Well, we made it back from church, but holy COW – it’s an annihilation out here.  I was driving us back going about 25 miles an hour and sliding all over the place.  Currently it’s about 23 degrees and snowing HARD!

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Since that pretty much settles what I’m doing for the rest of the day, I had a VERY pathetic lunch of this…

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because I was saving the rest of my meal for THIS!!!

Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

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(adapted from Allyson’s recipe)

I added applesauce, swapped out flours, added Pecans, and scaled down on everything because I wanted to save at least 1/2 of a banana for breakfast tomorrow!

Ingredients:

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  • 1 + 1/2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5T olive oil
  • 1.5T unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 Flax Egg (3/4 T ground flaxseed + 1.5 T water, mixed and warmed AND set aside)
  • 1 + 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3T Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped Pecans (straight from my grandpa’s backyard!!)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease/flour a bread loaf pan.  Mash banana and avocado (I used a fork).  Add in and mix the sugar, baking soda, baking powder, olive oil, applesauce, lemon juice, salt, and the flax egg. 

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder – add this into the wet ingredients in small amounts until combined.

Gently fold in the chopped pecans.

Pour into loaf pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until you poke a toothpick in it and it comes out clean Smile.

Let it cool on a rack for 10 or so minutes (or when you can’t STAND it any longer and need a “tasting sample”)  I failed and immediately cut off the end piece (it crumbled…), and sampled it three different ways: with a little Earth Balance, plain, and of course with some PB.

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Food coma!  Chocolaty, gooey, warm bread HEAVEN Smile.  I actually liked it plain the best.  This bread is very dense, you can’t taste the avocado at all, but it was a more “creamy” texture than a regular banana bread. This is going to be dangerous to keep in the apartment, especially because Scott HATES bananas Surprised smile.  I made him try this and he basically went, “Meh, it tastes like banana bread” – aka… I get the WHOLE loaf Winking smile 

And then right after that I ate the slice I cut for the “photo picture” of this recipe.  Two slices down, about 10 or so to go.  *drools*

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