It’s been way too long since either of us were able to use a proper kitchen.
Almost seven months, by my count. Seven months of relying on cafeteria food, pre-made meals, Starbucks breakfasts, and instant coffee. It was the price we had to pay to live out our adventures- moving from place to place every few months, racing through life with jam-packed schedules in a whirlwind of travel and exploration. It’s been amazing, exhilarating, and so, so worth it, but oh my LORD are we psyched to have a kitchen again.
The delicious food aside, there’s really nothing that can beat the feeling of a cozy, home-cooked meal, or the warm, dreamy scent of cookies baking in the oven. The outside world is coated in fluffy white, but inside the fire is dancing and the coffee is steaming, and it’s the perfect time for baking.
But, there’s a catch. Instead of the usual sugar-fest I would go for at this time of year, my body is in desperate need of a break. After months of processed food, 7/11 chocolate bars, and Chinese-style dessert buns, I decided (with some grouching from my mother) that I was going to satisfy my dessert cravings with something a little bit healthier this year.
This is the first time I have ever attempted a recipe like this, and I was happily surprised at the result. The batter was sweet and delicious, and the baked cake was moist and chocolately. For a cake made primarily of bananas and yogurt (!!!), the results were incredible!
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup greek style yogurt
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 and 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cocoa nibs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Butter an 8 inch square cooking pan or a loaf pan (which makes 2 loafs).
- In a blender, combine the bananas, yogurt, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, almond extract, and peanut butter until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix in the egg.
5. Add the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda, and mix
6. Add however many chocolate chips or cocoa nibs you want to the batter.
7. Pour into the prepared pan (if you’re using a loaf pan, pour half the mixture in) and sprinkle more chocolate chips on top
8. Bake for 30-32 minutes until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
9. Enjoy a guilt-free holiday treat!