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gluten free, no “flour” banana bread

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So this is not “worlds best banana bread” BUT it is “worlds best no flour semi healthy banana bread”(including “gluten free” flour). This recipe is an adapted version of another grain free banana bread recipe we came across however, we felt it needed a little less coconut flour (which has a strong taste and texture!) and another banana, hence, the FOUR large bananas. We chose dark chocolate chips (from whole foods… about a buck more than their counterpart… but worth all 100 pennies!) and the dark chocolate chunks (chunks are bigger than chips) gave it the extra kick it needed. In any case, we hope you enjoy this almost awesome banana bread.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons coconut oil
4 eggs
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup coconut flour, sifted
1/4 cup almond meal/flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 large ripe bananas or 5 medium bananas
1/2 bag dark chocolate chunks (whole foods) (or 1/4 cup of walnuts, dried fruit or semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a 8 1/2-by-4 1/2 inch loaf pan
In a large bowl mix the coconut oil, eggs, honey, vanilla and apple cider vinegar until thoroughly mixed.
Sift the coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt. Then add into wet ingredients.
Mash the bananas with the coconut milk then add to batter.
Stir in chocolate chips or preferred add-in.
Bake 40-45 minutes. Cool and serve.

 

waffles

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I love the idea of breakfast in bed, more than the reality of it. The last time I had breakfast in bed, the breakfast was actually in my bed. Not worth it. Romantic as it may be, breakfast at the table always works a bit better for me. With that said, Rob and I do love to act like a “Tuesday” is a “Saturday” from time to time. It is refreshing to interrupt the daily flow of work, laundry and bills and just “celebrate the day”. Waffles makes an ordinary day special, something about the crisp outer layer and light and fluffy inside. Add whip cream and you feel like your on vacation.

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Ingredients

2 eggs beaten
2 cups flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Beat the eggs.
Add all other ingredients. Mix well.
Pour into hot waffle iron.

 

Confession: I put all my ingredients in the vita mix, turn the sucker on and wala. Your batter is complete. Just an idea.

Note: If you prefer to make these less traditional and a bit healthier, you can use gluten free flour or whole wheat flour. Almond/soy/hemp milk for cows milk, applesauce for oil and agave to replace brown sugar. I have tried them both ways. To be frank… healthy version = limp waffles… however, the flavor is awesome. So if you are going for presentation and the traditional crispness of a waffle you may just need to chalk it up to a delicious breakfast and feel no guilt… but if your not trying to impress, try the alternative. They are still tasty!

egg tacos

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Egg tacos. True to their name, they are eggs in corn tortillas. Great for breakfast or lunch and inexpensive too! Incredibly easy to make, fast and healthy! Hope you enjoy

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Ingredients

4 eggs scrambled with salt, pepper and a dash of chili powder
1/8 red onion, thinly sliced (I use a mandolin for slicing all my veggies, it cuts time in half and makes them all the same thinness. Definitely worth using!)
1/8 red, orange or yellow bell pepper
1 Tablespoon corn salsa (trader joes)
1 Tablespoon of shredded chedder cheese (optional)
Sprinkle fresh cilantro

Instructions

Scramble the eggs over low heat.
Soften the corn tortillas by placing them directly on your stove top until desired crispness.
Sprinkle the cheese across the warm tortillas, add eggs and any desired toppings.

 

Serves 4
Note: I make these all the time in a matter of minutes, some days I don’t feel like taking the extra two minutes to slice veggies so I just throw some salsa on top and call it a day. They are just as tasty that way. Make it how you like it. On the weekends I really go crazy and plop a mound of sour cream on top. Extra delicious.

breakfast bowls

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This delicious bowl was inspired eight months ago when Rob and I honeymooned to Thailand. What a fabulous country. I think about that trip on a regular basis, usually with a smirk on my face as I recall the amazing memories we made. As we traveled Thailand, every day looked so different full of new adventure and plenty of stories however one thing remained the same. Our breakfast bowls. It was our most favorite way to start the day. The only difference there… the fruit was a bit more tropical…dragon fruit, papaya, mango, pineapple (and I should mention, they did not have granola so we creatively used “All Bran” cereal… while it helped keep us regular, we recommend granola whenever granola can be found). When we got home the tropical fruits seemed to be a bit more expensive so we settled for the berry family. However you choose to make this bowl, have fun & make it your own.

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Ingredients

plain yogurt
splash vanilla extract (optional)
1 tablespoon agave, maple syrup or honey (or to desired sweetness)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon chia seed
1/4 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup fresh blueberries (or desired fruit)

Instructions

Mix yogurt with extract and sweetener to desired taste.
Top with your choice of toppings.
Add granola for a hearty bowl.

 

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