Conquering Banana Cake

It’s like this.

I had a banana protein muffin recipe to try.  One simple recipe.  And since we had three large bananas turning black in the fridge, I was quite happy to turn them into healthy, low-cal muffins.  But the muffin recipe only required half of one banana.  So what was I to do but make chocolate chip banana cake with the rest of them?Banana Cake

Banana cake in the house – not a bad thing, you say?  You must not know me.  If I have one reasonably sized piece and stop, I feel totally deprived.  Fish-out-of-water deprived.  Writer-without-a-keyboard deprived!  So I go back for a second piece.  And a third.  And several hours later, it’s calling to me again.  My guys have a piece each, one takes a piece in his lunch the next day, and by the time they come home, the last half of the pan is gone!

The problem is that, bananas or not, it’s not healthy at all.  Scrumptious, but not healthy.  And definitely not for someone trying to lose a few pounds.

I’ve modified the recipe:  applesauce for half the shortening; whole wheat white flour for half the all-purpose white.  And the biggest sacrifice, ¾ of a cup of mini chocolate chips instead of a whole cup of regular.  Once I tried using Craisins instead of chocolate chips, but it just wasn’t the same.  Must. Have. Chocolate.

So there’s the banana cake, sitting on the counter.  I cut it into 18 pieces instead of 15.  And then I run it through the recipe calculator on SparkPeople.com291 calories for one piece!  How am I supposed to fit that into a diet where a really really really good day finishes not too far over 1500 calories?

Day One:  I have one piece.  One.  I cut it in half and pretend it’s two, and that helps.  And late that night, even watching the Food Network, I don’t have another one.  I think about it, say meh (youngest son’s favorite answer to anything), and put it out of my mind.  Call me Conqueror of the Banana Cake.

Day Two:  I do not have a piece for breakfast, even though it’s one of the best tasting breakfasts there is.  Even better than the ice cream or pizza breakfasts of my younger days.  I have half a piece for lunch.  And I don’t have any the rest of the day.  Which might have something to do with the fresh pineapple and grapes I have in the fridge, but SCORE!

Day Three:  There’s still a lot left.  The guys have been eating grapes and pineapple too.  They’re gone all day.  I’m home all day.  I have a piece for lunch.  I have another piece as I’m cooking dinner.  And a half a piece late at night.  Sigh.  I haven’t devoured all of it, but I am no longer the conqueror.

Last Day:  I bag three pieces for the guys’ lunches because that way I won’t get into them.  I keep the foil sealed tightly around the pan so I can’t smell it.  I eat a proper breakfast and leave for the day.  When I get home, there’s a half a piece left.  One small, half piece.

I eat it with glee, with GLEE!  After all, when you add it all up, I only ate a quarter of the pan, not my usual half.  Right?

What food have you conquered lately?  Or what food has conquered you?  Enquiring minds want to know!


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7 Responses to Conquering Banana Cake

  1. Good for you, Jennifer! You have a lot more willpower than I would if I had a banana cake staring me in the face every day for four days.

    What do I do? I really worry about it. Much as I love things like banana cake, banana bread, Texas sheet cake and the like, the fact of the matter is, I rarely make them. In fact, I think the last time I baked a cake was probably close to a year ago. So when I do, I have what I want without guilt. I try to be healthy in other ways though. I drink water almost exclusively, so I don’t have to worry about calories from sodas or juice.
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Hi, Kristy! I think my family “suffers” because I don’t bake like I used to. But I’m trying to do it a little more, a piece for each of us, another piece for each of them (set aside for the next day), and give the rest to someone else! It’s worked once or twice, just not this time.

  2. It’s not easy. I’m with you–I find it hard to stop at one piece. Last night though I made one banana pecan pancake, just one. I know if I made a whole batch the temptation would’ve been great. 🙂
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Hi, Coleen. I haven’t gone as far as making “just one,” but I have found another route – see my comment to Kristy above. I guess if I want something just for me, I’ll go buy a single piece of cheesecake or something. But I don’t think that would work for a pecan pancake!

      BTW, I love your pictures! Anybody else reading this, click on Coleen’s link to “Nature Selfies…” It’s awesome.

  3. Patricia says:

    I have a solution for you – don’t buy bananas any more! See how simple that was?

    But it sounds delicious. Applesauce is a good substitute. Whole wheat sounds healthy. Mini chocolate chips? Yeah that’ll never work.

    Stay strong!

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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Such a simple solution, Patricia! The other one, of course, is to eat all the bananas before they get too ripe.

      I like your Invisible Crown title – going to check it out now. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Good for you Jennifer! Think baby steps. It’s a process, this eating well. (I prefer to say it that way instead of diet.)

    Here’s the thing. Next time, you might try organic flour. It’s a great feeling when we can make things without supporting Monsanto.

    Have you tried Carob chips? They’re a great substitute and less sugar. You can also try using honey, which really tastes good with the bananas.

    But, what we put in our mouths each day is a struggle. Not always is it about weight. It can be about our health and just trying to feel better from a physical standpoint.

    I hope you and your family are doing well. And enjoy that healthy banana bread. No guilt! 🙂