There is nothing more comforting than the smell and taste of home made banana bread. It is the one universal baked good that spans across age groups. Bananas have such a distinct and strong taste that it is quite simple to “health it up” without anyone knowing the wiser!
My banana bread recipe is gluten-free which is important as gluten is a big culprit of creating inflammation throughout the body. I also add in my super secret ingredient flaxseed!
Flaxseeds hold superior superfood status. Flaxseed has been around for ages but like many great medicinal foods, they’ve only recently become mainstream. Here are some wonderful reasons why you should try and add flaxseed wherever you can:
Adding them to banana bread, by way of flaxseed flour, is amazing as they possess a nutty, mild flavor which pairs nicely with banana.
Nourishing Banana Bread (with Flaxseed)
Let cool prior to serving. I find a serrated knife works best for cutting this bread.
Pressed for time? Create two breads and pop one in the freezer!
Perfect for holiday gifts, parties, or even just for yourself this homemade chocolate bark is a crowd-pleaser. On a mission to create nourishing desserts using real-food healthy ingredients, I've created a bark you can share from your heart with friends, family and co-workers alike.
This is so simple to make!
Using coconut oil as the base, this chocolate is both stable and good for you. Coconut oil, although a saturated fat, contains essential lauric acid which has been proven to speed up weight loss, reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, and stimulate thyroid function. Raw cacao is considered a superfood!
Chocolate itself is not unhealthy. It is all the processed sugars, oils, artificial colors and flavorings we add to it that are. In just a matter of a few ingredients you can create your own healthy version of an unhealthy favorite.
Holiday (And Any Day) Dark Chocolate Bark
Melt coconut oil over low heat and mix in cacao powder. Add in pure vanilla extract plus maple syrup to taste. Whisk and remove from heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the chocolate onto the parchment paper and immediately spread your toppings into the mixture, ensuring the pieces are spread evenly.
Pop in the refrigerator to set for about 1 hour (less time if in freezer). Break into bark-sized pieces.
Optional: can replace the cranberries with two drops of your favorite food grade essential oil or extract. I often make peppermint bark for the holidays.
Do you have a favorite nourishing dessert recipe that is your go-to? Please share in the comments below!
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