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Healthier Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Healthier Banana Bread

(makes 1 loaf)


Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup local Honey
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 extra ripe, mashed, medium Bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp real Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cinnamon plus a little more for topping
  • 1 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 and grease a bread loaf pan (I sprayed with Coconut Oil cooking spray).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the oil and honey together.
  3. Add eggs and beat well.
  4. Add in the mashed bananas and milk and beat well.
  5. Add in the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon and incorporate well.
  6. Sift in the flour, incorporating well but not over-mixing.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and sprinkle with additional cinnamon over the top, swirling into the batter slightly if desired.
  8. Bake for about 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cool before slicing.

Raw Kale Salad

Aw, kale yeah.  This raw kale salad is a staple in my house.  It’s so easy to make and so tasty to eat.  Everything about this salad says raw, fresh, and healthy.  Give it a try…it’s a great way to get your greens in.

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Raw Kale Salad


Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, washed, de-stemmed, and finely chopped (Hint:  Food Processor!)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (Don’t skip the toasting step…it adds so much, I promise.)
  • S & P to taste

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil and drizzle over chopped kale, tossing to coat.
  2. Add rest of ingredients and mix.  (I told you it was easy, didn’t I?!)

Sunrise Green Smoothie

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Sunrise Green Smoothie (1 serving)


Ingredients

  • 1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened almond butter
  • HUGE handful spinach and/or kale
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup frozen fruit

Directions

Blend and enjoy!

No-Bake Energy Bites

These little nuggets of goodness are the perfect grab-and-go snack when you need something in a hurry or when you  just need a little mid-day pick me up.  Super simple, healthy, and above all…delicious.

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NO-BAKE ENERGY BITES


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup local honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Form into small balls (makes about 15).
  3. Store refrigerated in airtight container for up to one week.

Potato Leek Soup

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POTATO LEEK SOUP (Serves 4)


Ingredients

2 Tbsp. butter
2 leeks (whites only), thoroughly rinsed and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
4 cups low sodium chicken stock
1 bay leaf
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup half and half
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Melt butter in large soup pot and sauté leeks and celery over medium heat until soft, about 10 minutes.
2. Add the potatoes, chicken stock, bay leaf, and thyme and boil until potatoes are soft, about 15-20 minutes.
3. Fish out the bay leaf and thyme sprigs.
4. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. You may also transfer to a standard blender to purée, returning the soup to the pot when done.
5. Add half and half and bring to simmer until thickened.
6. Make sure to taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.

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