Marble Banana Bread

What do you do when you come home from a week away and you have SUPER ripe bananas sitting on your counter? Make banana bread! I’ve made just about every banana bread there is to make, but on my quest to make a different NOBREAD Bread each week, I’ve discovered a new recipe!

Marble breads are beautiful, and flavorful, so I figured why not kick my banana bread game up a notch, and use unsweetened cocoa powder to make a beautiful marble banana bread? You will see in my ingredient shot below a bowl of chia… I was going to use chia “eggs” and make the bread vegan, but then I realized this may mess with my color scheme, and I switched it out for traditional organic eggs!

What You Will Need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 Cups almond flour
  • 2T coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
  • 3T unsweetened Cocoa powder

What You Will Do:

  • In a large bowl, combine your wet ingredients (3 ripe bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla)
  • In a small bowl, combine your dry ingredients EXCEPT the cocoa powder (almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt)

  • Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix.

  • Once combined, your mixture will measure to about 3 Cups. Pour 1.5 Cups in one bowl, and 1.5 Cups in the other.

  • Add 3T Cocoa Powder to ONE of the bowls, and combine.
  • Line your bread pan with parchment paper. Pour scoops of each bowl into the bread pan so that the colors rotate.

  • With a knife, swirl your mixture!

  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean!

  • Slice and serve! Each bite in unique, with flavors of almond, coconut, banana, and chocolate! I mean… what more could you want!

To be honest, I’ve seen prettier marble swirls… but I’d like to think this was a great first try!! I’ll work on my knife skills for my next marble cake. If anyone has any tips, let me know!

Garden Lites

Time to get PERSONAL.

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Eight years ago I was diagnosed with my gluten-allergy and put on an elimination diet that removed gluten, dairy, soy, fruit, nuts, and anything artificial from my life. So what did I eat? All-things bland and plain! Sliced turkey, rotisserie chicken, steamed vegetables, egg whites… oh and I can’t forget rice cakes!! During this time, I was in my third year at Cornell University, where there was Wegman’s, a.k.a my savior. One day while roaming around Wegman’s, I stumbled upon Garden Lites soufflés. The soufflés were gluten, dairy, soy, and nut-free, and had SO many good-for-you flavors and ingredients packed into one little box I immediately purchased a few! The soufflés were light yet filling, and added much needed flavor into my diet.

The cool thing about Garden Lites, too, is that veggies are the first ingredient in all products.  Garden Lites is on a mission to create DELICIOUS foods that are truly healthy, and what’s even better than their flavor combos is that they take just minutes in a microwave to make, and if frozen, still take just minutes to cook!

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I’ve followed Garden Lites over the last 8 years, and watching them grow and develop has been amazing. They recognized the importance of gluten-free YEARS before it was cool to recognize it, and for that they will forever have my loyalty. Currently, I’m obsessing over their line of muffins! They are Non-GMO, Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free, and they come in Chocolate, Blueberry Oat, Banana Chocolate Chip, Carrot Berry, and Superfood Veggie. If you’re wondering what the first ingredient is in the Banana Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Muffins… its zucchini! P.S. In this post you’ll see limited pictures of the Banana Chocolate Chip, and that’s because I ate most of them before it was time to shoot pics!

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To cook the muffins, place the microwavable bag in the microwave for 10 seconds if defrosted, and 35 seconds if frozen! That’s it! The muffins are smaller than the size of your palm, about ~100 calories, and high in fiber and whole grains! Wait, I said they’re delicious, right?! You would never know you’re essentially eating vegetables in muffin form, and the egg whites and oats add just the right amount of protein so they are the prefect breakfast or midday snack. Other gluten-free offerings from Garden Lites include Veggie Bakes and Waffles!

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If you don’t see Garden Lites at a store near you, you can buy them on TheHealthFoodStore.com !! To see where you can purchase Garden Lites products, check out their store locater, here! You’ll also find a coupon for a discount off your next purchase!

** For the month of May in honor of Celiac Awareness month the Classic Cooking team is donating 1% of all online sales at TheHealthFoodStore.com to Celiac Disease Foundation. The CDF Team Gluten-Free name and logo and Celiac Disease Foundation name are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of this product or service.

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KIND “Raise the Bar” CONTEST!

How cool is THIS?! Have you ever wanted to have say in the new flavor of one of your favorite companies?! Well for the first time ever, KIND will empower fans to choose its next bar flavor in a nationwide “Raise the Bar” contest. Four potential innovations — Sangria, Spiced Fig, Sweet Pretzel Crunch and Sesame Seaweed — will go head-to-head starting May 9th through May 31st. Anyone can vote, and the winning flavor will be announced in mid-June. The most exciting piece – 1,000 people who vote for the winning flavor will be selected at random, and actually get some bars sent their way!

I’m loving Seaweed right now… so Sesame Seaweed is getting my vote!!

Vote for which Limited Flavor Edition you would like to see next, here! 

www.kindsnacks.com/raisethebar

#KINDRaiseTheBar

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NUTRO™: Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO sponsored series for Socialstars™.

If you follow NOBREAD, it’s pretty clear we are very particular about what we put in our bodies. From eating the healthiest gluten-free food to some of our most recent content about ketosis, it’s important for us to fuel our daily lives with only the best products this earth has to offer. It would only make sense we treated our furry friends the same way.

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While it is rare but possible for dogs to have Celiac Disease, it is even more common for them to develop intolerances to the protein. As it turns out, there are some undeniable truths about gluten that hold true regardless of the species. Probably the most poignant point is that gluten is a known inflammatory – this especially includes gut inflammation, which we can imagine is just as uncomfortable for a dog as it is a human.

We recently found out about a pet food brand whose product takes into account all our feelings on the subject. Case and point, NUTRO™’s philosophy is NUTRO. FEED CLEAN.™ If that doesn’t have NOBREAD written all over it, we don’t know what does.

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NUTRO™ has designed a dog food that is made without GMOs, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Plus, some of their products are completely grain-free. For example, the first ingredient in their NUTRO™ Limited Ingredient Grain Free Venison Meal & Sweet Potato flavor is venison meal – as it should be. Trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing.

This recipe is also free from corn and soy, which can upset the tummies of some dogs. Corn and soy happen to be common allergens in humans, too. Isn’t it a coincidence how similar the digestive tracts are between dogs and humans?

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At the end of the day, it only makes sense to be equally as passionate about what we feed ourselves as what we feed our pets. While they might not have to bop around for meetings or hold a 9-5 job, fun play time and an exhausting day at the dog park requires some serious fuel.

Coconut Vanilla Smoothie made with Vitamix

There is so much more to our food than its physical contents. To me, food is about love. I’m currently living in LA, apart from my best friend, my Mom. Every morning, my mom and I make a breakfast smoothie using our Vitamin, and check in to compare what ingredients we are using that week, often trying to one up each other on whose smoothie is more creative. It’s so funny how a simple breakfast can make such a big distance feel so small. In fact, when I go back to NYC next, I’ve built in a day or two where I can stay with my mom, partially because I’m so excited to do our morning routines together!

THE OTHER LOVE LANGUAGE is a series of two videos featuring a chef who has been inspired, motivated, and encouraged by a person in their life whom they’ve never taken the opportunity to recognize or thank. We meet each chef, and then watch them as they surprise the person who helped get them there with a meal prepared with love, gratitude, and a Vitamix. I can totally relate, and in honor of the video, I’m featuring my Mom and I’s favorite smoothie recipe!!

For our gratitude inspired recipe, You Will Need:

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2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk (I use So Delicious)
1/2T Chia Seeds
1T Coconut Oil
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use Tone It Up’s Perfect Fit)
Optional: 1 Packet Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
A Vitamix!

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What You Will Do:
Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, seal, and liquify!
I leave the Vitamin on for ~30 seconds, because I like for all my chia seeds to be fully dissolved.

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And just like that, your smoothie is complete!

Chocolate Molds with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips!

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Have you ever wondered how to make a chocolate mold? I don’t know about you, but every Easter growing up my mom bought an Easter Bunny mold, and before devouring the bunny I always wondered how it was made! Yes, I know, I was a curious little one. Well recently, while playing around with my Enjoy Life Baking chocolates, I realized just HOW easy molds are to make!

With Easter coming up, I figured a bunny mold, like the one I loved so much as a kid, would be the perfect mold to make. In searching online for the perfect bunny, I realized there is basically a mold out there for everything. Every holiday, season, occasion… you name it, there’s a mold for it! So if you don’t celebrate Easter, or just don’t like bunnies, you can make flowers, hearts, footballs and more!

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What You Will Need:
3 Bags of Enjoy Life Mega Chunks Chocolate Chips
A mold of your choosing!
Optional: 1-3T Coconut Oil

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What You Will Do:
Melt one bag of Chocolate Chips in a microwavable bowl. Cook for 90 seconds, stir, and then 30 seconds more until it is melted.
Pour your melted chocolate into the mold!
Repeat this with the remaining bags of chocolate chips until the mold is full!
For this bunny, it took me 3 bags of chocolate chips!
**Note: I have coconut oil listed as an optional ingredient. I love adding good fats, so if you want more fats with a little coconut kick, add 1T of Coconut Oil per bag of chocolate chips.
If you let your bunny sit out at room temperature, it will be nice and solid in no time at all! Place in the refrigerator for a nice, chilled bunny.
Simply remove the chocolate from the mold, and just like that, you’re done!

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KETO OS

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Let’s be real, Ketosis is a hard state to get in. Doing it naturally could take 3-4 days, and even then you may only be exerting trace to small amounts of ketones. Well, introducing exogenous ketones, like Pruvit’s Keto OS. 

WAIT WAIT! Back up! What is Ketosis?! In short, Ketosis is a process where your body metabolizes fats and turns them into ketones, which your body uses for energy. More on Ketosis, here! To put your body into Ketosis, say goodbye to carbs and sugar! Some refer to Ketosis as a ‘low-carb diet,’ as to be in ketosis you have to maintain a diet of under Net 20 Grams of carb!

If after reading about Ketosis you realize it’s the diet for you, but there is no way you can get your body into a state of Ketosis naturally, fear not! Keto OS puts your body into Ketosis within 90 minutes of drinking it. You can put the packets into your breakfast smoothies for an even more filling breakfast, or drink the powder on its own by combining a packet with 8-12 oz of water (my personal go-t0). I tend to still be a little hungry after my breakfast smoothie, so taking a Keto packet after breakfast is the best way to satisfy my cravings… especially when I drink a chocolate flavor. It’s also SO important that when you’re in Ketosis you stay incredibly hydrated, so putting my KETO packet in water is a great way to stay hydrated.

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Classic Keto OS flavors include Maui Punch, Chocolate Swirl, and Orange Dream. If you are dairy-free like myself, you’ll have to avoid the Orange Cream, but the Maui and Chocolate Swirl are fair game! I’m also newly addicted to the NEW Swiss Cacao flavor! It’s super rich and SO chocolatey, I like to mix this variety with 8 oz of water and either 1T of Coconut Oil (for added fats) or Coconut Cream.

Each flavor comes in a caffeinated and caffeine-free form! I have zero added caffeine in my diet (no real reason other than a personal choice to be caffeine-free), so I opt for the caffeine-free varieties. My favorite is the Maui Punch… it tastes JUST like the Hawaiin Punch I lived on as a kid!

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Benefits of Ketosis/taking KETO OS:

It’s important to note that our bodies naturally make ketones. So Keto OS simply enhances our bodies ability to create ketones! Keto OS contains Stevia, which is TOTALLY natural (flavoring produced from a natural leaf). It also contains beta-hydroxybutyrate, which is a ketone our body produces naturally. Beta-hydroxybutyrate puts our bodies into fat burning mode leading to these benefits:

  • Weight loss: When in ketosis, your appetite is suppressed. Weight loss can occur as a result of eating less. 
  • Athletic Performance: more energy for your workouts!! 
  • Improved Cognition: Allows blood to flow to the brain
  • Anti Inflammatory properties 

GET INVOLVED!!

If you’re ready to start sign up, here! 
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And if you have any questions, PLEASE REACH OUT! I’ve been on the packets for 2 months now, and did A TON of my own research before getting involved, so I’m happy to share what I’ve learned! Email me: Nicole@nobread.com

 

Ketosis: Why I did it. Or do it…

KETOSIS. If you’re in the health and wellness world in any capacity you’ve probably heard the term, Ketosis. So what the hell is it? Ketosis is a process where your body metabolizes fats and turns them into ketones, which your body uses for energy. To put your body into Ketosis, say goodbye to carbs and sugar! Some refer to Ketosis as a ‘low-carb diet,’ as to be in ketosis you have to maintain a diet of under Net 20 Grams of carb! Net Carb= Total Carb in Food – Total Fiber.

Okay so REAL TALK. WHY did I want to try Ketosis? For a few months now I’ve been feeling bad. Reacting to the slightest bit of gluten, feeling permanently bloated, gaining weight, brain fog, crazy anxiety… I’ll stop there. People kept telling me I must have been feeling stressed, or maybe “I ate something.” Dammit, no. I know my body… something was up. The kicker was the weight gain. See, I was eating CRAZY healthy. You know, a banana and nut-butter for breakfast, a tray of roasted veggies for lunch, and more or less the same for dinner. My snacks were a serving of potato or corn chips. Ah and I guess I wasn’t totally healthy; by now we all know about my sweet tooth and love for chocolate.

Well I was having lunch with my FRIEND and nutritionist, Kelly LeVeque, and I was telling her about all of my symptoms! In a nutshell she told me my body was running on carbs, and carbs turn into glucose in your body, so my body was using sugar for energy. She told me I need to be on a high fat/moderate protein/ LOW CARB diet, and to get my body to run on energy burned from fat.

I started counting the carbs in the food I was eating. 
Breakfast: Banana and Peanut Butter (26 Net Carb +5 Net Carb)
Brussels Sprouts: 1 Sprout= 1 Net Carb. So when I had 10-20 in one sitting, see-ya Ketosis! 

The verdict? Well after going through a bit of the Keto-flu (yes, this is real! While your body converts from a state of running on glucose to running on fats, you can feel some flu-like side effects), I came out the other side feeling pretty awesome! More energy, WAY LESS ANXIETY, less brain fog, and a nice de-bloat.

To be honest, I still go back and forth between whether or not Ketosis is right for me. It’s been about 2 months now. I lost the 4 pounds of bloat I was carrying around (to all my friends who had to listen to me talk about ‘gaining weight’- I knew I was right! I was bloated as F!) BUT, Ketosis is SUPER HARD TO MAINTAIN while living an active social life. I’m not one to turn down a party, or a drink, or a lavish meal, ha! That’s why I use Keto OS! Keto OS puts your body into Ketosis within 90 minutes of drinking it. By using these packets, I can stay in Ketosis, but let up a little on the diet, and sneak in that cheat. More on Keto OS here! 

People most often use Ketosis for weight lost. It’s important for me to tell you that the weight I lost was weight that had been unexpectedly put on over the last say 2-3 months, and weight that I knew was water weight. After the first week when I lost those 4 pounds of water, I haven’t lost any additional weight.

Keto OS:

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My typical Keto Meals:

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The Farmer’s Mule with Stoli Gluten Free

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I go to the Farmer’s Market every Sunday morning… even when I have no intentions of buying anything! Thankfully in LA there are Farmer’s Markets in each neighborhood, and markets are often held a couple of times during the week! When it comes to produce, it’s important to purchase the best and most local fruits and veggies, and not just for your snacking purposes. Farmer’s Market berries and produce are the secret weapon in delicious, fruity cocktails.

We all know how much I love Moscow Mule’s made with Stoli Gluten Free Vodka and Ginger Beer, and I’ve become the ultimate Mixologist with my mules! If it’s in season, it’s in my mule! Currently I am loving all of the fresh berries at the market; they are perfect for my “Farmer’s Market Mule!”

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stoliFarmer’s Market Moscow Mule with Stoli Gluten Free:

  • Stoli Gluten Free Vodka: 2 Parts
  • Lime Juice: 1/2 Part
  • Stoli Gluten Free Ginger Beer: 3 Parts
  • Small handful fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

In a shaker muddle your Farmer’s Market berries. Add ice, squeeze of lime, and Stoli Gluten Free vodka and shake well. Strain into a Stoli mug with ice, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with more berries!

Not only is this Moscow Mule super fresh, but it’s packed with antioxidants. I mean, beach season is around the corner, so this fresh cocktail is the perfect, healthy drink!

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BFree Soft White Sandwich Loaf

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I’ve tried just about every gluten-free bread on the market. Partially because my name is NOBREAD, and every bread producer and manufacturer wants me to believe that their bread is the best on the market and partially because I genuinely miss my bread-eating days. Well I’ve eaten a lot of gluten-free bread, and most of it ain’t good. I felt this way until I met BFree Foods, an Ireland based gluten-free bread company that is rapidly making its mark here in America.

I was introduced to BFree foods last July and one delivery was all it took for BFree to become my favorite brand of gluten-free bread products on the market. I’ll let you check out our review for why, but gluten-free slider buns, hot-dog buns, wraps and MORE are just part of the reason! Today I decided to play with the classic BFree Soft White Bread. Not only is this bread gluten, dairy, and egg-free, but it is high in fiber and double the size of competing GF breads. And did I mention each slice is only 70 calories?! That’s almost half of the calories of GF breads that are half its size!

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Instead of making a killer sandwich with the bread, today I decided to showcase the best use for bread… TOAST. Below are my 6 favorite breakfast toast combinations.

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Almond Butter Banana
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Butter with Gluten-Free Granola
  • Avocado Toast with Red Chile Flakes
  • Sunny Side Up Egg
  • Hummus Blueberry

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Where can you buy BFree? BFree is rapidly expanding, and you should check their store locater, here, to see what stores near you carry. Oh and great news!! The breads are now available online! (CLICK HERE)

P.S. BFree just came out with SWEET POTATO WRAPS. I’m a sweet potato addict, so I have a feeling these wraps will be a frequent purchase in the NOBREAD household.

Cauliflower Crusted Pizza

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Prep time: 20 minutes

Crust:
3 cups riced cauliflower
2 eggs
½ cup shredded mozzarella
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

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Microwave the cauliflower for 4-5 minutes or until it’s soft. After it has cooled down, pour the cauliflower into a clean dish towel and squeeze out as much water from the cauliflower as possible. This is important to do so the crust won’t be soggy.

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Transfer to a bowl and add the eggs, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper and mix together.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture out to approximately 1/4-1/3 inch thick.

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Bake in a preheated 425-degree oven until golden brown (approximately 15 minutes).
Leave the crust on the cookie sheet and add your toppings.

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Chicken Pesto Pizza:
3-4 tbsp basil pesto (recipe below)
1 diced cooked chicken breast
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella

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Pizza prep:

Spoon and spread the pesto on to the cauliflower crust. Top with the diced chicken and then top with the mozzarella. Return to the 425-degree oven and bake for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

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Pepperoni Pizza:
4 tbsp tomato/pizza sauce
¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 oz pepperoni

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Pizza prep:
Spoon and spread the pizza sauce on the cauliflower crust. Top with mozzarella cheese and then the pepperoni. Return to the 425-degree oven and bake for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

I recommend making the pesto sauce before making the cauliflower crust.

Basil Pesto: (yields 1 cup)
2 cups fresh packed basil leaves
2/3-cup olive oil
2 tbsp pignoli nuts
1 tsp minced garlic
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

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Combine all the ingredients except the Parmesan in a food processor and mix until well blended. Then add the Parmesan and pulse to combine. I usually make a double recipe of pesto and divide it into 4oz airtight containers and freeze it for up to 3 months. Refrigerated the pesto will last for up to 2 days.

 

Recipe inspired by Damn Delicious

5-Ingredient Banana Breadsticks

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What do you do when you have one banana sitting on your counter that’s going bad, and you’re running low on ingredients in your cabinet? Finish them up with this SIMPLE, 5-INGREDIENT banana bread recipe! It takes about 5 minutes to prep, 15 minutes to cook, and your belly will be content and FILLED 20 minutes later. This recipe is awesome because it uses only 5 ingredients, AND there are no added sugars! Unless you’re like me and add some dairy-free chocolate chips! Here’s how it’s done.

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What You Will Need:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Optional: dairy-free chocolate chips

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What You Will Do:

  • In a large bowl, crack and whisk your egg.
  • Add banana, mash it, and combine with egg.
  • Add maple syrup, oats, and baking soda.
  • Stir all together.
  • Pour mixture into a blender, and blend until totally combined.
  • Pour into a bread tin and cook at 350 for 15 minutes.
  • If you choose to add DF chocolate chips, add 1T to the batter that is poured into the blender, and 1T on top after the batter is poured into the bread tin.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, slice and serve!

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