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Cherrylicious!

Hi Everyone! How’s your Sunday going? Can you believe tomorrow is March?!

As I said in my post before, February is National Cherry Month! So, since today is the last day of February, I figured I’d post a recipe featuring Cherries! I basically just came up with this recipe by throwing a bunch of random ingredients in a bowl, and baking it…. and it came out really good! Here it is:

Choco-Cherry and Spice Banana Bread

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all–purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup sugar (I used 1 /2 cup NuNaturals Sweetener Stevia Baking Blend + 1/4 cup brown sugar)

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 mashed bananas

3/4 cup frozen cherries + 1 tbsp flour + 1 tsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp vanilla (I used NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia)

1/3 cup egg whites

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 tsp ginger

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray pan an 8×8 pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder.

In another medium sized bowl, mash together banana, cinnamon, and ground ginger.

Once combined, stir in egg whites, applesauce, and vanilla.

Set aside. Then, in a smaller bowl combine the cherries, flour, and cocoa powder. The flour will coat the cherries, and keep them from sinking too the bottom of the bread when baking, and the cocoa powder just ensures optimal chocolate flavor!

Next, combine flour mixture and banana mixture in an electric mixer, or by hand, until just blended.

Fold in cherries and chocolate chips. If you are using an electric mixer, do not use it for this part, or the cherries will become mush! Stir them in by hand.

Pour into prepared pan, and bake in oven for about 30 min, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean!

Slice, and DEVOUR! This is sooo good! The cocoa powder and spices blend perfectly together, and the bananas make it super moist! And you can’t forget about the big chunks of cherries and gooey chocolate chips – which are like little treasures hidden throughout the whole bread!

Now tell me that isn’t drool worthy?! Cherries are possibly my favorite things… ever. 🙂

There were also some featured products in this recipe:

NuNaturals NuStevia Sweetener Stevia Baking Blend, and NuNaturals Pure Liquid Alcohol Free Vanilla Stevia!

Overall Score: 5/5

This was my first time using the Stevia Baking Blend, and I really liked it! I really don’t like artificial sweeteners at all, and much prefer just using regular sugar in my recipes, but Stevia is a totally different story! It’s all natural, and isn’t harmful to your health like other artificial sweeteners can be! Here’s more info about it from the NuNaturals website:

NuNaturals NuStevia Sweetener™ Stevia Baking Blend™ is a revolutionary new ingredient that can be added to recipes to increase the fiber in cakes, cookies and other baked goods. NuStevia Sweetener™ contains multiple fibers that each work in different ways to help your digestive tract function better and stay healthy. NuStevia Sweetener™ contains both soluble and insoluble fibers. Insoluble fiber is good for increasing bulk while soluble fiber forms a thick gel. These fibers help your digestive system work optimally. The USDA recommends that adults take in a minimum of 30 grams of fiber daily. The typical American consumes only 10 to 15 grams of fiber daily making fiber supplementation necessary to maintain a healthy digestive tract. The fibers in NuStevia Sweetener™ are very gentle and will not cause gas or bloating. Our soluble fibers also have prebiotic effects. Prebiotics help feed the beneficial flora in your digestive tract.

By eliminating sugar from your recipe you are going to greatly reduce the calories in the recipe. NuStevia Sweetener won’t raise blood sugar levels the way sugar does so your can keep your blood sugar at healthier levels.

The ingredients in NuStevia Sweetener may help you manage your blood sugar levels more efficiently.

Needless to say, this product rocks!

I also have really been enjoying using the vanilla stevia! I love adding it to not only my baked goods like I did here, but I also love to stir it into my morning oatmeal, or some plain greek yogurt! Here’s more info about it:

NuNaturals has combined Singing Dog Vanilla with our delicious Stevia. Now you can have the delicious taste of vanilla bean extract with our amazing Stevia. Our Alcohol Free Stevia Extract contains 140 mg per ml and is in a base of vegetable glycerine.

For individuals that are sensitive to alcohol, here is a product especially for you. For everyone else, the unique sweet taste that the glycerine imparts makes this a favorite of many NuNaturals Stevia users. The Alcohol Free Extract has a taste that is mellower than the alcohol based liquids.

This has a great vanilla flavor, and definitely tastes all natural, unlike the imitation extracts that you can get at the grocery store!

If you’re looking for a good alternative sweetener, I highly suggest using stevia, instead of the other artificial chemicals out there.

Thank you NuNaturals for sending me these awesome samples, I absolutely love them!

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Teaser!

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts lately… I’ve just been so busy! I hope you are all having an awesome week!

This is just a “teaser” post to let you know what’s ahead! February is national cherry month, and cherries being one of my absolute favorite fruits, I figured I’d help you all celebrate before the month’s over!

Stay tuned for a recipe for Chocolate Cherry Cinnamon Spice Banana Bread, and a review of Coconut Bliss Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream!

Be sure to check back, I’ll be posting soon! 🙂

Apple of my Eye

What’s not to love about apples? They’re so versatile – they make a super easy grab-and-go snack, and are great for baking! Whether they’re baked, dipped in caramel, or made into a delicious pie or cobbler, they’ll never leave your palate bored!

A couple weeks ago, I received a package from Canterbury Naturals, and in it was an apple cake mix – Little Grandma’s Northwest Apple Cake mix to be exact! Today I figured I’d give it a try!

Canterbury Naturals Little Grandma’s Northwest Apple Cake Mix

Overall Score: 4/5

The instructions for this mix were super easy! All you had to do was add 2 cups of chopped apples (peeled or unpeeled) and two eggs to the package mix…

I also decided to add about a 1/4 cup chopped crystalized ginger for some spice.

Then, all I had to do was mix it all up…

The directions on the mix said there was no need for any extra liquid to be added, but the batter was really dry, so I decided to add a couple tablespoons of plain yogurt.

The yogurt really did the trick. It moistened it up just enough, without making the batter too watery.

Then, I just poured the batter into a non-greased loaf pan (you could use a cake pan, or any other pan that you want, as well)

And pop it in the oven for about 45-55 minutes!

So, my apple bread/cake didn’t come out looking all that pretty, and it fell a little in the middle, but let me tell you – it tasted amazing! It had a nice, crisp outer “shell” or crust, that i actually really liked! Then on the inside, the apples got nice and caramelized and soft, and it had a great consistency! It was so light and airy, and very moist and sweet! I also highly recommend the addition of the crystallized ginger, because it sort of melted into the cakes, and gave it a nice sweet kick, and really balanced about the spices that were already in the mix! The cake tasted like something between gingerbread and apple pie!

Canterbury Naturals also offers a whole variety of other mixes, ranging from crepes, pancakes, muffins, flatbreads, cakes, brownies, fudge, soups, and scones! They also have delicious hot beverage mixes, one of which I was lucky enough to try!

Canterbury Naturals Snuggle Up Vanilla White Cocoa Mix

Overall Score: 3/5

This was really good! It was sweet, and creamy, and does the trick to warm you up on a cold morning! It’s pretty much what you’d expect a white hot cocoa to be – with a nice vanilla flavor. I’m not a huge white chocolate fan myself, but I thought that this was pretty good! Once thing to be sure of though, is no matter what, do not add this to just water! I made the mistake of not reading the package well enough, and added to it water instead of hot milk… and it wasn’t a pretty sight! Make sure that you make this with milk! I also added in some caramel flavored coffee creamer to it, which just made it all the more decadent!

Zucchini Bread!

Hello Everyone! Here’s another delicious recipe – Zucchini Bread! It’s made with almond flour, which makes it very light and moist! Almond flour is a really high protein, high fiber flour, so it’s not only delicious, it’s extremely healthy too! It’s a really great substitute for regular flour, for those who are gluten-free (which I used to be, but I’m not anymore) because it’s a lot easier to work with that all of the other flour mixtures you have to deal with when you’re avoiding gluten. I highly suggest trying it out! It’s sometimes hard to find in stores, so if you’re interested in using it, I get mine from here.

Here are the Goods 🙂

Almond Flour Zucchini Bread

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
spices to taste – i used:
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup sweetener (honey, agave, brown sugar) I used light brown sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
about 1/4 cup water: more or less depending on moistness of batter – add in slowly
other optional add-ins: dried fruits, nuts, coconut… whatever you’re in the mood for! (I added in about 1/3 cup dried fruit mix of raisins, cranberries, and cherries)

Directions

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F
Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl combine almond flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. To that, add the egg, sweetener (again, I used brown sugar), applesauce, lemon juice, and vanilla, and mix until combined. Then, add in zucchini and any other additional ingredients you’d like (dried fruits, nuts, etc.) Now, slowly add in the water depending on how dry your mix is. If your mix is already very moist, you can omit. I probably added about 2 tbsp.
Pour mixture into prepared pan, and bake for about 45 min, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Enjoy!