Going Bananas

by Sara on February 27, 2012

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! I spent most of mine writing a research paper (don’t be jealous), but took a break Saturday night to go on another date with Mr. Match.

We had dinner at Hank’s Oyster Bar, one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, and enjoyed a delicious meal of oysters, lobster roll, fresh-cut french fries and roasted cauliflower with caramelized onions.

Instagram shot of the spread

Mr. Match had never tried a raw oyster, so I forced him he was anxious to give it a go. šŸ˜‰ The expression on his face as it slide down his throat was priceless!

The verdict? Well, let’s just say that he ever-so-generously let me finish the remaining oysters. šŸ˜‰

The highlight of the meal was definitely the cauliflower! Oh. My. Goodness. So good! The caramelized onions were a perfect contrast to the tender, lightly buttered vegetables. I plan to recreate the flavors in my own kitchen by making this Smitten Kitchen tart.


In completely unrelated news…

I’ve been on a major banana kick lately.

*Sidenote: As I was working on this post yesterday, I saw via Twitter that Julie had just posted a Banana Recipe Roundup. My initial thought was, “Oh no! Now I can’t post this!” but then I decided that I could use it as an opportunity to spread even more banana love. :) Check out her recipes here! :)

If I were to guess, I’d say I’m probably eating about two to three bananas per day. That might not sound like a lot, but for a girl who once shunned bananas like they were as evil as SPAM, it’s 200-300% increase from a year ago. :)

Meet yesterday morning’s pre-workout “split.”

Oh, and please excuse the iPhone photos. I was too lazy to run all the way upstairs to grab my camera.Ā  Saving the energy for my workout…obviously.Ā  šŸ˜‰

So good, I can't stand it!

I enjoyed this for breakfast nearly every morning last week. To make the topping, I combined the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0% plain most of the time, but it’s even more delicious when made with the Honey-Nana Champions flavor)
  • 2 T. PB2 (or peanut flour)
  • 1-2 T. vanilla protein powder (I’m currently using Tera’s Whey)

I slather my banana up good, then top it with granola, peanuts, or in this case, sunflower seeds.

But the banana lovin’ most definitely doesn’t stop there.

You all know about my love for Banana Muffin Tops. Well, Caramelized Banana Pancakes are pretty fantastic too. šŸ˜‰

To make these, I used my favorite pancake recipe, but added banana slices to the batter. So simple!Ā  (And yes, that little pat of buttery Earth Balance makes all the difference!)

Don’t you think that whipping up a batch of banana pancakes would be 58345 times more fun if you were wearing this skirt?


And these shoes?


Possibly the craziest pair of shoes ever? I think so!

If I start dressing like the Chiquita Banana Lady, I’m going to blame Pinterest.

I’m also going to “blame” Pinterest if I just happen to make every single one of these recipes this week. šŸ˜‰

Peanut Butter-Banana ShakeĀ (from a great new-to-me vegan blog, Healthy Happy Life)

Banana Bread Breakfast ‘Bake’ <–made with quinoa and coconut!

Grilled Stuffed Bananas

Banana Split Mini’s <–These would be so fun for a kids birthday party

Peanut Butter-Banana Chocolate Pudding <—only three ingredients!

Bananas Foster Oatmeal

Clearly I’ve gone bananas for…BANANAS! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself). šŸ˜‰

And now, my friends, it’s time to heed this banana’s advice and get to the gym. šŸ˜‰


Except, I won’t be running. I’ll be lifting. Bring it, Live Fit Day 22!

Oh, but one more thing before I go.

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I can’t help but ask which looks you loved most! My favorites included…

Gorgeous! And cheers to Cam for rocking a HEALTHY body!

I think Gwyneth Paltrow is timeless. Loooved the dress, but the cape, not so much.

Angelina showed a little too much leg, but she was undeniably stunning, as always.

Go make today wonderful! It’s 100% up to you! xoxoxo <3

Please share…

Are there any foods that you once feared and now love?

What is your favorite way to eat or cook with bananas?


Which “look” was your favorite at the Oscars?

  • http://www.lequotidien.tumblr.com/ Maya

    Great post!! I love the “banana split” idea…who needs ice cream when you have peanut butter, nuts, granola and protein powder? šŸ˜‰ Although it would probably be phenom with ice cream too. I will definitely be trying this. Easy breakfasts are the best. :)

    Your picks for Oscar dresses are some of my favorites too. I’d also add Michelle Williams, thought she looked amazing! And my oh my, Cam has some serious arms, doesn’t she?

    Oh and almost forgot! My favorite way to eat a banana is in oatmeal! But mine never looks as good as the bananas foster oatmeal! Ha!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Michelle Williams IS adorable! And I think she’s an amazing actress too!

      My oatmeal never looks that good either! :-p

  • Jackie

    Ooh, another date?! Oysters are an aphrodisiac, ya know. šŸ˜‰ Somebody knew what he was doing! Details, details!

    Every picture in this post looks seriously amazing. Thanks for making me hungry again, after I already finished breakfast. *must practice self restraint!*. I LOVE bananas foster and will be trying out some of these recipes for sure! Favorite Oscar look was Cameron Diaz, too! I thought Angelina looked gorgeous, but way too skinny! And Meryl Streep was stunning! Love you! xoxo

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Haha, I know…oysters are supposedly a *romantic* food! However, the oysters were actually my idea, not his. šŸ˜‰ Hehe.

  • http://www.juliegolean.com/ julie

    omg cameron looked AMAZING! seriously the whoel time i was like I WANT HER GUNS hahaha. and i can’t wait to check out the banana bread qunioa bake! i’ve been trying other grains and made a quinoa bake the otehr day that came out so so so i’m excited to see this one!

    i thiiiiiiiiiiink you need to gchat me and keep me updated on your match guy!! iw ant the deets on him lady xoxo

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I can’t WAIT to try the quinoa bake either! Send me your gchat name and we’ll gab about match men! xoxoxo

  • http://www.healthydivaeats.com/ Katie

    HI LOVE!!

    Holy banana loving! Seriously I love PINTEREST! I want to make that shake, looks amazing! I think I will do the banana idea you did topped eith protein frosting tomorrow!

    Angelina could wear a damn paper bag and still be SO hot! Love her!

    Soooooooooo there was a date 2?!! I thought it was a new one! Ok we need to CATCH up! Love you!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      SO true about Angelina!! And yes, we def need to chat! Let me know when! <3

  • http://www.peaceloveandoats.com/ Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    ahhhh those banana recipes all look so delicious!!! Anyway to get more bananas in my day is good with me!

  • http://twitter.com/AfterDin Caroline

    Haha love it – pinterest is so addicting! I’ve been eating banana in my overnight oats for far too long – you could say I’m in a rut, but I love it so much! Also, I used to fear pretty much ALL vegetables, and now I love too many to count :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      I am totally a creature of habit too…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Right?! Banana + oatmeal is one of my favorite combinations. :)

  • http://annasadventuresinhealth.com/ Anna

    That banana split looks so delicious and a fun mix up on breakfast! I love putting bananas in my protein smoothies to make them creamy, in my oatmeal, and in pancakes. I want to try that banana quinoa bake…

    I loved ALL the fashion last night at the Oscars… I have to say I am over angelina’s “sex appeal” but more into Cameron’s fab arms, and others like Michelle Williams and Natalie Portman who are glam without being over the top!

    Get that LiveFit girl..I just started Phase 3 and am IN LOVE <3 (okay easy to say on day 1, haha)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Ahh, I can’t wait to start Phase 3! I took a peek and it looks like Miss Jamie mixes things up quite a bit!

  • Anonymous

    i love that we’re calling him mr. match. so cute. and i go through phases w/ bananas. love them for a while, then get bored with them. your banana split looks awesome though!

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    Ha, love that last banana..especially since a banana usually pairs well with a pre-run breakfast.
    I wish I would have caught more of the Oscars..did see Angelina’s dress. Wow!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • Chelsea

    Those banana shoes are hilarious! Lady Gaga worthy! I actually kind of like the skirt…it would definitely be an attention grabber.

    Your banana split breakfast looks awesome! I think I’ll try it tomorrow. And you’re blaming Pinterest for all this banana-drooling, but now I’m blaming you! Haha. Happy Monday, girl!

  • Jillian @ sprinklemassacre.com

    Hahha! I am loving all of the banana shenanigans! I am absolutely obsessed with bananas and do not go a day without eating atleast one! lol For a while, I had weird stomach issues everytime I ate them and had to give them up. I kept trying to incorporate them back into my diet and eventually I was able to eat them again. I hope that never happens again!

  • http://thisitalianfamily.wordpress.com/ Rach

    Oh wow, love your love for banana! So delicious! Keep us posted as you try these recipes out! :)

  • http://www.myfoodnfitnessdiaries.com/ Ash@MyFNFDiaries

    ohhh girl i LOVE bananas! i love bananas with peanut butter (obviously!), in my smoothies, in banana bread & muffins, you name it! :) i need to try that peanut butter banana chocolate pudding!

  • http://sweatlikeapig.com/ Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I love Cameron Diaz!! I wish more Hollywood women were like her :)

    This post had me drooling everywhere, thank you šŸ˜‰ All this looks so good, and I’m not even that much of a banana fan!

  • Sally

    I love the banana skirt and clothes! And those banana split minis would be so fun to make with my class! Everything in this post looks so yummy…even those dresses!

  • http://frecklesandspice.com/ Ash @ Freckles & Spice

    I used to hate bananas too! I loved banana bread and banana popsicles but absolutely hated actual bananas. Now i panic when I don’t have any in the apt.

  • http://lifesabowl.com/ Life’s a Bowl

    OH EM GEE, I am going BANANAS for all of the banana recipes!!! The past few weeks I’ve been buying the “day old” bags of bananas at the grocery store [it’s hard to beat 12+ bananas for just over $1] and have been experimenting with them too… Banana + peanut butter + raisins + cinnamon is my fave combo currently šŸ˜€

    P.S. Those banana shoes are FABULOUS!!!

  • http://www.clairetherd.com/ Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I’m going to try your split tomorrow morning! :)

  • http://www.the-new-healthy.com/ Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    Oh gosh, I used to shun bananas too! And now I’m obsessed! All of these recipes are making me drool.

    I actually didn’t watch the oscars – but I totally agree with your fashion favorites. :)

  • http://fitapproach.com/ Alyse

    Haha I had the same reaction when I tried my first oyster – but now I love them!

    Can’t say the same for bananas, though. They’re one of the few foods I don’t like! Tell you what: you can have all my bananas :)

  • http://healthifulbalance.blogspot.com/ Shannon (Healthiful Balance)

    I’ve been on a banana kick lately as well. They are just so darn good! :)
    I used to HATE bananas when I was younger and now I eat one or two a day. That banana split looks soo awesome!!

    My favorite way to eat bananas are either with oatmeal or plain, with cinnamon. :)

  • Meg

    YAY for another date šŸ˜€ I lovke getting updates on these dates šŸ˜‰ And oh my goodness, I am so jeal of those raw oysters by the way! When we meet, some day, we are definitely going out for oysters šŸ˜€ XOXO

    I love all of these banana recipes šŸ˜€ Especially your first one! What a great idea!!!!

    I think I liked Cameron Diaz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Amy

    every single one of those banana recipes looks AWESOME!! i have so many frozen bananas i think its time to use them!

  • Amy

    every single one of those banana recipes looks AWESOME!! i have so many frozen bananas i think its time to use them!

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