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Again with the bananas…

Good fuel that comes wrapped in it’s own packaging, how can you go wrong?!  When Kristin and I go on our morning walks she like to kick my ass with these hills, one in particular.  She eats breakfast as soon as her eyes pop open.  I have to work my way to breakfast, it takes me a few hours some days.  So, on the mornings we walk, I put a banana in my pocket.

A few nutrition facts about our beloved banana courtesy of the Chiquita Banana folks:
Bananas contain 20% of the Daily Value of Vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 contributes to red blood cell formation, the reduction of fatigue and transporting iron through the body.

Bananas contain 15% of the Daily Value of Vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the reduction of fatigue; helps develop and maintain skin, bones, cartilage, blood vessels, gums and teeth, while reducing free radicals and protecting cells from oxidative damage.

Bananas contain 13% of the Daily Value of Potassium. Potassium helps maintain a normal blood pressure (already within normal limits) and muscle function.

A single serving (one medium-sized Chiquita banana) also contains 12% of the daily-recommended dietary fiber intake for a normal adult. Fiber has been shown to improve digestive function.

ok, enough boring stuff.  Now the juicy stuff…

When I had a sleepover last weekend with the boys (Get your minds out of the gutter! remember- I’m Auntie Gayle) I made a gluten free peanut butter banana muffin.  YUM!

I started with Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix, much cheaper and easier than sourcing a dozen different gluten free flours. As my norm, I started with the recipe on the bag and just winged it from there.
1 1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking mix
1/4+ cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar in the raw
1 banana (I’d use more next time)
1/4(ish) cup peanut butter (M said it needed more- I agree)
the recipe calls for nuts, but there was one in the group that didn’t like nuts, so I left them out. But if this were just for me I’d add the 1/4 cup it suggested, if not more.

I, of course, got a shrug and they’re ok.  But word trickled back to me that they actually got rave reviews.  Good thing, cause I liked ’em and will be making them again, though next time I’ll probably add chocolate chips!

I’m going to leave you with a little ditty to remind you about the greatness of the banana.

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