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 🙂

Snack of the Month April 2017

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PB and J, two ways!

This is a new series we wanted to introduce to our blog, We will keep them short and sweet. Normally when we snack we try to keep the snacks quick, simple and easy to put together.

To kick off this series our snack of choice for the month of April 2017 was Peanut Butter and Strawberry jam on toast. A classic kids snack with a spin.

Start off by toasting your bread of choice, we’ve been loving this Ezekiel bread (we have the Low sodium version) This bread can be found in your local grocery stores in the freezer section. We love this sprouted grain bread, it really has been a game changer for us. We keep the bread in the freezer and when we want to enjoy a slice or two we heat it right up in the toaster. Honestly it may sound daunting to have to defrost the bread but it takes no time at all. We’ve even toasted some up on the stove top using a nonstick pan on medium heat. Since the bread has no preservatives (which is one of the things we love about it) leaving it in the freezer helps it keep longer.

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Some good bread.

Next choose your jam/conserve/preserve of choice, we picked up ours from whole foods it’s the 365 brand.

As for the peanut butter we went with the creamy version, Trader Joe’s also carries great options for both items.

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Once your bread is all nice and toasted just apply as much or as little of peanut butter and jelly to it and enjoy! We know it’s so simple and takes us back to our childhoods, we just took it and tried to make it a bit ‘healthier’.

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Tip – Second Option – PB and J Quesadilla style.

If you want something lower in carbs then you can grab yourself a low carb whole wheat tortilla and toast it up in a pan on the stove top and apply some peanut butter and jelly on one of each side, and enjoy this simple on the go PB &J.

(We ran out of the whole wheat tortillas that’s why there aren’t any photos of this version.)

We love PB and J sandwiches! Hope you all enjoyed this Snack of the Month Segment 🙂

Comment if you love PB AND J!

Amazing Grass- Green super food

Amazing Grass – Green Super food Powder

Hello all!

We wanted to share something we’ve incorporated into our diets recently. If you are like us and find yourself struggling with including enough fruits and greens in your diet then this product may be something up your alley. We’ve been supplementing with this product for about a month and a half now, and wanted to share our personal opinion and experience with it. The reason we ordered this product was to ensure that we were in-taking enough fruits and vegetables and vitamins in our daily diet. For the most part we feel like it is hard for us to get in all of the daily nutrients the body needs.

This product is great for our lifestyle, it is simple and does not taste horrible (mind you we like the very green flavor it has) but we know it is not for everyone. We appreciate that this company makes their products Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, and Kosher. They offer various flavors, (such as berry, lemon, and acai) but we just went for the tried and true original formula and flavor. You can click Here to the Amazing Grass website where you can see more information and flavors they have available. We bought ours through Amazon for faster shipping we also read many reviews and decided to give it a try. Since taking this supplement we’ve noticed that we both have a lot more energy throughout the day, and we don’t feel as groggy as the day progresses. We take this once a day in the morning in a smoothie. Below we will list the smoothie recipe we use, it can vary from day-to-day. But we will include things you can add if you are not fond of the distinct “green” taste it has. We think it is a great option for people like us who try their best to get in all their fruits and greens, but know that some days it just does not happen.

Ingredients for Green smoothie:
  • 1 – 1/2 cup – Water or coconut water (Soy, almond, coconut milk) or (freshly squeezed juice)
  • 1 scoop – Green Super food powder (scoop is included)
  • 1 tbsp – Organic Maca powder or ( 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds, collagen peptide powder)
  • 1 cup – Frozen mango chunks or (any fruit you have on hand, berries, stone fruit, melons)
  • 1/2 – Banana and/or (1 tbsp Honey Greek yogurt)
  • Ice optional (if you use fresh fruit and want it a bit colder)

*One tip we do recommend is that you place in the liquids and fruit first before the powder for a better overall blend.

This is are basic recipe you can change-up the flavor profiles by interchanging with the ingredient options listed beside each. The options we listed are just some variations that we use to change-up the taste. Hope you found this post helpful, and please let us know of any recommendations you have or let us know if you’ve ever tried this powder out. Thank you all.

 

 

 

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.