Banana + Strawberry Bread

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“As long as you know how to bake…life is sure to be sweet!”

Here’s a little bit of a twist on classic banana nut bread. It’s summer so we’re lucky to have lots of strawberries! Why not add them to the banana bread and make your sweet treat a little sweeter?! This banana strawberry bread is super moist and the perfect breakfast treat or easy dessert.

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Banana + Strawberry bread

4ย bananas

5ย large strawberries

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup butter

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

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Preheat oven to 350 F. Mash the bananas in a bowl and set aside. Dice up the strawberries into little squares. ย Melt the butter in the microwave. In a large bowl, siftย together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Combine the bananas, melted butter, whisked egg, and vanilla – mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just combined, then mix in the strawberries.

Butter your loaf pan and pour the batter in. Slice the last banana lengthwise and lay both sides on top of the batter. Sprinkle the banana with a little extra sugar. Place in the oven for 60-70 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter-Banana-Bacon Pupcakes – a Cupcake for your dog!

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“Some of our greatest treasures we place in museums. Others we take for walks.”

It’s National Puppy Day! I am a huuuuge animal person, and dogs are probably my favorite. The loyalty, kindness, companionship, and love these creatures give us is nothing short of amazing – so today, let’s hear it for the dogs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your little furry friend deserves a cupcake as awesome as he/she is, so without further ado, I give you the Peanut Butter Banana and bacon Pupcake!

The Cake

(makes a dozen mini pupcakes)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 mashed, ripeย banana

2 tbsp. cottage cheese

1 egg

1/2 tsp raw honey

1/4 cup brown rice flour*

1/4 tsp baking powder

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*you can also use whole wheat flour. However, some pups can have allergies to wheat so I used the brown rice flour to be safe.

Preheat oven to 350 F and line a mini cupcake pan with 12 liners

In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, banana, cottage cheese, and egg. Add the honey and continue mixing. In a separate bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour and baking soda. Then add this to the wet ingredients and mix well. Transfer to cupcake pan and bake for 10-11 minutes or until a toothpick placed into the middle of the cakes comes out dry.

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The Frosting and Bacon

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup low fatย cream cheese

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 strips of bacon

Mix together the peanut butter and cream cheese, adding the oil until piping consistency. Add to piping bag with desired tip and pipe onto room temperature pupcakes.

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Turn stove onto medium heat and place bacon strips into pan. Once they start to curl, turn them over (This should just take a few minutes). You’ll want to fry them until they get a nice crispy consistency so that you can break the bacon into pieces that will stand up in the frosting.

Once bacon is done, turn off the stove and let the bacon cool to room temperature. Then break bacon into small parts and place into frosting.ย Next –ย let your pup enjoy (but remove the cupcake liner first)! One at a time, though ๐Ÿ™‚

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