Paleo Banana Cookies

What to do with those spotted bananas. Personally they’re a bit too sweet for me to eat as is so I always look for ways to bake with them. The sweetness allows you to minimize added sugars in whatever you plan to whip up 🙂


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1½ cups almond flour
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
½ to ¾ cup bananas (mashed)
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg, room temperature
¼ cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

1. In a medium bowl mix together almond flour, flaxseeds, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl combine bananas, coconut oil, vanilla, and egg. Mix well.

3. Combine wet banana mixture to dry ingredients until batter-like consistency.

4. Fold in nuts to mixture til evenly distributed.

5. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes. Scoop the batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each cookie slightly with the palm of your hand. If the batter sticks to your hands, wet your hands with water.

6. Bake cookies at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes or until the edges and bottom start to brown. Let the cookies cool and enjoy!

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Healthy Substitute Chocolate Cupcakes

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Here it is. The real reason I created this blog is to share some of my favourite foods that have been substituted with healthier ingredients. I try to stick to a healthy diet but I LOVE FOOD. And by that I mean all kinds of foods and all types of cuisines.

Sticking to a healthier diet doesn’t mean giving up on the foods you love. Like they say, everything in moderation and sometimes we just got to indulge a little.

Through kitchen experiments I’ve been able to substitute ingredients for a healthier alternative.

Ingredients:
1 cup almond milk (you can also use low fat milk or soy milk)
1 large egg, whisked
2/3 cups packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweeted apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used olive oil but you can also substitute with coconut oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/3 good quality unsweeted cocoa powder
3/4 tsp bake soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Whisk. In a medium size bowl, combine wet ingredients. Mix.
  3. Gradually add wet ingredients to dry, combining with a mixer or wooden spoon, until all lumps are gone. Careful not to overmix.
  4. Fill each cupcake about 3/4 of the way with the batter.
  5. Bake for 16 minutes or until set. Test cupcape with a toothpick (it shouldn’t have anything on it). Let cool completely before applying the frosting.

Serves 12 cupcakes

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Light Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

6-ounce less fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup good quality raspberry jam

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, using a mixer, combine cream cheese, yogurt, confectioner’s sugar, and raspberry jam until smooth.
  2. Let sit in the refrigerator for about an hour.
  3. Once completely chilled, transfer to a piping bag and pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Place a fresh raspberry on top for garnish.

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