Banana Bread

Banana Bread

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Banana Bread
Diet Level:4
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 50 Minutes or 2-4 Hours (depending on method used)
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Thick Slices
Ingredients
Diet Level:4
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Instructions
Oven Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  4. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Slow Cooker Method
  1. Start by finding a loaf pan that fits inside your slow cooker. It may not sit perfectly in the bottom, but you may prop it up on some balls of foil, and it will fit just snuggly at the top. If you don't have a loaf pan you may pour the batter directly into the bottom of your slow cooker. Spray either the loaf pan, or the bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (or if you are starting with whole oats instead of oat flour, you could throw everything in a blender to mix, blending until mixture is smooth).
  3. Pour mixture into prepared bread pan and place bread pan in slow cooker. (If you are not using a pan, pour batter directly into slow cooker.) Place a dish cloth or 2 thick paper towels over the top of the slow cooker. Place lid snugly on top of towel, (the towel helps prevent moisture from forming on the lid, and making the bread wet).
  4. Cook for 3-4 hours on HIGH heat (depending on your slow cooker, and if you are cooking it in a loaf pan versus the bottom of the slow cooker, which would take less time). Cook just until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool and slice into 8 slices.
  6. Enjoy, or store leftovers in fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month.
Recipe Notes

NOTE ON BAKING BLENDS:

JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is a good one to use in recipes. The reviews on Amazon are great as well.  It only has the two ingredients listed in the name: Erythritol and Stevia. It is non-GMO and organic. While erythritol IS a sugar alcohol, it does not cause the digestive issues of other sugar alcohols and has been approved by the FDA. Also, when purchasing, be sure to watch labels for non-GMO and organic erythritol.

SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix (click on name to go to Amazon purchase link) is great for recipes as well. It has stevia and raw organic cane sugar as its ingredients. This brand is non-GMO and contains no sugar alcohols. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar, minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. 

Both erythritol and stevia (by itself) are sugar-free and neither raises blood sugar at all. However, the biggest difference comes in the form of taste. Stevia is super sweet. It’s 250 to 300 times as sweet as sugar. That’s why it has a bit of that artificial sweetener aftertaste, even though it comes from a natural source. Erythritol is much less sweet, coming in at 60 to 80 percent as sweet as sugar.

Sooooo, if you process ALL the information out there regarding sugar substitutes...and, believe me, there is A LOT of information out there...here is the bottom line---QUANTITY MATTERS!  It always does, right?

If you are going to have a treat once a week, then either one of the above baking blends is a great choice for you. Neither one of them is going to send you into a diabetic coma! They both taste great substituted in recipes. They are BOTH a much better choice than table sugar!

NOTE ON DIET LEVELS:
This recipe is marked as a "Diet Level 4" recipe and is also marked as "sugar-free." However, if you are going to use the SweetLeaf SugarLeaf Sugar Mix, then you would, technically, NOT be within a "sugar-free" diet level. Only utilizing the JoJo Erythritol Stevia Baking Blend would keep you within the sugar-free boundaries.

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Flourless Banana Pancakes

Here’s a great way to use up those ripe bananas. You know the ones…no one wants to eat them because they are just a little too ripe, but you can’t quite make yourself toss them in the trash? Yeah…those:) You’ll actually get best results with this recipe if you use those ripe bananas: go for the ones that already have brown spots.

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Flourless Banana Pancakes
Diet Level:6
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Category Breakfasts
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Category Breakfasts
Diet Level 6: Clean Eating
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Serving
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Diet Level:6
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Instructions
  1. Crack the eggs in a bowl and whisk them.
  2. In another bowl, lightly mash the bananas with a potato masher or a fork.
  3. Add the egg, the baking powder, the vanilla, and the cinnamon to the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
  4. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the batter at a time onto a skillet placed over a medium-low heat and cook until the bottom appears set (1 to 2 minutes). Flip with a spatula and cook another minute. NOTE: With just eggs as a binder, you’ll also find it easier if you make smaller pancakes, as big ones have a tendency to break apart when they’re flipped.
  5. Serve immediately, topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup, if desired.
Recipe Notes

The recipe calls for vanilla extract and cinnamon, but you could add whatever spices you like. Bananas make a great vehicle for just about anything. The instructions also give amounts for one person, but it’s easy to modify for a group; just use the ratio of 2 eggs:1.5 bananas. For example, for four people, you would use 8 eggs and 6 bananas.

To make this a sugar-free Diet Level recipe, simply use sugar-free maple syrup. You can go HERE to find my recommendation for a brand without additives.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are healthy and full of chocolate goodness!  In fact, I’ve heard they might even be more delicious than a real cupcake. They are full of clean ingredients and so easy to whip up!

Love the little white cupcake holders in the picture? You can purchase them on Amazon. HERE is the link!

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Chocolate Cupcakes
Diet Level:1
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
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Mini Muffins
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes
Servings
Mini Muffins
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Diet Level:1
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend on high for about 2 minutes to form a nice batter.
  3. Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes. (Check after 15 minutes. The tops should be firmer to the touch, puffed up similar to a soufflé. They may need 18 minutes.)
  5. Let cool on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

You can store in an airtight container for up to three days. If you opted to bake six larger cupcakes, increase cooking time to 20–25 minutes.

Cinnamon-Cacao Coconut Custard

Cinnamon-Cacao Coconut Custard

Recipes that satisfy chocolate cravings, without compromising your health are hard to find!  This recipe definitely fills that void!!

Raw cacao powder contains magnesium, calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, sulfur and nearly twenty times the antioxidants found in blueberries. This combination of powerful phytochemicals has been linked to improving heart function, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing cancer risk. Consumption of cacao has also been shown to positively affect emotional health by increasing serotonin and theobromine levels, positively impacting mood and promoting relaxation and contentment.

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Cinnamon-Cacao Coconut Custard
Diet Level:1
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Category Desserts, Snacks
Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
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Category Desserts, Snacks
Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
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Servings
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Diet Level:1
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Instructions
  1. Pour ½ cup water into a small dish with gelatin. Let set until gelatin is spongy, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. In a high-speed blender, blend avocado, coconut cream, cacao, bananas, cinnamon, vanilla powder and sea salt until thoroughly combined.
  3. Warm gelatin on the stovetop or in the microwave for about 30 seconds, not allowing it to boil.
  4. Remove gelatin from heat and mix in cacao coconut mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. Place in individual ramekins and chill in refrigerator, until set (at least 4 hours, or overnight).
  6. Serve chilled.
Recipe Notes

Optional: Garnish with fresh berries, unsweetened cacao nibs, and/or unsweetened shredded coconut.

See CHALLENGE APPROVED FOODS page for recommendation for Collagen Gelatin, Vanilla Powder, and Cacao Powder.

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