I’ve mentioned before that I teach at the local community college helping out with the fire cadets. I dish out a strength program to get them ready to pass their physical test for becoming fire fighters.
Some days with those fire cadets are great. We get a great workout in, we have fun, we laugh, life is good. Other days, however, they’re whiny, major complainers, they don’t listen, and they’re loud. They’re also a pretty young group of 20 guys, one girl. Needless to say, the guys (ages 19 to 25) are a little immature sometimes.
Yesterday I decided to make some goodies to reward them for all the hard work they’ve been putting into their trainings and to help refuel them after the workout. Being as sweets are my specialty (and favorite) I went with a simple recipe filled with all natural ingredients, raw nutrients, and a delicious flavor-filled combination. The perfect recipe to replenish any muscle needing energy.
Behold the Banana Bread Fit Bite. So small and dainty, even a fire cadet would eat it… or two. And then request more.
I think they liked them by the thank you’s I was given and the lack of whining that went on yesterday.
Or was that because they were given a Gag Order for the week?
Banana Bread Fit Bites
makes 30 bites to refuel a hard workout
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup banana chips (unsweetened, if possible)
- 1/3 cup vanilla protein powder (I used whey)
- 5 dates
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 4 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Add almonds and walnuts to a food processor and pulse until almost completely broken down. Add banana chips through cinnamon on the ingredient list and process again, making sure to stop and scrape sides, as needed. Continue to pulse the mixture until a batter starts to form. Add more honey or vanilla extract if “batter” isn’t quite sticking together.
Form into small balls and place in refrigerator or freezer for storage.
Serve to hungry post-exercise cadets.
Happy Friday! Hope your week flew by without any whining, complaining, and loud students. If you’re a teacher, may God bless your soul.
Have a great weekend!
What was one challenging thing you did yesterday? Or today?