Every now and then it is nice to have a helping hand in the kitchen. I'm not necessarily
talking about an extra pair of hands-though those would be nice-I'm talking about something that would help take breakfast, lunch and dinner decisions off my plate. At least every once in awhile. Let's face it-even the best of us get in a rut here and there. So, it was with anticipation that I awaited the latest Whole Foods box to see if they could help.
This month Whole Foods was kind enough to send a sample of the chocolate variety of NanaCakes, but they also come in multi-grain and oatmeal. (How did they know chocolate was my favorite?) Just to let you know, which you must if you read my blog even a tiny bit, I don't use many convenience foods. I mean I don't even know what to look for when I go to the grocery, because I just don't buy the stuff. No reason, really. I just prefer my own.
Well, the times are slowly changin'. And these NanaCakes helped do that. Looking at the label revealed nothing that I wouldn't put in my own pancakes or baking mix. And probably they were even healthier than what I would do.
So, that left the real question. How did they taste? No, I didn't make the pancakes; but I have enough mix to do that this coming weekend. I decided to take pity on the three brown bananas on my counter and make some chocolate banana bread.
Yum! Total yum! This stuff is really good. Moist and chocolatey and great texture. No one would ever know this bread wasn't from scratch. Plus one can bake so much with it. Yes, I know life is to short to eat boring pancakes-at least that's what NanaCakes says. I agree. But life is also to short not to have brownies and muffins and cakes and sometimes time is of the essence. Check out their website and Facebook page for tons of ideas.
NanaCakes are a Colorado product. They are found in regional Whole Foods and King Soopers and online! Ask for NanaCakes if you can't find them. Make your kids happy to wake up in the morning. Serve them NanaCakes. Serve me NanaCakes, too!
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NanaCakes Chocolate Banana Bread
Yield: 1 8x4 loaf
1 c ripe mashed bananas - about 2 or 3
1/3 c oil
1/3 c sugar
1 t vanilla
2 c NanaCakes Chocolate Mix
1 c chocolate chips
3/4 c fresh raspberries (These are optional, but they do give this deliciously sweet loaf a little tang!)
Hershey's syrup - (Totally optional, but totally good!)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x4 loaf pan. Mix bananas, eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in 2 c of mix and chocolate chips and raspberries, if using. Scrape into prepared pan. Spread Hershey's syrup on top of loaf and use a knife to marble it in.
Bake for about 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into middle of loaf comes out clean or with just a few crumbs. Let cool. Slice and enjoy!
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