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Chocolate Chip Almond Banana Bread

After several delightfully tasty experiments, I came up with my new favourite banana bread:

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Almond Banana Bread

Made with freshly-ground whole almonds, natural sugars, vanilla, nutmeg, and dark chocolate (to mention just a few of the stellar ingredients) it's incredibly flavourful, moist, and heathy too. The almonds give the bread a satisfying bite, and lend their own natural sweetness. Speaking of sweet, I've tweaked the sugar (agave nectar) till it hit that wonderful sweet but not-too-sweet balance, which allows all the flavours and textures to shine. This recipe is dairy optional, wheat and gluten-free. Use high quality dark chocolate chips for a supremely delicious treat. I'm not one to push brands, but Ghirardelli 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate chips are pretty awesome!

Happy healthy baking :-)

Raspberry Season!

Botanical illustration of a Raspberry plant
Red raspberries (watercolor, 1892). Image from the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Lovely little raspberries everywhere~

Here's a recipe for some stellar brownies, "from the hands and heart of Kurt Frost in the kitchen of Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre:

Chocolate Chip Raspberry Brownies

These are famous!

Jackie's Super Muffins

Just scored this recipe from my friend, the vivacious Jackie Allen:

Super Nutritious Chocolate Chip Bran Muffins

"... I adapted the recipe from The Ultimate Healthy Eating Guide,
a great cookbook and health guide that I recommend buying if you are
looking for a healthy cookbook that contains up to date summaries on
current research on healthy oils, nuts, flax, fish, and chocolate! It
was made, in part, by a Toronto-based Dietitian, Liz Pearson."

Jackie, who is a nutritionist and fellow foodie, just returned from the Rio De Janeiro Marathon - Team Diabetes. Selling healthy muffins was one way she raised funds for the cause. Congrats on your run and contribution to The Canadian Diabetes Association!