Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites

Hello Friends!

We have a wonderful recipe we want to share with you all for our Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites A whole food healthier treat for everyone. The recipe is simple and includes some really great ingredients. Keep reading for the recipe and step by step instruction.

Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites Recipe

Makes 16 muffin sized bites, Prep Time 15 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F. Until you are able stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Spelt Flour – (Bobs Red Mill carries some, we picked ours up at a local health foods store in the bulk section)
  • 2/3 Cup Chocolate Chunks – (Semi Sweet or Dark/Milk your choice)
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 1/2 Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Creamy Almond Butter
  • 3 Medium sized bananas
  • 1/4 Coconut Oil – Liquid
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. Preheating oven at 350°F while that’s getting ready start mixing all dry ingredients together: Spelt Flour, Coconut Sugar, Baking Power, Baking Soda, and Spices.
  2. Next take another mixing bowl peel the bananas and mash them but leave them a bit chunky, because you will then add the almond butter and cream/mix together.

3. Take a cup or small bowl and beat the 2 eggs before adding into the wet mix. Then add the vanilla, and coconut oil and mix thoroughly.

4. Finally add the dry mix into the wet mix in small batches until you get a smooth thick batter.

5. Lastly add the chocolate chunks, one tip we like to use is to sprinkle a bit of flour on them before adding to the batter to ensure they don’t sink to the bottom. (You can save some for topping if you want a more ascetic presentation.)

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7. Prep the muffin tins with liners, we wanted to make ours festive for October so we used Halloween themed liners.

Finished Product should look something like this. One tip is to let them cool down completely so that the sides don’t stick to the liners. As you can see in one of the photos we did not have any patience and had tried some fresh out of the oven then realized the sides were completely stuck to the liner.

Hope you all try out and enjoy this recipe it is a great treat for kids to through into their lunch bags, also great for adults with their tea and coffee anytime of the day. This is a yummy dense and rich tasting bite you can enjoy without the guilt. Please feel free to add any nuts or dried fruit of your choice. Even switch out the almond butter for peanut butter, cashew butter, any nut seed butter you like.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Last minute gift doggy edition

Home made Doggy Biscuits

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Great gift idea for a dog lover

We thought we would include a last-minute gift for all of you dog lovers out there. And even if you don’t have dogs this is a great gift to give someone who loves their dog. We love to hand these treats our to our friends and family who have pups in their lives, they also seem so surprised that we thought of their extended family. And of course you can buy all the biscuits you want but something homemade and made with you love is priceless. Because you know exactly what ingredients are in it. So here is a simple recipe you can whip up last-minute, that your dogs will love.

Ingredients

  1. Coconut oil or cooking spray
  2. 2 ¼ Cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  3. 1 Cup old-fashioned oats
  4. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/2- 1 Cup low sodium chicken broth (add as you blend puree, add to much dough may become to wet)
  6. ½ Cup Sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree
  7. ½ Cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature

Take a medium-sized sweet potato peel and cut into small chunks. Then grease a baking sheet with melted coconut oil before roasting at 350°F for about 30-40 minutes or until sweet potatoes become soft. Once they are soft, blend it up with some chicken broth. At this point it is easy to add too much broth while blending so we recommend adding a bit at a time, add just enough to allow for blending. (It will depend on the size of your sweet potato, how much liquid you may need.) The puree does not have to be smooth we prefer some chucks.

Combine all dry ingredients and mix well, then add your wet ingredients until it forms a dough like ball. For this particular batch we added to much chicken broth to our puree, and so we ended up with a wetter dough. But we made it work, just add more flour if this happens to you. The dogs will still end up loving it don’t worry. We also ran out of baking powder so we googled how to make it. Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda with 2 tablespoon cream of tartar mix well with a whisk and bam you have baking powder. Just a quick tip if you are like us and didn’t have it on hand.

Time to get to kneading and rolling. Knead for 30 seconds and then roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness.

From this point you can start cutting out your biscuits flouring as needed as you go along re-rolling your scrap pieces. Line your baking tray with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil. Bake at 375°F for about 20-35 minutes depending on how crisp you want it.

You should end up with something that looks like this. We always buy containers at the dollar store and then line them with tissue or parchment paper and stack them in layers.

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Let the hounds enjoy! You can also give them a try, we did it just tasted like bread to us lol.

Golden Milk

Golden milk benefits and recipe

This drink is yummy and good for you all at the same time. We find ourselves making it more during the fall/winter seasons, but we definitely do make it all year-long. If you gravitate towards a chai tea lattes, and things of that herbal spicy nature you will probably enjoy this recipe. We first heard about this drink from Pinterest, we decided to try it out and ended up loving it.

Here are some benefits of drinking this lovely milk-tea concoction.

Turmeric offers anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Curcumin which is the active ingredient in the turmeric root, has been used in India for (Ayurvedic) medicinal purposes for centuries. According to google, inflammation in the body is very common, and it can be associated with arthritis, asthma ect.. studies have shown that turmeric can help fight gas, bloating, and indigestion. The black pepper is needed in this recipe for the body to better absorb the (curcumin) in turmeric. The ginger in this recipe adds to the flavor of the drink, but also has been known to help with sore throat, nausea and digestion. Coconut oil gives the drink a richer velvety mouth feel, and it is a healthy fat which has been shown to lower cholesterol and even whiten teeth. It also helps make the paste, a paste. Both Raphy and I grew up in a family as first generation Americans, our moms and grandmas always had little herbal and non-traditional (far from western medicine standards) remedies for just about every ailment. So we’re always up for trying anything that may help us feel better, before we have to resort to taking actual medicine.

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Ingredients
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Coconut Oil

First, we start by making a paste the paste can be stored in jar in the fridge for up to (1-2 weeks)

Golden Paste, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Turmeric Powder
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper (needed for better absorption in the body)
  • 1/2-2 tablespoons Coconut oil (Add as you go, you’re looking for a paste consistency)

In a stainless steel pot place on medium heat add the water, turmeric and black pepper in cook on a simmer until it forms a thick paste, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. (It will be quite thick) Remove from heat and stir in the coconut oil. Keep an eye on it, because I have burned the bottom of the pot a couple of times.

 

Golden Milk, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 1 cups milk (plant base) Almond, coconut, soy ect.
  • 1-2 slivers of Ginger
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon (optional)

Take a stainless steel pot the same pot you used for the paste would be fine. On a low-medium heat add in your milk and golden paste. Then add the ginger in to steep. The key is to not let it boil. We want just a low simmer until the paste is dissolved for about 2-3 minutes. Poor into your favorite mug, and add honey, or a dash of cinnamon and coconut sugar on top. (fair warning some of the paste will settle to the bottom) That is just the nature of this drink.

 

Hope you all try and enjoy this recipe, Please let us know how you like it. We do a separate recipe for this drink that features fresh turmeric, but we decided to post a more affordable everyday version. (since turmeric can be costly where we live) If you want a separate post on it just leave it in the comments below.

Thee Banana Nut Bread

Raph’s Banana Nut Bread Recipe

This is my first official post it feels kinda weird because I am a very reserved person even to people I’m close to, so this is gonna be a huge leap for me. Now to the recipe on to this banana nut bread. First things first before baking I put some sounds on. This day I was feeling classy with some YO-YO Ma playing J.S.Bach, it always puts me in the right mood. So this recipe is pretty fool-proof which is why I use it, and because it always comes out moist, dense, and delicious. People who know me know I love any type of bread it’s embedded in my DNA. The smell you get passing by a bakery will always steal my already short attention span. The smell of this bread baking fumigates the whole house with a sweet banana aroma. During this time of the year I get a lot of requests to make this bread mainly cause nobody else likes to bake in my family but me. I don’t mind though I love to create in many forms. Hope you enjoy this bread I know I do.

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So we start with smashing the bananas
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A fork works very well in smashing to mush
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Then we mix all the dry ingredients
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Then mix your wet into the dry
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I like to oil an powder my bread pan so it comes out clean
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Then bake bread until you get a clean toothpick, and eat before the savages get to it

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour our until toothpick is clean.

The ingredients are as follows:

  • 4 ripe bananas (unripe optional)
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2± cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts