Sunday’s are for Baking

On the menu this Sunday is Coconut Oil Banana Bread. This yummy recipe is super simple and fast. We hope you enjoy this tasty treat and enjoy the beautiful day!

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Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 large egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup almonds

Step 1: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mash the bananas in a glass bowl,  then mix in the coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla. Next, slowly beat in the egg.

Step 2: 

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.

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Step 3: 

Combine the ingredients, then add dark chocolate chips to the mixture.

Step 4: 

Chop and caramelize almonds.

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Pour batter in a greased glass baking pan and place the caramelized almonds on top.

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Step 6:

Bake for 45 minutes

Step 7: Enjoy

We love trying new recipes. There is something relaxing about creating delicious treats. The addition of the coconut oil left the bread super moist and flavorful. We would love to hear some of your favorite recipes, or tips and tricks.

Best,

The Ladies of PB&J

 

 

Who Loves Cookies???

I love cookies. Like, LOVE! Who doesn’t? Every December, I bake cookies for my family and friends. I always make my famous “heaven cookies,” Lemon Gems, and Sugar Cookies. For fun, I’ll usually add in a few unique cookie recipes like Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate and Red Velvet Cake Balls. Last year, I had to travel by plane to see my family during the holidays. On the way to the airport, I realized I forgot all 100+ cookies in my refrigerator! My friend and her family enjoyed them and now I’m sure they expect a special cookie package.  😉 Don’t worry Darlene I won’t forget about you this year!

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It usually takes all day to bake my cookies! Last year, I got a beautiful Kitchen Aid stand mixer for a gift (thanks hubby) and that’s one great cookie mixer. My heaven cookies are my most requested cookie recipe; named as such because my sister-in-law says they taste like heaven 🙂

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Heaven Cookies

4 1/2 cups flour                                                     2 packages (3.4oz) vanilla pudding

2 teaspoons baking soda                                    4 eggs

2 cups butter, softened                                       2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar                         2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cups white sugar                                            2 cups dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Sift flower and baking soda together. In a large bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in pudding mix. Stir in eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls or cookie scoop onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Edges should be lightly golden brown.

You can play with the bake time a little…I like the cookies to be a bit soft in the middle. They taste like delicious cookie dough! It makes approximately 4 dozen depending on the size of cookies you make. I have a dairy allergy so I usually use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter instead of real butter. It doesn’t have much dairy in the ingredients and I think it makes my heaven cookies extra fluffy. Just a little tip 🙂

Recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/award-winning-soft-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Happy Baking

Laura J