Fruity Frozen Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches

IMG_0993 This is an old family favorite. Perfect for anytime. What I like about this is you can make it with basically any fruit. You can even swirl in your favorite jam! I had a lovely basket of strawberries and bananas (a staple in my house) just waiting for me to do something fun with them! Continue reading

Banana Bread

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I cut the parchment paper to fit the length of the long side. I don’t worry about the short sides.

There are thousands of banana bread recipes out there…yep, here’s yet another one.  Even with this recipe I adjust.  If I am short on an ingredient I will sub out or add.  For instance I will use 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup of coconut flour in place of some of the flour.  I might do the same with whole wheat flour.  I’ve been known to add coconut flakes and play with the spices (You can adjust to your taste… 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon.  I’ve even used a teaspoon pumpkin pie spice!).  If the batter seems dry I might add a tablespoon of applesauce or even apple butter!  Have fun.  Isn’t that what cooking is about?  This one, I just baked today and I made it exactly as written down here.

2 cups of flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt (sea salt is fine too 🙂  )

1 1/2 cups smashed bananas

3/4 cup sugar in the raw (Any sugar will do)

2 eggs

1/2 cup of melted butter ( I make mine with 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup coconut oil)

Get out two bowls…

In one bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.  In the second bowl beat the two eggs, then add sugar, smashed bananas, melted butter/oil.  Pour the liquid mixture into the dry and combine gently.

I line a 9x5x3 loaf pan with parchment paper (Loaf comes out with ease every time!).  Pour batter in and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.  Test with wooden stick.

I’d love to hear any tips you may have for baking the perfect banana bread!  ❀

Cacao Nib Smoothie

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Happiness Smoothie!

I enjoy smoothies.  It’s fun to experiment and also a great way to get down more nutrients in a single glass.  My smoothies change with what I know I need nutrient wise and what I am doing in any given day.

Today my smoothie consisted of about 6-8 ounces of milk, one whole banana, 25 almonds, 1-2 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs, and a scoop of whey protein powder. All blended up in a high-powered blender until…well….smooth.  Hehehehe 😉

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Cacao nibs: Rich source of antioxidant flavonoids.  Great for promoting cardiovascular health.  It fights against toxins that we constantly face. The flavonoids in raw cacao nibs can help improve circulation and blood pressure.  My favorite is it helps assist the body to repair and resist against free radicals; a toxin no one needs in their body.  There are other benefits too, being a good source of manganese; which helps to oxygenate the blood and a fab source of magnesium which helps with brain power, (I so need that!).  Cacao nibs are rich in sulfur and that means stronger hair and nails and awesome skin. Consuming cacao nibs helps with PMS and depression.  It stimulates our endorphins boosting our mood naturally! There’s 5 grams of protein in an ounce serving, not to mention 7 grams of fiber.

Try them in smoothies, granola, cookies, just popping them into your mouth!

Are you a smoothie drinker?  Any favorites?

I’m off to bike the hills in my neighborhood.  I shoot for 5 miles; that makes me happy, 8 miles I am excited, 10 exhausted, but super satisfied.  We will see what I can do today.  The weather is beautiful. The sun is out and sky is blue; touched with white puffy clouds. It will be a good thinking day as I ride.

Have a happy day, Koko 😉 ❀ ✿ ❁ ✾