Semi-Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

So, I have to be honest. I’m really not a cook or a baker. I started baking only a few years ago because it’s actually really fun. I cooked here & there throughout the years, but didn’t avidly start cooking until a few years ago as well. I am by no means a professional. I’m learning as I go along. And I think the most important thing is that I try. I may fail at my attempts but it doesn’t deter me from trying.

I may not cook the best foods or bake the tastiest goodies, but I’m practicing my craft & I’ve definitely gotten better throughout the years. I do have to warn you all, when I cook/bake, I don’t always measure everything. I also improvise a lot, even though some people frown upon that when it comes to baking. I say, who cares. Experiment. That is the only way you’ll discover something new, something tastier, & figure out what works & what doesn’t work. Cooking & baking should be fun, although many find it to be a chore. I enjoy my time in the kitchen as long as everyone leaves me alone to the task at hand.

Semi-Paleo Banana Bread Recipeadapted from Peanut Butter Runner

It’s semi-Paleo because I added oatmeal & chocolate to it. I think it’s still healthy. šŸ™‚

Ingredients:
3/4Ā teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup ofĀ almond flour
1/4 cup ofĀ coconut flour
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 large eggs
2 very ripe medium to large bananas, mashed
1/4 cup of oatmeal
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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Prepare a round 8″ pan & line with foil. You can use a 9×5 load pan but I was too lazy to find mine.
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In a medium bowl, whisk together baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, flours & oatmeal.

In a separate small bowl, mix together coconut oil, eggs, bananas & vanilla until combined.
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Add wet ingredients to the dry & fold together with a spatula until combined. Do not overmix.

Fold chocolate chips into batter.
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Pour batter in prepared pan & bake for 25-30 minutes or until set in the center & a toothpick comes out clean.
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Let cool in pan for about 15-20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle with some almond butter before serving.

ENJOY!

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Banana Bread Recipe

Munkie says the best thing to do with really ripe bananas is to make Banana Bread! You can freeze them until you have enough to make a recipe. They are at their sweetest before they start rotting.

I searched online for a one-bowl banana bread recipe that doesn’t require a mixer. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a potato masher on hand to help with mashing the bananas. Instead, I broke them into smaller pieces & then used a fork to mash them up, which worked perfectly well, but required more work.

Banana Bread adapted from Simply Recipes

Ingredients:

Makes one loaf.

3 medium bananas, mashed with fork or potato masher
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350Ā°F (175Ā°C).

Melt butter in microwave. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Mix butter into bananas with a large spoon.

Add sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda & salt & mix together.

Add flour & mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix.

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Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan or an unbuttered silicone loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour. Remove from pan & cool on a rack. Cool on a rack.

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This recipe tasted better a day later. Initially, the top came out crunchy, but after sitting overnight, it softened. The bread was perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea. You can heat it in the microwave for a few seconds which makes a nice warm treat. It wasn’t too sweet either, perfect for my taste buds.

This went great with a glass of banana milkshake, too!

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ENJOY!

Lemon Poppy Seed Banana Cookies Recipe

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This lemon is about 1/2 the size of Munkie’s head. Believe me, Munkie has a big head!

When life gives you giant lemons, you make lemon poppy seed cookies!

So the BIL came back from California with these amazingly, unbelievablyĀ ginormous lemons. They are mutants, I tell you. I’ve never seen such a monstrosity in my life. At least the lemon wasn’t this huge, otherwise it would haveĀ scared the crap out of me. I figured I should bake something with it. I decided on lemon poppy seed cookies. The preparation & ingredient list was simple, which was aĀ major selling point to me. I wasn’t in the mood to be in the kitchen for hours on end.

Lemon Poppy Seed Banana CookiesĀ – adapted from The Creekside Cook

Ingredients:

MakesĀ aboutĀ 4 dozen small cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
Ā¾ cup granulated sugar
Ā¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
2Ā½ cups all-purpose flour
Ā¾ teaspoon salt
Ā½ teaspoon baking powder
Ā½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
2 medium sized bananas (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350Āŗ.
Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat.

In a large bowl, sift your dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda). Add poppy seeds & use a whisk toĀ mix them all together.
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Use a stand mixer to cream butter and sugars togetherĀ until fluffy (~1-2 minutes).

Add eggs one at a time & beat each egg until it is incorporated.

Add vanilla & lemon zest & mix.

Add your dry ingredients into the butter mixture & mix until combined (do not over mix).

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I have a small cookie scoop (about 1 tablespoon each), so I made more than 3 dozen cookies as stated in the original recipe. Place each scoop an inch away from each other on the baking sheet.

Bake for 11 minutes (may be longer if you have a larger cookie scoop), rotate pan halfway through until the edges are browned. The time depends on your oven.

Take them out & slide the cookies off the baking sheet onto a cooling rack. Let them cool completely. They can be stored in an air tight container for about a week.

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The cookie is not as chewy as I would have liked, but they are still delicious. The poppy seeds add a nice crunchy texture to each chew. The cookies are 2 bite sized. Theyā€™re not very sweet & would make a perfect treat with a cold glass of lemonade on a warm spring day. My 2 friends nearly devoured 20 of them within 15 minutes.

Somewhere in the middle of baking, hubby told me they would taste better with bananas. Given that brilliant idea, I decided to mash my cookie dough in between a slice of bananas.

Banana version 1 – Scoop dough onto Silpat, with slightly damp fingers, flatten first layer, add sliced banana, scoop dough on top then pat down all sides to cover banana. Bake 14 minutes.

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The MIL really liked this version. She loved the taste of the lemon. I’m not quite sure if she noticed there was a piece of banana in the middle. Hahaha The banana incorporated so well with the cookie that you might not even notice the banana in the middle. It makes the cookie more moist, which was very pleasant.

Banana version 2 – Just plop cookie dough down, add banana & plop cookie dough on top without flattening. Bake 14 minutes.

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Hubby & I preferred this version that I decided to concoct on the fly. The banana added a surprise to your bite. Since they are technically 2 cookies, the one on the bottom bakes faster & gets a crunchy bottom, while the top cookie stays soft. The banana stays soft in the middle & peeks out between the 2 cookies, which makes for an interesting looking cookie. The cookie has a nice contrast of textures. You get the best of both worlds; a crunchy & soft cookie all in one.

The banana versions do not keep as well since there’s more moisture trapped inside the cookie. Once you put them into an airtight container, they lose their crunchy bottoms. I’ve decided not to leave them out too long at room temperature because I’m afraid the banana might rot, so I’ve left them in the fridge. They retained their soft cookie structure, but they’ve definitely lostĀ the crunchiness that I so crave.

Let me know how you like this cookie. ENJOY!

Smores Pop Tutorial

Smores Pop Tutorial by ilovemunkie

Most everyone loves smores, but sometimes things get a little sticky when you make it the conventional way. I’ve found a great idea by making Smores Pops instead. This is a really fun & easy project to do at home. This is very kid-friendly so you can get the kiddies involved & they will love you so much more for it. They may make a little mess, but they can always lick it up. This is also a wonderful favor to give away at bridal showers, birthday parties, &Ā even at a wedding.

Ingredients:
1 bag of Large Marshmallows
1 bag of chocolate Candy MeltsĀ (12 oz) or chocolate chips
1 box of Graham Crackers
1 bag of Lollipop SticksĀ (you’ll need about 50 sticks)
1 bag of clear Favor BagsĀ (optional)
String (optional)

Line a baking sheet with foil. You will lay your final product on the baking sheet.

Open up your bag of marshmallows. Try not to eat one right then & there. *sigh* No one ever listens. šŸ˜‰

Open your graham crackers & place them into a zip-lock bag. You can crush them by pounding them with a rolling pin or even putting them into a food processor. It’s up to you if you have aggression to let out that day or not. I like the crumbs fairly small so they adhere better.

Start a double boiler over the stove. You will use a saucepan & boil some water. Turn the heat to low & put a heat resistant bowl on top. Be careful, the bowl will get hot. Put your Candy Melts or chocolate in there & mix with a spatula until all the chocolate have melted. You can keep your chocolate over the heat. Just make sure the burner is on low at this point otherwise you’ll burn the chocolate.

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When your chocolateĀ is completely melted (no lumps), you can begin your assembly line.

1) Take marshmallow & dip into the chocolate.
2) Now dip that into the graham cracker mixture.
3) Insert Lollipop stick into the end with chocolate & graham crackers. Lay on the baking sheet.
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4) Repeat. When all of them are done, you may want to put it into the fridge to ensure the chocolate is set.
5) Optional ā€“ put 2 Smores Pop into a favor bag & tie with string.
6) Optional ā€“ You can very, very carefully use your gas stove top to melt the marshmallows, but please have adult supervision. And if youā€™re an adult, just donā€™t burn off your eyebrows, okay?!?

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Easy Peasy & it’s so cute!
ENJOY!

Where to purchase products:
Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts
Lollipop Sticks
Marshmallows
Graham Crackers
Favor Bags

Moist Banana Muffin Recipe

I made this recipe this past weekend & it looked to be a success.

Moist Banana Muffin RecipeĀ  adapted from Taste of Home

Ingredients
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5Ā medium ripe bananas
1 egg
1/3 cupĀ olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6oz Greek Yogurt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamonĀ – optional
1/4 teaspoon nutmegĀ – optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans (reserve 4 tablespoons to sprinkle on top of batter) – optional

Pre-heat oven to 375Ā°.

In a large bowl, sift flour & combineĀ dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg). Use a whisk to make sure the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

In another bowl, mash the bananas. Add egg, oil, Greek yogurtĀ and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold the pecans into the mixture.

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Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cupsĀ 3/4 full. Sprinkle your remaining pecans on top of each muffin.

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Bake at 375Ā° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Check at 15 minutes, then continue to check every minute or so because you don’t want it to overbake. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield:Ā 2 dozen (medium sized muffin liners).

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Now you have breakfast for your whole family that is healthy & delicious. The kiddies get some fruit in their diet. Just make sure your kids aren’t allergic to pecans. If they are, you can just omit them. They taste best when you’ve cooled them a bit. I hear you can freeze these too, so you can just grab one & pop it in the microwave when on the go for a quick breakfast.

ENJOY!