2018-19 U.S. Figure Skating DREAM Program and Starlights Synchronized Skating Team Member, Brittney Rivelli
With the holiday season upon us and winter training quickly approaching, it is important that we continue to fuel our bodies efficiently. Around this time, baking with friends and family is very popular, so it is the perfect chance to try out some new, healthy recipes! Over the past few weeks, my teammates and I have been testing out various pre and post-practice snacks and have been pleasantly surprised with the outcome!
Here are a few of our favorite recipes (so far!):
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Stir in the peanut butter, and mix until smooth.
- Add in the oats and stir until combined.
- Add dark chocolate chips
- Drop spoonfuls of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are set. Let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
- Remove the pits from the Medjool Dates and pack them (really pack them!) into 1 cup. Transfer the Dates to a larger bowl and cover with hot water. Soak the Dates for 10 minutes (or just cover the Dates in water and microwave for 60-80 seconds if you want to be efficient).
- If you do not have Oat Flour, make some by blending a scant ⅔ cup of Quick or Rolled Oats in a Blender for 45-60 seconds until smooth and fluffy.
- Drain any excess liquid off of the Medjool Dates (they should be relatively moist, but not dripping) and add them to a food processor or high speed blender with the remaining ingredients for the Caramel. Process until thick and smooth, scraping the sides of the device if necessary.
- Remove the Date “Caramel” from the food processor. Add the Oat Flour to the food processor with ¼ cup of the Date Caramel and process until well incorporated. This should form a slightly sticky “dough” that will hold together when you pinch it.
- Firmly and evenly press the Oat Flour Nougat into a small and narrow container.
- Use a spatula to spread the remaining Date Caramel evenly over the Nougat, then sprinkle the Peanut Pieces over the Caramel. Use your fingers to press the Peanuts into the Caramel layer, so they stick.
- Place this in the freezer for 60-90 minutes, until firm.
- Remove the frozen “filling” from it’s container, then use a sharp knife to cut it into bar-sized pieces. Return these to the freezer while you melt your chocolate.
- Melt your Chocolate using either a double boiler or the microwave. If you choose to use the microwave, place your Chocolate pieces in a wide bowl (so the candy bars will fit along the base) and microwave at 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between. Once the Chocolate is 75% melted, stop microwaving and stir the mixture with a spatula until completely melted.
- Moving quickly, place 1 candy bar into the bowl of melted Chocolate. Use two forks to “flip” the bar, until it is coated in chocolate on all sides. Remove the bar from the melted chocolate, letting any excess chocolate drip off. Then, place it onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining bars.
- Place the bars in the fridge for 5-10 minutes, to allow the Chocolate to harden.
- Serve and enjoy! Bars are best stored in the fridge and will last there for up to 10 days. You can also place them in the freezer, where they will last for up to one month – just let the bars thaw for 5 or so minutes before enjoying.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 12-count muffin pan very well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
- Add the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Add the chopped apple and gently mix it in.
- Evenly distribute the mixture between all 12 cavities in the prepared muffin pan. Bake at 350°F for 25-27 minutes, or until the tops of the oatmeal cups are lightly golden brown and firm. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes, then remove the oatmeal cups and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Feel free to share some of your favorite healthy recipes with us! I hope everyone has the happiest of holidays and very productive training this winter!