PEANUT BUTTER OREO BANANA BREAD

I am going to let this recipe speak for itself….

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup of sugar or sugar replacement (I used splenda-sugar mix)
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil (for a lower fat option: use unsweetened apple sauce)
  • ¼ cup of whipped peanut butter (for a lower fat option: use PB2)
  • 1.5 overripe bananas
  • 1 egg (or ¼ cup of egg white, egg substitute, or vegan egg substitute)
  • ¼ cup of milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of sifted whole wheat pastry flour (or for a high protein option replace part of the flour with cookies n cream protein powder)
  • 7 crushed oreos
  • 3 crumbled oreos

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a loaf pan
  2. Beat the sugar, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a large powl.
  3. Add the milk, egg, bananas, and baking powder.
  4. Slowly mix in flour with a spoon
  5. Add the crushed oreos
  6. Top with cumbled oreos
  7. Bake for 30(ish) minutes (use the toothpick test, but not on the center because it will not come out clean- instead test it 1.5 inches from one of the small ends of the loaf pan)
  8. Try not to devour immediately upon taking out of the oven (it is better if you wait 20 minutes to slice)
  9. ENJOY

As always, have questions? Let me know! Did you try?! If you post it on instagram tag me in it (@thesunflowerrunner) or leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

 

This bread was inspired by the following recipe: http://www.somethingswanky.com/peanut-butter-oreo-banana-bread/

It’s a great website, definitely check it out!

 

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I gained my life back.

In the last year I have gained about 20 pounds and several pant sizes. And I am proud of it. When I tell people how much I have gained, they usually say something like, “Oh- but you are still skinny!” or “Don’t worry, you still look good!” What they don’t realize is I know I look good and I know I look and feel better!

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Here I was on April 29th, 2013, just a few pounds above my lowest weight and I was trying on a bathing suit at Target. I thought I looked fat. The bandaid on my arm is from donating blood a few days prior. They took my ½ the blood they normally would have because of how thin I looked. And even with them only taking half the blood, it took so much out of me that I nearly passed out and had to go to sleep at 7 that night because I felt so sick and tired. What else would you expect when eating significantly less than 1000 calories a day?

My rib cage stuck out without me sucking in. My lower tummy popped, not because of a food baby, but because of lack of nourishment. My skin clung to my shoulder blades and collarbones. There was no muscle, no color to my skin—I was wasting away. This is the most revealing picture I have of me near my low weight and I hate seeing it, but it also reminds me of everything outside of the number on the scale that I have gained.

Now here I am today:

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I have gained 20 pounds, but I have also gained confidence, a butt, boobs, my health, my happiness, my life back. I no longer walk around looking like a ghost. I no longer look in the mirror and see nothing but flaws. In fact, I am starting to really like what I see! Despite the areas that have more fat or when I have a food baby (which I proudly rocked this morning after all my post-graduation burgers and Sprinkles cupcakes)—I know I can flex and feel strong. I really am proud of who I have become. I feel like I am myself again. It has been years since I felt this happy. And it all happened because I decided I was no longer going to teeter between healthy and skinny. I fully dedicated myself to being positive and eating enough to fully sustain and nourish my body. I have never looked back. My progress over the last year has taught me I can never give up. Anything is possible with the right mindset! Love yourself and believe in all the things you can achieve and great things will happen.

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