Banana & Almond Milk Protein Slice

Bring on the week! I’ve had such a fantastic weekend that I just feel so energised and ready to jump into the working week.

No I’m not crazy. I’m just hopped up on that Body Step love. Ahh… what am I going on about?

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Let’s recap from the weekend shall we. I did something slightly totally awesome on Saturday and shared the whole experience with you guys in two posts, check it out below:

I also had a very tasty and new-to-me healthy risotto dinner last night, that you’ll be remaking in no time.

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Today

This morning was spent putting to work all that I learnt and gained on Saturday in two sweaty, inspiring and totally fun Body Step classes. I felt like both classes I gave it absolutely everything, and loved hearing and seeing peoples’ reactions during and after. I also had to make many mental notes to correct technique, but since I have no mirror in front of me I’m unsure to whether or not that was effective. Then again, that’s why mirror practices are crucial.

I’ve also been busy cleaning and cooking up some banana heaven in my kitchen, thanks to Woolworths having bananas in the discount produce bucket! I got at least 10 for $3.

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I only had one serving left of my Vanilla Protein Slice, so I decided I’d put my ripe bananas to work. I reinvented the wheel slightly with a few tweaks here and there.

photo 1-60Ps. Feel free to add as many banana chunks as you like. The more the merrier.

You’ll find my original Vanilla Protein Slice recipe here. All I did this time round was use 2 whole eggs, omit the blueberries for chunks of banana (I only used one but you can never have enough banana chunks) and swapped trim milk for Blue Diamond’s Unsweetened Almond Milk.

Yup, I jumped on that bandwagon when I won the Blue Diamond swagbag recently. (That super cute usb had recipes on it too I realised!)

Being completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of the sweetened version and left this for my bf. I found it wayyyy to sweet for my liking. However, the unsweetened version was much more tolerable and less sickly. It’s not my fave on its own but I’ve added it to a creation here and there, and decided to use it in my protein slice this morning. Which suits my taste buds just fine.

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The combination of the cooked banana and natural sweetness from the almond milk complemented each other perfectly. The end result was delicious.

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Edited In:

For anyone interested here is the entire revised recipe for my Banana & Almond Milk Protein Slice

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of wholegrain oats
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 30g scoop of vanilla protein powder (I used Aussie Bodies Perfect Protein Vanilla)
  • 1 large banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Breeze (can use regular)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks

Method

  1. Line a square pan with baking paper. Preheat a fanforced oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Mix oats, baking powder and protein powder in a large bowl.
  3. Add mashed banana, eggs, milk and banana. Stir carefully (not to mush the banana chunks) till all combined.
  4. Pour into lined pan and place into oven.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or so. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan.
  6. Once cooled slice into pieces. I ended up slicing it into 10 pieces.

Beating ED Habits

Today is actually supposed to be my first tester for my ‘Stop Eating By The Clock’ movement, as a way to overcome my avoidance behaviours.

Why the ‘supposed’? Well in true form, I’m over thinking everything.

Here’s (the short version of) what my eats and day has looked like so far:

  • 5:15am- Wake up.
  • 5:45am- Body Step Class
  • 7-8:15am- Home. Reading in bed. Practising new BS tracks.
  • 8:30am- Egg scramble. [Like that pic- bar the side of toast, turkey + egg, but plus another egg in the scramble.]
  • 9:20am- Body Step Class.
  • 10:45- 12am- Home. Clean, shower.
  • 12am- I was hungry so had watermelon and an end of my banana protein slice seen above. Didn’t want toast yet.
  • 1am- Usual toast with pb + ab and banana slices.

That’s my day so far.

So is that still falling into my usual ‘clock following’ habit or did I listen to my body? Is it a bad thing to want to eat my toast later, or is it okay because I still ate something (just a different something) when I was hungry earlier?

Ahhhhh, so confused. Not to mention I’ve got a tension headache for some reason. I think it’s from my sore shoulders and back… where’s my boyfriend when you need him anyways?

  • What milk is your favourite?
  • Have you got any fabulous almond milk recipes/concoctions for me?

19 comments

  1. Ally says:

    That slice looks so yummy Bek! I will need to try it!
    Also loved your Body Step Aim recount! I adore Claire – she was my trainer in Attack and Cxworx – she is the best! :-)

    I think you need to look into refueling your body after a workout. You seem to be leaving a lot of time after your classes before eating. Have a read up on post workout nutrition – you have a 30-90 minute door after working out (but the sooner the better) where you should get some carbs and protein into your muscles. Research has shown that if you dont refuel after a workout you can actually lose over 50% of the benefits from the exercise as your muscles need the fuel to recover and become stronger. Especially for you when you are not eating anything before your first step and then doing 2 within a few hours of each other. You’ll find that when you fuel your body correctly you will become fitter and stronger much faster – especially now that you have added some weight training into your week.

    I hope that isn’t overstepping the line – but just thought I would pop in my 2 cents worth. Rather than worrying too much about the clock or calories, think about what your body needs to perform optimally. A protein shake, some oats and yoghurt or maybe a piece of your protein slice straight after your first class would be a good start. And then a more substantial meal straight after your second one. You want to consume the bulk of your meals for the day around the times when you do your exercise because that is when your body and muscles are going to be hungry for the fuel and will be best able to use it.

    • BekatCrave says:

      I’m actually so digging the banana in it- I thought it’d be bland but nup.
      Aw thanks! She is so sweet, yet such a pocket rocket haha. I totally forgot you were an instructor! Are attack and cx your only programs?
      Hmmm I know and that’s a big fear of my eating that soon, I definitely need to try and eat straight after.
      No, don’t be silly! I want feedback :) That’s so rational, no wonder I haven’t thought of that haha. I will definitely put this all into action.

      Thanks heaps :)

      • Ally says:

        No probs!
        I instruct Attack, Cx and Pump! :-)
        Best job in the world!!!
        My housemate is a Stepper
        xxx

        • BekatCrave says:

          I saw- after perusing your site! I keep trying to leave comments but for some reason it when I click the button it won’t publish it :S
          I just wanted to say that your drawings are incredible! I’m seriously gobsmacked everytime I’m on your blog.
          Oh she must be pretty cool then ;) I’d love to do cx one day! And I’ll soon be Attack trained too :P

  2. Michelle says:

    Ally you make some good points! I’m trying to cut down on that time between finishing my workout and refueling. Sometimes between finishing up, talking with friends, stretching, driving home and assembling dinner/lunch for the next day I’m leaving 2+hours with out replenishing my tired muscles. I’m wondering if consuming a protein rich snack (whether I’m hungry or not) straight afterwards would reduce my next day soreness which is always there, no matter my level of fitness.

    Thanks Bek for the recipe! I might be using up some bananas in a protein slice soon :)

    • Michelle says:

      Oh and congratulations on experimenting with moving your mealtimes. Over thinking or not you’re trying something new to move away from feeling restricted and unhappy – and that’s the first step! Really happy for you xM

    • BekatCrave says:

      She does doesn’t she. Yep, I think a combo of protein and carbs would be ideal post workout.

      Yes, do! You can never have enough bananas mmmm.

  3. Kloe says:

    This is exactly the same thing I’ve struggled with in the past; just listening to when my body actually wants or doesn’t want food, and making it happy by just going with it :)
    I think it’s so hard today to avoid all the external cues we get, like “rules” society kind of makes about the right times and things to eat (e.g. no carbs after 6pm, that kind of, for lack of a better word, crap!)

    It’s so liberating to be able to just do what your body wants you to do, best of luck with your little test! I’ve been giving this a good go lately too.

    Kloe x
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    • BekatCrave says:

      I hear ya- all those diet bs we are bombarded with. I have become better at blocking it out though.

      Thanks you too! We can nurture and respond to our bodies cues together :) xx

  4. CCU says:

    This slice looks so decadent but it is so healthy too :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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