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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

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One of my absolute favorite things to do when trying to get inspiration for new recipes is to take recipe videos that I seen shared often on Facebook by Tasty, Delish, or various other pages and trying to make a healthier twist on it. That still holds true for today’s recipe as well. Today, we are using up those pesky browning bananas that you just don’t want to peel and eat anymore. To often I’ve seen people get rid of over ripe bananas, but if you don’t know already that’s when they are best for baking! Check out how to make this moist, dense, and rich double chocolate bread. 

Macros: 

Calories – 249

Fat – 6.9 g

Carbs – 43.6g

Protein – 7.6g

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Ingredients:

112g Lite Butter 

288g Mashed Banana

100g Truvia or granulated sugar of choice 

50g Splenda Brown Sugar 

115g Greek Yogurt 

1 Whole Egg

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 tsp kosker salt

1 tsp baking soda 

35g Cocoa Powder 

1 Scoop Muscletech Chocolate Whey 

100g All Purpose Flour 

42g Chocolate Chips 

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 340 degrees. 

Spray and prepare a bread tin. I placed a sheet of parchment in the bottom. 

1. In a bowl place in your butter and sugars. Beat until combined. 

2. Next place in your egg, yogurt, vanilla, and banana in the bowl and combine. 

3. Now add in your flour, cocoa, salt, whey, and baking soda. Mix evenly, making sure all of your cocoa is distributed. 

4. Now pour your batter into your prepared bread pan. Pour your chocolate chips evenly over the top of the batter then place pan into the oven. 

5. Bake for roughly 40-50 minutes, checking periodically. Once the jiggle is out of the bread your done. Use the toothpick test to double check if done. 

6. Take the loaf out of the oven and place on a cooling rack for at least 20 minutes to cool. 

7. Once cool remove from bread pan and either allow to finish cooling or slice and eat! 

You can get really creative with this bread. I’ve given you a fantastic base for playing with flavors! You could add fruits, nuts, peanut butter, any flavor chips you want to use, or anything else you can think of! I preferred putting this loaf in the fridge for awhile so the flavors set and it got cold. 

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Good Cook 8 Inch x 4 Inch Loaf Pan
Checkered Chef Cooling Rack Baking Rack. Stainless Steel Oven and Dishwasher Safe. Fits Half Sheet Cookie Pan
MuscleTech NitroTech Whey Protein Powder, Whey Isolate and Peptides, Milk Chocolate, 3.97 pounds
Watkins Original Extract, Baking Vanilla, 11 Ounce (Packaging may vary)
Truvia Baking Blend Natural Sweetener 24 OZ(Pack Of 2)
HERSHEY’S Natural Unsweetened 100% Cocoa, Baking/Beverage, Gluten-Free, 23 Ounce Can
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Blueberry Oat Bake

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Just look at that beauty. Feast your eyes on the next treat you’re about to make for yourself. You might make with the intentions of sharing, but once you bite into this soft, fluffy, moist, delicious bar your not going to want to share. Eat it warm, cold, plain, or spice it up with toppings anyway is a good way as long as your eating it! 

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I thought some fat free cool whip, fresh blueberries, and some cinnamon @epicspreads would be a great combo! 

Macros: Per 9 Slices

Calories – 150

Fat – 5.8g

Carbs – 15.6g

Protein – 7.8g

Ingredients:

80g Oat Flour(ground up oatmeal)

44g or 1 scoop of Whey(I used MT Cinnamon)

100g Truvia or granulated sugar of choice

1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum(Optional. I added to experiment but not sure it made much difference.)

21g Lite butter 

28g Coconut Oil (melted)

115g 0% Plain Greek Yogurt

1 whole egg whipped

4 oz Low fat milk or milk of choice

46g Liquid egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract 

1/4 tsp salt 

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

75g Fresh Blueberries

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Instructions:

(Preheat oven to 350 degrees)

(Prep steps: Whisk Eggs, Grind oats into flour, spay a 8×8 pan with non stick spray, use parchment paper if you would like, melt butter, melt coconut oil.) 

1. Add all of your dry mix together in a medium bowl and combine well. Feel free to add in your blueberries as well and gently cover them in your dry mix.

2. In a separate bowl add in all of your your wet mix.  Whisk everything together until combined. 

3. Proceed to add your dry mix into your wet, folding with a spatula gently well you do. Careful not to mash your blueberries. 

4. Place into prepared 8×8 pan and bake in the middle of the oven for roughly 25-30 minutes. Use the toothpick test to check if done to be sure.

5. Once baked, remove from oven and place on cooling rack for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes feel free to slice and eat!

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I topped mine with fat free cool whip, fresh blueberries, and @epicspreads cinnamon peanut butter. This bake would also be fantastic with a bit of honey and a dash more of cinnamon paired with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast, a nice snack, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream! Check out a few ice cream recipes here – Coffee Ice cream Nice Cream

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Truvia Natural Sweetener Baking Blend 2.5LB
Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce
Epic Spreads Nut Butter (Cinnamon Roll Peanut Cashew Coconut)
Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Regular Rolled Oats, 32-ounce (Pack of 4)
Xanthan Gum Gluten Free(8 oz) – USA Packaged & Filled in a Dedicated Gluten & Nut Free Facility
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GNC Lemon Meringue Lean Bar

I think GNC definitely had summer flavors in mind when creating this guy. Lemon is a perfect flavor choice in the warm months as it’s usually lite, refreshing, and delicious. Read below to see if GNC was able to get it right!

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@gnclivewell lemon meringue bar review –
170 cal / 6f / 21c / 15p
Decent macro split here with this bar. Protein could be a bit higher but as long as it’s at least 15 I’m usually happy. Very nice lemon smell to this bar, and has a almost fluorescent yellow rice crispy looking bar with a vanilla dipped bottom. Pretty solid lemon flavor here without being to overpowering. You don’t really get any meringue with this bar unfortunately. Really wasn’t sure how they were going to pull that off. It consistency is very similar to a rice crispy or a cereal bar with just a slight dry grainy finish. Every with that said it’s still an enjoyable eat, and if I remember correctly they have a decent price point.
Overall – 6.5/10
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Arctic Zero(New Flavors)

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@arcticzero Rocky Road Trip , another new release from the people over at AZ. Thanks again for letting me give it a go. .
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300 cals for this pint. Chocolate base with mini marshmallows and roasted almonds. This pint definitely doesn’t lack mix’in’s. Loads of mallows and almonds in pretty much every bite, specially almonds. I would say my biggest point to work on for this flavor would be just kicking up the chocolate base flavor a bit more. I definitely like the PB flavor over this, but that’s personal preference as I’m not a huge nut in my food guy. .

 

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Peanut Butter Swirl

Vanilla base with swirls of Peanut butter throughout. It does have a similar taste to a PB2 taste, which is to be expected. Also, It’s got some white chips adding in for a bit of a crunch, and honestly I get a bit of a sea Salt taste at the end as well. If you let it sit out for awhile,it gets pretty soft and smooth.
For 300 calories a pint this is definitely something to grab. High up on my list of flavors

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@arcticzero Cherry Chocolate Chunk –
Another pint, another 300 cals. I was very impressed with this flavor. Cherry vanilla base with chunks of chocolate and cherry scattered throughout the pint. Gives you a nice chocolate covered cherry feel without the base being to overpowering of a cherry flavor. Worth mentioning that I don’t like cherry that much yet this was quite good. This one also softened up amazing. If you are a cherry fan then this one is definitely up your alley. .
Great job @arcticzero 👌

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Orange Cranberry Muffins With Cream Cheese Frosting

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With spring right around the corner I am feeling ready bring in and welcome some lighter flavors. With warmer temps it typically bring in a wide variety of various fruits, vanillas, and other lighter flavor combinations. I had a load of fresh oranges which ended up being today’s inspiration. Working with fresh compared to artificial is almost always better.Got into the kitchen and  whipped up these delicious Orange Cranberry muffins with a cream cheese frosting and toasted walnuts.

Macros per muffin : (makes 8) 

  • Cals – 144 cal 
  • Fat – 2.5g
  • Carbs – 25g
  • Protein 8.5g

Ingredients: 

Dry Mix :

  • -100g All purpose Flour
  • -20g Vanilla Protein
  • -50g Truvia
  • -3/4tsp Baking powder
  • -1/4tsp Baking soda
  • -1/4tsp Salt 

Wet Mix:

  • -1 whole Egg
  • -122g unsweetened applesauce
  • -3oz fresh OJ
  • -1/2tsp orange rind
  • -14g Canola Oil

Frosting:

  • -5oz FF cream cheese softened
  • -20g vanilla whey
  • -4g truvia
  • -1/2tsp vanilla
  • -3G OJ
  • -1/4tsp orange rind.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Sift Dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl to help ensure even distribution. Set aside
  3. In a medium bowl whisk the egg until combined. Then add in the rest of your wet ingredients and whisk until mixed.
  4. Slowly pour your dry mix into your wet and mix until just combined. 
  5. Place in 20g Cranberries or mix ins of choice and fold in. 
  6. Place batter evenly into a prepared muffin tin. You can either spray with non stick spray or use muffin liners. Either or will work here.
  7. Place in the middle of your oven and bake for roughly 14 minutes. 
  8. Check if done, once toothpick comes out clean remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Leave in the tin to cool for 10 minutes then remove and place back on the rack.
  9. Well muffins are cooling, place all of your frosting ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well. 
  10. Now here is where you can do two things. Either just spread frosting on your muffins, or grab out a piping bag and get a little creative with your decorations!
  11. Additional toppings could include toast nuts, orange zest, dried or fresh fruit, and powdered sugar are just a few! 

 

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PB chocolate chip- 70g bar 14f/25c/18

Now first off, yes I know what you are thinking , 14g for a smaller bar. Yes bit higher than I would like, but after eating this it is justifiable. Great peanut butter smell n taste. Really big blast of honey, its got omegas, gluten free, low sodium, naturally flavored, and all that good stuff so you clean eaters or diet restrictive people can enjoy to!
Im not big into whats in the bar just macros, but I can say you can ‘feel good’ eating this as their ingredient list is top notch.
8/10
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Almond fruit nut – if you like a trail mix feel, or if you like almond butter these are a great pick up. Starts with a big almond butter taste, then hits you with some cinnamon then finishes off with a blast of honey.
8/10
Used as today’s quick pre meal.

 

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Today was Peanut butter fruit nut. Again very strong peanut butter smell and taste. Starts crunchy and finishes smooth. Big chunks of nuts and some chunks of fruit through out. I do think it could use just a bit more fruit, at least in this bar was a bit scarce. The bits with fruit in it tho did have a nice taste similar to a pb&j.
Still got 1 more to try out. But would recommend these. These pair well with coffee.

 

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The final @g2gbar review. Almond chocolate chip. Great earthy and oat smell. This one reminds me the most of eating a granola bar. Dense, chewy, texture on point. Hits of cinnamon, honey, and Vanilla. These bars are easily one of my favorite bars to have with coffee. 8/10 use ‘Baker’ to save 20% gotta find new bars to review now

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