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Banana Bread

So autumn is upon us and it’s time to get back into the kitchen and start creating!!  Here is a healthier version of the classic banana bread.  This version may be even yummier than the original – I think so but I’ll let you be the judge!  Simple to make and a great way to use up the extra bananas.  You can also add walnuts or cacao nibs to add more crunch and texture!  Makes a great quick breakfast toasted and topped with almond butter!Banana Bread


•   1/3 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
•   1/2 cup natural brown sugar
•   3 egg whites
•   3 bananas, mashed
•   2 tbsp chia seeds
•   1/3 cup water
•   1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
•   1/3 cup coconut flour
•   1 tsp baking soda
•   1/4 tsp baking powder
•   cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350° F.  Mix applesauce and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Gently stir in egg whites then add mashed bananas and water.  Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and then pour in mixture.  Bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.



Chewy Crispy Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

So here is another easy bar recipe.  I got the original recipe ideas from Clean Eating magazine nutrition edition 2006.  I have made a few changes to the original recipe to suit my tastes and experiment with “raw”ingredients.  I decided to make these over the weekend and they were a big hit.  Pretty sweet due to the agave nectar which is sweeter than honey but you could always use the honey if you can’t find agave nectar.  Coconut nectar is another raw option which is really sweet!  These bars rival any candy bar and so much healthier for you!  Get creative add any dried fruit mixture or use peanut butter or cashew butter instead!  The beauty of cooking is getting to create and then play around with different ingredients!  So much fun and so yummy to eat!

Ingredients:Crispy Almond Butter Bars

•   3 cups crisped rice cereal
•   1 cup oats
•   1 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, cherries)
•   1/3 cup sliced raw almonds
•   2 tbsp ground flaxseed
•   1/3 cup cacao nibs
•   1/4 cup brown sugar
•   1/3 raw agave nectar or raw coconut nectar
•   1/2 cup raw almond butter
•   1/2 cup raw cacao powder
•   cooking spray


Coat a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and add first five  ingredients except brown sugar, agave nectar, and almond butter; stir to mix well.  Combine brown sugar, agave nectar, and almond butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until completely melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat and stir in cacao powder.  Pour chocolate almond butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly.  Press mixture into a 9x 13 pan than has been coated with cooking spray.  Place in refrigerator to cool completely.  Cut into bars.


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