Perfectly Healthful Blueberry Banana Muffins

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So these have sort of become a weekend breakfast staple for us.  They are quick and easy to put together and the leftovers freeze wonderfully for quick breakfasts later on in the week.

They are healthful and full of nutrients without refined sugars and flours which makes me pretty darn happy…and pretty darn ok with the fact that my kids always want seconds. Continue reading

Sweet and Savory Crostini

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This was positively not supposed to happen today.  I had a plan.  I am dependent on my plans.   For this, I blame my children.

Pre kids I could’ve won awards for flying by the seat of my pants.  Always down for whatever.  Always willing to juggle around my days.  And top notch at getting side tracked and staying up into the late hours of the evening in order to complete the most important task that needed to be done that day.  Procrastination was a strong suit of mine.  It still is, but there is now a schedule.  That part has just got to stick. Continue reading

Apple Streusel Bread

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Summer is a favorite time of mine, as a reader, in the blogging world.  Regardless of what the blog focus is, at some point, writers tend to share some sort of piece of their summer family vacation and I positively love it.  It helps me get to know the writer and feel like a little part of their world-its so fun to get a glimpse into their personal lives beyond their everyday writing. Continue reading

Grilled Banana Bread with Warm Maple Butter Sauce

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If you’re up for making a 10-minute, tops, start-to-finish- dessert that tastes simply decadent this ones for you.  I shared my new favorite method for getting a fun summer treat on the table in a flash on KARE11 yesterday and I must say it was quite the hit with the crew.  And let me tell you, my family definitely did not mind all of the practice rounds I did trying to get this recipe just right either.  I hope you enjoy this one…it’s such a yummy treat and perfect for entertaining; its quite the conversation piece!   Continue reading

Nourished Banana Bread

This is the good stuff, right here, friends. Our very favorite banana bread recipe. Now, I must warn you.  This recipe contains no refined sugar.  No gluten or crazy “healthy flour blend” that you need to go buy.  And chances are, if you utilize any of my “baking” recipes you already have all of these ingredients sitting right in your freezer or pantry-they are my baking “staples”.

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My kids beg for more. My friends are shocked that a sweet treat that’s typically packed full of unhealthful ingredients can actually be transformed into something they can feel good feeding their kiddos for breakfast.  This, right here friends, is why I love to cook.  Because it really is possible to turn traditional favorite recipes into more nourishing versions…and this banana bread recipe is the perfect display of just that. I hope your family enjoys this one as much as we do!

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Nourished Banana Bread

*note: you can purchase pre made oat flour, but it’s a piece of cake to make your own:  just place  rolled or old fashioned oats (gluten free for a GF version) in a food processor or blender and process until it becomes a fine, flour-like texture.

Ingredients

1 1/4 Cups Gluten Free Oat Flour

1/4 Cup Flax Meal

1/4 Cup Almond Meal

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

3 VERY Ripe Bananas, mashed *about 1 1/2 cups

6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted and slightly cooled +more for greasing the pan

1/4 Cup Honey, Pure Maple Syrup or Agave Nectar

2 Eggs, lightly beaten

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with butter.  Place the oat flour, flax meal, almond meal, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.

In a large bowl whisk the bananas, honey/maple/agave, butter, eggs and vanilla together until well-combined.  Pour the dry ingredients into the banana mixture and stir gently until all ingredients are just incorporated.  Fold in walnuts. Pour into prepared baking pan (and sprinkle the top with whole oats, if desired) and bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool before removing from the pan.