Vegan Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 

Madelyn and I found this recipe on Pinterest yesterday and decided to bake it today.  It turned out really well.  I am a southern girl and must say that it reminded me of a good ol’ chocolate pound cake.  If you have a couple browning bananas…. give it a go.  

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
makes one loaf, adapted from joy the baker

2 flax eggs (2 Tbsp flax + 6 Tbsp water)
3/4 C almond milk
3/4 tsp lemon juice

2 C flour
1 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 stick (8 Tbsp) vegan butter
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C light brown sugar, packed
2 ripe bananas, mashed
3 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a 9 by 5″ loaf pan, then set it on top of a baking sheet. (Extra insulation so the bottom of the bread won’t burn!)
 In a small bowl combine the almond milk and the lemon juice, and set aside to let curdle.
Beat the butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until soft. Add in the sugars and beat for another minute. Add the flax eggs and mix again. Add the mashed bananas and mix on low until fully combined.
In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the dry mixture into the wet ingredients a little at a time, mixing to combine.
Add the almond milk/lemon juice mixture into the bowl and mix in.
Lastly, add in the chopped chocolate ( I just used chocolate chips) and stir.
Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes. Then loosly cover the top of the bread with tin foil to keep the top from burning, and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.
Let cool for about 20 minutes and then transfer out of the pan.

*Must give credit where credit is due…. here is the blog where I found the recipe.

Mom’s Rules

 

I can not take full credit for this creation.  I took a photo of these words on a painting in a Swoozies store several weeks ago.  I thought the rules were awesome, but I wasn’t about to pay $70 for the canvas before me.  I wondered if I could make one of my own and hang in our home.  Well, I did.  I bought a 18 X 24 in. canvas from Michaels.  I painted the background first, then mixed up my acrylic colors I wanted for my word areas.  I wrote the words out in pencil, then I painted them with acrylic black paint.    I couldn’t be more pleased and now we have a bright happy reminder in our home that promotes peace, joy, uniqueness, and love.

Soccer Season

Madelyn is on a classic team within Triangle United this year.  She and her team have already played eight games in two weekends.  She loves it.  Our left wing player is a trooper and is growing already within this new team.

I can officially say that one of Scott’s dreams has come true…. all of his children are on soccer teams and enjoy the sport.  Julian has started playing for the Duke School soccer team and his games start soon.  Our little two guys, Kalen and Brayden, start practice this week.

Here are a few snapshots within the last two tournament weekends:

Madelyn’s team placed second in the this weekend’s Labor Day Shootout in Greensboro.  They played 4 games and performed beautifully!  Madelyn’s fan club was in full effect, even Jasper tagged along to show his support.  🙂