Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp + Giveaway!

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I love crisp.  Apple crisp in the fall, peach crisp in the summer.  There seems to be a crisp for every season.  You can make it for an evening treat topping it with ice cream, frozen yogurt or even a dollop of whip cream.  It also makes a great breakfast or snack with a bowl of yogurt.   My newest variation of crisp I created is Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp.  Warm bananas tossed with chocolate chips topped with a crunchy oatmeal topping.  This is so good I love to dive into it warm out of the oven with just a spoon.

Crisp is relatively a healthy dessert except for the butter.  After I created the oatmeal topping for the Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins that I used maple syrup instead of butter I thought I would give it in try in this Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp as well.  The maple syrup is a great substitute in this opposed to butter.  It creates a crispy oatmeal crust without the additional calories and fat from butter.  This recipe only requires two tablespoons of maple syrup which is about 110 calories and no fat.  Butter would be about 200 calories and 22 grams of fat.  If the end result is about the same, I’ll take the lesser of the two anyday.  This Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp averages only 148 calories per serving.

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Don’t get me wrong, I use butter in moderation and when I’m itching for a batch of chocolate chip cookies.   I believe everything is ok in moderation and using portion control.  You sometimes hear celebrities talk about their diet and how they stay fit and they often say they use portion control and a proper diet.  On occasion it is ok to splurge, we all do.  But if you stick to proper portions you can easily maintain and even lose weight.

Precise Portions has developed dishware that will help you keep on track with proper portions.  When I was first introduced to the product I thought to myself why didn’t I think of that?  What an awesome concept.  The dishware is designed to give you “precise portion” sizes on your plate for your protein, starch and veggies.  The bowls accurately indicate the serving size in the bowl so you are not filling it to the top with cereal or ice cream.  Having it outlined on stylish dishware will help you keep track of proper portions and keep you from over indulging.

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Precise Portions porcelain dishware, also known as the Lifestyle Range is microwave and dishwasher safe.  The bright and cheerful design is perfect for keeping you on track with maintaining proper portions.  They even have a line of travel and eco compostable plates perfect to keep you on track while on the go.

I love the glassware too.  It’s tall, sleek and the perfect portion for my daily smoothie.  This has now become my go to smoothie glass.  From breakfast to dessert there is a precise portions dishware that will help you maintain your portions.

Precise Portions

Precise Portions would like to give one lucky Mother Thyme reader TWO complete Lifestyle starter sets!  That is a $120.00 value!  Each set includes a dinner plate, focus plate with printed nutritional information on it, a portion control drinking glass, a portion control bowl, a side plate, a fruit bowl, an eat and learn placemat system disc that includes a wealth of nutritional information on it and a quick start guide.

This set is amazing!  And one winner will receive 2 sets! Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.  Enter below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

A big thank you to Precise Portions for sponsoring this generous giveaway!  For more information about Precise Portions, you can visit them at www.preciseportions.com.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: PT30-35M

Total Time: PT40-45M

Yield: about 6 servings

About 148 calories per serving

Banana Chocolate Chip Crisp

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups bananas, sliced (about 4 bananas)
  • 2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously spray an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add bananas to the bottom of the baking dish and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. In a small bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar and coconut flakes. Stir in maple syrup until mixed together. Sprinkle on top of bananas.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until top is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with desired topping.
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Comments

  1. I would probably use it for dinner the most! They look so neat! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’d use it for every meal. I work from home!

  3. Definitely for dinner meals the most to keep my diet on track!

  4. I agree with you, Jennifer. Why didn’t I think of this. The dishes are pretty and look like the instructions would be easy to follow. Portion control is difficult to gauge sometimes but this sounds like it is a “no-brainer”.

  5. Pretty portion control…easy too!!!!

  6. I would use the Precise Portions set for daily portion control!

  7. So pretty! And perfect for kids that HATE when their food “touches” :)

  8. I would use them for most meals – love the designs! These would be great for meals that my hubby and I might otherwise overindulge…we can portion off each food item, and keep it simple.

    • P.S. I can’t wait to try your recipe! I’ve never thought of making a crisp with bananas…and the kids will of course love that it has chocolate chips! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I would love these. I’m awful at “eyeballing” portion sizes, and I think that’s where a lot of us get into trouble because we eat more calories then we intend to. This dishware would end that problem.

    My daughter and I cant wait to try your yummy recipe, it looks delicious. Thanks for a GREAT giveaway,

  10. That looks delicious!

  11. This looks like a great combination of flavors-yum!

  12. Subtle and gorgeous, I love it. I would use it most for my morning cereal–I am too sleepy to measure properly!!

  13. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) says:

    definitely for help with dinner & lunch portions!

  14. I’m always measuring or weighing my food at every meal, so these would definitely help me out!

  15. I love this crisp – what a great recipe! Love how healthy it is!

  16. What a smart idea! Id use it for my supper-so hard to remember to keep portions under control!

  17. Lia Simpson says:

    Dinner portions which I struggle with the most.

  18. barbara n says:

    I spend a lot of time weighing and measuring my food so these would be a great help

  19. This sounds wonderful! And I want those dishes!

  20. This would definitely remind me of the the proper portions sizes for my lunch and dinner at home! Thank you!

  21. i would use for dinner meals

  22. Maple syrup instead of butter? I’m totally intrigued by that swap! Your crisp looks so tasty!

  23. Fun giveaway! I love the inconspicuous measuring marks!

  24. cathy from arizona says:

    Great idea!

  25. What a fun and yummy twist on a crisp recipe!!! And I always have bananas on hand around here. Those are the coolest dishes. I need all the help I can get with portion control!

  26. We love eating oatmeal for breakfast and this oat crisp would make a delicious twist now and then, especially with the addition of chocolate.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and for your sweet words on my guest post on Laura’s beautiful blog. Also, I’d like to invite you to bring this crisp to this month chocolate party, we’re cooking with chocolate and coconut and your crisp has them both. Thank you

  27. I would use it for maintaining a healthy weight. They would definitely come in handy at dessert time!

  28. This looks so good! I think these portion-sized things would be great for kids…just like smaller, so they….have less to spill, than full size cups :)

  29. I would use them most in serving my family correctly pre-portioned meals for dinner!

  30. For baking.

  31. Danielle Dufault says:

    I’ve been trying really hard to lose some weight, and I am seeing some results, but these plates would help my efforts considerably I think! I could get the rest of my family on board with me! Love the recipe as well.

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