The Best Healthy Banana Bread

10 09 2014

I love banana bread. Slather some peanut butter on it, and I think you’ve got the best breakfast bread out there.

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Unfortunately, it isn’t the healthiest of meals- hello sugar, butter, and flour! But, there are dozens of recipes that health-i-fy the traditional one. I decided to throw my hat into the game this morning, with an adaptation of a recipe from the Kitchn (Clearly, I’m obsessed with this blog!).

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The biggest swaps I made were two ripe bananas instead of 3, and then I used coconut oil and yogurt instead of butter in my recipe. Oh, and I also used some bread flour and dry oats in mine.

This was definitely a winner! It was moist, the perfect sweetness, and the bananas on top just made the loaf look so beautiful! I hope you try it out!

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Adapted from The Kitchn

Whole-Wheat Banana Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:

2 medium, ripe bananas
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bread flour
1/3 cup dry oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 heaping TBS coconut oil
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup maple syrup (mine was leftover from pancakes the other day, and it had cinnamon and all spice in it!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 banana, for the topping (optional)
1 TBS raw sugar, for the topping (optional)

How to: 

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and crushed walnuts. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together mashed banana, oil, yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla extract and egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined.

Pour the batter into a lightly greased standard bread pan. Bake bread until golden and a knife comes out clean when inserted into the bread, about 50 minutes. Try to let it cool off before eating. It will be difficult to do.





Zucchini Mint Feta Mini Quiches

30 07 2014

You guys! I have a winning summer recipe for you!

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I have this mint plant that is growing out of control and I don’t have/know a ton of recipes that call for mint, other than one of my favorite salads and mojitos.

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So the other day I was flipping through Tastespotting, and I happened upon this recipe for a Zucchini Tart. I had just purchased some local zucchini from Trader Joe’s, and though I was tempted to make another batch of zucchini bread pancakes, I decided that my waistline would thank me if I made something a bit less carb-o-licious (thought I do love me some carbs!). I read through the recipe and, though skeptical of the zucchini + mint + feta, COOKED combo, I decided to give it a shot.

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I made a few swaps to make it a wee bit healthier (no wontons, and Greek yogurt instead of milk) – and you know what? It was DYNOMITE!

These were very flavorful, fresh, and yes, they were quite summer-ific (yes, I made that word up!). I whipped up a batch on Sunday so I can have them as breakfast or as part of lunch throughout the week! I hope you enjoy them too!

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Zucchini, mint, feta quiche

Makes 8 mini-quiches

Ingredients:
1 small/medium zucchini, shredded
about 6 tsp mint, minced
about 6 tsp feta cheese, crumbled
4 eggs
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
Salt + Pepper

How to:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or olive oil.

In a bowl, combine the zucchini, mint, feta. In another bowl, mix the eggs and yogurt until smooth. Add the eggs to the zucchini mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Fill muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes or until set.

Dig in!

 





Pancake Friday: Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Bread Pancakes with Blueberries

25 07 2014

Oh hai. I do still exist! And, I’m back with a pancake post! It must be your lucky day!! 🙂

Yesterday I woke up with a craving for pancakes, thanks to a post I saw right before bed on Wednesday night. I got up and did a quick PiYo workout to stretch out my tired legs (Lower focus, only 20 minutes!) and went right to the kitchen to put together the recipe that had been forming in my head all night.

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Zucchini bread pancakes, with a hint of banana for sweetness, loaded with some blueberries I had picked earlier this summer was the perfect way to start my Thursday. These were pretty dense, and I would recommend maybe adding a bit more flour next time, but this was another winner in my books. Enjoy!

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Dry Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 dry oats
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
handful of chopped walnuts

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 ripe banana, mashed
2 eggs
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 small zucchini)
1 TBS honey
1 cup milk

Stir in: Handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

Sauce: Handful of blueberries, microwaved in 30 second intervals until berries burst. Stir in 1 tsp of chia seeds (optional). You could also add in some sugar if you wanted a sweeter syrup.

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