whole wheat oatmeal applesauce banana bread

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Oh how I love a good healthy banana bread, so when I came across this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen, of course I had to bake it up. No butter, no oil, no sugar, and I think that’s awesome! …just full of good ingredients! It’s great at breakfast time or served as a snack. Either way, we can hardly wait for it to cool before slicing into it!

What you need:

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1 heaping cup banana, mashed
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or skim milk, coconut milk, etc.)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (optional)

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine mashed banana, applesauce, honey, egg, almond milk, vanilla. Mix until all ingredients are well combined and creamy.

In a separate medium bowl, using a whisk, combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle oats over top if you like, and bake for 60-70 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean from centre of loaf. It’s okay to have a few crumbs attached to toothpick.

Place on wire rack to cool. When loaf has cooled completely, slice and enjoy! Wrap loaf tightly so it stays nice and fresh (should keep for about 3 days).

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Recipe courtesy: Ambitious Kitchen

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so good chocolate cake

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This chocolate cake is perfect! It’s definitely very chocolate-y but not too sweet, and literally takes just a few minutes to make.  It’s quite moist too- must be because of the added coffee.  So good!

What you need:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup cold, strong, brewed coffee

What you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour an 8 inch cake pan (I used a bundt pan lightly coated with cooking spray).

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.  Add flour mixture, alternating with coffee. Now beat just until incorporated.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into centre of cake comes out clean.

Suggestions for frosting: chocolate or coffee icing. I like it sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar.

Recipe adapted from: allrecipes (J. Miller)

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