post workout carb recipes (healthy)

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    I am not the workout guru in my household but I am the "chef." My cooking revolves around my better half's workout schedule. Here are a couple of recipes that have greatly helped him out the day after a grueling workout.

    Banana Bread

    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
    1 tsp vanilla
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (2 bananas)
    1/4 cup honey
    2 large eggs
    2 cups whole wheat flour (I prefer organic)
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts

    Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, baking soda and salt. Add bananas, honey and eggs, beating until smooth. Add the flour, then the walnuts, stirring until smooth. Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9 x 5 in loaf pan, smoothing the top. Let it rest at room temp for 10 minutes. Bake the bread 50 - 55 minutes, then gently lay a piece of aluminum foil across the top to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and cool it completely on an a rack.

    Granola Bars

    4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
    5 scoops chocolate whey protein powder (or any flavor)
    1/3 cup packed brown sugar, light or dark
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp salt
    2 tsps vanilla
    2/3 cup butter, softened
    3/4 cup honey
    1 cup dried raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or apples
    1/2 cup sunflower seeds, almonds, or other nuts
    ~ 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

    Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the fruit, nuts and applesauce. Mix well (I use a stand up mixer to make it easier). Spray a 9 x 13 in. baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Stir in the fruit and nuts until they are mixed into the dough (I use whatever fruit or nuts are available in the house at the time). Add the applesauce until the batter reaches a thick-dough consistency. Scoop out the dough and press evenly into a prepared baking pan. Bake for 35 - 45 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Cool and cut into bars. The amount of protein in each bar is dependent upon the protein content of the protein powder.

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    Thanks for the recipes! Can you sub something else in place of the butter and still achieve similar results? How about splenda in place of the sugar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
    Thanks for the recipes! Can you sub something else in place of the butter and still achieve similar results? How about splenda in place of the sugar?
    Yes, you can sub applesauce for butter and sucralose for sugar, but it's just not the same.
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    I would only claim her if she made me some bread or protein bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
    Thanks for the recipes! Can you sub something else in place of the butter and still achieve similar results? How about splenda in place of the sugar?
    Believe it or not, artichoke paste can also be substituted for butter in some recipes. Prune puree is also an option.

    Splenda can be used in place of sugar but do not expect the carmelization or moisture that accompanies sugar. A 50/50 mix can produce excellent reults though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny21 View Post
    ... Splenda can be used in place of sugar but do not expect the carmelization or moisture that accompanies sugar. ...
    Great point! Much lower MP with sucralose, especially the pentahydrate which is readily formed.
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