to the word “should.” While I crave sweet every morning, I told myself that I should be getting my nutrients. In an effort to keep the sugar down, I’d make eggs or oatmeal and hate every bite. Those foods work great for me later in the day, but I just couldn’t get down with it.
Then I discovered the protein-packed smoothie. It was like a dream come true. Not only could I have my sweet breakfast, but it would also keep me full all morning. Plus, controlling the sugar content was pretty much up to me. As soon as this revelation occurred, I began blending up my favorite flavor combinations. And really, what’s better than peanut butter, chocolate and banana in the morning?
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I love a good dessert that’s been health-ified and still tastes fabulous. AND it has chocolate?! Sign me up! I haven’t had to name any children yet but I can see how that would be difficult as a teacher!
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss recently posted…The 21 Day Fix Week 2 Recap
Thanks, Jessica! I’ve taught so many kids by now, and it gets hard to be creative with names!
I love using Greek yogurt in baked goods! And I’m loving this healthier cake, too. I can’t believe there’s no butter or oil in here. That texture looks amazing, Mir. And I love your video, too. Such a perfect cake for Friday!
Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Greek yogurt is the best in any cake!
Healthy AND chocolate? You know how to make a girl happy on a Friday morning with a weekend of baking ahead of her. And I have 2 ripe bananas at home – it’s a SIGN!
Kate @ Framed Cooks recently posted…Chicken Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables
It’s TOTALLY a sign, Kate! Go crazy, friend!
Haha “some people are still pretending to be on a health kick”. I am one of those people, but really hoping that it continues throughout the year.
I love making cakes with Greek yoghurt, it adds a really nice texture.
I kid, I kid. I’m kind of on a health kick always. And I agree with you about texture!
I like this game…hmmmm – what would I rather be named? I will ponder. Did you come up with one? I’d love to know! I’ll let this cake occupy my mouth while my brain is working! YUM!
annie@ciaochowbambina recently posted…Golden Gratinéed Cauliflower with Butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano
You know, I have no idea what I’d be named. Some girl name that sounds like a guy’s name. It would make me cool, and tough. Let me know if you think of one!
haha. . JAB seeks to accommodate you! I love it! and so true, we’re healthy for like a month and then it’s Valentine’s Day!! 😛 I never really thought about it but you are right. I guess we do sometimes associate names with people, or types of people .. And I like my name .. I don’t know too many Alice’s so I’m happy with what I got! and it’s funny you mention this. . I used to write “mom moments” on my blog and will probably get back to doing these more this year. . anyway, read this: http://hipfoodiemom.com/2012/09/13/whats-in-a-name/ I think you’d enjoy it! 🙂 And I love this healthy chocolate banana cake . . it’s like you made this for me, Mir, so thank you!!! TGIF!!!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted…Slow Cooker Brownies + A Giveaway!
Loved that post, Alice! I just read it. Names are pretty life-changing, aren’t they? And I like Alice for you…it fits!
This cake looks amazing- love baking with Greek yogurt!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout recently posted…Marbled Vegan Banana Cocoa Muffins
Me too, Medha!
My health kick lasted for about 2 weeks, but the cake is just perfect and I’ll try it soon! Love the video!
mira recently posted…Roasted Cauliflower And Parmesan Zucchini Noodles
Ha! Well, two weeks is pretty good, Mira. Yay for you!
greek yogurt is so good in baked good, isn’t it? Love this cake, always have ripe bananas at home, will make this the next time 🙂
Manali @ CookWithManali recently posted…Avocado Mushroom Crostini
I have them a lot too, Manali! Unless my kids get to those bananas first, that is!
I am always up for a healthy cake! Besides, the healthier it is means I get to eat it for breakfast right? And who doesn’t love cake for breakfast!? 🙂
Mir – you pose an interesting question, I’m not sure what I would name myself…that is food for thought …in fact, think I’m gonna ask my daughter that question today!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Shashi at RunninSrilankan recently posted…Leek & Bacon Sautéed Salad
Ask you daughter and let me know what she comes up with, Shashi! 🙂
This isn’t the first time I’ve thought about what I’d name myself. When my parents named me they thought it was unique because there weren’t too many other Amandas around. I always say that all the other families that year were thinking the same thing. I grew up in a small school and there were five other Amandas in my class, and about twenty others in the surrounding grades. 🙂
This cake looks so good. Chocolate and banana is a combination I never get tired of. And it looks super moist!
Amanda recently posted…Big and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
That’s pretty funny, everyone thinking they were original and doing the same thing!
I am all about bananas right now so this cake looks scrumptious!!
Renee@Two in the Kitchen recently posted…Banana Bread Pancakes
Thanks, Renee! I’d totally be about bananas if they ever lasted in my house…
This looks so decadent! Some of my favorite recipes are healthy. I’m pretty sure I would fall madly in love with this cake. Bravo!
Michele @ Alwayzbakin recently posted…Book Review: Happy Cooking
I love making cake healthy because it’s not hard to get there at all!
Mir – This cake looks awesome. January is always healthy month. I can’t say no to cake, but this one has my name all over it. I might even put some peanut butter on top of this! 🙂
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg recently posted…Greek Salad Pita
Thanks, Erin! I can never say no to cake, either!
Oh, my word!!! This cake really does look like brownies! I have got to try it!!! And yay for having a few extra ripe bananas right now!
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Chocolate Candy Cookies
It’s so fudgy, Jocelyn!