Food! I love food! People tell me all of the time that they couldn’t look like me because they love food too much, or they can’t eat salads all of the time, they need meat…. These comments make me sad. Why? It makes me realize how misinformed most people are when it comes to a proper healthy diet. Here’s a secret. I love food too! I love to talk about it. Cook it. Smell it, yes, just ask my friends and family. They offer to let me smell it without me even asking now, haha. And yes, I love to eat it too. I rarely eat a salad, dislike smoothies, and I can put away my fair share of steak and barbecue. It’s all about balance, and choosing “clean” foods. I’m sure there are a few of you wondering, what exactly “clean” means. You hear it all of the time in healthy forums. Basically, it is food as close to its original form as possible. Think of a baked potato and a potato chip. One is “clean” and one is “processed”. The problem with the clean diet is that it requires more cooking, and if you are not an expert in the kitchen or have little time to spare, you may end up grabbing processed foods or take out more often.
This is where I come in. Not only do I love food, but I love food that tastes good and is healthy too. Yes, it is possible to have both. I have a non-stop busy schedule, so fast and easy recipes are a staple in my house. I will be sharing some some tips and recipes that hopefully will help you get started or continue on your health journey. So, how did I spend part of my weekends….cooking. Taking just a couple hours on your weekend to prepare some basic foods for your upcoming week will help prevent the last minute, I’m starving, I’m tired, and I don’t feel like cooking woes. One of my favorites is banana bread. It’s sweetened with only bananas, the riper the better. (Although, I do occasionally throw in a few mini chocolate chips for fun). I make 2 loaves and freeze in slices to enjoy over the next couple of weeks with my morning coffee.
P.s. All of these ingredients can be found at most stores such as Wal-Mart and Costco. Almond butter is way cheaper at Costco.
Chocolate Chip Spiced Banana Bread
Preheat oven to 325
8 ripe bananas
8 large eggs
1 cup almond butter
1 cup coconut flour
4 Tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ginger
1 ½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)
Mix bananas and eggs in a stand mixer. Add in all other ingredients except the chocolate chips. Mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips
Divide into 2 greased loaf pans (I line my pans with foil before greasing for easy removal and cleanup). Bake for 45-50 minutes until center is set. Oven times may vary. I always check my around 40 minutes to avoid overcooking.
Then tadah! A warm, slightly sweet, healthier version of banana bread. Enjoy!
TIP: I divide mine into about 12 slices and freeze in a single layer. You can thaw them out or do the lazy version like me, straight from the freezer to the microwave for 1-2 minutes, turning half way through.