If you have ever wanted to attempt banana bread this is the recipe for you. It is a no-fail super delish and gooey banana bread. The ingredients are simple and easy to find at most grocery stores, you might have to make a trip to a specialty health food store for the sugar (if desired). My 11 year daughter loves to bake up a loaf every time we have a few extra ripe bananas that I haven't had the chance to freeze for smoothies.
Gooey Banana Bread
4 Very Ripe Bananas
1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar (sucanat, or other sugar substitute)
2/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Optional add ins:
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease loaf pan with coconut oil or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl mash together the bananas, vanilla, sugar, and coconut oil. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well, then stir flour mixture into banana mixture until evenly combined. Add in optional ingredients. Pour into loaf pan. Bake in over for 40 minutes or until you can poke with a toothpick and it comes out clean.
My overall health and well-being always seems to be a little better when I eat a RAW breakfast.
Starting off the day with easily digestible food makes my belly happy!
And most of the time my kids love eating this way! Here is my 2 year old trying to steal a strawberry!
But to be honest, sometimes fruit just doesn't cut it, especially when I work-out in the mornings.
And when my children eat, for example, a bowl of strawberries for breakfast they are usually hungry again before lunch.
These are the reasons why I love homemade MUESLI cereal (overnight soaked grains nuts & seeds).
Recipe found HERE.
But what happens when you forget the night before to soak the cereal?
Or when you want something quicker?
This recipe below is the answer! In 5 minutes you'll have a raw breakfast that will sure to please everyone!
5 Minute Fruit & Oatmeal Breakfast (Soaked)
About 5 servings
2 cups Rolled Oats
3 TBS Sunflower Seeds
2 TBS Flax Seed
1 TBS Chia Seed
3 TBS Wheat Bran
3 TBS Hemp Seeds
1 tsp Salt
3 tsp Cinnamon
3 TBS Coconut Sugar (optional*)
Dried Fruit (to be added at the end)
Options: Dried Blueberries, Cranberries, Strawberries, etc. And/or Raisins
Place all the ingredients (except dried fruit) together in a high-powered blender, and pulse a few times to just begin chopping up the oats. BUT don't chop too much, you still want to see the oat flakes.
*A sweetener is optional. This cereal can become the most sweet with a sliced banana on top. But my kids will eat this more when I add the sugar.
Place all together in an airtight container and store in your refrigerator OR you can make single servings (I use small glass jars) that make it super easy for your children to make their own soaked cereal. They can eat it right out of the jar!
When you are ready to eat:
Pour 1/2 cup non-dairy milk on top of 1 cup cereal and let soak for about 5 minutes.
Top your cereal with FRESH FRUIT like sliced bananas, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, peaches, mangos, grapes...etc. What ever your children love. This cereal is an excellent way to consume not only whole grains, but raw seeds which provide essential fatty acids. Those nutrients that help your childrens BRAINS the most!
Hope you enjoy!
Healthy & Simple Banana Muffins
These are basic muffins, but surprisingly super delicious and moist. We love making these in our home. My kids especially love when I add chocolate chips to the recipe. You can store these in your freezer for later use, but they tend to not last that long! Hope you enjoy!
1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (or gluten-free flour)
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3 Very Ripe Bananas
1/2 cup Coconut Sugar (brown sugar works as well)
2 Tablespoons Vegan Butter, melted
3 Flax Eggs for Vegan muffins Or just 1 real Egg for non-vegan
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
Chocolate Chips or Walnuts, optional
Prepare Flax Eggs by combining 1 1/2 TBS ground Flaxseed and 3 TBS Water, and set aside.
In a large bowl, mash the banana, leaving some texture. Add sugar, baking soda, salt and mix together well. Stir in flax eggs, vanilla, melted butter and stir. Add flour and stir until combined. Then mix in chocolate chips or walnuts, optional. Divide batter evenly into a regular muffin pan - about 1/2 full. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes, remove from pan and serve warm is best.
I had the chance to be out of town for a few days with some girlfriends while my wonderful husband stayed home with my four daughters. It is so great for them to spend time together and always great for mom to take a few days to rejuvenate!
To my wonderful surprise my five year took over the kitchen and created her, as she calls it, "Famous Secret Recipe" which has recently been changed to "Special Recipe" because she loves telling everyone how to make it! This dish has become quite famous in the last month at our house. Now all four of my kiddos make it on a daily basis and even share with friends! It is so simple, yet so delish. Emily has converted many friends and even a few new neighbors have had the delightful chance to taste her special recipe!
Emily's "Special Recipe" Chick Peas
1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, add seasonings to taste. Each of my kids make it slightly different based on their taste buds and they munch on these while reading, watching a movie, or playing.
We also use these new recipe to top salads and they make a great center for lunches!
Here is an update on a few AMAZING recipes we have been sharing on Instagram!
Vegan Cheesy Pesto Melts
Sauted Mushrooms & Onions
Thin Whole Wheat Buns
Breakfast Almond Butter Oats
Topped with: Almond Butter, Walnuts and Vanilla Almond Milk.
Combine all the ingredients and let soak for 10 minutes.
Loaded VEGGIE Hummus Burrito
A great way to get your RAW Veggies in for the day!
Fresh Green Beans, cut
Red Cabbage, Chopped
Bell Pepper, sliced
Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap
Spread your favorite hummus generously on your tortilla shell (we love Trader Joe's Cilantro Jalapeno!). Stuff as many veggies as you can and roll up! May need toothpicks to hold everything in place.
Strawberries and CREAM
Slice strawberries and top with Coconut Cream, Mini Chocolate Chips and HEMP Seeds
Irish Tacos with Corn Salsa
I love that I can freeze my Irish Taco recipe and use it for a quick lunch!
Red Cabbage, chopped
Trader Joe's Corn Tomato-Less Salsa
Corn Tortilla Shell
It's that time of year...BERRIES are in season!
My family can't get enough of these wonderful fruits!
We love this time of year for the amazing fruits it provides! We wanted to share with you just a few kid-friendly recipes that utilize these wonderful BERRIES this time of year. This are simple recipes that your whole family will love. And don't forget, just eating the berries by themselves is never a bad thing!
Also- if you live in Utah...Harmons Grocery is the best place to buy BERRIES this time of year. I have never purchased a bad container of berries from them. Don't you hate it when you buy a container, and they are already mushy! This doesn't happen at Harmons and that is why I am so grateful I have one just down the street! Harmons is currently running their BERRY MANIA sale. You buy 5 containers of berries for only $10. You can't beat that!
Whipped Pineapple Berry Smoothie
Combine the following Ingredients in your blender, and blend until smooth:
2 cups whipped pineapple slush (recipe here)
1 cup Berries (frozen or fresh) Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, etc.
1/2 Fresh squeezed Orange Juice (or any non-dairy milk would work)
Coconut Berry Pops
(Makes approx. 12 popsicles)
Combine the following Ingredients in your blender, and blend until smooth:
1 can Coconut Milk (lite is a healthy option)
1 cup Berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, etc....fresh or frozen)
2 Bananas (fresh or frozen)
4 Dates, chopped OR 3 TBS Maple Syrup
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips
Use Berries for the fruit salsa...blueberries and raspberries are the perfect size!
Recipe found HERE.
WFM Blender Waffle Recipe
Berries work great for delicious toppings, along with whipped coconut cream!
Recipe found HERE.
Quinoa & Berries
For a great breakfast try cooked and cooled quinoa, non-dairy milk and BERRIES!
Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Add any berry to your leafy greens & vegetables and with the addition of this amazing salad dressing, and you got yourself an amazing meal! Dressing Recipe HERE.
BERRIES all by themselves
...need I say more? One of my families favorite breakfasts!
Here is another version of the ever popular 3 Ingredient
Vegan CHOCOLATE MOUSSE.
We thought...why not add PEANUT BUTTER!
Hello all your WHOLE FOOD MOMMIES out there! Both Newbie Mommy and I (Veteran Mommy) have been on vacation/yoga retreats and happy to be back! We still stayed somewhat present on Instagram (if your not following us- check us at @wholefoodmommies) and facebook! But again, we are happy to be back home with our families and our own kitchens!
We wanted to share a fun SUMMER Smoothie recipe that our kids love!
Whipped Pineapple Slushy!
This recipe turns a normal smoothie into a slushy smoothie!
Great for the summer months!
Of course we prefer fresh juice for smoothies- but this is a fun alternative that makes your smoothies tropical
Step 1 - Pour pineapple juice (not from concentrate) into bowl.
Step 2 - Place in freezer until a quarter frozen (about 4-6 hours). The top portion will have started freezing.
Step 3 - Using a hand mixer WHIP the juice for a good 2 minutes until really frothy. Then place back in the freezer.
Step 4 - Freeze over night or until completely frozen. Scoop out the slush easily and use in all your fruity recipes!
Strawberry Blueberry Pineapple Slushy
Blend the following ingredients together until smooth:
4 Big scoops Whipped Pineapple Slushy (about 1 cup)*
3 Large Frozen Strawberries
1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Banana (fresh or frozen)
*add more whipped pineapple slushy if too thick
Much ♥, wfm
WE are SO SUPER excited to share our next
FAMILY CHALLENGE FRIDAY!
Today's Challenge: SOMETHING ORANGE*
(*** This link will only work for 3 DAYS! So make sure to download quick!)
Who doesn't love eating a fresh juicy orange? Or biting into a garden fresh carrot?
Have you tried fresh carrot juice? Super sweet and refreshing!
Use this challenge for the next 2 WEEKS to help you and your family eat healthy and be happy!
Details of our CHALLENGES:
Many Friday's during the year, we will share with you one of our popular FAMILY CHALLENGES!
Eating healthy can be hard...especially for our children who are bombarded with disease-promoting foods at every turn. We have found that our children eat far healthier when they know the reason "WHY" they should, and just as important, they participate in a CHALLENGE (complete with check boxes!)
Our FAMILY CHALLENGES provide BOTH!
They get the "WHY"
AND the fun and motivating CHECK BOXES!
(Bonus: They also give you recipes to help you achieve success)
These have been life-changing in our families! We have had children who gag when we ask them to eat a piece of celery to seeing the same child eat a whole english cucumber with not a single complaint.
You can also create special rewards for the children who complete the challenges...it works wonders!
Just picture it, your whole family...
working together to eat MORE PLANTS and GET HEALTHIER!
We can't wait for you to try this!
Whole Food Mommies
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