Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

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This recipe is very special to me because it was one of my first Paleo/Primal recipe creations back in my early days of experimenting with grain free flours. When I was young and unhealthy, my go-to recipe for muffins or bread was Banana Chocolate Chip because my husband loved the combination so much. He and I were both very sad to see them go just because they had a little flour in them. But now, I just whip up a batch of these when the cravings hit – and MAN, do they hit the spot! I have to hide some from my husband or he WILL EAT ALL OF IT.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread (or Muffins)

Ingredients:

3 bananas – smashed
2 Tbs butter
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 C almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 C flax meal
~1 Tbs water
1/2 C chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.wpid-20130311_071309.jpg
2. Mix bananas, butter, eggs and vanilla in a medium bowl until well combined.
3. Add almond flour, flax meal and baking soda to bowl and mix for several minutes – batter should be moist.
4. Stir in small amount of water (may not always be necessary, just depends on how wet/dry the batter is) and add chocolate chips.
5. Pour batter into loaf pan or lined muffin pan. Note that with grain-free muffins/breads, the dough will not rise much at all, so fill to proper height.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes (bread) or 18 minutes (muffins), until tops just turn brown and are firm to touch.

~Enjoy!

More Like This:
With Love and ChocolateChip Cookies
Primal Thin Mints
Double Chocolate Brownies

New things around the web

As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to have a bit of free time to sit and surf the interwebs (or just read good and not-so-good novels), so I’ve decided to blog my top finds with you regularly. I plan to only post the interesting and/or helpful things I read related to nutrition, lifting and life. So, grab a cup of coffee, have a seat and enjoy! Cat Reading

1. A fascinating ‘expose’ on artificial light and sleep disruption, including why it will probably kill you. Seriously.

2. If you haven’t read Time’s Bitter Pill yet, you’ve probably been hiding under a rock (or are from a country with a much better health system). Either way, check it out. This needs to stop.

3. This kick-ass article from veteran NFL player and CrossFit Football founder John Welbourn taught me that I’m only doing half the things I need to be doing everyday.

What other awesome articles have you found lately? Leave a comment below if you have thoughts on these topics.

What the Blog?!

As I wrap up my first week of blogging, there are several things I have noted along the way. For those of you thinking of blogging, or just curious about it, here is what you shoulmedium_341429556d know:

1. People you don’t know will somehow find their way to your fledgling blog within minutes of a post and like it or even follow you(!) before you even tell your spouse.

2. When you tell your close friends and family about your new endeavor, it’s possible they might never look at it.

3. It’s all about tagging. If you post something without the proper tags, no one will see it, and then you’re just talking to yourself.

4. When that person you don’t know likes your blog, chances are that theirs’ is much more interesting than yours’, so take a look.

5. Nothing you say is stupid. Someone else said something dumber or less coherent 10 seconds earlier.

6. Blogging is for you, don’t do it for anyone else or you will be disappointed.

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A Princess’ Influence

A Princess' Influence

I hate to admit it – in fact, I have debated about telling anyone this – but the truth is that I took this picture of Kate to my hairstylist yesterday. That’s right, I walzed into the Aveda salon that I have gone to for years and asked for ‘The Dutchess’. For a moment, I flashed back to the 90’s and saw the ‘Princess Diana’ hair! That’s when I decided not to tell anyone what I’d done.

I don’t consider myself to be all that mainstream when it comes to hair and fashion. But the reality is, if I don’t know what to wear or how to do my hair, I turn to the celebrities. I comb through google images in search of the perfect look. Really, it’s ridiculous. I have great hair and it’s hard to make it look bad, but I always get nervous when it comes time for my twice annual visit to the salon. The one time I ever got a bad haircut has seemingly scarred me.

So, now I have beautiful layers in my hair, and I am happy. Even the hubby gave it the nod, ftw. Thanks, Kate!