Banana bread bites

Happy Wednesday blog readers! I haven’t posted since Sunday’s Brooklyn 1/2 marathon race report, so I feel like I have some catching up to do! I took Sunday and Monday completely off from exercise: no running, no cross-training, just REST. The legs said “thank you”!

With my extra free time I managed to eat some pretty yummy things. On Sunday I snagged a dozen mini cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. The best way to enjoy them? Outside in sunny Central Park, of course. Isn’t the egg carton carrier adorable??

cupcakes

I also used up some over ripe bananas by whipping up a very healthy cookie recipe. They’re vegan and gluten-free! These little goodies are like an oatmeal cookie-banana bread hybrid, very moist. I like to eat them crumbled over yogurt.

cookies

cookies

Coconut-Chocolate-Banana Bread Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 Tbs canola oil
  • 3 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup teff flour (or other gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees
  • Combine the banana, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla in a large bowl
  • In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 2-3 increments, stirring just until combined (don’t over mix!)
  • Stir in the chocolate chips
  • Drop heaping teaspoons of batter onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 13-15 minutes, until lightly browned
  • Makes about 20 cookies

After a solid 72 hours of rest, I was ready to hit the roads again. I went for a 4.5 mile “shake-out” run on Tuesday morning to test my legs. Felt good! Good enough to contemplate an afternoon track workout, in fact.

Unfortunately my coach put the kibosh on me doing any intervals so soon after a 1/2 marathon (womp, womp). In retrospect, my legs probably weren’t 100% ready for a tough speed workout. Instead, Jacqui and I ran from the track down to South Ferry and back, bringing me to about 7.5 miles total for the evening (12 miles for the day, yikes). Fortunately I’m feelin’ fine after all those miles – no leggy pain!

My post-track workout tradition is to make a stop at the Whole Foods on Houston Street. I treated myself to an on tap Kombucha <3 and stocked up on groceries.

groceries

My loot included Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, sweet potato, bananas, brown rice cakes, apples, Fage greek yogurt, luna bars, protein powder, and sprouts. I’m really excited about that big box of sprouts – it includes clover, garbanzo, sunflower, etc. Why are sprouts good for you? Check out the article for more info!

Using a 1/2 empty tub of yogurt, I whipped up a quick and easy dinner – Fage greek yogurt, sliced strawberries, sunflower seed butter, and Nature’s Path Heritage Grain cereal (my fav!).

yogurt mess

With Ezekiel toast, peanut butter, and chocolate chips for dessert. Yes, toast can be a dessert. Because I say so.

pb toast

What are the 5 races you need to run this summer? Check out my latest True/Slant article for the deets!

Question: What are your top 3 grocery store essentials? I can’t live without greek yogurt, peanut butter, and bananas!

  • http://www.blissfulrunner.wordpress.com Olivia @ Blissful Runner

    I only get to pick three? :) I’ll have to go with bananas, oats and almond milk. My go-to breakfast … that I could eat for every meal of the day! Vanilla Greek yogurt, almond butter and spinach are my runners up though!

  • http://redheadreports.blogspot.com Ali @ Redhead Reports

    Bananas, chocolate and milk!

  • L

    Sorry to nitpick but are those regular chocolate chips? If so, they’re probably not vegan.

  • http://laurageorgina.wordpress.com Laura Georgina

    Those cupcakes look like sushi if you scan the picture quickly! Very nice.

    I need to have oatmeal, eggs, and pasta in the house at all times (grocery-store wise) and garlic, onion, and tomatoes (from the market) or I get a bit nervous…

  • http://www.marcigilbert.com Marci

    I love your baking recipes! Can’t wait to try this one out.

    My staples are Fiber One, berries, and Greek yogurt.

  • http://greensandjeans.wordpress.com Madeline @ GreensAndJeans

    peanut butter, bananas, and oats! Magnolia’s frosting makes me swoooon

  • http://www.sideofsneakers.com Heather @ Side of Sneakers

    Oh those mini cupcakes are adorable!!!!

  • http://www.adventurouslife.wordpress.com Nicole Y. @ An Adventurous Life

    Those mini cupcakes look so cute & delicious!! My little niece would love them for a tea party!

  • http://washingtonranhere.wordpress.com sarah

    OMG are your bites not vegan? Get them out, they’re contaminated! Here, give them to me!
    I’ve barely been able to walk without fatigue. I had a thought of doing intervals today, but punked out. Womp womp over here too.

  • http://fuelingforfitness.com Fueling for Fitness

    Everything looks so yummy! I went on a crazy cupcake frenzy when I was in NYC two years ago – can’t decide whether I liked Dean and Deluca’s or Magnolia’s red velvet cupcake better! Must go back and re-assess. :) I will have to try those banana bread bites soon.

    Three things: bananas, rolled oats, peanut (or almond) butter.

    It’s best with all of those three things are mixed together. :D

    -Alison

  • http://www.exerciseandeat.blogspot.com Jenny

    I love the cupcake egg carton carrier! So cute:)

  • http://www.runnerskitchen.com RunnersKitchen

    The semi-sweet chocolate chips actually ARE vegan (they are whole foods brand).

  • http://www.gethealthywithheather.wordpress.com Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather

    Definitely bananas, sweet potatoes and peanut butter! Rarely do I go a day without one of those goodies.

  • http://eating-for-england.blogspot.com/ Angharad

    1) I am stealing magnolia’s egg carton idea for mini cupcake giving. It’s happening.
    2) I cannot live without bananas, eggs and nut butter
    3) I’m excited to read your true/slant article!

  • http://arunnersfoodjournal.blogspot.com tam

    I think my current top have-to-have foods are bananas, frozen blueberries and spinach–smoothie makings!

    Tam

  • L

    @ Sarah (comment #9): I wasn’t trying to be self-righteous but just inquiring if they contained milk. As a vegan, I’ve made the mistake a few times of buying products that I didn’t think contained milk. This is the case with a lot of dark chocolate products, including ones at Whole Foods.

    The banana bread bites look delicious, by the way.

  • http://crunchygranolagal.wordpress.com/ Crunchy Granola Gal

    i had no idea magnolia does baby cupcakes! mmmm.

    my top three: cereal, peanut butter and whole wheat bread.

  • http://www.amarathoner.com A Marathoner

    Those cupcakes look deadly.

  • http://goanniecatgo.blogspot.com/ Annie Cat

    First things written on the grocery list each week: milk, apples, bananas. Then peanuts in whatever form we’re missing, either peanut butter or dry roasted, and then yogurt, both “regular” for the husband and smoothies, and “Greek” for me to have with fruit. And rolled oats of course!

    Of course Ezekiel bread can be dessert! With butter and plum butter, mmm…

  • http://www.earlymorningrun.blogspot.com Lisa @ Early Morning Run

    Personally, I’m a Buttercup kind of girl, but I do think the egg carton idea is super cute!

    My grocery staples are the same. Apples are up there too! I’ve never tried ezekiel bread, but probably will sooner or later since I’ve heard so many great things about it.

  • Ellen

    Oatmeal, eggs, milk!

    Those banana bread bites look sooo good and HELLO CUPCAKES! Reading your blog late at night is dangerous…I now have a serious sweet tooth! What are your fave cupcakes in NYC? I like Magnolia, but sometimes they are too sugary for me…

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • http://mealsandmoves.wordpress.com janetha

    those bites look really great. portable and tasty. thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • http://www.myhealthypassion.wordpress.com Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly

    Grocery staples for me would be eggs, greek yogurt, and almond butter!

  • http://lilveggiepatch.com Katie

    Those cupcakes ARE adorable, even if they weren’t so tasty. Your bitelettes look like they more than made up for it, though!

    I’m hoping to run some shorter races to get my confidence back up (and maybe convince the boy that racing is fun).

    Kitchen staples? Spinach, bananas, nut buttah.

  • http://thewholeplate.com leslie

    kombucha on tap!? whattt. i need to experience this.

    my grocery essentials are avocados, bananas, greek yogurt, and whatever vegetable i’m obsessed with that week (currently it would be cherry tomatoes). can’t live a week (or day) without any of those!

  • http://theoatmealdiaries.blogspot.com Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries

    I recently tried Magnolia cupcakes and fell in LOVE! So delicious, especially with a big glass of almond milk! And I am saving this cookie recipe, thanks!!

  • Samantha

    Where does Crumbs rank in your cupcake favorites?

    Grocery staples- easy. Apples, Stonyfield yogurt and organic spinach!

  • http://frontyardfoodie.com Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Egg carton cupcake carrier!!! Genius! They look so adorable all comfy in there.

    My three essentials are, bananas, lettuce, and garbonzo beans. At least, those three things are ALWAYS on my grocery list.

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