Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread: Grain/Gluten Free

I feel like a broken record. Another snow day. Another day stuck inside. Today we made the best of it and I kept my complaining to a minimum. We made Valentines, watched an episode of Sesame Street, built 100 block towers and “cooked” in Liv’s kitchen…among a lot of other things.

I like involving Liv in baking when I can, but for now that usually lasts a good 30-50 seconds. She helped me mix some ingredients and then had better things to do. This is the first snow day that I actually baked something…I don’t know what I was waiting for.

Lindsay posted this recipe for grain free chocolate coconut chia bread and it looked delicious. I went to make it and realized I had to tweak it quite a bit to fit what I had in the house and to be able to share it with Liv (because of the protein powder factor in LC’s recipe.)

I love this recipe because it has very little sugar in it. Lindsay’s has no sugar, but I decided to add 2 tbsp, which is barely anything per slice. (Makes about 15 slices, which is less than 1/2 tsp per slice from the turbinado sugar)

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Just a note: This bread isn’t overly sweet (more like mildly sweet), but with the banana and chocolate chips it doesn’t need to be. If you like your banana bread on the sweeter side, you can up the sugar to 1/4 cup. I will be enjoying this tomorrow morning with a glob of peanut butter. It goes perfectly with a cup of coffee…I had to test it out to make sure for you.

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Let me know if you make this!

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, MIMM & Being Thankful

Good morning!

This weekend we took a quick overnight trip to Boston. I had three very compelling reasons to go, so I couldn’t pass it up. Two of my friends were having a joint 30th birthday party AND there was a new baby to meet! This was an extra special 30th birthday party because one of my friends from growing up and one of my friends from college were both having a combined party. (They live together!) A bunch of my friends from home were going up AND my college friends would be there. Both worlds colliding and a perfect excuse for an overnight trip.

Clearly after such a good weekend, it’s a marvelous Monday.

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Danny and Liv made the trip with me so we could all meet baby Will, my friend Katie & Steve’s new baby. Danny and Steve hung out with the kids while Katie and I went to the party for awhile. They had steaks and beers and we got out. Perfect night.

It’s amazing how much a weekend with friends fills you up. I’m thankful to have spent time with such good friends. It can be hard when you live in different states, but I think we do a pretty good job of seeing each other every couple of months.

I wanted to make something to bring to Katie’s, so I decided pumpkin chocolate chip cookies would be perfect. I  made a double batch so I could have some for here and for the car. I’ve eaten these the past 3 days as dessert, breakfast and then a snack. Perfect road trip snack!

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I’m a little late for the being thankful for 1 thing a day in November….

but can I just start now? I love reading everyone else’s.

Day 1: My husband. In 10 days we’ll be together for 10 years. Crazy. I don’t need to go into why I’m thankful for him, but I am every single day.

Day 2: Olivia! This little bundle has shown me how it’s impossible to love in ways I never thought possible.

Day 3: Family. My family is always there for each other and puts family first. That’s something I hope to pass onto Olivia.

Day 4: Me time. I’m thankful for the hour I carve out a day to exercise and move. It’s been so important to keep up exercising and running because it helps me stay balanced and SANE.

Day 5: Coffee. Really. Coffee.

Day 6:  Friends. Life just wouldn’t be as full without my good friends.

Day 7: Blissful Eats. I’m so glad I started my journey opening my own business two years ago. I am looking forward for big things to comein the next year!

Day 8: Cooking & Baking. I’m happy to be armed with the knowledge I need to cook and bake for my family so we all eat well and health-fully.

Day 9: Weekends. I think everyone is probably grateful for these, but I so appreciate the two days I get a week where I get to spend time with Danny and Liv as a family of 3.

Day 10: Good TV. Is this weird? Homeland, Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Nashville, Blacklist are our current favs.

Day 11: My MOTHER! It’s her BIRTHDAY today! I’m seriously grateful for her every single day. She does SO much for me and my family I can’t even put it into words. She is one of the most self-less people I know. <3 Love you MOM!

Thanks for letting me do that!

And Happy Veteran’s Day. So thankful for those of you who have served our country and continue to serve. You are the reason we feel safe and have the freedoms we do.

Cookies, Chocolate and holiday baking!

Good morning!

How are you?  We’re doing just fine over here…getting ready to come up on 2 months of Olivia’s life. And by getting ready, I mean slapping on that 2 month sticker and taking a slew of pictures…basically a normal day for us.

I think like everyone else, we’re soaking in the mundane right now. A day filled with nothing at home with my precious girl? I’ll take it, thank you very much.

I’m trying to get some holiday baking in. I usually have a super long list, but this year, it’s not that long. I’m only making a couple of things for now, but who knows, it may grow. It really depends on Miss Olivia. I try and cook/bake while she’s napping in the afternoon, but lately her afternoon naps have been a time for me to do work or let her nap on me.

I did want to share what I’ve made already and what I plan on making during the rest of the week.

So far I have made:

Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Coconut Snowflakes  (From Lori & Michelle on Cara’s Cravings!)

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crisp Truffles  (I used brown rice this year = amazing)

Is there enough chocolate here yet?

I still plan on making:

Chocolate Cocoa Thumbprints

Cranberry Pistacio Biscotti

I might make:

Almond Peanut Cacao Truffles

Reindeer Bark with Goji Berries & Cacao Nibs

Yum. And a very special thank you to Lindsay for sending me her cookie list! If only I had more time…

On another note:

PB Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

I’ve been trying to make a nice Sunday dinner every week. It’s a tradition in my family to do it, but growing up we’d all put on our Sunday best and have a pasta dinner. Now it’s more often than not a different dish than pasta (and we’re mostly wearing sweat pants), but we still all sit around the table together.
I mostly do it at my house as a way to say thank you to my family for the ridiculous amount of help we get. At the very least you can catch my sister and cousin Jess eating with us and at the almost biggest it’s my parents, uncle and other cousin. They help with Olivia and I feed them. I think it’s pretty fair…maybe?
Yesterday it was turkey & veggie chili that I’ll try to post the recipe for. It was very (not) exact. I also made fresh rolls and pb cookie dough balls. We may have been eating the batter before dinner.
These cookies are a repost, but they are so good I’d say they deserve it.  I did change up the recipe a bit by using less oats and more flour. That was for my sister who hates anything oaty/chewy.
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp butter at room temperature (or earth balance if keeping it vegan)
  • 1 1/4 c. natural peanut butter
  • 1  c. turbinado sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1  t. salt
  • 2.5 c. spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I used vanilla unsweetened)
  • 1 c. chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl combine all of the dry ingredients, oats, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Then add coconut oil, peanut butter, almond milk and butter. Mix well to combine. Add in chocolate chips. Scoop onto baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

(I used a cookie scoop for these and it worked well.)  

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