Healthy Coconut Banana Bread Recipe!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hi everyone! Growing up in a Polish household we always had some sort of pastries around, so it's definitely something that I crave every now and then! But I prefer to skip the enriched white flour and added sugars, so these days I like to bake them myself instead! One of my favorites recently has been coconut banana bread! While this is a healthier version it still tastes great and satisfies my cravings!

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut + additional for sprinkling
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon honey or other sweetener (optional*).
* If you prefer your banana bread sweet, think traditional banana bread, I do recommend adding in a sweetener like honey or agave nectar. Without the sweetener it will taste more savory and earthy, which I like, but I know that not everyone else will. Also, keep in mind that the more ripe your bananas are the sweeter they will be. You can also add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for additional flavor or some nuts for extra texture.

  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl. I found the easiest way to do it is using my hands, plus it's kind of fun!
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the mashed bananas and mix together. I used a wooden spoon to mix the batter by folding it over itself until the mixture was well combined. 
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until the batter thickens as it will be very runny when all of the wet ingredients are first added.
  4. Place the batter into your pan. I did first spray mine with baking spray so that the batter doesn't stick to it. Don't be afraid to fill up your dish as the batter does not rise very much.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded coconut over the top of the batter.
  6. Bake for 35min at 350°F.
P.S. You can also use this recipe to make muffins!

What are some of your favorite recipes?
Happy baking!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Hi everyone! Last week I did a red, blue, and yellow nautical theme. I used one of the Michael's $1 sticker books, blue washi from Amazon, and lots of Etsy stickers which I've linked down below. I really love the pop of yellow in this spread, I think it's a really nice way to break up the blue and red. What do you guys think?

M/D/N Label Stickers by OhHelloStationeryCo July Edition Planner Sticker Set by ItsPlanningTime | Colorful Blank Label Planner Stickers by ItsPlanningTime | Stethoscope/Doctor Label Stickers by PlannerKate1 Work Stackable Sidebar Stickers by PlannerKate1 | Flower Bottom Checklist Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Scalloped Appointment Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Mini Weather Life Planner Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Instagram Camera Stickers by CreatingAndCo | Planner Stickers by Planneresque | Summer Countdown Stickers by MilaPrintShopChevron Half Box Stickers by OneOrangeSnowflake | Task Icon Stickers by PlannerGems | Shopping Cart Stickers by KGPlanner | Asterisk Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Social Icon Stickers by PlannerGems | Ombre Checklist by Planneresque | Payday Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Open Book Stickers by KGPlanner | Read Stickers by PaperLovingMommy | Blank Label Stickers by KGPlanner | Weekend Banners by Planneresque 

How did you plan your week?
Happy Planning!

From the Weekend!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hi everyone! Last Friday Marc and I both had the day off from work so we decided to spend some time out together. We started the day at the 606 trail, which is an old railroad track that has been converted into a park. We've been really eager to check it out so we figured it was the perfect time to do so, especially because it was a gorgeous day out! It was a really cool place to take a walk full of bikers, joggers, and gorgeous views. Afterwards we stopped by another place on our list of places to visit which was Kuma's Corner. We've heard so many amazing things about this restaurant from friends we figured it was time to give it a try! I had "The Famous Kuma" chicken burger which came topped with an egg, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and lettuce. It was a little indulgent I must admit but it was so delicious, the egg really made it for me! The restaurant itself is really unique and it was a really cool place to get to try out. I really love days like this when we get to take a break from work and spend the day doing something fun together!

Happy Thursday!

Celebrating the 4th of July!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a happy 4th of July! Every year Marc and I visit his hometown to see their fireworks display. They put on a really good show and it's become a little tradition for us. For brunch we went to Buona Beef where I had a chicken Cesar salad which I've been kind of obsessed with lately. Afterwards we made a quick Starbucks run and then took a stroll through the town park while we waited to meet up with friends. In the afternoon we made our way to the picnic and found ourselves in a never ending line for funnel cake, but I just had to have one! The fireworks were really gorgeous and we had an amazing spot to watch them from. It was a really fun night and I had a really good time celebrating our country with great people and great food!

How did you spend your weekend?
Happy Monday!

July Life Planner Spread; Week 1!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hi everyone! I'm really excited to share with you today my very first spread in my 2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner! I like the vertical layout of the planner, as opposed to the horizontal, because it makes it so much easier for me to split up my days. I didn't have much going on this week, especially towards the end since it's a holiday weekend and I don't start classes till next week, so I went heavy on the decorating. I'm quite happy with how it turned out for my first spread. I think the owls are so adorable! Below I've listed all of the stickers that I used, so if you're interested in any of them you'll be able to find all of the links there. Let me know what you guys think!

July Patriotic Owl Stickers by PinkGlitteredCoffee July Edition Planner Sticker Set by ItsPlanningTime June and July Weekend Banner Planner Stickers by ItsPlanningTime | Colorful Blank Label Planner Stickers by ItsPlanningTime | Stethoscope/Doctor Label Stickers by PlannerKate1 | Work Stackable Sidebar Stickers by PlannerKate1 | Flower Bottom Checklist Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Scalloped Appointment Box Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Mini Weather Life Planner Stickers by LibbieAndCo | Instagram Camera Stickers by CreatingAndCo | Makeup Brush Stickers by Planneresque | Planner Stickers by Planneresque | Social Icon Stickers by PlannerGems | Road & Car Stickers by LisaVcreations | Shopping Cart Stickers by TheNiftyPlanner | June Holiday Stickers by HipDigiChick

How do you like to plan your week?
Happy 4th of July!

June Favorites!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

For my favorites I thought it would be fun to expand my picks to include more than just beaut products. I think this is a bit more interesting and allows me to share a wider range of the things that I love each month. Hope you guys enjoy!

My Erin Condren Life Planner has to be my favorite favorite this month. It's so pretty and so much fun to use and especially to decorate! I've become a little obsessed with getting stickers for it and I can hardly wait to start planning and decorating next week! It's also, of course, very functional and the vertical layout makes it so easy to plan my days. It's especially going to come in handy once classes start up again this upcoming week!

This OPI "shorts story" polish has got to be my favorite color for the summer. It's such a gorgeous purplish pink color that's so vibrant and is a definite stand out. It's been on my nails nearly all summer long so far! 

I've been loving monograms lately, I love how they provide that unique and personal touch, and this monograph necklace from My Name Necklace has been one of my favorite accessory as of late. It's so bright and vivid and is a great pop of color to throw into my outfits. 

This Tarte amazonian butter lipstick in "golden pink" has been my go to. It's a really pretty nude coral, that goes great with nearly any look. The formula is really creamy and hydrating which keeps my lips nice and moisturized especially in the summer heat. 

What have been some of your favorites this month?
Happy Wednesday! 

Turning 24!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hi everyone! I've been away from the blog for a while, but I feel this is the right time to start again. This passed weekend I celebrated my 24th birthday! It's still a bit surreal to me to realize that I've entered my mid twenties since I still feel like a kid in so many ways. I had a really fun time celebrating with friends and family who made this birthday a really memorable one for me.

The night before my boyfriend and I went out to my favorite sushi restaurant. It was really nice to be able to celebrate with just the two of us. Afterwards we had froyo for desert to end the night on a sweet note. On my birthday I went out for a birthday brunch with my best friend Isabella. I felt that banana french toast was the way to go. Afterwards we went to Starbucks so we could spend some more time together and chat. I've been eyeing their s'mores tart for a while, because anything s'mores is my favorite, and I finally gave it a try. It was SO good! Did I mention that I'm on a diet? Haha! Later on my mom and I went to get mani pedis together. I was really happy to be able to do something fun with her since we don't usually get to go out together. At the end of the night a few of us went out to my favorite local bar for dinner and drinks on the rooftop. Afterwards the girls surprised me with an ice cream cake which was a great way to end the night! I really can't think of a better way to have spent my birthday!

Happy Tuesday!