The Incredible Edible Flaxseed?

I have no problem with eggs, in fact I really like eggs, as long as they are scrambled or in an omelet.  However, I'm always looking to find ways to make recipes healthier.  Munchkie's Daddy says that the world would end if I ever followed a recipe exactly.  I've had a huge overabundance of bananas in our house the last few months.  Not only ones left over from Munchkie's bday, but also we continued to get a few pounds in our weekly produce box.  And what else do you make with bananas besides banana bread?

I had heard that you could use ground flax seed in place of eggs in recipes, but wasn't quite sure how to go about doing this.  Well, thank you Pinterest for yet another helpful tip.  It's actually really easy.

For every egg you need combine 1 tablespoon ground flax seed with 3 tablespoons of water.  Let sit.

How easy is that?  Pretty easy.  The water and ground flax forms a gel of sorts and that works as the egg in recipes.  Obviously you can't make an omelet out of it, but if you're baking banana bread it works great.  A friend had passed along this nutella banana bread that you make in a crock pot.  I kind of decided that the only point of the crock pot was to not heat your house up and because it was a crock pot blog.  So I just turned my oven on and baked it the normal way.  I also made quite a few substitutions.  If you are not interested in low fat or low sugar without chemical replacements, then try out the crockpot nutella banana bread because it looks really good!

2 cups gluten free flour mix (can use all purpose flour)

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup applesauce (I used this free babyfood
we got at stories and snacks last week)
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar (or your natural sweetener of choice, honey, raw sugar, etc)

tablespoons ground flax in 6 tablespoons water, allowed to sit and gel together
1 1/4 cups
healthy banana "ice cream"
1/3 cup
almond milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 heaping cup no sugar no salt peanut butter

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a bread pan.
  2. Mix together flour salt and baking soda in a bowl
  3. Mix together apple sauce and sugar in another bowl
  4. Add the flax seed mixture and mix some more
  5. Mix in the banana, milk and vanilla and then the flour mixture
  6. In a microwave safe bowl microwave the peanut butter until very soft/runny
  7. Pull one cup of the batter out and mix together with the peanut butter and cocoa powder, it doesn't have to be completely mixed up.
  8. Put the plain batter in the bottom of the bread pan.
  9. Cover with the peanut butter mixture.
  10. Bake for 45-60minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  It will not look completely done because it is so moist.
  11. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack in the pan.
  12. Remove from pan and allow to completely cool.

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