Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Banana Caramel Cream Cheese Bars

So this is what I was trying to make last week when I accidentally mixed stuff together and ended up making banana nut muffins. I decided to give it another try and I'm glad I did.

There is something about bananas and caramel together I love. The top layer is like a yummy cream cheese frosting over a nutty oatmeal cookie base. Hope you enjoy it.


Shelly's Banana Caramel Cream Cheese Bars

1/4 cup Raw Almonds, ground
1/2 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
1/4 cup Soy Flour (7 g. of protein per 1/4 cup)
2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
dash of Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel)
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/3 cup Nuts, chopped (I used Pecans & Walnuts)
3 oz. Cream Cheese
1 Banana, mashed
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Caramel Sauce (I used Smucker's)

Preheat oven to 350. Mash banana and mix into cream cheese set aside. In a mini food processor whiz almonds, 1/4 cup of the oats, soy flour, 1 scoop of the protein powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt till fine. Add Torani syrup and whiz again. In a separate dish beat egg, vanilla and almond butter together. Combine both. Add additional scoop of protein, the other 1/4 cup of oats and nuts. Spread the oatmeal batter into a parchment paper lined Pyrex dish (8x7). Spread banana cream cheese over oat base.


Drizzle caramel over top and swirl with a spoon. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.


Allow to cool and cut into bars. Keep refrigerated.



Highlights of the day:

* Got some lovely emails regarding my "H is for..." post. It's so cool to have people in your life that just "get it." Thank you!

* Went on a walk then for coffee where I lusted after a hottie. No, I didn't get the digits. I get no play in Cali. NY guys would have got my number. They don't let opportunities pass them by. Well... most NY guys ;) with one MAJOR exception.

* After coffee I went to Costco to buy a few things and ate lunch at the "Costco Buffet" I'm such a cheap date. I love it. One of the samples was of a yummy Angus Beef Burger stuffed with Blue Cheese I'm going to try to duplicate. I bought "The Bucket List" which I never did see in the theater. Sounds like sometime this weekend popcorn and a good cry will be on the agenda.

Listening to: "Oldest Story In The World" The Plimsouls (Best Break-up Song Ever)

12 comments:

Aims said...

Mmmmm, looks great and can't wait to try it!

Lorie from NC said...

These sound yummy! Thanks so much for the daily inspiration. I'm 8 weeks out and was having one of those "OMG WTH did I do to myself" kinda weeks. Reading your blog has reminded me to hang in there. You are GREATLY appreciated! Have a fabulous weekend.

cschoen said...

I try to stay away from baking, but I'm SO going to have to make these. My mother-in-law used to make a banana cake which was good, but with a frosting that was to DIE for! This kind of reminds me of that recipe.

Jinkers (OH) said...

I heart burgers with blue cheese! I always make my burger stuffed with blue - keeps it really moist. Never tried the ones from Costco.... yet
You are gonna love Bucket List...
:) kelly

Pamela R said...

OMG those have everything I love in them. I'm going to have to give them a try!

Cindy said...

Your site is absolutely awesome! I posted a comment on Charlie's blog, which then led me to yours...this is awesome! I had lapband surgery a month ago and know that my "food world" has changed forever!

Thanks for all your support!

Cindy

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this one. I have to tell you I had a church social last night and made a large of your Mexican meatloaf recipe, and your chocolate peanut butter pie to take as my contribution, so I knew there would be something I could eat. It went over big!! Everyone loved both dishes and couldn't believe the pie was sugar free!! You are the best. Thanks for all you do. jutannarn@yahoo.com

Aims said...

I'm making this tonight to take to a wine tasting!!!

Anonymous said...

So glad someone told me about your site - Im a former fatty too and thanks to the Lapband I have my life back and a big loser of 100 and now competitive female bodybuilder - Im always looking for lean ways to up my protein without adding fat and carbs - ur recipes look amazing (esp the carmel bars and ice-cream!) Thanks for posting!!!!

Carrie said...

I was wondering when you put protein powders in your recipes and you put one scoop or two scoops...is that one serving of your protein powder. I use a packet of protein and one packet mixes with 8oz of liquid so when i make the recipes, I was wondering how much protein powder I should use???

Michelle "Shelly" said...

My SEI Max or Ultimate scoop is 30 g - 35 g. = 22 g. protein, the CLICK one is slightly smaller... I make no adjustment. If yours is slightly bigger or smaller it won't really effect most recipes (shakes, ice cream, etc. ) only time to worry is like a cake or muffins and even then not so much.

Angelina said...

I am a lazy cook. I so wish you're yummy foods we're sold in stores. Im always telling my husband that I don't understand how there isn't more specifically baratric targeted foods in stores. Only really online. If i could go to walmart and buy the stuff you make I would probably die of happiness!