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Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

A few of you know that the doctor put me on the Paleo diet because of all the tummy issues I have been having for a long time now. If you haven't heard of it, it is basically no dairy except for eggs, no grains, and no sugar. Ya Ya Ya I have heard it all.... oh so no food! hah aha!

It took some getting used to and some adjusting on how I cook. But basically I can have all the fresh veggies, and fruit, grass fed meats and nuts and seeds I want sort-of. So I have been doing pretty good about 90-95% of the time. It is hard to go out to dinner sometimes.

You know how I love to bake and share my baking. Well I came across an amazing bread recipe and after hunting high and low for the paleo ingredients to make it - it is really wonderful. You don't have to be on a diet or have any health issues to enjoy this. This bread is healthy and filling, and fills the need for chocolate .

The best part is that it satisfied my love of baking and using my Demarle pans. Not to mention my love of bread and cake and cookies and all the things I shouldn't have!  

 Cooling in the Demarle Loaf Pan
Cut into while warm and melted in your mouth yummy!

Okay so here is the recipe and a few tips that I did.

Coconut oil to grease the pan. Not needed if using demarle.

For the Bread:
4 med banana (about 1 pound)
4 large omega 3 eggs
1/4 c (1/2 stick) unsalted grass-fed butter, melted. I used a whole stick by mistake, and it turned out just fine.
1/2 cup Almond butter
1/2 cup Coconut flour (I found mine at Trader Joe's) I know this isn't much flour, but it really is all you need! I was surprised too the first time I made them.
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of fine-grain sea salt (I used what I had on hand)
I also added more Cinnamon to the bread mix, maybe 2 tablespoons. I love cinnamon!

For the Swirl:
2 Tablespoons unsalted grass-fed butter
2 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips (I couldn't find these, so I used a Trader Joe's dark chocolate bar and chopped up what I needed
1 Tablespoon Organic honey. We get our honey from a local bee keeper, so I know it is the really good stuff!

Oven at 350
If using a metal loaf  9x5" pan, grease the pan and line it with parchment paper.
If using Damarle use nothing - ya that is the awesome part about Demarle!

Combine the banana, eggs, butter and almond butter in a food processor or mixing bowl and mix until the ingredients are well blended. I used my food processor as I just broke the bananas up to fit in the processor. I think you may need to mash them before putting them in a mixing bowl.

Add the coconut flour, baking soda, baking power, vanilla and salt and continue to mix until all the ingredients are well combined. TIP: I am old school, so I mixed the dry ingredients first, then spooned mixed the wet into the dry.

In a double boiler over medium-low heat, mix together the swirl ingredients. Heat, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted.

Pour the bread batter into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. As soon as you pour the batter, pour the chocolate swirl directly on top and use a knife to swirl the chocolate throughout the loaf pan.

Bake for 45 minutes, till toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. If using Demarle pan I baked for 35 minutes and it was perfect.

Remove from the oven, and let cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving.

TIP: since I got 4 little loves, I cut two for the family to try and everyone loved it. I wrapped the other two loves in plastic and foil to freeze for later.

If you try this, let me know how it turned out. You can fine more recipes like this from the civilized caveman I do not get money for saying that, just wanted you to know where it came from. Enjoy.

Clearance Rack

Have you checked out the Clearance Rack items lately? Do you know that items are added often? Be sure to check it out and don't miss out! Just click on any of the few items listed here to take you to the right page to see all that is on sale now.
Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Write Marker - by Stampin' Up!
Bravo Burgundy Stampin' Write Marker
Price: $3.50 $1.39
Brights Core'dinations Cardstock
Brights Core'dinations Cardstock
Price: $23.95 $9.59
Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $1.19
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper
Price: $12.95 $5.19
Candy Wrapper Bigz Die - by Stampin' Up!
Candy Wrapper Bigz Die
Price: $32.95 $19.79
Cannery Set Framelits Dies
Cannery Set Framelits Dies
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Cheerful Christmas Stampin' Around Standard Wheel
Cheerful Christmas Stampin' Around Standard Wheel
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Cherry Cobbler 1 Grosgrain Stitched Edge Ribbon
Cherry Cobbler 1" Grosgrain Stitched Edge Ribbon
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Whip It Up Wednesday Video

It isn't midnight yet and yep it is still Wednesday. We have been going all day long and I just now sat down to do the video as promised. I thought I had one all ready to go, but noooo I deleted it by accident! Ah - its just the way life rolls sometimes. Any hootals -

This video came from a request of Nita Taylor wanting to learn how to make boxes she could put her hand made cards into. Since I was in the mode for box making I thought it was high time to show and tell.

You will need one sheet of 12"x12" double sided designer series paper and one 12"x12" solid color card stock to coordinate. Sticky Tape or Fast Fuse. Paper trimmer with cutting blade and scoring blade on it.

Box size 4 3/4" x 6" x 2" deep will fit medium size 4 1/4"x 5 1/2" cards.

Box bottom: Cut the solid card stock to 8 3/4" x 10". Score all four side at 2". Fold score line. Cut on score line to form tabs at each corner. Glue the tabs to the inside to form the box. Watch the video to see what I mean. It is easier to video it then it is to write it!

Box top: Cut the designer series paper 9" x 10 1/4". Score all four sides at 2". Fold Score lines. Cut on the score line to form tabs at each corner. Before gluing to form the corners, this would be the time to trim each side down by 1", so the box top will not be as deep as the box bottom. This will let you see the bottom color of the box on the sides. Watch the video to see what I mean here too!

Put the top of the box on the bottom of the box and admire your creative work, now fill it with hand made cards. You can use it as a gift, or just keep it for yourself to use.

Tip you can change the size of this box to anything you need. Just measure what you want to put in the box, add 1/4"-1/2" to all sides of your item, then add 1" to 2" for the sides for the box. Remember to add additional 1/8"-1/4" for the box top.

If you make the top of the box the same size as the bottom of the box it will not go on very well and bind up the bottom of the box when trying.

Hope you enjoyed the Whip It Up Wednesday Video. Remember if you have any problems, just leave me a comment or email me for any help. Have fun making lots of boxes.

Please share this with all your friends. I am really need your help in getting my web site out there and grow my stamping business on line. I would love if you could help me out. Thanks!

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  Bone Folder 
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Life is Beautiful

 Just a little Art Abandonment Sharing. If you are interested in seeing what this is all about. Go to to read all about it. Any size, any type, any kind of art can be abandoned for a lucky someone to find. It is really fun.

You're a whole lot of wonderful

This stamp appeared in last years annual catalog and I fell in love with it. I love the greeting on it and the flower pots. It is just a single stamp, but I have shared it in club a few times now and the cards have all been different. The stampers have loved it too.

I stamped the image to the right of white card stock and using the paper trimmer, I cut the words off leaving a long ribbon of card stock. I colored in one pot with the blendabilities markers and then cut it out and pop-dotted it over the greeting "ribbon".

Cute right! I thought it was a pretty smart and simple way to use this single stamp. And besides who wouldn't want to be told that there are a whole lot of wonderful?!?

Just click on the purple highlighted underlined like to orders yours today. 

Vivid Vases Wood Stamp Set 133818
Price: $11.95
Oh, the fun you'll have with this single wood mounted image. There are so many ways you can blend and color this image and you'll want to keep trying new combinations. Set Quantity: 1.

Last of the Red White and Blue

Susan Crabb made this beauty. I love everything about this card. Susan used my favorite retired tree stamp, flowers with pearls and the back ground paper is just perfect. It is to bad she isn't still a Stampin Up Demonstrator, as she is very creative and a sweet heart too.

  This is a totally awesome take on the Red White and Blue theme. So stinkin cute. Wish I could give credit to the artist.... no name :(.  Thank you to who made it, I do really love the idea and the theme interpretation.