Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

If I ever become pregnant I seriously worry for my husband. I’m not even close to being pregnant and I get cravings like a mad woman!!

Randomly I’ll get a whiff of maple syrup and NEED TO HAVE waffles … sometimes is cheese danishes … other times its peanut butter cookies … other times doughnuts … sometimes it’s salad ( not very often, but it happens …) this time it was banana bread.

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Banana bread studded with huge chocolate chunks – dark chocolate chunks. Not too sweet … so I can justify it as breakfast, but also sweet enough that I can have it as an afternoon snack over coffee.

That’s where this fine lookin loaf came from : Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

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I’ve never actually baked with kefir before, I didn’t know what to expect – I hoped that it would be acidic like buttermilk, but with a lower fat content. The result was perfect, a dense banana bread, that was loaded with chocolate chunks. Sweet – but not overly sweet … and ( note: I’m about to say the “M” word ) Moist … I can feel my teeth hurting from just reading that word.

Make the bread ladies and germs, you totes-ma-goats need this bread. Ahhh and then make this banana foster with it – you’re welcome!! And now … I need that banana foster.

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Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

Ingredients

3 whole, ripe bananas

1 large egg

3/4 cup Kefir Milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks.

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas in a medium bowl, then stir in egg and kefir and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl whisk together flour oats, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon powder, ground ginger.

Add dry ingredients to the wet.

Stir in chocolate chunks.

Pour mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

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Taaa daaaaa …. This shit really is B-a-n-a-n-a-s.

… sorry, there was no way this entire post was going to happen without me saying that!! Happpppyyyy ddaysss my loves.

Smoked Sea salt Triple Chocolate Threat Cookies

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Happy Frrrraaaiiidaaaayy!! I have the best chocolate lovers cookie combo for your crazy cats today ( how many C-words, can I use in one sentence)  – or if you’re in a giving valentine-y mood … heeeeellllllooooo chocolate aphrodisiac – I seriously can’t believe I wrote that, knowing very well, that my mom reads this blog.

So I know not too long ago I told you these smoked sea salt chocolate cookies were the bee’s knees … well, I lied. No I didn’t they’re pretty darn-tootin-good ( I annoy me too .. it’s not just you) BUT these cookies are better.

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Smoked Sea salt – Check

Dark Chocolate – Check

Milk Chocolate – Check

Semi-Sweet Chocolate – Check

White Chocolate – Check

Stretchy pants – Check

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… sorry, I got a little carried away. BUT HOLY MOLY I COULD TOTALLY GO TO TOWN ON THESE COOKIES!!

I actually brought these cookies into my new office, and I had co-workers tell me this was the best cookie they’ve ever had!! Now, that could mean one of two things – either they’re being nice and want me to continue bringing in goodies or they really are stinking delicious.

The secret to this recipe is low and slow … yes, we’re still talking about cookies – stop it! These cookies are baked at 300 oc for 20 minutes – creating a shell exterior and an extremely chewy interior.

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Smoked Sea Salt Triple Chocolate Threat cookies

 Ingredients

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons margarine

1 cup + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

¾  teaspoon smoked salt

½ tbsp coffee powder

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 tablespoons whole milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/2  cup milk chocolate chips

½ cup dark chocolate chips

¼ cup white chocolate chips

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 Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper, lightly spray them with non-stick spray, and set aside.

Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips and margarine in a small, microwave safe bowl. Microwave until melted and well combined – should take about 20 seconds.

In a medium-sized bowl sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and smoked sea salt and coffee.

In a separate medium-sized bowl whisk together the sugars, eggs, milk, and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, and stir to combine.

Add in your melted butter/chocolate combo.

Add all 3 types of chocolate chips

Lower oven to 300 degrees and scoop batter on the prepared baking sheets, and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to rest on baking tray, for 2 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate lovers UNITE!! How perfect would these cookies be for valentines day, instead of a box of chocolates?