Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Fig and Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

IMG_6552.JPGI LOVE banana bread. Pumpkin bread is good, I even have a special place in my heart for zucchini bread, but banana bread always takes the cake. Now typically I would add something basic like walnuts to my banana bread, but I didn’t have walnuts… what I did have was dried figs and let me tell you I’m so glad that I did. This combo is so yummy and different and the dried figs add a caramel-y flavor that’s perfect with chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp honey

3 over ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Foods Dairy Free Chocolate Chips)

1/2 cup chopped dried figs

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl and add the rest of the wet ingredients and the coconut sugar. Mix the wet ingredients then slowly add in the dry ingredients mixing as you go. Dump in your chocolate chips and dried figs and mix them in (pro tip: lightly coat your chocolate chips with a little bit of flour to avoid them all sinking to the bottom of the batter). Pour into a loaf pan greased with coconut oil and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Easy Cinnamon Homemade Granola

Easy Cinnamon Homemade Granola

When you buy granola from the grocery store it’s usually filled with way too much sugar and although it might be labeled as a “healthy” snack its actually a bunch of rubbish. Making your own granola is fun, super easy, it’s lower in sugar, and you can totally customize it with your own mix-ins and spices. The other day I made a cinnamon granola filled with nuts, chia seeds and oats and it turned out so lovely and made my kitchen smell incredible. The best part about this recipe is that there are really no meaurements and you can change out any of the nuts you would like. You could also add in coconut flakes or dried fruit after the granola has cooked (don’t add it before because they will burn in the oven.

Ingredients:

Oats

Raw pecans

Raw cashews

Pumpkin seeds

Chia seeds

Honey

Coconut oil

Cinnamon

salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Then in a bowl combine your oats, nuts and seeds then drizzle over just enough melted coconut oil to lightly coat them. Add in honey to sweeten to your taste then mix until everything is well combined. Spread over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt and as much cinnamon as you prefer. Cook for 20-25 min or until nuts and oats have started to brown and crisp up. Remove from oven, cool completely and store in a glass jar.

 

*Note: if your granola does not cool completely before you put it in the jar it will not stay crunchy!*

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Cinnamon Turmeric Pancakes

Cinnamon Turmeric Pancakes

Can’t go wrong adding cinnamon to your pancakes… and you also can’t go wrong adding turmeric for extra color and anti-inflamatory and antioxident properties. These pancakes are healthy, beautiful, and delicious!

Ingredients:
1 banana
2 eggs
1 tbsp plain unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1tbsp agave
3/4 c oat flour (or blended oats)
1 scoop vanilla protein
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp baking powder

Directions:
Blend all of the wet ingredients in a blender until smooth. Then add dry ingredients and mix or blend until fully incorporated. Heat coconut oil in a pan on medium heat and pour or scoop the batter onto the pan and brown on both sides

**I topped mine with pecans, chopped nectarine, warm berries, and honey**

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Quinoa Vegetable Fried Rice

Quinoa Vegetable Fried Rice

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‘Tis the season for vegging on your couch on a Monday night watching The Bachelor & what better way to celebrate than with a healthier version of your favorite Chinese takeout?? Quinoa fried rice is full of veggies & packed with protein.

Ingredients:
1 c quinoa
1 c water
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/8 c chopped white onion
1 tsp garlic
2 eggs
1-1 1/2 c total mixed vegetables of your choice (peas, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, red peppers, green beans, mushrooms etc.)
(Optional: meat of your choice i.e. chicken or shrimp)
1 tbsp tamari

Instructions:
Cook 1 cup of quinoa in 1 cup of water & set aside. Add coconut oil to a stir fry pan & sauté onion & garlic on medium until golden brown. Add eggs to the pan & scramble them then add the rest of your vegetables & sauté. Once your vegetables have cooked down a bit reduce to low heat & add your quinoa to the pan drizzle tamari over the “fried rice” & mix thoroughly. Remove from heat & serve.