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Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

This amazing baked ziti recipe is lightened up with roasted vegetables. Golden mozzarella, sizzling red sauce and tender pasta make this vegetarian ziti super delicious!

Vanilla-Pear Holiday Punch

Vanilla-Pear Holiday Punch

Make this pear punch for your holiday get-togethers! It’s not too sweet, but full of cheer. Recipe yields 8 cocktails (about 48 ounces total). Divide or multiply the recipe as necessary

Healthy Banana Bread!

Healthy Banana Bread!

With this healthy banana bread recipe, you’re only a few simple ingredients away from the best banana bread ever! It’s made with whole wheat flour and naturally sweetened with honey or maple syrup. You can easily make this banana bread vegan or gluten free—check the recipe notes for details.

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS
cup melted coconut oil or avocado oil or high quality vegetable oil
½ cup low sugar honey or sugar free maple syrup (also could use syrup sweetened w/stevia)
2 Eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 ½ medium or 2 large bananas)
¼ cup milk alternative or water
1 tsp baking soda (NOT baking powder; they aren’t the same!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon, plus more to swirl on top
1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. Or, substitute 2 ½ cups oat flour.
½ cup OPTIONAL: chopped walnuts or pecans, chocolate chips, raisins, chopped dried fruit, fresh banana slices…

Directions

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (If your coconut oil solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, simply let the bowl rest in a warm place for a few minutes, like on top of your stove, or warm it for about 10 seconds in the microwave.)

Add the baking soda, vanilla, salt and cinnamon, and whisk to blend. Lastly, switch to a big spoon and stir in the flour, just until combined. Some lumps are ok! If you’re adding any additional mix-ins such as walnuts, blueberries, etc, gently fold them in now.

Pour the batter into your greased loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. If you’d like a pretty swirled effect, run the tip of a knife across the batter in a zig-zag pattern.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (typically, if I haven’t added any mix-ins, my bread is done at 55 minutes; if I have added mix-ins, it needs closer to 60 minutes). Let the bread cool in the loaf pan for at least 10 minutes. You may need to run a butter knife around the edges to loosen the bread from the pan. Carefully transfer the loaf to a wire rack to cool before slicing.