Banana Dip

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Been rolling around this breakfast creation in my brain for a full week!


The inspiration came from sesame flatbreads from Trader Joe’s.  A full flatbread is actually two servings (and 500 calories) so I tried to come up with a creative way to use half the flatbread.


Banana Dip




  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 pinches cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ginger
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Toppings: blueberries
  • Serve with sesame flatbread or pita bread




  • Preheat oven to low broil.
  • Thinly slice the banana


  • In a small pot, combine banana with almond milk and spices.  Heat on low, stirring constantly and mashed down with a spatula to create a paste.
  • Grease ramekin and pour in banana mixture.
  • Pour maple syrup on top.
  • Place in oven and cook for 5 minutes or until the banana dip starts to brown.
  • Top with blueberries.
  • Serve with flatbread or pita chips.


I must say – this was a fun breakfast to eat!  :) 


And… I’m off!


“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.” (Mark Victor)



  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow August 18, 2010, 8:22 am

    Banana dip? really? I might die! So fabulous…I don’t know why but I kind of like my bananas mushed rather than whole. Odd, maybe? 🙂

    I’m off too! It’s time to plow through that todo list!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 18, 2010, 8:30 am

    Lovely quote but even better breakfast!! Anything with bananas in is a win..but that looks SO fabulous!

  • VeggieGirl August 18, 2010, 8:43 am

    LOVE the dip and especially feel empowered by that quote. Thank you!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 18, 2010, 8:45 am

    Looks like a KERF SIAB!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 18, 2010, 8:51 am

    That sounds like an awesome breakfast! It is too funny how you think of breakfast ideas so far in advance!

  • Raewyn August 18, 2010, 8:52 am

    Yum! What a creative way to use up overripe bananers, I’m thinking! I always love your breakfast recipes, Caitlin! 🙂

  • Ellie August 18, 2010, 8:52 am

    mmmm. . . looks so good! I feel like it was a banana kinda day. I was totally feeling it. love the quote. I just blogged about a moment of not waiting till everything was perfect.

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 18, 2010, 8:53 am

    ooo, banana dip sounds and looks great. how fun!

  • Suzanne @ Candyflossing August 18, 2010, 8:53 am

    A banana dip sounds like an excellent idea… that would make for a GREAT afternoon snack! I find myself constantly brainstorming ideas to eat bananas and also peanut butter. It’s amazing how versatile those foods are! My faves are still grilled banana peanut butter sandwiches or skillet-caramelized hot bananas with drizzles of maple syrup, natural peanut butter, topped with a couple of scoops of vanilla yogurt… yum!

    I love the quote at the end of your post… Just wanted I needed this morning to get my procrastinating butt in gear for my tasks today 🙂 Have a great day!!

  • Meghan August 18, 2010, 8:54 am

    Thanks for the great quote to get the day going. It reminds me of “perfect is the enemy of the good” Sometimes you just have to dive in and start, you can always fix things afterwards, I think starting is the biggest hurdle.

  • Ashley August 18, 2010, 8:54 am

    You are a complete genius! Honesly you are a role model for young girls like me! This look totally delicious! I’ve gotta try it 🙂

    • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 4:04 pm

      Thank you sweetie!

  • Keri August 18, 2010, 8:56 am

    Love the quote! Thank you 🙂

  • Christine August 18, 2010, 8:58 am

    That is an amazing quote! I needed that today – Thank you 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite August 18, 2010, 8:59 am

    This definitely looks like a fun way to eat breakfast! I love dipping bread in things 🙂

  • Tina August 18, 2010, 9:02 am

    Love that quote. I try to keep that sort of mindset on things. The only certain way to fail is not to try. Conditions will never be perfect to try so you just have to go for it.

    That banana dip sounds really good.

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 18, 2010, 9:05 am

    Breakfast dip sounds like a great idea! (Though I have some red pepper hummus I’d like to dig into with that bread.)

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 18, 2010, 9:06 am

    I love how you warmed up the bananas with a bit of maple syrup. That sounds so delicious. And fun. 😀

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward August 18, 2010, 9:08 am

    I love that quote! Very motivational, and sometimes a Type-A like me needs to keep everything in perspective 🙂

  • Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 18, 2010, 9:12 am

    Yum looks wonderful, I may give it a try this week!

  • Little Bookworm August 18, 2010, 9:14 am

    Amazing quote, and your breakfast sounds lovely! 🙂

  • Lisa August 18, 2010, 9:19 am

    That quote is just what I needed! Thanks!

  • Kelly August 18, 2010, 9:23 am

    Haha, I think that would remind me of baby food too much.

  • Ali August 18, 2010, 9:23 am

    Hey Caitlin – the radio show I listen to in the mornings (89.3 KSBJ Houston, TX) was talking about Operation Beautiful today! I was so excited for you 🙂

    • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 9:30 am

      awesome!!! 🙂

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker August 18, 2010, 9:26 am

    Seriously. Bananas are the best breakfast food ever. They’re so versatile! They take on whatever flavors you want them to. They’re healthy. I can’t get enough good banana breakfast recipes — so, I’ll have to try this one out sometime soon.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 18, 2010, 9:28 am

    I would say you started your day off on the right foot with the food and the quote! I hope you have a great one Caitlin!

  • Hedda August 18, 2010, 9:28 am

    That sounds (and looks!) delicious 🙂

    Your next book should include a section of body-loving recipes ^^ Because our beautiful bodies deserve beautiful nourishment.

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 18, 2010, 9:31 am

    I love anything with bananas and maple syrup so this is right up my alley. Thanks for sharing! That is the perfect way to start the day!

  • Anna August 18, 2010, 9:41 am

    My hub and I are in the car driving to pittsburgh, and I just heard a radio show talking about OB!! So cool!

    • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 4:04 pm


  • Evan Thomas August 18, 2010, 9:46 am

    I love the creativity. It makes me think of a sweet breakfast “pita and hummus”

  • katherine August 18, 2010, 9:48 am

    Sounds delicious! I think I OD’d on bananas a few months ago but this looks like a good way of adding them back into my diet.

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged August 18, 2010, 9:54 am

    That certainly looks fun!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 18, 2010, 9:56 am

    Oooh looks gorgeous!! I love fun breakfasts. You’re so lucky you have a TJs! I’ve been looking at all of my Canadian bloggy friends’ finds from the HLS and their trip to TJs on the weekend and they look fabulous! 🙂

  • Brooke - One Healthy Cookie August 18, 2010, 10:08 am

    Yum! This looks as good as Pancake Truffles 🙂

  • Dori August 18, 2010, 10:08 am

    Sounds really delicious! I always comment about how I am too lazy to make any of the (easy) recipes you post, but I really might have to try this one.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 18, 2010, 10:15 am

    I love your quote at the end of the post. So true.

  • Syl August 18, 2010, 10:18 am

    What an amazing quote, and a great start to the day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 18, 2010, 10:18 am

    That quote was exactly what I needed to hear today! Thanks 🙂

  • ashleigh August 18, 2010, 10:21 am

    Banana dip sounds very interesting and so creative!


  • Marge August 18, 2010, 10:27 am

    That quote is very true, thanks for sharing.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 18, 2010, 10:27 am

    that quote was EXACTLY what i needed today…off i go to MAKE things happen! 🙂

  • Laura August 18, 2010, 10:32 am

    Yum!!!! 🙂

  • Jen August 18, 2010, 10:34 am

    Omg that looks so delicious. You are so creative!

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) August 18, 2010, 10:34 am

    bananatastic! you are officially my hero.
    marry me?

  • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 10:37 am

    I have a few things to tell you..
    1. your breakfast looks delicious-yum!
    2. I just ordered your book-yay!
    3. your ending quote is perfect for me today. I have been contemplating applying for a job and that was just the motivation I needed to do it-thanks!

    • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 4:05 pm

      Thank you for supporting my book!!

  • Dorry August 18, 2010, 10:48 am

    Creative, yummy breakfast. And I love that quote – couldn’t agree more. Gotta work with what you have today – right now!

  • Naomi(onefitfoodie) August 18, 2010, 10:49 am

    looks and sounds SO good!!!! so does the sesame pita chips!!! I bet this dip would be so good with some PB mixed in…just sayin

  • Angela August 18, 2010, 10:50 am

    That looks fantastic and is such a great way to use bananas. I’m always looking for new dips and I never remember to make sweet dips. Love this.

    Also that’s a fantastic quote – I’m a perfectionist and sometimes I need to put aside those feelings and make the most of each situation.

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin August 18, 2010, 10:56 am

    Love that quote! I’ve been working on my “perfectionist” mentality for quite a while now, so that one really hits home!

    Looks like a fun breakfast! 😀

  • dcwright02 August 18, 2010, 11:03 am

    that sesame flat bread looks very delicious paired with your creation. keep up the awesome recipes!

  • Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 18, 2010, 11:16 am

    thanks for including that quote, I really like it. Just what I needed to read this week to give me a push.

    I’ve never seen that bread at my Trader Joe’s. Is it in the fresh bread aisle or boxed bread aisle?

    • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 4:09 pm

      It was with the potato chips!

  • Callie August 18, 2010, 11:21 am

    Looks good. It would be a nice change for me instead of my daily oats… 🙂

  • Marina August 18, 2010, 11:22 am

    What an amazing idea!
    You should maybe try adding some cocoa to that dip, I do something like that and it’s amazing. (I just microwave banana,pb,a bit of milk and cocoa for a few secs)

  • Julie (Etsy Stalkers) August 18, 2010, 11:23 am

    It looks oatmeal. Does it taste like it?

    • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 4:06 pm

      Not really 🙂

  • Amber K August 18, 2010, 11:27 am

    I really enjoy that quote. I need to paste it on my mirror!

    And the banana dip looks amazing! I prefer my bananas whole, but grilled is great on top of french toast. And that way looks great with the flatbread. Bananas are just awesome in general!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) August 18, 2010, 11:31 am

    Very creative breakfast, Caitlin! 🙂 Gotta love a good dip. I haven’t seen those flatbreads…I might need to make a trip to TJ’s!

  • Lindsey August 18, 2010, 11:55 am

    That banana dip looks so good, I wish I wasn’t allergic to bananas!!
    Thank you for the reply to my email, I really appreciated it! 🙂 And what a wonderful quote to start off the day, I can relate so much to it.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 18, 2010, 12:05 pm

    What a beautiful quote. I can relate to it so much. I always look forward to the next stage in life where I promise myself that things will be much better and I will be a much better person than right now.

  • Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy August 18, 2010, 12:21 pm

    Wow, that breakfast looks to die for! I absolutely love bananas, I think I eat one every day!

  • Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers August 18, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Ohh cool idea – and very child-friendly too.

    Nice quote. Your phoenix pic from yesterday is cracking me up btw…awesome.

  • Lisa August 18, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I will definitely be trying that banana dip. I like discovering new ways to eat my favorite fruit!

  • Jolene ( August 18, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Neat idea!! It looks really good, and so does that flatbread! I wish there were Trader Joes in Canada.

  • kristin August 18, 2010, 12:37 pm


  • Kacy August 18, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Great quote!

    That looks pretty amazing and so unique!

  • Camille August 18, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Fantastic idea! I will definitely be trying this!

  • annie August 18, 2010, 12:49 pm

    ooo yum that looks so good but anything with bananas are delish!

  • Carla August 18, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Caitlin, that looks amazing! Something I appreciate about your recipies is that they are far from complex or fussy! You can trll you cook like “a real 20 something” and I love that! I just “adopted” a vegan lifestyle and I’m always on the lookout for new recipes! I miss having Trader Joes! Aren’t they awesome??

    • Caitlin August 18, 2010, 4:08 pm

      I hate long recipes!

  • Mandy A August 18, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Banana dip?! Genius!!!!!!!!!!! I WILL be making this!!!

  • Gwen August 18, 2010, 1:00 pm

    I seriously just printed off this quote and put it in a frame on my desk. Total inspiration for me this am!

  • Gwen August 18, 2010, 1:01 pm

    I LOVE the quote at the bottom of today’s post. I seriously just printed it off and framed it on my desk! Total inspiration for me!

    • Gwen August 18, 2010, 1:02 pm

      oops! Twice 🙂

  • Katie @ peacebeme August 18, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Love the quote, really needed that today.

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black August 18, 2010, 1:14 pm

    That breakfast looks so delish!

  • JL Goes Vegan August 18, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Great idea! I’ll definitely have to make some banana dip!

  • Jenevieve August 18, 2010, 1:17 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try chia seeds for so long! I actually love things with “funny” textures, so I think I’m gonna love them. 🙂

  • Joanne August 18, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Great idea on the dip.
    That quote is a thinker. Good one.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 18, 2010, 1:39 pm

    A bath is my stress relief. With the latest issue of Us Weekly, of course!

    • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 18, 2010, 2:24 pm

      Whoops – I meant to put this post on the previous one! I will copy and paste it – feel free to delete this comment!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 18, 2010, 1:46 pm

    That’s a great quote! I always fall into that trap of waiting to do something until the conditions are just right. I like quotes like these that inspire me to just for for it NOW! 🙂

  • Sami August 18, 2010, 1:52 pm

    whoooop whoooop caitlins back from all the business and already creating new & delicious ideas 🙂

  • Sana August 18, 2010, 2:39 pm

    I am pretty sure you just invented something! I have never heard of banana dip!

  • Sue August 18, 2010, 3:05 pm

    O.M.G. that looks absolutely delicious. Putting this on my list of things to make asap! 🙂 The sesame seed flatbread, omg, looks yummy! (Wishing there was a Trader Joe’s in South FL 🙁 )

  • Becky August 18, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I can always count on you for a creative breakfast. I love anything banana…banana dip, yes please!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 18, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Caitlin, you are so creative! I would have NEVER thought of that! 🙂

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef August 18, 2010, 4:05 pm

    that breakfast looks delish! i have some coconut milk at home, i bet that would be tasty!

  • Chelsey August 18, 2010, 5:13 pm

    That looks REALLY good – I am loving your creativeness!!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 18, 2010, 5:43 pm

    What a perfect little breakfast! I’ve never thought to make a dip from bananas before. This is why you are a health blogger and I am not 😉

  • HTP Dad August 18, 2010, 7:51 pm

    great picture of HTPHusband!

  • Cassie August 20, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I love that quote and the sesame flatbread looks amazing!

  • Alex August 24, 2010, 7:31 pm

    That dip looks sooo good. And I just finished eating dinner. Question for you; can you use a different type of milk for the dip, or does it have to be almond milk?

    • caitlin August 24, 2010, 7:42 pm

      prob any milk would work!

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