Chocolate Banana Bread

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Yesterday I got in a baking mood. (Probably because I was having a slight chocolate craving.) I had just ran across this recipe for chocolate banana bread, so I thought I’d give it a try, using organic and all-natural ingredients, of course. I’m so glad I did…this stuff is amazing! 

Before I go on, let me explain that this recipe uses quite a bit of sugar, and though I used organic, sugar is sugar. Organic sugar is better than the white stuff, which has been refined fourteen times, (talk about processed!) and definitely way better than artificial sweeteners (don’t even get me started). But, sugar is something you should eat in moderation, so just keep that in mind. 

Here’s what you need if you wanna give it a try yourself. (you should, trust me):

  • 1 3/4 cups of organic unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened all-natural cocoa powder
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used kosher)
  • 2 large eggs (vegetarian fed, antibiotic and hormone free) 
  • 1 stick butter, melted and cooled (all-natural or organic, rBGH and rBST free)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon all-natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I highly recommend “Enjoy Life!” brand mini chips, but at least make sure they are all-natural.) 

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, stir together mashed bananas, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  4. Gently fold banana mixture into dry ingredients until just incorporated, then mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Grease a loaf pan, then pour in your mixture, smoothing it out evenly once its poured. Bake for 1 hour until bread is risen and toothpick inserted in the center of your loaf comes out clean. 
  6. Enjoy! 🙂 

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I grabbed a tiny sliver of this right after it came out of the oven, steam still rising from my slice, and let me tell you, it was incredible. It’s also great at room temperature, though, whatever you prefer. Hope you love it! (I’m pretty sure you will.) 🙂 

I found this recipe at http://www.moneysavingmom.com.

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“Grilled” Chocolate Walnut Stuffed Bananas

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The past two days after lunch I’ve made this decadent dessert. It’s seriously so tasty! A warm banana stuffed with walnuts and oozing melted chocolate…what could be better!? And it’s very fast and easy to put together. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Handful of Enjoy Life! Chocolate Chips
  • A few Walnuts (non-GMO)

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Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2. Slice open your banana (still in the peel).

3. Stuff with chocolate chips and walnuts.

4. Wrap in tin foil and place in your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. 

5. Serve immediately (while it’s still warm). 

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Enjoy! Just writing this post makes me want another one of these. 🙂 

 

For more info about Enjoy Life! chocolate chips, check out: http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-for-baking/

 

 

Sources:

  • Just Eat Real Food (online Paleo recipes)
  • lifemedschoolwife.blogspot.com 

 

All-Natural/Organic BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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I think slow cooker recipes are my favorite because they are so easy! As long as you have time in the morning to get everything together, it’s nice not to have to do any meal prep at the end of a long day. Tonight for dinner, Josh and I had BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and Waffle Fries. This is a recipe I have used several times, because it’s super delicious! 

Ingredients:

  • 6 all-natural or organic boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 10 oz. all-natural or organic BBQ sauce (I recommend something sweet, like honey BBQ flavor.)
  • 1/2 cup all-natural Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all-natural Worcestershire sauce 
  • All-natural Hamburger Buns (We used all-natural potato rolls.) 

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Method:

1. Place your chicken breasts in the slow cooker. 

2. Mix BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire together in a large bowl. 

3. Pour sauce mixture over your chicken, then push your chicken down so that the sauce is covering it. 

4. Cook on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 5-6. I cooked mine on low for 6 hours, breaking up my chicken at hour 5 so that the sauce could soak into all the “pulled” pieces.

As a side, we had Alexia All-Natural Waffle Fries. (I recommend anything from Alexia All-Natural Frozen Foods. They make some great stuff for those nights that you need something you can just pop in the oven.) 

Enjoy!

 

 

I found this recipe at: stickafork.net