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I’ve secretly always loved any kind of sweet bread (I have a huge sweet tooth, after all), and banana bread is no exception.

But a single piece of banana bread from Starbucks packs as many as 420 calories, including 21 grams of fat and 52 grams of carbohydrates. And you know it’s not the good kind of fat!

So in an effort to stop myself from gobbling up two of those (since you know just one will never fill you up), I decided it would be a better idea to create my own, healthier version of banana bread.

Keep in mind that this bread is super dense and won’t rise at all, so you could double the recipe if you prefer larger bread slices.

Here’s your High Energy Banana Protein Bread Recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup oats
1 large ripe banana (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup vanilla whey protein powder
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2-3 dates, pitted
2 Tbsp cottage cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Directions

Heat your oven to 350* Fahrenheit. In a blender, blend together all of the ingredients except for the walnuts until all the chunks are smoothed out (a hand mixer works too). Coarsely chop the walnuts, then stir into the mixture.

Spray a 4×8″ non-stick pan with a little coconut oil, then pour the mixture into the pan and stick into the oven.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned on the sides. Eat warmed with nut butter on top!

Store in the fridge.

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Macros per 1/8 recipe:

Calories: 120
Protein: 7g
Carbs: 16g
Fat: 4g