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I'm starting this tread as an offshoot of the "junkitarian" thread. Here we can share recipies for "healthy" treats we like to make that are also pretty easy to make. Stuff to help satify the sweet tooth without totally goin' junkitarian!

Here is my recipie for banana-chocolate chip muffin cake. You can make it as a banana bread, or muffins, or a "cake". I do whatever I have a clean pan for lol  :D It doesn't have a lot of fat in it and has some whole grain flour and flax and bananas, so i don't think it's that bad for me!  :)

Banana Goodie Bread (not sure where I picked this up from or if it's a recipie i modified...i always forget to note these things!)

Dry:
1.5 c flour (i use 1/2 unbleached white and 1/2 whole wheat)
2 tsp bakin powder
.25 tsp bakin' soda
2-3 tb whole flax, ground (or a nice big scoop preground)
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 c sugar

Wet (put in blender and blend smooth)
2 med bananas, sliced up (about 1 c)
1 c liquid (I do 3/4 c water or soymilk and 1/4 c oil-- you'll want a bit of fat in these, at least a couple tablespoons)

"goodies"--add to dry
chocolate chips, chopped nuts, coconut, whatever sounds good to you.

Mix dry together with "goodies" you're using. I like to use 1/2 c chocolate chips for my sweet tooth. Blend wet, and then mix into dry until everything is just wet. be careful not to overmix! this will make a thick batter, like for banana bread. i never add liquid but do it if you think you need it.

bake in preheated oven....(times are aprox.--you'll want to check them!)

for bread, bake 45 min (makes 1 loaf)
for muffins, i think its about ~15 minutes
for cake, put in 8x8 pan for ~25 minutes
for miniloafs, makes 3 ~ 25 minutes

Baypuppy, I just happen to have some bananas in ripe mode, so I will definitely try your recipe. Thanks!!

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I have been making this recipe forever and thoroughly recommend it.  Howe'ver , I have never made it using soy milk powder, only dairy.  I have no idea how it would translate but others may be able to comment on that.  These are delicious little sweet treats, ideal for children and adults alike.  But be forewarned, they are decidedly moreish!

Unsweetened Apricot and Date Balls with Brazil Nuts

Simmer 1/2 cup of finely chopped dried apricots and 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice, over a low heat, for approximately 10 minutes or until soft.  Add more orange juice if necessary.  To the above mixture, add 1/2 cup milk powder, 1/4 cup chopped brazil nuts, 1 tb lightly toasted sesame seed, 1 tsp grated orange rind (opt), 1 cup finely chopped dates and 1/4 cup dessicated coconut.  Mix all the ingredients together well and cool slightly.  Shape into small walnut-size balls and roll in coconut.  Cool completely.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Here's a recipe I've been working on. For a while I was adding coconut extract, then decided to switch to almond extract. I think you can really experiment with this one. The bananas serve a dual purpose: flavor and binder.

Chocolate Almond Bread

3 large bananas, mashed
4 tablespoons Earth Balance
6 ounces semi sweet chocolate (I use Mexican chocolate)
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
¾ cup soy milk
2 teaspoons vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour
¼ cup Dutch process cocoa
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
½ cup sliced almonds

Mash bananas in a large bowl. Set aside. In microwave or over a double boiler, melt together chocolate and margarine. Stir in sugar. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Add this mixture to the bananas and mix well.

Mix together soymilk and vinegar and let sit for several minutes.

In medium bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Add soymilk mixture to banana mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds.

Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 75 minutes. NOTE: oven temperatures vary. Check bread for doneness after one hour May take as long as 1-½  hours.

Remove from oven and cool before slicing.

(I had a typo in there...only use 2 TEASPOONS of vinegar...not 2 tablespoons.)

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