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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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Smart BBQ Side-Dish Swaps

Unless you choose griddled chicken breast & a green salad, BBQs can be a calorie minefield.

Typical BBQ sides include coleslaw, pasta salad, cous cous, sweetcorn, potato salad & bean salad. Whilst these can all be full of yummy veggies, they also tend to be crammed with mayo-based dressings or oil/butter.

By making your own sides, rather than buying them in, you can control what goes in to them, without compromising on taste – I mean, have you *tried* low-fat shop bought coleslaw?! Ewwwww!

Try these three options at your next BBQ & save on calories and fat…

Coleslaw:

Swap the shop bought stuff for this homemade version. Crammed with veggies and made with a fat free yoghurt. A high fibre, high taste, fat free alternative.

Fat free coleslaw

Fat free coleslaw

This version had a head of fennel, 2 carrots, 1 red onion, a handful of radishes & half a head of broccoli (florets & stalk) in it. The carrots & broccoli stalk were grated & the rest of the veggies were super finely sliced. The dressing was a few good spoons of 0% fage greek yoghurt, the juice of half a lemon & some dried dill. Mix well & season to taste.

Potato Salad:

Swap out the mayo coated BBQ staple for this low-fat, tasty option.

Low-fat Potato Salad

Low-fat Potato Salad

By using a mix of baby new potatoes & a large sweet potato, the GI of this salad is reduced, making this salad filling for longer & helping to stave off the second/third/fourth helpings. The potatoes have been chopped and roasted in just  tsp of olive oil, a little seasoning & some dried lovage (use any dried herb here, I just love the savoury taste of lovage). Roast up, then throw over the juice of 1 lemon, some sea salt flakes, some finely chopped chilli & some fresh chopped mint. It is important that you get the lemon juice on as soon as they come out of the oven, otherwise the potatoes won’t soak it all up & become yummy!

Guacamole:

I beg of you to never ever buy shop bought guacamole. It just ISN’T guacamole. It is gross & tastes bland and slimy! Many shop bought versions are actually made using powdered avocado, that is mixed in to a mayo base, so actually pretty grim & full of the wrong fats. Try this fresh version – it literally takes 5 minutes to make and tastes so so much better.

Fresh Guacamole

Fresh Guacamole

This bowl full of deliciousness used 2 ripe avocados, 2 small tomatoes, 2 spring onions, 1 fresh chilli,  lime & some sea salt. Here is a top tip for your guac – spoon out the avocado flesh in to a bowl & then use an apple corer to mash it – go on, try it! It takes seconds to mash and also means you can keep it chunky. Finely slice everything else, juice the lime right in to the bowl, add in a pinch of sea salt, mix & taste. Try also adding some chopped fresh corrainder, or a pinch of cumin or paprika – delicious!

Go ahead and try these swaps out at your next BBQ & feel smug about your healthier choices – it also means you saved enough macros for that dessert! 😉

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