Banana Nutella Scones

It seems like every time I travel to Montelucia, I come home inspired to cook something new.  This trip was not an exception!

On Sunday morning, I stopped by Crave Cafe to pick up some breakfast before my workout.  While I had fully intended on going with a bagel, the lady at the counter told me about the new Banana Nutella Scones they had, and I knew I had to try them.

Crave Cafe Scone | No Thanks To Cake

To say that this was the best scone I’d ever eaten was an understatement.  It was loaded up with banana chunks and lacked that crumbly texture that comes with most scones.  Instead, it was biscuit-like and moist.  So incredible and the perfect fuel for my workout!

Since I’ve been home, I’ve wanted to make an attempt to recreate them… and I got the recipe JUST right on Saturday morning!

Banana Nutella Scones | No Thanks to Cake

While my version is much smaller than its original inspiration, the flavor was just perfect, as was the moist texture.  To me, they almost taste more like a banana nutella biscuit than a scone… but in the most delicious of ways!

Banana Nutella Scones

Inspired by Montelucia

Serves 4


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1/2 cup Reduced Fat Bisquick

2 Tbsp. skim milk

1/2 banana, ripe

2 Tbsp. Nutella (or 2 mini cups)

4 Tbsp. flour

2 tsp. turbinado sugar

cooking spray


1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Mix Bisquick mix and milk.

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3.  Add your Nutella and banana and mix to combine.

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4.  Add flour to thicken the dough.  Note:  My dough was too sticky, so I added flour until it hit the right consistency.

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5.  Add a dust of flour and lightly knead the dough 5-8 times.

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6.  Divide the dough into 4 pieces, and roll each in the turbinado sugar.  Place each scone on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

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Banana Nutella Scones | No Thanks to Cake

7.  Bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes.

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8.  Allow to cool for a few minutes, but serve warm.  DELICIOUS!

Banana Nutella Scones | No Thanks to Cake

Banana Nutella Scones | No Thanks to Cake

Banana Nutella Scones | No Thanks to Cake

Per 1 scone serving:

CAL 141; CARB 26g; FAT 4g; PROT 3g; FIB 1g; WW Points Plus: 4

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Learning about Tapas

On Saturday, Donna and I had a few spa appointments to attend to at Montelucia.  When we saw that there was an opportunity to attend a Tapas Demonstration at the beautiful Prado restaurant on property, how could we resist?

After a quick call to the spa to rearrange appointments, we were able to make the event!

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We had about 30 minutes between our facials and the tapas demonstration.  Being a spa resort, we showed up in casual spa attire and with freshly scrubbed faces and no one seemed to mind.  Thank goodness it wasn’t one of those facials where I walk out looking like Santa.  My sensitive cheeks often flare up, but this facial was just gentle enough to make us presentable to the public.  Phew!

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When we arrived, we were actually the first to the table.  The tapas grill is located across from the bar, and contains the most beautiful wood fire grill.  I didn’t realize until I took this class that this is where all the tapas magic happens.  How awesome to be part of it!

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What are TAPAS?

If you haven’t had the pleasure, tapas are AMAZING!  Some might call them appetizers, but I think they’re missing the point.

Tapas are “small plates” or snacks, served hot or cold and often loaded with the Spanish flavors.  My favorite places to enjoy tapas are at Firefly in Las Vegas and here at Montelucia. The chefs do a wonderful job of creating incredibly tasty bites that are so satisfying and can be enjoyed by a group.  In most cases, several tapas can create a dinner for a group… and there’s always great conversation when you’re eating these, since there’s sharing and no one’s focused on their huge plate of food.

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Chef Gigi led the demonstration and prepared the most beautiful salmon dish.  Grilled salmon topped with avocado salsa served over mixed greens.  Just beautiful.

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The more time I spend in the kitchen, the more I enjoy watching chefs create.  Everything from their techniques to create grill marks to the way they “measure” ingredients… I am fascinated.

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Gigi did quite a bit of prep before we arrived, including pre-grilling the salmon.  She shared that you can grill one side of the salmon the day before, so when you are preparing for guests you can just quickly grill the second side!

She also shared how important it is to let meat rest.  So often, we’re tempted to cut into the meat to make sure that it’s cooked to our preference, where allowing it to rest and finishing “cooking” on a plate can make for the most amazing dish.

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To me, the avocado salsa was the star of the show.  She added some gorgeous red onion, jalapeno, avocado, chives, olive oil, mint (yes, mint!), salt and pepper to create the most beautiful salsa.  It was similar to a guacamole, but not as mashed and well combined. The flavor was INSANE.  And, from what I heard… it was PERFECT on the salmon.

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My pickiness struck again!  I’m not a salmon eater…. nor anything that swims really.  So, my dish looked quite a bit different than everyone else’s…

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The final dish was incredibly beautiful though.  I had to snap a shot of Donna’s before she dug in.

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This dish was not on the main menu at Prado, but was one that we enjoyed getting a chance to taste.  The class itself was free to resort guests and $10 to visitors.  Not only did we have a good time in the class, but it appeared our chef did as well…

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Thanks, Gigi, for a fantastic session!  We will definitely be trying this recipe out at home… and visiting your kitchen again during our next trip to Montelucia!  xoxo

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An Arizona Getaway

When I booked my trip to Iowa in October, I pretty much thought that was going to replace my trip to Montelucia this fall.  After all, Donna and I would have a chance to catch up at the wedding… so, I assumed that would suffice as our fall catch-up trip. I’m so glad I was WRONG!

The Montelucia advertises specials this time of year, and a special that included spa credits and a great deal on room rates made it impossible for us to turn down.

And… how could I wait another 7 months to see this beautiful view?

Montelucia has very quickly become one of my favorite places on the planet.  While San Francisco caught my eye this year as a contender for favorite new city, Montelucia blows it away completely.

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Donna and I have been coming here for several years now… and it’s become a second home to me.  The service on property is phenomenal, the experience exquisite.  Frankly, I can’t get enough of this place.

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And, it’s not like we do the same thing every trip…. there are some commonalities (pool time, yoga for me, and Donna running her “loopty-loo” around the property), but there are always different events going on here to help us mix it up. This visit, for example, we didn’t even leave the property… not once!

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Some might argue that this trip came at a horrible time for me (due to majorly stressful work events greeting me when I return home), but I’d like to instead say that the timing was absolutely perfect.

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I’ve ruined my share of vacations by overthinking what will come on the other side of trip.  I’ve spend too much time thinking about what’s going to happen… rather than just enjoying the now.  My escape to Montelucia has reminded me that THE NOW is beautiful and should be appreciated.

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It’s kissed by sunshine and drenched in laughter… and absolutely delicious.  And, you can kind of miss its delight if you’re just worrying about the tomorrow.  I refused to miss it this weekend.

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I think it also helps that I’m spending this trip with one of my favorite people.  Donna and I have been friends for years and years… and just get each other.  We can spend time in silence, soaking up the whisper room or reading a good book.  Other times, we’re enjoying the fire pit singing old Huey Lewis hits… yep, that happened this trip (Note to self: Must download more HL on iTunes when I get home.)

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The conversations that cause me pause though are those where we’re talking about the things that matter.  The things that make us grow.  Everyone needs a friend that digs beneath the surface a little, and makes you think about those things that matter most.  Those dreams you’re chasing and the challenges that you’ve faced.  Donna is that friend for me, and I adore her for it.

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As always, it was an amazing two days in the desert, and just what the doctor ordered.  While it’s difficult to say goodbye to this beautiful place, I know I will see it again in May… and look forward to the joy it brings me upon my return.

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My Favorite Things

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my “favorite things”, so I figured this Friday was PERFECT timing to share a few more…

Choosing a Word Every Day

I wrote about this concept on Monday, and it’s amazing how it’s changing my days…

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I love, love, LOVE choosing a word every day to be my guiding light.  So far, it’s worked amazingly… and I love that so many of you have been adopting it as well!  So fun!

Skinny Pop Popcorn

This summer, I REALLY got into popcorn.  My girl Tiffany talked me into trying a few varieties at our favorite grocery store, and I was quickly picking up popcorn every single week.  And, this brand has become my new favorite…

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What I love most about Skinny Pop is that it comes in individual-sized servings.  Portion control is one of the things I struggle with… so when a snack comes ready to go, I’m in!  Also, the flavor is AWESOME!  The mini-bags have 100 calories per serving, and it’s a NICE serving.  Try this popcorn… you won’t be sorry!

Subway Sriracha Chicken Sandwich

Holy Hannah!  I feel like Subway keeps inventing sandwiches just for me… and this one is NO EXCEPTION!

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Let me warn you briefly… this sauce is SPICY!  If you’re a little nervous about spiciness… get the sauce on the side, or have them go light on the sauce.  When I’ve eaten this, my mouth burned for at least 10 minutes after… in the best possible way.  If you like spicy buffalo, you’re going to like this one BIG TIME!

Kelly’s New Album – Wrapped in Red

When I heard that my girl Kelly had a new Christmas album coming out, I knew that I had to buy it.  I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music, but I’ve been listening to it for a few weeks now… and I love it!

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And.. she has a Christmas special coming to TV in December!  You know I’ll be watching!!  What’s crazy is that she taped the show just two days after I left Las Vegas a few weeks ago.

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At least I got a quick pic before I left… and I’ll be watching from home when it airs!

Favorite song?  Favorite Things (a la Sound of Music)… So great!  Check it out!

Ab Work

Yeah… I don’t even believe that I’m writing this either.  No, my blog hasn’t been hijacked…

I’m loving the core work we’re doing at yoga these days.  It’s like my instructors know it and they’re sneaking in these core moves.

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Boat pose, for example… it rips at your core, and it’s just one of many I’ve loved doing.  Actually, I don’t love it during.  What I love is that feeling I have when I get home and I can “feel” my abs.  Feeling them shrinking… is what I hope is happening.

Vinylux Weekly Polish

The lovely Judy who does my pedicures talked me into trying this new polish, advising that it was marketed as a weekly polish.  I decided to give it a shot because my standard manicure usually starts chipping after a few days…

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The Vinylux polish (at my salon) is only $2 more, and for me, it lasts TWO WEEKS!!!!  My nails don’t do well with gel or shellac, but they LOVE this extended wear polish.  Ask for it at your nail shop!  It’s amazing!!!  The color I’ve been wearing is called Rubble.  LOVE this stuff!

What are you loving this week?

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