Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Let me tell you a story…

Once upon a time there was this Princess. She was of coarse the fairest of all and had control over all the house hold…um land, I mean land!

She danced, sang, and pranced around like most princesses do, but most of all she was known for her dramatic, and quite loud,  personality.

Often times you might walk into her living quarters to find jewelry, purses, and plastic heels strewed about the room. Then when you look up to see the Princess, you notice her standing against her table wearing an oversized tutu talking to a line up of her favorite princess dolls. She talks politely but demanding to them, and if one disappoints her she slaps them onto the floor…

Her mother, quite beautiful I might add, loved to watch this Princess grow on a daily basis but knew the more she grew the more independent she would become. Instead of request to be held and cuddled, it was more like, “Go away mom, I’m playing!”

 So, in her desperate efforts to hold onto her little princess just a little longer, before Teenage Charming comes along, her mother whisks her away into the kitchen to prepare a snack.

It’s where they connect every time and share stories, laugh, and learn.

And for that moment in time, nothing matters except the love in their hearts and the chocolate on their faces…

Oh…and the muffins in the oven. Those are pretty important too…

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. spelt flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

dash of salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 c. homemade pumpkin puree, or puree from a can

1 egg-or 1 flax or chia egg

1 TB. vanilla

1/3 c. almond butter

1/3 c. melted coconut oil-cooled

1/4 c. packed finely shredded carrots, or 1 large carrot finely shredded

1/3 c. maple syrup

2 TB. non dairy milk

1/2 c. chocolate chips.

Directions:

1. Whisk dry ingredients together, (flour, salt, BP, BS, spices) in a medium bowl.

2. In a separate bowl whisk the rest of the ingredients together, besides chocolate chips. Add wet to dry and stir until incorporated. DO not overmix. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon batter into muffin liners in cupcake pan. Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes.

As soon as the muffins are done and consumed, the little princess gives her mother a hug and a kiss and quickly runs off to her big girl duties.

The mother, grateful for the time they spent, realizes what a precious and polite angel that little princess really is and wants nothing more than to give her one last big hug before she goes about her duties.

Knowing this would be no easy task, the Princess’ mother bends down and says to the princess, “Can I tell you a secret?” In which the princess replies, “Sure!”

Her mother quietly whispers in her ear saying, “I Love You!”

At that moment, the Princess looked at her mom, rolled her eyes, and said…

“That’s no secret Mom!”

The end.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree + Video Tutorial

So here’s the deal.

Pumpkin season is like a food bloggers Christmas…Am I right?

We load up on canned pumpkin, bake muffins, pies, cookies, pasta dishes etc.

We freakin’ love it.

Then the other day at Costco when I was considering buying the 90 oz. of canned pumpkin puree they were selling, I realized that the pumpkin in the can obviously wasn’t fresh. And who knows how long it had been sitting in those cans.

More importantly I was planning on loading up on the puree for baby food in the future, but then I realized that was definitely not ok…

Canned pumpkin puree is great … But fresh pumpkin puree that’s in season…

It’s phenomenal. I mean, it’s practically a different color than the canned puree. That right there should say something.

So for those of you interested in how to make your own puree, whether your going to cook with it or feed it to your baby, here is a simple how to.

And if the pictures aren’t enough, I put together an incredibly embarrassing video tutorial for you to see.

Merry Christmas.

First your going to start with a small pumpkin. I believe they are called sugar pumpkins, but I really don’t know. Neither did the guy  working in the produce section…So it’s all good.

Just make sure they aren’t the large jack-o-lantern pumpkins.

After you have washed the pumpkins, cut the stems off the pumpkins.

My knife is about as sharp as a butter knife, so this counted as an arm workout for me.

Then cut the pumpkins in half.

Next your going to scoop out the seeds, or as Baby Boo calls it, the yucky stuff…

Save the seeds people…save the seeds.

Roast them, and then coat them in chocolate. Then buy me a diamond ring because after that you will love me forever.

Next preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the pumpkins face down, or face up, on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 45 min to an hour…or until the pumpkins are soft and you can poke them with a fork.

They will brown and the skins will shrivel a little when they are done!

Using a spoon or your hands, peel off the skins.

Discard the skins and add the rest of the pumpkin into a blender or food processor and process until creamy.

Note #1: Some pumpkins are more dry then others. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal. Just add a few TB of water until you reach the desired consistency!

Note #2: Some pumpkins are more mushy than others and when blended into a puree it might seem TOO watery. Don’t worry, this is normal too! :) Just strain puree through a cheesecloth!

Store in the fridge for about a week, or store in the freezer for 6 to 8 months!! Just add about 1 c. of the puree to a plastic bag and flatten it out and lay it flat in the freezer!

Perfect for baby food!

Check out the wacky video to go along with it:

And don’t you worry my little pumpkins, I’ve got pumpkin recipes coming up to go along with this puree!

But in case you can’t wait, here is a favorite one from last year!

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Be back soon for more pumpkin madness!

Hubby Meals: Baked Pumpkin French Toast AND Date Night Video!

Every saturday when my husband has the day off we always watch the food network in the morning together.

Our favorite show to watch together is The Pioneer Woman.

If you know anything about The Pioneer Woman, she’s a food blogger too, so right away I was drawn in. She has a quirky sense of humor and her food…although not healthy lol…looks mighty tasty.

Every time we watch it together my husband sits there with his mouth wide open in awe at the delicious food she makes…

And every time he say’s the same thing, ” Now why can’t you make that?!?”

In which I reply, “Shut up and drink your greens!”

Every once in a while, because I love him, I give in and make him something that he’s been begging for. One of those dishes just happened to be baked french toast.

I’ve talked about this on the blog before, and my husbands obsession with french toast, but when he saw Ree Drumond pour that buttery sugar egg mixture over that white sourdough bread he well…Practically sharted.

JK.Gross.

Let’s just say he got really excited. Ever since then, that’s all he can talk about, so I decided to show that boy I love him and make him the meal he’s been requesting for ages…

Of coarse I practically changed the whole recipe and added a vegetable…

It’s the thought that counts right…?

Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Adapted from: the pioneer woman

Ingredients:

1 loaf crusty whole wheat bread

coconut oil for brushing pan

3/4 c. pumpkin puree

6 eggs

1 1/2 c. coconut milk

2 TB. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

dash of ginger

3/4 c. coconut sugar

Topping:

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/3 c. whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 c. coconut sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

dash of salt

Directions:

1. Begin with your loaf bread. You want a sturdy crusty loaf bread so it won’t get soggy.

2. Rip pieces of bread up and pour into greased 9X13 pan.

3. Take the rest of the ingredients for the filling and whisk together until everything is incorporated.

4. Pour filling over bread pieces and distribute filling evenly.

5. Make your topping by mixing everything together. Your oil can be hard or liquid. If it’s hard just use a fork or pastry cutter to incorporate all ingredients. If it’s liquid stir it together until combined. Drop topping through out top of french toast. Cover and place in fridge for a few hours of over night…You can also put it in the oven right away if needed.

(This is a great make ahead dish!)

6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350. Bake for 45 min. for a bread pudding consistency, or an hour + for a harder crust. (We prefer an hour.)

7. Top with maple syrup…take a bite…

Welcome to heaven!

At first I didn’t tell my husband I changed the recipe. I waited till he ate THREE servings of it!

It’s safe to assume it was a hit!

Here’s to making our husbands healthy!

I mean, happy! :)

P.S.

If your bored, we filmed a family fun video of the a Surprise Date Night that the husband took me on!

Have a great rest of your week!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Pie

Let’s talk about dessert.

We’ve all been there.

8:30 at night, kids are asleep, husband is knee deep in his fantasy football draft, and you’ve plopped yourself down on the couch to watch some good ol’ trash tv.

Then it hits you…A craving like no other. First you start to itch, and then your right eye starts twitching.

Then before you know it  your legs begin to spasm and that craving for something sweet has sent you to loose all control.

It’s getting dangerous.

You try and hold yourself back from opening that package of M&M’s that somehow mysteriously ended up in your pantry, but each time you slap yourself in the face and say, “NO Dangit!,” a giant sized red M&M grabs you in the face and says…

“EAT ME!”

This is serious.

So then you do the worst thing possible because the stress is too much to handle.

You put on your stretchy pants and head to the kitchen to do some damage.

First the M&M’s, and then the Ding Dongs.

Oh Crap! Hubby bought Peanut Butter Oreos…Get in MA’ Belly!

An hour later your husband finds you in the fetal position lying on the kitchen floor cradling a package of Tums and a bottle of chocolate syrup.

He picks you up, wipes you off, pries the chocolate sauce from your hands, and puts you to bed.

As he is tucking you in, you can’t help but wish that the previous hour was all a dream, and drinking a carton of ice cream never happened…

But it did…Oh yes it did.

Wait…You mean that’s never happened to you.

Uh, ya me neither…

Dessert cravings can be a dangerous thing…OBVIOUSLY.

The stress of trying to beat those cravings and choose a healthier option can send you into full blown panic mode.

Which is why it’s almost a necessity to have a pie on hand.

One that’s naturally sweetened, packed with protein, boost of omegas, and well one that screams…

EAT  ME!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pretzel Pie

Ingredients: (For the ice cream)

3 bananas

1 avocado

1/2 c. peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter for nut free version -make sure no sugar added, just nuts for ingredients

1/3 c. cocoa powder

1/8 c. coconut oil

1 TB. vanilla

(For the Crust)

2 1/2 c. salted pretzels

20 small/medium sized dates-pits removed

1/2 c. peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter for nut free version-make sure no sugar added, just nuts for ingredients

2 tsp. vanilla

(For the topping)

1/2 c. pretzels finely crushed into crumbs-the finer the better

Directions:

1. Prepare the crust first: In a food processor, process pretzels and dates first until fine crumbs appear. Add nut butter and vanilla until combined. Mixture will be crumbly..that’s ok! Press crust into spring form pan. (PRESS HARD)

2. Prepare the filling: Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour on top of crust and spread out. Top with the 1/2.c finely grated pretzels. (The finer the better!)

3. Place covered in freezer for a couple hours until hardened. If it’s in freezer for a longer time, let thaw for a 3-4 minutes before cutting and serving.

Now..No need to be all lady like/gentleman-ish when eating this pie.

By all means, go crazy and shove this bad boy straight into your mouth…No hesitation!

SO next time that sweet tooth craving comes a creepin’, just slap your self on the hiney and remember there’s a nice delicious healthy pie waiting for you in the freezer!

Your welcome…

:)

Anytime (Veggie) Cookies

So I’ve got this child…

She’s 100% sassy and tell’s it how it is, and right now it’s completely working against me.

Literally every single morning when we wake up this is the conversation Boo and I have:

Me: “Boo, what would you like for breakfast?”

Boo: “I want chocolate milk.”

Me: “How about we start off with something different. Would you like a smoothie instead? “

Boo: “NOOOOOO! I WANT CHOCOLATE MIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLKKK!!!” (Followed by throwing herself onto the floor, screaming…louder…and louder…)

Did you know I start off everyday with a headache?

Despite my best efforts in trying to hide all things sugary and sweet from my wee littles, I know that the subject…and the food…is unavoidable.

So where do we draw the line? Do we say yes to a little bit of sugar? Or do we just avoid it at all cost?

Here’s my take on it:

Life is about living and enjoying. I would be lying if I didn’t say that eating a rich piece of chocolatey cake on a special occasion didn’t make me the happiest girl in the world. I definitely wouldn’t ever want to deprive my kids from experiencing the joy that comes from eating delicious food.

But to me what makes ‘treats’ so enjoyable is that they aren’t something you eat everyday, that’s why they are special.

My goal is to teach my children to not fear food, or worse yet…stuff their face with cheetos and ding dongs at school when I’m not looking because they have been deprived at home.

Hopefully I can teach my kids the value of food, and how it’s best when it’s natural and wholesome. But that on occasion, a cookie isn’t going to hurt.

That cookie is meant to be enjoyed and savored…

And if you are a mom like me, with a child like Boo, then you know that asking Mom for a cookie can sometimes be a daily battle.

Which is why we have things like ANYTIME cookies…

Something a little sweet that we don’t have to feel too guilty about.

And something that can help avoid any tantrums at all cost…

Let’s be honest…THAT alone is completely worth it!

Anytime (Veggie) Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/4 c. spelt flour

1 1/2 c. oat flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. garam masala

dash of salt

1 egg

1/2 c. coconut oil

3/4 c. coconut sugar/date sugar

1 c. finely grated zucchini, or 1 c. finely grated carrot, or a combo of the two

1 TB. vanilla

1/2 c. of either the following: blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins, etc.

Directions:

1. Whisk flours, oats, spices, baking soda, and salt together.

2. In a separate bowl whisk egg, oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla together. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until incorporated. Fold in 1/2c. desired add in. Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheet. Press down dough with fingers so it flattens a little bit.

3. Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.

My favorite way to eat these is to keep them in the freezer, then I reheat them, add some almond butter on top…and well…then I eat like 5 more.

It’s all about moderation.

Best.Example.For Boo.Ever!

Little Chickpea Food Wednesday: Snack Time- Banana Pudding

Guess who is getting their very first hair cut today?

That’s right!

I am happy to announce that she will no longer look like a homeless kid whose been running the streets begging for someone to buy her a donut.

Nor will she be confused with the child from the jungle book who hangs out with wild animals and walks barefoot in the dirt.

She will finally be able to see where she is going, and stop running into walls, tables, and chairs.

And more importantly I, her mother, will have to stop holding onto the fact that she’s no longer a baby and big headbands and bows can’t hide her baby rats nest hair forever…

Oddly enough I am actually excited for her newly styled hair…However, I am dreading the process.

Let’s just say one press of the wrong button and she will go all Diva on you screaming obscenities such as, ” You’re bein’ naughty, Go on timeout!” All the while pointing her cute little finger at you with a smirk on her face.

100% sass I tell ya…

Which is why in honor of Little Chickpea Food Wednesday:

I’ve decided to share a sweet treat/snack idea that can come in handy when your child needs some encouragement…

Or bribery…However you want to put it.

Banana Pudding

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients:

1 avocado-cold (set in fridge an hour or so before)

1 1/2 bananas-cold (set in fridge an hour or so before)

4 TB plain greek yogurt or 4 TB coconut fat from can

2 TB liquid sweetener of choice

1-2 TB non dairy milk

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

1. Blend everything in a blender until creamy. 

If you hear on the news of a young mom who was sent to timeout for eternity well then you can probably assume things didn’t go as planned.

And if that happens, you can also assume that the little child running down the street in nothing but a diaper, fake plastic heels, and a huge knot in the back of their hair is none other than…

Boo.

**If you like the idea of avocado pudding, check out the Chocolate Version HERE**

Oil Free Avocado Banana Bread

In the past two weeks, I’ve been involved in two weddings.

I also have a two week old and  two year old…

Between my lack of sleep at night and the two busy weekends we’ve had, I’ve become somewhat delirious.

I find myself breastfeeding and watching re-runs of Snookie and JWOW at 3 in the morning while eating yogurt pretzels and drinking almond milk.

I’ve reached an all time high my friends.

But despite the craziness, I couldn’t be happier to see this beautiful face in the wee hours of the morning!

I’m happy to say that this week I am veggin’ out at my moms while I catch up on some sleep, and she catches up on feeding Boo a cookies and ice cream.

I’ve also scheduled a hair appointment which I am so excited about!

I’m considering the short bleach blonde Mylie Cyrus look…What ya think?

(source)

(See what I mean…Delirious)

Either way, there is one thing that sort of keeps me sane at the moment and that’s eating carbs.

Carbs with chocolate chips that is…

Trust me. It works miracles.

Oil Free Avocado Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. spelt flour, WW Pastry flour, etc…

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

dash of salt

1 egg

1/3 generous cup mashed avocado (1 medium avo)

1 generous cup mashed ripe banana (2-3 bananas)

1/3 c. peanut butter/other nut butter

1/3 c. agave, maple syrup, or honey

1 TB. vanilla

1/2 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. (Flour, B.P., B.S., Salt, spices)

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until well combined. Mix wet and dry until incorporated, then fold in chocolate chips.

3. Bake in a preheated oven in a bread pan at 350 for 40-45 minutes.

Hopefully this bread can work its magic and hold Boo over for at least an hour so she can stop asking Grandma for cookies…

That is unless I finish off the loaf early this morning. It might take a miracle for that…

No Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Balls

Life has definitely changed in our little household since Sweet Pea made her arrival.

Luckily I’ve had my husband off work all week to help me, but today is his first day back and I’m worried that he’s going to come home and find me covered in breast milk and Boo’s lunch, wearing what I’ve worn since thursday. (Wait? I’ve been like that all week…)

For those of you wondering how Boo is doing, I would say she is adjusting as expected.

She has gotten WAY louder, and I find that she screams at the top of her lungs even when she is just playing. Not to mention she has refused to sit down and eat any meal, and today she told my husband he was ‘Pissing her off…’

Luckily she hasn’t taken her anger out on Sweet Pea, but instead her bedroom door, which she slams a few bazillion times a day. I swear she was two before the baby was born, and now she is 16 year old me. I’m almost tempted to take her door off the hinges, just like my mom did.

I’m just afraid to ‘Piss her off…’

Luckily, Sweet Pea is one sweet and innocent baby girl. She sleeps a lot, and I’m not really sure how to handle that. I keep expecting her to wake up all the time, but she just continues to sleep. I pray it continues, but I’m expecting it to stop once the husband goes back to work…Did I mention I never slept as a child?

Karma.

As for cooking and spending time in the kitchen, I haven’t really done much besides making quick breakfast and lunches. I’ve had a wonderful bunch of friends who have been bringing me dinner since we got home from the hospital, and I don’t want it to end. I’m considering paying them to bring me dinner every night.

I have however been craving chocolate like it’s nobody’s business, and I obviously blame it on the hormones. After giving birth, you basically go through ‘that time of the month’ symptoms times a bazillion. My husband can vouch for this because today I cried just reading stories to Boo.

Dang you Mickey Mouse books…So fllippin’ touching.

I think I need a long nap and chocolatey cookie.

It’s the right thing to do.

No Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Balls

Makes 12-16 mini balls

Ingredients:

1/2 c. honey

1/2 c. Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (or homemade nut butter of choice)

3/4 c. brown rice crisp cereal

1/2 c. chopped pretzels

1/4 c. diced craisins

1/4 c. cocoa powder (could sub chocolate protein powder)

(Optional to roll balls in: shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, grated chocolate, etc.)

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat oil and nut butter for 45 seconds to a minute. Whisk together until creamy, then fold in the rest of the ingredients until fully combined.

(This will be an effort since it’s pretty thick and sticky.)

2. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop mini balls and place on cookie sheet with parchment paper. The balls will be really sticky. To help with this, you can either roll them in cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, grated chocolate, shredded coconut, etc…

3. Place in the freezer for 10-15 min, then transfer to fridge and store in a covered plastic/glass container.

These have been a life saver! They are so rich and decadent, I almost feel like I’m eating a piece of Sees Candy.

Almost. :-)

Have a great start to your week! I’ll be back soon with a new series of Toddler food! Can’t wait to share the details!! :-)

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

I’m going to take a break from my obsessive whining about Baby #2 not here yet, and focus on one of my most precious chickpeas.

Yesterday Baby Boo officially turned TWO, and she technically isn’t a baby anymore.

(Although I have no problem wrapping her up in a blanket and cuddling her in my arms…)

It’s hard to believe that two years came and went so fast, and now I am the mama of a sassy and sweet toddler. One that has no problem telling me no, slapping me in public, wearing tutu’s 24/7, playing with mama’s makeup, singing Justin Bieber and pointing out his picture wherever it is…

Yes my friends, she is no longer my little baby.

She now demands chocolate milk with every meal and is easily the boss in our tiny little family.

(I’m this close to teaching her how to ask Daddy for money…)

Unfortunately for the hubby’s sake, she’s 100% Diva and takes a lot after  her mama. Everything is 10 times more dramatic than it should be and she can cry at the drop of a penny.On top of everything else, she is addicted to sweets.

I will take the blame for that because half the time I’ve got my face shoved into some sort of chocolate particle…And if you open my pantry, i’ve got enough dark chocolate bars to feed Canada.

But I’m not complaining one bit. I look forward to Mommy-Daughter dates when we can spend daddy’s money and check out different sweet treats around the city. (Although…Technically we do that now.)

Which is why I knew that on Boo’s birthday she wouldn’t consider a special ‘treat’ a basket full of fries, but more like a big bowl of ice cream. Of coarse alongside of a day spent full of using daddy’s money!

That’s what birthday’s are all about!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream

Ingredients:

(For the Ice Cream)

5-6 frozen bananas processed and blended into ‘ice cream’ w/ 1 tsp. vanilla

OR

1 pint vanilla non dairy ice cream (we prefer coconut)

(For the cookie mixutre)

1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour/spelt flour/GF flour/vanilla protein powder for a protein version

1/2 oats

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

dash of salt

1/4 c. peanut butter

1/4 c. 100% maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. dark chocolate chopped/chocolate chips

Directions:

1. To make the cookies, beat nut butter, vanilla, and syrup together until combined with a mixer. Add flour, oats, spices until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. The mixture will be a little crumbly:

2. In the mixer bowl add your ice cream:

3. Mix together until cookies are incorporated throughout ice cream.

4. Eat right then, or place in freezer safe storage and save for later!

This dessert is almost as sweet as my precious two year old!

Unless you take into consideration that she’s 100% diva like her mama…

And in that case, it’s not always a sweet bowl of ice cream! :-)

I love you Baby Boo! You keep me on my toes, make me smile and laugh every day, and I’ve never loved anything so much as much as I Love You!

I’ll Love you Forever Boo!

XOXOXO-

Mommy

Zucchini Bread

It’s been a while since I’ve spent some good quality time in my kitchen, especially to bake something.

The farther along I am in this pregnancy, I find my self bending and moaning with every cramp and movement of my VERY wiggly chickpea. Not to mention, I have to stand sideways at the counter since my belly gets in they way.

Standing sideways=Awkward position=Knocking things over=Swearing in front of your two your old..

And we all know how that turns out...

Recently I’ve had a hankering to make some sort of sweet bread to have on hand for breakfast/snacks. I’ve been there done that with banana bread, and wanted to share my favorite recipe for zucchini bread.

I love adding shredded veggies into breads (like zucchini, carrots, squash etc.) because not only does it add a healthy does of veggies and their nutrients, but it also brings about a moistness to bread that I LOVE.

Top that off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and a healthy spread of nut butter and you have a pregnant lady’s best friend!

Zucchini Bread

adapted from Baby Cakes

Ingredients:

2 c. spelt flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 c. maple syrup

1/2 c.coconut oil (melted/cooled)

3/4 c. non dairy milk (I used canned coconut milk)

1 1/2 TB. vanilla extract

2 c. shredded zucchini

1/2 c. chocolate chips

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 325. In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients together. Next whisk in the rest of the ingredients except zucchini and chocolate chips. Fold in the zucchini and chocolate until incorporated.

2. Pour batter into prepared bread pan (I used  a 4 mini loaf pan) and bake for 55-65 minutes, or until bread is cooked all the way through. Let sit in pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and let cool. Wait to cut bread until cool.

By cool, I really mean still a little warm. Eating fresh bread warm is way better than eating it when it’s ‘cool’…Am I right, or am I right? :)

By the look on her face, I’ll take that as a HECK yes! :)