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Bananas Foster Impostor

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This week has been flying by, not that I’m complaining or anything! We’re just that much closer to the weekend. The weather is beautiful in the evenings, making it easier to convince D to go on pre-dinner walks. I am so thankful for the nice weather and love seeing all of the fall decor go up. I think I may need to do a little front door craft this weekend. I would love ideas if you have them??

Although it’s just now Thursday, D and I have managed to get today’s recipe in 3 times so far. Sooooo, that’s every night! That goes to show how delicious it is, and proves that you should make it tonight. Like, right now. So, here we go!

May I introduce you to Bananas Foster Impostor. Let me tell ya, this is one sneaky little dish. While the original is full of butter, cream, and brown sugar (and is quite delicious), this version has none of the above. It has 6 ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes.

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Start by slicing 3 bananas lengthwise. I used 6 baby bananas because they needed to be eaten, but either will work. Lay the bananas in a non-stick sprayed skillet over med-high heat. You’re going to brown the bananas and let them start to caramelize a bit. I like mine to get quite a bit of color.

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While they are working, mix together 1/2 cup hot water, 1/3 cup honey, and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla in a separate bowl.

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Once the bananas have caramelized on both sides, add the honey/water mixture to the skillet and let boil for a few minutes.

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Once the mixture thickens, turn off heat and add about 1 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Ta-da. That’s it. You’re done.

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Of course this would be lovely with a big ol’ bowl of vanilla ice cream, or maybe even some homemade whipped cream, but that wouldn’t really make sense after cutting all of the butter, cream, and sugar out of the bananas, would it? So, the next best thing is to pile them high on top of some vanilla yogurt. I used greek yogurt and it was delish. But you can eat them on whatever you want, or heck, even by themselves!

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On another note, I did yoga for the first time yesterday. I usually stretch as I’m supposed to, but haven’t ever gotten on the yoga train. But ever since my 6 miler on Sunday, my body has been really fatigued and kind of sore. So yesterday I did a Jillian Michaels 35 minute video, and I loved it. It was waaay harder than I anticipated, and I felt like a million bucks afterward. What I loved most about this particular video was that it was fast paced. You never held a position for more than 15 seconds, which is good for my attention span. I’ll be doing  this weekly from here on out. 🙂

Have a great day!

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Banana Butterscotch Smoothie

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Good morning, all!

I’m sitting here drinking my creamy, sweet coffee and catching up on things. Probably my favorite time of day.

I tend to start and end the day in the same fashion, with a touch of sweetness. In the morning, coffee. And the evening, a smoothie.   And let me tell ya, I made a good one last night. It was D approved, and most importantly, it wasn’t super unhealthy.

I’m not gonna sit here and tell you it’s full of super-fruit and antioxidants. But a small one won’t make your pants tight either. Winner!

Banana Butterscotch Smoothie

Start with these guys. On the back right, in the baggie, there’s sliced, frozen bananas.

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Put 2 cups of ice in the blender, followed by about 1 cup frozen bananas, and 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt.

Then add 2 TBSP of instant, sugar/fat free butterscotch pudding powder. Or not. Use the real if you want. I had this on hand.

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Then add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and cinnamon to your liking.

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Add 1 1/2 cups of almond milk. Or skim milk. Whatever you have on hand.

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Give it a whirl.

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The next step is very important. You have to put it in cute glasses like these.

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Topping it with a little whipped cream and some cinnamon is optional, of course.

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Enjoy!

Banana Butterscotch Smoothie

2 c. ice

1 c. frozen bananas, sliced

 1/4 c. greek yogurt

2 TBSP fat/sugar free butterscotch pudding mix

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 c. almond or skim milk

cinnamon to taste

whipped cream (optional)

1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. You may have to add ice or milk, depending on the thickness of the smoothie.

2. Pour it into precious soda shop glasses like these and drink up!

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We have our third beer league softball game tonight. My goal is to stop every ball and not get a black eye. D’s goal is to hit a “dinger.” For all practical purposes, a “dinger” is the same as a home run.

Hopefully we’re both successful. Happy Thursday!