No Bake Banana Bread Bites

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Whoooooey, what a trip! No spoilers on it yet, I am waiting on the group to send me all the pictures – then a post will come! Can not wait to share the goodness of Israel, it was a trip of a lifetime and I will for sure be going back again!

With that said, hello medjool dates! I will take them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack! These babies were everywhere in Tel Aviv so I sure got my fix in & still have my cravings going strong for them. Hope you enjoy!

First step is to “pop” some amaranth:

  1. Grab a skillet (no oil), put on high & add 1T amaranth grains for 15-20seconds (until they pop). Remove popped amaranth & continue this process until you have 1C popped amaranth. 
  2. There is no #2…just know that all the grains do not have to pop, so don’t be nervous of such an easy process!

Then, to make the banana bread balls:

  1. In a food processor add: 1 banana, 3/4C pitted dates, 1/2C popped amaranth (half of what you popped), 1/2C walnuts, 1/4C ground sesame seeds, 2t cinnamon, 1/2t nutmeg & salt to taste
  2. Blend until mixture is consistent (~1 to 5 minutes, dependent on your texture preference)
  3. Remove blend & put on a clean surface
  4. Roll out mini banana bread balls with your hands (roughly the size of a ping pong ball)
  5. Dip the banana bread balls into the other 1/2C popped amaranth & set aside

I placed the banana brad balls in a zip-lock baggie & stuck in the freezer. You can eat them right out of the freezer too – they are perfectly chewy, no thawing required! Hope you enjoy these tasty bites!

Nutritional Info Per Ball (Makes 14): 95 calories – 4.5 grams of fat – 13 carbs – 2 grams of protein

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how to peel a pomegranate…

I love me some pomegranate seeds & my hubs, well he just eats spoonfuls! They are tart, sweet and bursting with flavor. Major antioxidants & loaded with vitamin C – this super fruit should be a part of anyones diet!

One major issue with these babies is the hurdle of actually getting the seeds out…well fret no longer – it is ridiculously easy & a so much cheaper then buying containers full of pre-seeded pomegranates! My grocery store was selling a small container for $10 & one pomegranate for $2, best part is they sell these two right next to each other! Well HA…I will no longer be falling into their trap!

  1. fill a large bowl with cold water (few inches shy from the rim) 
  2. cut pomegranate in half
  3. submerge a half of the pomegranate under the water & peel back the sides & white membrane – seeds will sink to the bottom (continue with other half)
  4. remove excess membrane or skin from bowl & strain

Enjoy these tasty nuggets plain, on a bed of greens with balsamic dressing or my all time fave – fage 0% with honey & wheat germ – perfect breakfast, snack or dessert!

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Store the seeds in an airtight container & enjoy for up to 3 days!

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