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VeganMoFo 2011 #4: Innocent Banana Bread

In Nutrition Bliss on October 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Last week I got a little overzealous at Whole Foods and bought an arsenal of organic bananas for my morning smoothies. However, my mornings did not go as planned and I ended up with some dangerously ripe extras on my hands– thus, some banana bread had to be made! However, I really did not want to take some perfectly healthy fruit and screw it up with a ton of refined sugar so I pulled out a recipe I have had success with before by Christine Frazier from the No Meat Athlete . I love this recipe! Yummy, moist banana bread with coconut confetti that does not make me feel like I just ate a brick– yes please!

One thing that makes this recipe unique is that is is sweetened with stevia. Stevia is a 0 calorie sweetener extracted from a plant and it is natural (unlike some of the other calorie free sweeteners that have been sparking controversy lately). Japan is currently the top consumer of stevia and has been using the stuff  forever (even Coca-Cola uses it over there) — it is currently approved as a dietary supplement in the US.
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VeganMoFo 2011 #3: Healthy (Easy) Chocolate Mousse

In Nutrition Bliss on October 9, 2011 at 3:24 am

Whenever fall comes around, I am somehow programmed to buy cans of pureed pumpkin from the grocery store. I never have a plan for them– and I am not even a particularly good baker, but I know I will come across a recipe that will make me wish I had some. My hoarding tendencies have also been exacerbated by the pumpkin shortage last year– I just fear that I will find myself pumpkin-less and forced to buy the junk for exorbitant prices via some black-market dealer in some dark alley (people are ruthless).  Today, I was glad for my finely tuned seasonal shopping instinct, because I came across a recipe for a healthy chocolate mousse that called for pumpkin– and I happened to be craving something chocolatey……and I have been trying to eat healthier….what are the odds????

I found this recipe in a book titled Must Have Been Something I Ate by Peggy Kotsopoulos. Ironically, while I bought this book mainly for the recipes, I ultimately found it to be more valuable because of the nutritional information it contains. It really breaks down the facts regarding why certain foods are good or bad. So if you are not sleeping so great, hate the world, want to eat a dozen donuts and cry your eyes out (heh), or do not fit into your Miss Thang jeans– there could most definitely be a nutritional fix to your dilemma!

I have to admit, I have come across this recipe a few times– and I was really dubious as to whether or not it would be any good. It just seemed too easy! I recently had a particularly unfortunate experience with some grain free chocolate cupcakes that fed my trash can, so I went into this recipe with a lot of emotional culinary baggage.  Luckily it was easy, so I knew I could handle any negative outcome without any tears or remorse. In the end, the result was positive! I ended up with a creamy, satisfying hit of chocolate– a perfect sweet treat! However, I think this recipe may be reserved for the cooler months– I really have trouble eating pumpkin any other time of  year.
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