Chocolate Banana Bread

Hi Everyone

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I am going to share a recipe with you that many of you who know me have already tried. It has quickly become one of my favorite and most asked about recipes. Its Chocolate Banana Bread. I buy bananas and freeze them so they are ready when I craving banana bread instead of having to wait for them to get ripe. This recipe calls for 3 ripe bananas so that how I freeze them…3 in a ziploc bag. There is nothing like the moist taste of banana bread mixed with chocolate and for an added touch of fun and flavor, you add white chocolate chips to this already delicious recipe. Here are the list of ingredients and how to make it. I hope you try to make your own version and let me know what you think!

What you need:

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup white sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 melted butter

1tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan, set aside. Combine bananas with eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Slowly add flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and baking powder until well combined and batter is thick and chunky. Fold in the chips. Bake until bread has risen and toothpick inserted comes out clean, approx 55-65 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool, then remove from pan and enjoy!!

Popcorn Seasoning…..Part One!

Going along with yesterdays theme of homemade, last night we decided to make some popcorn as a snack while we watched the season premieres of some of our favorite shows. We have an air popper and we love the freshness of it, we add a little melted low sodium margarine and usually those flavor seasonings sprinkled on top, but they are really salty and not healthy so I decided to look up homemade versions and I found lots of great ones I want to share with you I found so many I am making this post a 2 parter!!! I will write part 2 next week. This week I am going to share very simple ones you can mix together with just a few ingredients. You can store the leftovers in small glass jars in your cupboard till the next time you make a warm bowl of popcorn. So make your popcorn, melt some margarine and sprinkle with one of these mixtures:

1 Herb Shake:oregano, basil and parsley

2 Ranch:1/4tsp onion powder, 1/4tsp dried dill weed, 1/8tsp garlic salt and 1/8 tsp ground pepper OR 1tbsp dried chives, 1 tbsp dried dill weed, 1tbsp dried parsley, 2tsp onion powder, 1tsp garlic salt, 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder

3 Taco Seasoning Mix

4 Sweet:cinnamon and brown sugar

5 Sweet Tex Mix: brown sugar and chili powder

6 Pizza:3tsp dried basil, 2tsp dried oregano, 1tsp dried italian seasoning, 1tsp crushed red pepper, 1 tsp garlic salt, 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese( store any leftovers of this one in the refrigerator)

7 Sugar and Spice: 2tbsp dried rosemary, 2 tsp sea salt, 3 tsp butter flavor seasoning, 2 tsp red pepper, 1tsp black peppercorns, 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

8 Salt and Vinegar: spritz popcorn lightly with vinegar and sprinkle with salt

9 Chili: 2tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp cumin, 1tsp garlic salt

10 Dill: 1 package dry ranch dressing mix and dried dill weed

11 Dill Pickle: 1tbsp salt, 1tbsp dill weed, 1 tbsp dried parsley, 1tbsp dried chives, 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt

12 Smore: 2/3 cup chocolate malted milk powder, 1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs, 2tbsp instant nonfat milk powder, 2 tbsp icing sugar, 2 tbsp powdered vanilla

I hope you find one or two you would like to try, if you do let me know how it turned out and if you have any of your own that you like I would love for you to share your recipe with us! Next week I will share a few more that I have found, they are definitely worth waiting for( here is a sample:pink candy corn and caramel popcorn bake).

Homemade

Everyone knows homemade taste better than store bought. But nowadays its all about convenience. But with convenience we are sacrificing taste and nutrition. Almost 2 years ago my husband was diagnosed with high blood pressure, he was told to cut out as much salt as possible. The time we spent in the grocery store doubled, we checked the nutrition label on everything and we were blown away by what we read. Sodium is added to everything, especially processed foods in order to prolong their shelf lives. Some of our favorite products contained half or almost all of the reccomended daily intake of sodium. Needless to say we dont buy those products anymore. Companies are getting better and alot of them now offer reduced sodium versions but you have to be careful of the expiry date! I have always loved cooking and baking and experimenting with new recipes, so over the last year and half or so I have been finding and trying different recipes similiar to some of our favorite items that we have cut out on because of the sodium. And with most of the items, I will never go back to store bought again! I am lucky I am a stay at home wife who has lots of time to do this, but we all have a little time to try something. and we have found in the long run we are saving money!!!  I have found that canning and freezing makes my life simpler. In the fall I pickle beets, dill pickles, relish, salsa. I make jams with berries and freeze extra, especially blueberries!! I freeze all extra bananas for banana bread. I make all my own sweets, no store bought cookies here! I have made my own crackers and chips. My crockpot has become one of my most loved kitchen tools. Its a great way to make a meal without spending a lot of time. I have made soups, stews, lasgana, meatloaf, roast, chickens and even an apple pie in mine. A great way to save time during the busy work week is to cook a couple casserole meals or crock pot meal on the weekend and freeze them for later in the week, just take it out of the freezer and pop it in the oven, so much better than a store bought frozen meal. On Saturday mornings in my house we have homemade waffles, I make extra and freeze them in 2s in ziploc bags for  an easy  and quick breakfast during the week. Another item I have almost completely stopped buying at the grocery store is salad dressing. There are so many great dressing and sauce recipes out there. They taste so much better and fresher than store bought. I recently found a recipe for homemade ceaser salad dressing and homemade croutons, they are sooo good, and so simple to make, I dont think I will ever buy another bottle of ceaser salad dressing again! I used to cheat when it came to pie, I would buy the frozen premade crusts, mot anymore! Next adventure for me is making homemade bread and rolls, I will be sharing this experience here with you in the coming days! I always thought it was hard work making things from scratch but I have quickly learned its worth the extra time to make things myself. Everything taste better, fresher and is so much more healthy for us. So if you are new to this, take your time, try one thing at a time. I want this blog to inspire you to try making something  from scratch that you always buy premade. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of the recipes I discussed here, and sharing some of my time saving tips! If you try any of my recipes or have any of your own “homemade” stories please fell free to share them here or on the facebook page! Cant wait to hear from you!

 

Blueberry Muffins!

Hi Everyone,

I debated last night about which of my favorite recipes to share with you first. I decided I should share the first thing I ever baked and make to this day! When I was a teenager I found this recipe in one of my moms old cookbooks and decided to try it. When I was in Esthetic school I made a batch of these to take to the girls and they were a hit! It was my first real experience with baking and with others enjoying what I had made, I guess you could say it started my baking addiction! Its a very simple recipe and the blueberries could be exchanged for any other berry or even chocolate chips if you wanted.

Here’s what you need to make these delicious Blueberry Muffins:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup shortening

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cup flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup blueberries

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl cream the sugar and shortening together, add egg and milk until blended. Add the flour and baking powder and mix together. Fold in blueberries. Grease or line a muffin tin and fill about 3/4 full. Bake for approx 20-25 minutes, let cool and enjoy!

If you have any questions about this recipe or have any questions or request for a certain recipe leave a comment below. And if you try this recipe for yorself let me know how it turned out!!!

Hello Bakers!

Hi! My name is Heather and I am a baking addict! My passion is cooking and baking. Whether its a cake, a pie, a casserole or a simple sunday morning breakfast I love food and more importantly I love sharing it with my friends and family. I love finding new recipes and trying them, and perfecting them. So with this blog I plan on sharing some of my favorite recipes, trying new ones with you, sharing some tips and tricks I have learned and hopefully you can share some of you favorite recipes with me and some of your experinces in your own kitchens. I cant wait to start cooking!!