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!

Noodle Bowl Recipe (vegan)

Hello friends,

We are here again with a super quick and easy noodle recipe. Please keep reading for all ingredients and recipe. Raphy and I enjoy this for lunch or dinner. Yes this is a vegan recipe, and no we are not vegan so for my non-vegans please modify to your liking. We have had this with fish, shrimp and chicken and this recipe is great any way you change it up. So please try it out.

You will need the following:
  • Organic Millet brown rice ramen noodles
  • Fresh Basil (any fresh herbs you have)
  • Portobello Mushroom (any mushroom you like)
  • Avocado
  • Organic salad greens
For the dressing you will need:
  • 2 tsp – Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp – Toasted Sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp – Hot chili oil (only if you want it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 tsp – Fresh squeezed Tangerine/ Orange juice or (citrus of choice)

First make the dressing, combine all ingredients in serving bowl of choice mix thoroughly.

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Boil noodles according to package instructions. Once noodles are cooked, drain and immediately (while still warm) add into bowl with the dressing. Mix well, until all noodles are coated.

Using the same pot as you boiled the noodles in, saute the mushrooms on medium heat with a splash of water (about 1 1/2- 2 tsp), and a pinch of salt (we use this method to cut down on oil.)  But if you don’t really care too much about that than add 1/4 tsp of olive oil with pinch of salt. We’ve made them both ways and agree they taste no different in our opinion.

When the mushrooms are done to your liking, before you add them to your noodles place the fresh basil on top of the noodles so when you add the warm sautéed mushrooms it will wilt the basil.

Next add half an avocado, and top it all off with some of your favorite fresh greens.

Lastly, mix it all up and enjoy with your favorite beverage.

Thank you all so much for reading, til next time! 🙂

 

Oxbow Market, Napa California

The Oxbow Market – Napa California

This is our second addition to our series -Local Business We Frequent-. This market is similar to the Anaheim packing district if you have ever visited. Just think of it on a much smaller scale. We often take day trips out here to grab some good food, or pick up some things we need for the house. It’s location is on a bend of a river, hence the name Oxbow. There are so many things to explore in this market. Here we wanted to share our favorite stops, and just some general information. Happy reading!

Top 2 shops we visit inside the market:

  1. Three Twins ice cream

Our favorite ice cream brand, we love their flavor combinations their wholesome organic ingredients, is what brings them to the top of our list. We know it’s not available everywhere, but they do carry this brand in certain super markets so here’s a link to their website to find a location near you. Our favorite flavors are Dad’s Cardamom, Banana Nut Confetti, Land of Milk and Honey, and Mint Confetti. Highly suggest to try this if you get the chance.

2. Whole Spice Napa Valley

This little spice shop offers such variety, we often come here to pick up all kinds of spices/ blends. This shop carries anything from whole chamomile buds, lamb seasoning blend, many curries from different regions, Mexican mole blends, and their own house blends. If you love to cook and try new foods like we do, spice shops are a beautiful thing. On this particular day, we picked up some curry blends (Japanese and Madrag), and we are in the midst of prepping a recipe to share with you all. Also, one of our traditions when we go out shopping- small shops is to pick up quality handmade soap bars. So we also stopped by The Olive Press and grabbed a new artisan soap bar, this one is in Rose-milk.

The Oxbow market offers a variety of places to eat and enjoy from burgers, to indoor restaurant seating, a butcher, fresh produce, fresh fish, coffee bar, cupcakes, pastries, baguettes, book shop, oyster bar and a fresh juice bar. Here’s some pictures we snapped to give you a sense of the place. If you find yourself in wine country it is a must see spot forsure.

With the many attractions close by, its even located next to the Napa Valley Wine Train station. Pay a visit if you enjoy local produce and supporting small shops. Hope you all enjoyed!

Make sure to check out our other posts! Links down below 🙂

Local businesses we frequent