Friday Faves #2

I’m back for this week’s edition of Friday Faves! I had such an amazing response to last week’s post so I will definitely be trying my best to make this happen each week! I’m cutting right to the chase this week, so here we go!

Friday Faves #2

Dannon Light & Fit: Lemon Meringue

  • When I was in college, I was obsessed with these greek yogurts. About 8 months ago, I quit eating greek yogurt altogether for a short period of time in an effort to avoid dairy. However I’m slowly incorporating it back into my diet as much as I can these days, and these are a recent favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Siggis. But I’m not always at a grocery store that carries it, so this is my next go-to! It’s substantially cheaper too! I can already tell you this will be a summer staple for me. It’s packed with 12 grams of protein, and is sweet enough to be a dessert! I know it’s limited edition, so make sure to pick it up the next time you’re at Target!

Ponds Cold Cream

  • Y’all, this cold cream is an absolute game changer. I will preface by saying I have the world’s most sensitive skin. I am highly allergic to almost all makeup wipes and removers, but this cold cream is extremely light and gentle, and has not caused one reaction or breakout. You use your fingers to rub a small amount all over your face when you’re ready to take your makeup off, and it melts your makeup right off. I use a damp makeup cloths, which I’ll talk about below, to help wipe away my makeup, but you could use a washcloth too. In one swipe, my makeup is completely gone. I’m talking liquid eye liner, two coats of mascara, the whole nine. It’s only $5 and it’s worth every penny and then some. I will never go back to a liquid remover, or wipe, ever!

Makeup Eraser

  • I use this cloth in addition to the cold cream to help remove my makeup at night. Even if you don’t use the cold cream, this removes make up all on its own! I just think the cold cream helps speed it up. You dampen the cloth with warm water, and wipe away your make up! Like I said, I’m allergic to every single packaged makeup wipe, so these have been a lifesaver. There are zero chemicals whatsoever, meaning they’re uber gentle! I have four of them and I use each one for 4-5 days at a time. They’re machine washable so I just throw them in the laundry when I’m done! Just a side note: I linked a two pack for $11, meaning they’re $5.50 each. That’s cheaper than just one pack of makeup wipes and mine have lasted me two years!

Figgin Delicious Tahini Brownies

  • I bought tahini at Trader Joe’s a couple of months ago and I just can’t seem to bring myself to like it. For those of you who don’t know, tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. Almost like a sesame seed nut butter. However, it’s not sweet whatsoever. I’ve tried it in multiple different ways, but I didn’t love it in any way I tried, until I stumbled up on these brownies! You cannot taste the tahini at all in this recipe, but it definitely helps keep the brownies gooey and dense! These brownies are to die for. They’re extremely rich, but made with tons of great ingredients! They lasted about two days in my house and Taylor has already requested them again, so they’re a definite winner!

Headstand Tank

  • I posted this tank on my story yesterday and I got a ton of questions about it. It’s on mega sale (originally $6!) It is the softest, most comfy workout tank I own. It’s padded which I love, has the cutest criss cross back, and it’s seamless so it’s super stretchy. The high neck and the rouching around the tummy would make this top flattering on anyone, and the color is to die for! It’s extremely high quality and it’s a steal at $23! There’s also a blue version I ordered which is only $16! I wear a large for reference!

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great weekend!
XO, A

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Air Fried Chicken Fingers

I don’t know why it has taken me so dang long to break out my air fryer to make these. I’ve bought chicken breast tenders each week, for the past two months – the sole purpose of making chicken fingers. Yet every single week, I got lazy and decided to do something with the Instant Pot instead. I’m kicking myself now, because had I just bucked up to make these in the first place, I’d have realized how amazing they were two months ago!

For those of you who have an air fryer, I’ve gotten so much feedback from you saying you’re in the same boat. It seems daunting to bring it out and use it. I’m here to tell you, it is the simplest appliance I own. There was no set up required, there’s no pre heating, nothing. You turn it on your desired temp, put your food in, and set the timer. That’s it. I use the Von Shef Air Fryer and I can’t say enough good things about it. There are tons of uses for an air fryer but I’ll save that for another day!

However all that to say, if you don’t have an air fryer, you can still make these chicken fingers! You can do them just as easily in the oven, so don’t feel like you have to buy one to make these.

Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast tenders
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp dry ranch seasoning
  • 1 tsp Trader Joes Chili Lime seasoning (can omit, but I think it adds great flavor!)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and egg whites
  2. In another bowl, mix together almond flour and spices, combine evenly
  3. Turn your air fryer/oven on 400 degrees, and spray the air fryer basket/cookie sheet with olive oil spray
  4. Fully coat each chicken breast tender in the egg mixture, let the excess mixture drip off
  5. Dip each piece of chicken into the almond flour mixture, make sure to evenly coat
  6. Place 3-4 tenders into the basket/onto the cookie sheet and air fry/bake for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through! Keep an eye on them, all air fryers are different!
  7. Repeat until all tenders are fried!
  8. Enjoy! You can keep these in the fridge up to five days.

BBG FAQ

As most of you have probably noticed by now, I am no longer doing my own strength training workouts at the gym. I have gone back to doing Kayla Itsines BBG guide (BBG stands for bikini body guide for those of you who aren’t familiar with the program). There are a couple of different reasons for that, and I wanted to explain my thought process in deciding to make the switch!

To be completely honest one of the biggest reasons for going back to BBG was the fact that I needed a goal. When you’ve been working out consistently for almost 8 years, it’s really hard to continue to stay motivated without changing things up every once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to strength train, lift weights, and use machines. However, I’ve been in the same exact routine for almost 4 years now, and I have noticed my passion for it start to dim ever so slightly these past few months.

On top of that, when I had foot surgery back in March, I was out of the gym for almost a month. I did light cardio here and there, but I pushed myself and definitely had a couple of setbacks that kept me out of the gym longer than I ever anticipated. I am all for taking breaks from the gym; weekends, vacations, days off here and there, absolutely. However being gone for a month after not taking longer than two days a week off in over a year, is a lot. That being sad, getting back into a routine was really, really tough.

I also didn’t feel 100% like myself shortly after my surgery. I lost some strength, I didn’t have full range of motion yet, and I didn’t feel like I could modify things very well. So on top of being unmotivated, I was getting caught up in being discouraged because of my physical limitations as well.

It’s not like me to feel down on myself about the gym. The gym/working out is my happy place. It is truly my “me” time for the day. Yes there are times that I’m unmotivated, but I always leave the gym with an endorphin high and a clear head. But after my surgery, I just wasn’t feeling that way. That’s when I knew something needed to change.

What I have learned from working out for so many years now, is that if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you will not continue to do it. So, I decided I needed something new; something that would kind of give me a fresh start and light my fire again. Which is when I decided on BBG. Now that you have a little background, I’m going to answer a few questions I’ve gotten lately!

What the heck is BBG?

BBG is essentially a form of circuit training. It’s two circuits, each circuit is seven minutes. You do each circuit twice, so your workout is 28 minutes in total. In each circuit, you do four different moves. You get through the four moves as many times as you can in seven minutes. So, here’s kind of how it’s laid out:

  • circuit one – 7 minutes
  • circuit two – 7 minutes
  • circuit one – 7 minutes
  • circuit two – 7 minutes

An example looks like this:

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Where can I get BBG?

The mobile version of BBG is available for purchase in the app store. I recommend this version if you’re first starting out. The app helps keep you organized, has a built in timer for you, and is all around just easier for a beginner. You can also buy a PDF version, which is what I have. You can purchase the PDF version here. You can either download this an an iBook for your phone, or print out a hard copy!

Why did you pick BBG?
  • I have done BBG twice before, two entire rounds of the 12 week program about two years ago. I was extremely impressed with my results after the first two rounds, and I knew it was something I could stick to.
  • The program is easy to modify! Because of my foot surgery there are still things I have to be careful of, but you are able to modify all of the moves in the guide if needed.
  • It’s quick – every single person has 28 minutes in their day to dedicate to working out. Doing BBG eliminates all forms of excuses due to lack of time for me, which is what I need.
  • You can do it anywhere!
How long does it take?

BBG takes 28 minutes total, which I think is 90% of the reason people love it, including myself. EVERYONE has time for a 28 minute workout, I don’t care who you are! I even follow a ton of new mom bloggers on IG who do BBG. If someone with a newborn can do it, I can do it!

Where do you do it?

Right now I do BBG in my home gym in the basement. We have a couple of sets of weights, and a padded floor, but it’s nothing fancy. I can assure you that you’ll have everything you need at home to do these workouts! My very first round, I just used household items as weights. Ie: a gallon of bleach for a medicine ball, coffee table for step ups (hopefully my mom isn’t reading this) etc.

That being said, I do know people who have to go to the gym to work out. Whether it be because they live in a small apartment or because it helps them to get out of their house to get a workout done, rest assured you can do these workouts anywhere, including the gym!

It’s so hard, does it get easier?

I got this question more than any question! Unfortunately, I’m on my third round and I still don’t think it gets any easier. I’m still dripping with sweat after every workout. However, each time I’ve compelted a round, I’ve noticed substanial gains in my strength. At the very beginning of BBG, I could hardly do a push up, and by the end of the first round, I was doing them all! You will start to notice things like that really quickly, and that’s the most rewarding part!

I will also say that although it’s hard, it pushes me, and that’s what I love about it. I am not always pushing myself 110% when I’m at the gym. I have my phone with me, and usually Taylor, and I end up scrolling around on Instagram, talking to him, etc., when I should be working out and really pushing myself. I do BBG alone, I blast music, I can’t have my phone, and I get really into a zone when I’m doing it. So I appreciate it for how difficult it is, because I have a hard time challenging myself like this challenges me!

Did you notice a major physical change?

The first round, I definitely did. I took before and after pictures (highly recommend) and I was really impressed with how much my body had changed. I didn’t quite notice as much of a difference between the beginning and end of round two, but I wasn’t quite as dedicated to it as I was round one. I also think by round two, the physical changes just aren’t quite as drastic. However, like I said before, you will start to notice changes in your strength before you notice aesthetic changes, which is just as exciting to me.

DId you follow the kayla meal plan?

I do not follow the BBG meal plan. It’s strictly personal preference. I know people who have followed it to a T and really think that makes a big difference. I counted macros throughout both rounds, and will continue through this round, but that’s just what works for me! I think her plan is a great baseline if you’re just starting out/new to following an eating plan of any kind.

What does your weekly workout routine look like now that you’re doing Kayla?

I do BBG three days a week, and cardio three days a week, then I take one day off! So my schedule typically looks like this:

  • Monday: BBG legs
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes of cardio (usually stairmaster)
  • Wednesday: BBG arms & abs
  • Thursday: 40 minutes cardio (usually stairmaster)
  • Friday: BBG full body
  • Saturday: 40 minutes of cardio (cityshape class)
  • Sunday: rest day

If you have any other questions, feel free to let me know! I’d be happy to answer them the best that I can! Thanks for reading!

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XO, A

My Breakfast Favorites

I am a breakfast girl through and through. I would prefer breakfast over any other meal, at any time of day! Growing up, breakfast for dinner was my absolute favorite. I would venture to guess it was probably because it gave me an excuse to eat a Toaster Pastry for dinner, (remember those?!) but nonetheless, the trend has continued into my mid 20’s.

Because I eat breakfast around 6am, and don’t get the chance to eat again until 10:30am, my breakfast has to pack a punch or I’m ravenous by 8am. I’ve spent the past two years trying different recipes and combinations of things that keep me satisfied all morning long, but it really hasn’t been until recently that I’ve felt like I nailed it.

Obviously what works for me, may not work for everyone. I know a lot of people that have more flexibility than I do as far as being able to eat throughout the day, so eating a big breakfast isn’t quite as important as it is for me. Regardless, it is critical to start your day with a well rounded breakfast. I know, such a cliche thing for a food/health blogger to say, but it couldn’t be more true. Eating breakfast gets your brain going, it helps wake you up in the morning, and it gets your metabolism going.

Below are my three favorite breakfast staple recipes/combos. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve probably seen these make an appearance or two!

Protein Pancake Bites
Cottage Cheese w/ Eggs + Egg Whites + avocado
  • Recipe:
    • 1/2 cup of egg whites + 1 egg, scrambled, on top of 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
    • 1/2 avocado on top
Egg White Oatmeal
  • Recipe:
    • 1/2 cup of oatmeal + 1/2 cup of water, microwave for 1 minute
    • add 1/3 cup of egg whites, microwave for another another minute

In addition to any of these breakfast options, I always pair them with a serving of fruit, as well as a protein. These are always interchangeable, and truly just depend on what’s on sale for the week, what’s in season, and what I have on hand!

Fruit Options:
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 an apple
  • 1/2 a banana
Protein Options:
  • turkey bacon egg cup (recipe is on my Instagram highlights!)
  • hard boiled egg
  • chicken sausage
  • turkey sausage
What my meals typically look like
  • egg white oatmeal + 1/2 cup berries or banana on top + hard boiled egg on the side
  • 4 mini pancake bites + 1/2 an apple + 1 turkey bacon egg cup
  • cottage cheese/egg mixture + 1/2 banana + 2 turkey sausage links or 1/2 avocado

Friday Faves #1

I asked you this week if you’d like me to start sharing my “Friday faves”. I was pretty brief in describing what this series would be, and that’s because I’m not exactly certain myself! Which is sometimes how the best content comes to be!

However, there are a few reasons I wanted to start this series. I asked for blog post ideas a couple of weeks ago, and so many of you said you wanted to see more “lifestyle” related content, which makes me so happy! Most of what you see on IG and the blog revolves around food and fitness, but there are definitely other aspects of my life that I’d love to share with you, and this is a great outlet for that! I also have quite a bit of messages that revolve around hair care, skincare, favorite athleisure, etc. So this series is a great way for me to showcase some of that as well!

For the most part, this series will highlight products. If I’m taking the time to share products with you, I want them to be accessible to you, so I will do my best to make sure everything is shoppable by linking products or telling you exactly where to get that specific item!

Friday Faves #1:

Loreal Primer

  • This primer has been a holy grail makeup product for me since college. I never used to be a big believer in primers, but this one is a game changer. It lengthens and thickens your lashes, it amplifies your mascara, as well as it conditions your lashes. I use this on my top and bottom lashes and it makes all the difference in the world. Amazon sells it for the best price of anywhere I’ve ever seen, less than $5 a bottle and worth every penny!

Zella 24 Seven Shirt

  • Here’s a little secret for you guys: some of my all time favorite workout gear has come from the Nordstrom Rack clearance section. I’m always browsing through this section of their website because I’m a sucker for Zella, but I’m not always willing to pay the full price. I am in LOVE with this tee. I have the Lulu version (swiftly tech) but I like this one even better, and its a freaking steal for $13! It’s light, breathable, and perfect for summer. I got it in two colors!

Stok Cold Brew

  • If you follow me on IG,  you know how obsessed I am with this new cold brew find! I honestly think this tops the Starbucks cold brew that I’ve been buying for years, and it’s cheaper! Make sure to get the unsweet version if you don’t want all the added carbs and sugar! I’ve been drinking this every morning with 1 scoop of collagen + a splash of Fairlife chocolate milk + a dash of stevia! Delish! Here’s an inside tip for you: if you happen to live near a Hyvee grocery store with a Hyvee gas station, they have it on tap there! You’re welcome.

Dave’s Killer Bread: Blueberry Bagels

  • You guys, they’re 100% everything they’re cracked up to be. I’m bagel obsessed as it is, so the fact that these are decently healthy is a dream come true for me. I’ve tried all of the bagel flavors and this takes the cake, by a long shot. As if it weren’t blueberry-y enough, I topped mine with some Melanie’s Medleys blueberry cream cheese. Heaven in bagel form. You can check their website to find Dave’s Killer bagels near you!

WARMER. WEATHER.

  • This might seem like a silly Friday fave, and I so wish I could “link” it for anyone who hasn’t experienced this amazing spring weather yet, but dang I am so thankful! I don’t know that I’ve ever been this excited for warm weather before. Winter has seemed never ending here in KC so I am more than ready for the heat after this first taste of spring this week! For me, weather is an instant mood booster. I am so much happier when I can walk out of work and the sun is shining and it’s 60+ degrees outside! This girl is ready for lake season!

Thanks for reading yall! I hope you enjoyed the first edition of “Friday faves”! I hope you have the best weekend, and no matter where you are, hopefully some warm weather is headed your way!

XO, A

35 Minute Sheet Pan Lunch

I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback lately asking for quick and easy lunch/dinner recipes. I’ve really tried to brainstorm some new recipes lately so that I can deliver! The minute I threw this together the other night, I knew it would become a weekly staple for me, and it definitely will! It’s quick and easy, the two requirements I have for all things meal prep! So to those of you who have inspired me to start thinking about new lunch/dinner options, thank you!

The prep time is about 5 minutes, the bake time is 30, and in 35 minutes you have a week’s worth of extremely healthy lunches/dinners. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: meal prep doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming! I also happen to think this is delish, so it doesn’t have to be bland or boring either!

Ingredients:
  • 5 chicken sausages (or whatever sausage you like – the chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s is my other favorite!)
  • 3 cups chopped, mini sweet peppers (you could do bell peppers too, whatever you have on hand!)
  • 2 cups fresh green beans
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dry ranch seasoning
  • salt/pepper to taste
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Chop peppers, cut green beans in half, slice the chicken sausage, and spread evenly on a greased baking sheet. I keep all my items separate on the baking sheet because I’m OCD about things touching, but if it doesn’t bother you, you can mix everything together!
  • Drizzle the olive oil over everything and toss the veggies and sausage to make sure everything gets coated evenly.
  • Season everything with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle ranch seasoning on the green beans.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes!
  • Voila! You’re done! If you’re meal prepping, distribute into 4-5 tupperware containers and store in the refrigerator.

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Strawberry Shortcake Protein Balls

Ingredients:
Directions:

This is where the recipe gets tough – just kidding. All you have to do is mix everything together! There’s no order or specific way to do it, just mix until combined! Once everything is thoroughly combined, roll into balls, or cheat (like me) and use a cookie dough scoop! My mom taught me this and it is one of the greatest protein ball hacks. No messy hands, and you get the perfect sized ball without having to roll them! The recipe should make around 16 balls total!

Trader Joes Must Haves

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Nothing excites me more than the fact that you love Trader Joes as much as I do. This is by far the most requested blog post I’ve ever had! I apologize for those of you who have been asking me about this for months. When you like every single product sold at a grocery store, and you have to compile it into a one page PDF, it presents a challenge.

There are two things I love about Trader Joes. Actually that’s a lie there are a million, but two main reasons I shop there. First, it’s cheap. I’ll be honest, being a food blogger is expensive. You feel the need to try each and every new product you see being pumped on Instagram, and before you know it, you’ve spent your entire paycheck on random stuff at Whole Foods that you’re never actually going to eat/you end up hating.

Trader Joes is not like that. I eat every single thing I buy from there and it’s ridiculously affordable. I’m a teacher, I promise you my definition of affordable is affordable. Produce, pre-packaged foods, everything. I’ve never picked up something there and thought, “this is overpriced”, and put it back. I don’t believe eating healthy has to be expensive, so I love sharing things from here because I know that they’re affordable, good quality products.

The second thing I love about TJ’s is that their food is good quality. That’s truly the bottom line. Their food is made with good for you ingredients (I’m not saying it’s always clean, but definitely better than most store bought products) and I feel good about every thing I eat from there. Except the cookie butter, but that’s due to my own lack of self control.

One thing I want to mention: I do not buy ALL my groceries from Trader Joe’s. There are things I buy from Walmart or Target, strictly because it’s cheaper/not necessary to buy at Trader Joe’s. That’s why you won’t see a ton of produce, chicken, or any other more boring staples. You can definitely get these things at TJ’s, but it is cheaper to buy them in bulk elsewhere.

Okay, anyway, on to why you’re really here! THE LIST. Honestly I know I probably forgot a couple of things, but I tried to remember every last thing I love from Trader Joe’s. The list could go on for years but then it would look like an inventory sheet of every product they’ve ever sold and that’s not helpful. So I tried to narrow it down for you. I hope you love it and find it helpful! Print it, take it with you, screen shot it, whatever you need to do!

If you want to see any of these products/hear about why I love each one of them, they can all be found in my “TJ’s faves” Instagram highlights section! They’re the small, mint green bubbles! Just scroll over until you find the right one! There, I talk about each item, why I love it, and what I use it for!

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I hope you find this helpful the next time you’re at Trader Joe’s! If you use it, I’d love to know, so comment, DM me on Instgram, let me know! Thanks for reading! Enjoy your week!

XO, Aubrey

 

Creamy Mexican Chicken

Creamy Mexican chicken has been a weekly staple of mine for years now. My mom made this for us when I was in high school, so this recipe is actually from her! But it’s stuck around due to the fact that it’s extremely simple, it’s versatile, it requires minimal ingredients, and if I’m being really honest, because it requires little effort from me!

There are so many ways to do instant pot/crock pot chicken, and that’s what I love about recipes like this. They’re so versatile and the flavor can be completely changed just by manipulating a couple of the ingredients! It’s also easy to make big batches of, which is always a plus when meal prepping for the week!

I put this chicken on top of salads, in whole wheat wraps, in homemade burrito bowls, etc. It’s extremely high in protein, and can be used just about any way you can possibly imagine!

Ingredients:
  • 4-6 boneless chicken breasts (thawed)
  • 1 12 oz. block of fat free cream cheese (I actually use Kite Hill this week, which is a DF option!)
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 can of low sodium black beans (drained)
  • 1 can of mexicorn (drained)
  • 1 4.5 oz. can of diced green chilis (can be omitted if this isn’t your thing)
Directions
  • Layer the bottom of your pot with the chicken breasts.
  • Throw everything else in on top of the chicken!
  • Cook on “pressure” cook for 20 minutes in the instant pot. Cook on low for 7 hours in a crock pot.
  • Shred the chicken and mix everything together!
  • Refrigerate up to one week.

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Enjoy! Thanks for reading! Have a great #tacotuesday! 😊

XO, A

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

I don’t even know how to describe this banana bread other than it tastes like the most decadent dessert you’ve ever had. Think: the best chocolate cake/cupcake ever, in loaf form. Honestly, better than that probably. It doesn’t taste REMOTELY healthy. Taylor can attest to this because he asks for this banana bread weekly, and he despises (usually in an uber dramatic fashion) anything I make that tastes the slightest bit “healthy”.

I eat this stuff for breakfast, dessert, lunch, dinner, to snack on, etc. Read: any time of day. It is moist, dense, fudgey, and without question, the best banana bread that ever existed. I am banana bread obsessed and haven’t made another version in over a year because of my love for this recipe.

I have adapted this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie who is hands down, my favorite resource when it comes to healthy treats. Any time the baking mood hits me, I look to her blog for new recipes. I have never ever been disappointed in anything I’ve made of hers!

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups ripe mashed banana
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (I’ve also used Fairlife Chocolate Milk and it’s even better!)
  • 2/3 cup honey (or maple syrup, whatever you have)
  • 1/8 tsp uncut stevia/Swerve or 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips)
  • extra chips for decorating
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the banana, vanilla, almond milk, and honey.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
  • Pour dry into wet, and stir until just evenly combined.
  • Spread batter evenly into the loaf pan. If desired, sprinkle chocolate chips over the top, and press down.
  • Bake 45 minutes, then turn off the oven but don’t open the door! Let sit 10 additional minutes in the closed oven before removing.
  • Let the bread cool. I recommend letting it sit in the refrigerator overnight. It’s easier to slice and it tastes so much better the next day!
  • Enjoy!

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