Nom-rating: *** (3/5)
It’s Spring Break.
And I loooooove it.
My apologies to all of you who no longer have Spring Break.
Don’t be bitter. You picked your profession just like I picked mine.
I didn’t become a teacher so that I could still have Spring Break, but it sure is a nice perk:)
I’m spending Spring Break in Houston this year.
It may not be the most exciting vacation spot ever, but Mr. Torres is here, so I’m happy!
Mr. Torres is renting a room from one of our friends until we decide we’re ready to purchase a house down here.
His name is Josh.
Josh has a Vitamix.
I’m not really one to jump on the bandwagon of every new appliance that comes along, but since I’m here and it’s here, I thought I’d experiment a bit:)
I made a smoothie for lunch using things that I could find in the refrigerator (strawberries, broccoli a banana, milk, half an avocado and some ice).
It tasted pretty good, but looked like something you might find in a really yucky pond.
I also decided to try a variation of the banana drops recipe from the cookbook.
It’s basically a banana with oats and add-ins that you blend together and then bake.
They were extremely easy to make/blend and tasted pretty good for something so healthy:)
I don’t really think that they’re a great substitution if you’re craving a cookies per se, but they would make a wonderful healthy snack!
Verdict: In short, Spring Break is awesome, the Vitamix is very expensive and these banana bites are a nice healthy snack. I’m not yet convinced that the Vitamix is completely worth the $400-$700 price tag, but while I’m here, I’ll keep using it and get back to you. In the meantime, try these little bites. I have no doubts that they could be made with a regular blender or food processor. I gave them a three-star rating because they don’t come close to the goodness of our favorite healthy snack.
Nom-rating: *** (3/5)
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or other oil)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups oats (divided)
- 1 cup trail mix (or other add-in)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Add first four ingredients plus 1 cup of oats to blender or food processor
- Mix until well blended
- Remove from blender and stir in remaining oats and trail mix by hand
- Form into balls, place on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly
- Bake for 15 minutes