I have a confession to make, I get into different workout trends about every other month! Not that I’m super proud of it but I can tell you from experience, for the most part there is no one workout that will instantly melt the fat away (apparently it takes time). Although the latest, P90X, which is definitely passed its trendy time, actually seems to be making a difference. It could be because the friend that passed these DVDs over insisted on me taking the nutrition guide to follow along. Now I would assume you all know me well enough to know I couldn’t bring myself to stick to the P90X recipes. I mean i will work for food, but good food. Ironically the book has inspired some better choices to fuel my body for the gruesome workouts. I have stayed within the amount of each food group I’m supposed to eat, but…. I foodied it up a bit (yes, I know I made that word up). That being said, I have been missing baked goods terribly, prime example this week I paid 5 dollars just to get a brownie I could eat (gluten free and sweetened with agave), needless to say it was devoured in under 30 seconds. My name is Ashley and I have a problem, I am addicted to sweets. They say that’s the first step, right? No….. I think the first step must be to make changes, I shall never give up sweets. For example, there is a recipe with banana and protein powder in a smoothie in the mornings that isn’t bad. So what I did was adapt a smoothie recipe to a Paleo friendly breakfast bread packed full of protein and fiber, but seriously good! You know I don’t joke about food, seriously it’s good!
Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
2 Tbsp coconut oil melted (plus additional to grease the pan)
3 Tbsps honey
1 Tbsp apple butter
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
2 Tbsps flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup coconut milk
3 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup extra dark chocolate chips chopped
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Prepare loaf pan (9 by 4) by greasing with coconut oil In a mixing bowl, mix wet ingredients (coconut oil, eggs, honey, apple butter) until smooth In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients (coconut flour, almond flour, protein powder, flaxseed meal, baking soda, sea salt), then add it to the dry mixture In one last bowl mash up the bananas and coconut milk, then add the mash in with the batter. Once mixed smooth add the chocolate chips. Now pop it in the oven and wait 50 minutes or until the bread springs back up when touched.
Hint! I have shopped for all kinds of baking ingredients and a lot of them have cost… Well… More than I’d ever like to admit. I have recently discovered the bins at Sprouts… Bins… Like by the candy bins. The prices are about half of the repackaged ones across the store. I knew I loved Sprouts grocery stores but this just pushed them to the top of my list!
And…. Before you know it your house smells wonderful and the bread is ready! I recommend letting it cool but I mean seriously….. If your baking this you obviously practicing enough will power with your healthy lifestyle.. Plus when you smell this bread fresh out of the oven, waiting on it to cool could bring a entirely new meaning to practicing will power.
Last lather a slice in butter (cultured because that makes it healthy…right?) and enjoy!