Tip Tuesday:  Snack Edition 

Partially because I’m post-bariatric  (tiny tummy), partially because it’s healthier, and partially because I’m a snacker by nature, I like to come up with healthy snacking options that offer nutritional value.  I very rarely sit down to a proper, large meal, but instead I opt for snack sized portions spaced throughout the day.  it keeps me feeling full and satisfied, and it satisfies my innate desire to nibble.  Constantly.

So this morning,  I made a bunch of healthy nibbles using a new recipe.  I introduce to you Baked Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cups.  This recipe made a hefty portion of 24, so I’m going to freeze most of them.  I don’t use the microwave much (but I’m a toaster oven goddess), so that’s how I’ll reheat.  It will also help them maintain that slight crust that I’m enjoying.

Here’s the recipe.   It’s super quick and easy to make.  I don’t have silicone baking cups,  though I might invest in a set.  These popped out of my pans easily,  though. 

  • 4 ripe bananas,  smashed.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • .5 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (I went heavy on this)
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Either lightly mist your muffin tins with baking spray,  or use the baking cups.   Your choice. 
  2. Mix bananas,  eggs,  milk,  and brown sugar worth a whisk until blended. 
  3. Add baking powder,  vanilla,  cinnamon.   Mix. 
  4. Add oats and chips (you can sub for a cup of fruit here to mix it up, if you like,  but that will change the nutritional info.   I love chocolate,  so chocolate it is. 
  5. Portion out evenly across 24 portions.  Bake 25-30 minutes.   
  6. Serve warm.  Once cool, you can wrap in wax paper and a freezer baggie, removing extra air,  and freeze. 

When I ran the recipe through MyFitnessPal, it gave me different nutritional values than on the original site,  so I’ll provide those here. 

I was pleased with these.   They have a satisfyingly crunchy and chewy dense texture.  They’re perfect little snack-sized pick-me-up with some nutritional value to them. 

Give them a try and let me know what you think. 
Oh,  and on an exercise note,  I’m already falling short on my goals for this week.   I was aiming for a 7 day gym week,  but the more I read,  the more I’m inclined to give myself one rest day a week.   All the health literature indicates that you lose more when you have a rest day planned each week,  so I felt like a slacker this morning,  sleeping in until a luxurious 7am!  It’s not such a bad thing,  though.  My heel is raw and sore, so a rest day seemed in order anyway. 

Back at it tomorrow. 


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