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Chocolate Chip Banana-Pumpkin Bread

This recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and put you right into the cozy fall spirit. Make use of your forgotten bananas with this tasty treat that is sure to put a smile on your face any time of the day. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a midnight snack… we won’t tell.

 

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 c. + 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. each powdered ginger, pumpkin spice seasoning, and nutmeg

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • ¾ c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk of your choosing)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

OPTIONAL

  • 1 c. chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but any will work)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate larger bowl, peel and mash the bananas.
  4. To the bananas, add the rest of the wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Should be well mixed but will be lumpy (that’s okay!).
  5. To the wet ingredients, slowly begin to mix in the dry ingredients in small increments. Continue until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated. Do not overmix.
  6. Before adding the chocolate chips to the batter, lightly coat the chips with the reserved 1 tsp. of flour. This ensures that they incorporate evenly throughout the batter and do not sink to the bottom.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Pour the batter into a greased 9×5 loaf pan.
  9. Bake the bread for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, turn the oven off but leave the bread in the oven for 10 more minutes. Do not open the oven.
  10. After the 40 minutes total of cook time, a toothpick should come out clean – if not, continue baking. Once it is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool.
  11. Once slightly cooled… enjoy!!!

 

Guest Blogger: James Madison Dietetics
Emily Salvaggio

Ricotta and Goat Cheese Pizza with Roasted Fall Vegetables

September means fall is approaching. And fall approaching means enjoying the delectable vegetables that come into season during this time of year. Lovely in-season butternut squash is the star of this tantalizing pizza atop a ricotta and goat cheese melty masterpiece.

 

Ingredients

  • Phyllo Dough or Pre-made Pizza Dough, thawed (I used phyllo dough however its flakiness, while tasty, can be difficult to work with)
  • 1 small butternut squash (sliced thinly)
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ white onion (sliced in thin rounds)
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 1/4 c. ricotta
  • 1 ½ T. chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ¾ tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. dried garlic
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Place the sliced butternut squash and tomatoes on a small sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast vegetables until just soft and golden. Approximately 5-7 minutes.
  4. Place the onions in a small pan lightly coated with olive oil.
  5. Cook the onions on a low temperature until caramelized. They should be a rich caramel color when done.
  6. While the vegetables cook, add the goat cheese and ricotta to a bowl and stir until evenly combined.
  7. To the cheese mixture add the minced and powdered garlic, thyme, onion powder, parsley, chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine.
  8. Place the puff pastry or pizza dough onto a greased cookie sheet. (I used a 12″x17″ cookie sheet). Curl the dough around each edge to form a small crust.
  9. Spread the cheese mixture evenly onto the dough.
  10. Add the vegetables evenly on top of the cheese mixture.
  11. Bake the pizza for 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melty.
  12. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

 

Guest Blogger: James Madison Dietetics
Emily Salvaggio