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Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark

Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark from Taste Love & Nourish

There’s a spot in my grocery store, just beyond the produce section, that I find irresistible. Shelves of clear cellophane bags, filled with all sorts of nuts, dried fruits and little crunchy snacky things that call my name. If it happens to be a Monday and I’ve just stepped on the scale after a weekend of socializing, I manage to walk past with my cart, full of fruits and veggies and ignore those calls. Though, any other day of the week, you’ll find me standing there, staring for a bit, then tossing bags of this and that into my cart. I cannot claim complete reckless abandon. I do try to stick to things that are low in fat and have no added sugar. The important thing to me is that they satisfy my tastebuds and give me a bit of crunch. That’s where wasabi peas come into the picture.

Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark from Taste Love & Nourish

Wasabi peas have the most wonderful crunch and the perfect amount of heat that makes my mouth happy. I tell myself that these probably count as a serving of vegetables, making it completely acceptable to eat by the handful.

Then, there are these Asian rice cracker snacks. Alone, they don’t taste like much, but paired with the wasabi peas…hmmmm.

Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark from Taste Love & Nourish

I was perfectly happy snacking on this stuff. Until one day I needed something sweet. Well, a bunch of chocolate chips happened to fall into my hand at the same time I was munching on this stuff…and that is where it all began…

Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark

Approximately 3.5 oz. your favorite dark chocolate
1/2 C. wasabi peas and Asian rice cracker mix
a pinch of coarse sea salt (optional)

In a heat resistant bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 to 45 second intervals. Stir between each until the chocolate has melted.

Line a baking sheet or other flat surface with parchment paper. Spread the melted chocolate.

Take about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the wasabi peas and a couple of rice crackers and place them in a zipper bag. Give them a light smash with a mallet to crush them up a bit. Spread the remaining peas and crackers onto the chocolate, then sprinkle on the crushed mixture and the sea salt, if using.

Cool at room temperature to harden or in the fridge for a bit. Break into pieces and enjoy.

Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark from Taste Love & Nourish

 

Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark from Taste Love & Nourish

 

Wasabi Pea Chocolate Bark from Taste Love & Nourish

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Coconut Pecan Banana Bread

This healthy Coconut Pecan Banana Bread may be the best I've ever made!  www.tasteloveandnourish.com

Something happens to me as soon as the temperatures drop. Without thinking, I whip open the pantry and start pulling out the flours and sugars and flip on the oven. You’d think we lived in the stone age and I had no choice but to light a fire to warm the house. Of course, that’s not the case, yet, no heater can warm things up the way that something baking in oven can. Just the smell alone of baking bread makes everything better.

Since we usually have a ridiculous number of bananas, I knew I needed to make some banana bread. I was going to make my standard recipe that we love, but once I saw a package of shredded coconut in the cabinet, plans immediately changed! I love coconut and knew paired with pecans, this bread would be wonderful. That combination reminds me so much of a German Chocolate Cake. Hmmm…if you love that cake as much as I do…consider dropping a handful of chocolate chips into this bread. Wouldn’t that be delicious?

I think this may be my new favorite banana bread. There is so much toasty, crunchy flavor from the coconut top and the pecans within. I think it’s that combination of textures and nutty flavors that make this bread so irrisistable. If I had been home alone when I made this…well, let’s just say my family may see this post and ask, “When did you make that?”

This healthy Coconut Pecan Banana Bread may be the best I've ever made!  www.tasteloveandnourish.com

Coconut Pecan Banana Bread

1 C. all purpose flour
2/3 C. whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
3/4 C. sugar
2 eggs
3 T. vanilla yogurt
1/4 C. coconut oil, melted
4 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 C. + 1 -2 T. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 C. pecans, toasted and chopped

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a loaf pan with parchment.

In a large bowl, whisk to combine the dry ingredients through the sugar. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, then add the yogurt and coconut oil and bananas. Whisk until combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Add 1/2 C. of the shredded coconut and all of the pecans. Mix just until combined.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and top with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut.

Bake on the center rack for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Makes one loaf.

Notes:

  • Do you buy way too many bananas like I do? If you’ve got some that are too soft to eat, peel them, slice them in half and quickly put them in a zipper bag. I remove any air from the bag and lay them on a flat surface, making sure the pieces are separated from each other so they won’t freeze into one big block of banana. They will keep for about two months in the freezer. To use in breads like this, remove what you need from the freezer and thaw in a bowl or dish until soft.
  • Don’t skip roasting the pecans in this recipe. I only say that because I used to skip that step frequently in recipes. I do it every time now. Toasting really makes a world of difference. Do a test…toast some for this recipe and keep some aside to compare. The difference is amazing, isn’t it? I like to toast in a dry skillet over medium heat. Keep a close eye on them and keep them moving in the pan. As soon as you smell the nuttiness, toss them a few more times then remove them from the heat. I like to leave them in the pan to cool while I prepare the rest of the ingredients.
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    This healthy Coconut Pecan Banana Bread may be the best I've ever made!  www.tasteloveandnourish.com