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Caramel Banana Upside Down Protein Cake

Well, if the words, caramel, banana and upside down cake didn’t draw you in, then stop reading now, you failed the test! Honestly guys, if you love banana cake and sticky caramel, then this is an absolute MUST try protein recipe – get baking!

Serve this sticky, squashy, caramel, banana cake with yoghurt, berries, chia seeds and some zero cal syrup - delicious!

Serve this sticky, squashy, caramel, banana cake with yoghurt, berries, chia seeds and some zero cal syrup – delicious!

I kind of made this recipe up on the go – it was going to be a sticky pineapple upside down cake, but, alas, the cupboard was bare of pineapple and so, banana was a very worthy replacement. In fact, you know what? I reckon you could easily use any fruit in this recipe, so pick your favourite – just be wary that the wetter the fruit, the longer your cake will take to cook, so be careful that you don’t end up with a soggy bottom and a rubbery cake!

The delicious caramel flavour comes courtesy of a couple of teaspoons of date syrup. If you can’t get hold of that, then use any dark syrup you have to hand, but the date really is mind-blowing, so it is definitely worth searching out!

The cake itself is twice cooked (don’t be put off, it is super simple!). The cake is baked – upside down – in a silicone cake tin, it is pulled out of the oven before it is totally cooked through, then turned banana-side-up and grilled for a few minutes. This process isn’t totally necessary, you could always just bake the cake a little longer, but the grill makes the caramel all toasty and delicious and makes the banana slices all tanned and yummy.

I like to leave the batter slightly on the underside of done, not raw, but with a creamy/brownie bar kind of texture – that way you get a deliciously moist cake, without the rubbery-ness that can occur with a whey protein bake.

My favourite way to serve this is warm (just chuck it in the microwave for about 45seconds), with plain yoghurt, fruit and syrup – either the date syrup, or, I really like to use a zero cal syrup – there are some great varieties available out there, so have a hunt about for them.

Right, here is the recipe, give it a go – you will LOVE it! I’ve fed it to three different people & they have all loved it too – plus the macros are pretty great too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops unflavoured whey protein powder
  • 3/4 cup fat free cottage cheese
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup stevia/truvia/sukrin
  • 2 eggs
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 cup milk (any will do, I used regular skimmed cows milk)
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp date syrup (or another dark syrup)

Method:

  1.  Preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade (or equiv.)
  2.  Grab a silicon cake case – I used a round one, but use whatever you’ve got – place the case on a baking sheet.
  3. Chuck all of the ingredients (apart from ONE of the bananas and the date syrup) in to a bowl and blend with a stick blender. It needs to be blended to squish up the lumps in the cottage cheese!
  4. Drizzle the 2 tsps of date syrup in the bottom of the cake case.
  5. Slice the remaining banana and lay in to the base of the case.
  6. Pour the cake batter over the top of the banana and syrup and smooth out the top.
  7. Put the tray in the oven – the cake will take around 20-25mins for the first bake, it should be set on top and mostly cooked, with just a slight trace of batter on a skewer when tested (if you don’t want to grill it, leave it in for a little longer, but keep checking the cake with a metal skewer, as soon as it comes out clean, grab it straight out!)
  8. If you are grilling the cake, grab it out the oven and leave it to cool slightly, until it can be handled without it breaking or crumbling. Pre-heat the grill.
  9. Turn the cake out on the the baking tray – it should come out with all the sticky caramel and banana slices intact, but you can always pick the banana bits from the case and place back on to the cake. Grill for approx 5minutes, until the top is beautifully caramalised and sticky.
  10. Either eat straight away, or leave to cool and have later, warmed up is best! Cuts in to 8 pieces.

Macros (per slice, of 8):

132kcals, 2.9g fat, 13g carbs, 15.4g protein

Try serving it with a drizzle of the date syrup

Try serving it with a drizzle of the date syrup

Give this delicious cake a whirl – I bet you’ll find yourself eating it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, I know that’s exactly what I did!!

Nom! All gone :D

Nom! All gone 😀

 

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Ginger Banoffee Protein Flapjacks

I’ve been desperate to find a recipe for a protein flapjack with a baked crunch, moist softness, yummy flavour & that oaty texture. I reckon that I’ve baked that right up earlier on today. If you’re a fan of flapjacks & a fan of protein treats, but not a fan of the fats and sugars used in average commercial brands, then give this a go & see what you think.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 small banana
  • 3tbsps coconut oil
  • 3tbsps ginger flavoured coconom (or regular coconom & a pinch of ground ginger)
  • 12 drops toffee flavdrops
  • 15 drops banana flavdrops
  • 1 cup rolled oats (regular or gluten free)
  • 1/3 cup rice protein
  • 2 scoops myprotein protein crispies
  • 2tbsp water

Method:

  1. Heat oven to Gas 6/200C
  2. Peel the banana, snap in half & chuck in a bowl.
  3. Melt the coconut oil (I usually chuck mine in a cup in the microwave for a few seconds)
  4. Add the ginger coconom to the melted coconut oil, add in both flav drops and stir. Pour this liquid mix in with the banana. Blend with a stick blender until it looks a bit like caramel.
  5. Add the rolled oats, rice protein & protein crispies and mix – add in 1 or 2 tbsp water if needed. The mix should not be stiff, but also not runny – it should hold its shape in the baking case, but easy to spread and level out with a spoon.
  6. Dump the mix in to a silicon pan – I used a square brownie pan – if your mix doesn’t quite fill the pan, just spread it out to about 1.5-2cm thick & square up the loose side with a spoon.
  7. Bake for about 15-25minutes – this will depend on how thick your have made them, but they should be a golden brown colour and firm to the touch.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for about 15minutes, then gently transfer to a cooling rack until totally cool. Chop in to 8 pieces & hide them from everyone else!!

Macros per Slice (approx):

Cals: 135, Fat: 5.9g, Carbs: 13.7g, Protein: 6.7g

I’ve used ginger coconom in this recipe, hence the ‘ginger’ bit, but to be honest, it doesn’t come through massively in the end product, so if you are after a major ginger punch, whack in a little extra ground ginger before mixing.

If you’re not a fan of ginger at all, just use unflavoured coconut sugar. If you don’t like bananas, leave out the banana & the banana flavdrops, replace with a good dollop of apple sauce and some vanilla flavdrops.

Serve these babies up alongside a cup of tea, or with yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, or whack some ice-cream on it for an awesome dessert.

Give them a go, what do you think??

 

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