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Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread #FoodieExtravaganza

Today, my anniversary (how fitting), I am sharing with you the sweetness of chocolate love, with all my friends at Foodie Extravaganza.Foodie Extravaganza badge

This loaf is like a triple chocolate loaf of bread, but it has double the chips- I honestly had no idea what to call this- it’s like a chocolate madness with bananas so you can pretend it’s good for you! Actually it isn’t too bad. This recipe has NO added fat. Like zero. None. What?! I know! Tasting is believing my friends.

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (3)

The pictures taken (at night- ugh!) do not do this bread justice at all!  This is a highly requested bake in my house. Did you catch that? I said it was a “bake”- like I am British and in the Great British Baking Show– I adore that show, are you obsessed a bit too?!  Anywhoo- lately (since my obsession) everything I bake is “a bake” and this had a “good bake.” The fun never ends…{wink}

Here’s your new favorite recipe for Banana Bread in printable form:

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This is the easiest, most chocolately, low-guilt dessert or even snack bread that I make. Dense, full of banana and chocolate...you'll only be sorry you didn't make 2 loaves!

Ingredients

  • 4 Ripe bananas, smashed
  • 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup dark (or milk) chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
  2. In a large bowl, add the bananas, making sure they are smashed thoroughly (I use a potato masher).
  3. Mix in the eggs and sugar. Add the flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. Add the chips and stir until mixed.
  4. Spread evenly a prepared loaf-pan, and bake for 1 hour, or until a knife inserted in the center, comes out clean.
  5. Let cool on a rack. Remove from the pan, and slice to serve.
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If that wasn’t chocolatey enough for you, check out the rest of these Chocolate Lover’s recipes from the Foodie Extravaganza crew!

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dippers

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dippers #SundaySupper

“Skinny” Buffalo Chicken Dippers? I know. I don’t know about “Skinny” but healthier for sure! I just get sick of saying everything is heathier. Plus, I got this recipe way back when…I did the South Beach Diet- ugh. My husband loved these. Actually needed these. When I wouldn’t let him eat the wings with all the skin and deep fried and all that goes with delicious Buffalo wings…this appeased the craving and felt good on his gut- and mine! Hence, “Skinny” Buffalo Chicken Dippers.

I love Buffalo flavors anyway, and have made lots of yummy apps like, these Buffalo Bites done 3 ways (they are wontons)…

But I love these little dippers that I’m sharing today because they are SO EASY, one little package of deliciousness, and are great as leftovers on a salad- there I said it. They go with salad.

Healthy Buffalo Bites on a Salad

So when you are surrounded by wings, dips, and all things fried…bring this to your next tailgate or football party with a salad, and you will have plenty to eat!

Healthy Buffalo Bites with a slice of celery and ready to dip!

Now here’s the thing: If you are from anywhere near Buffalo, New York, you dip in Blue Cheese. It’s not even a question. You either dip in blue cheese dip, or nothing. There is no alternative.

Healthy Buffalo Bite with a slice of celery dipped in Blue Cheese! (1)

Having moved to Massachusetts in my 20’s I was shocked and dismayed at the prospect of dipping a perfectly good wing into…Ranch. Nope.

But alas, twenty years later, I am nicer, and I cater to my guest’s wants and desires…so Ranch and Blue Cheese both have a seat at my table if I am serving wings. These Buffalo Chicken Dippers are the wings at my table this year, so I will of course have both dipping options. Here are the homemade versions:

Ranch

Homemade Lowfat Ranch Dip

Blue Cheese

Healthy Blue Cheese Dip or Dressing

My musts: Keep them separate and label them well!

Buffalo Chicken Bites on a white plate with red cups of blue cheese and ranch to dip into.

Now….on to the chicken and how to make this deliciousness.

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dippers

Cut the chicken up into bite-sized pieces that you can fit on a toothpick. Season.

Saute the chicken until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes and remove to a separate bowl.

Melt the butter, add the hot sauce, and stir until combined. Add the chicken back to the skillet andcook until bubbly and all the chicken is coated. Remove from the heat.

Buffalo Chicken Bite in Process collage of ingredients, cooking

Cut the celery thin, into pieces like this:

Buffalo Chicken Bites on a toothpick with celery

Skewer a celery piece, and then a chicken piece. Continue until the plate is filled. Alternatively you can make a mound of chicken and serve the toothpicks and celery on the side, as that is amazingly delish too.

Buffalo Chicken Bites in a mound with dipping sauces in red dishes behind the bowl

For your dipping sauce, choose either or both the Blue Cheese Dip or the Ranch.  Serve on the side.

Now all your guest have to do  is grab a toothpick, dip and put it on the plate- no mess. So easy. You’re welcome. Like I mentioned, this was a (affiliate link) South Beach Diet recipe that I adapted and don’t really know which exact cookbook it’s from, since I just make it from memory for the past 10 years, but if you want to see the original you can go to the library and check it out or see it on Amazon!

Here’s the Printable version:

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dippers #SundaySupper

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dippers #SundaySupper

This is one of my favorite recipes that I have adapted to enjoy the taste of Buffalo wings, guilt-free!

Ingredients

  • 4 boned, and skinned chicken breasts (or 2 whole breasts, not split yet)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil for frying
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup soft butter substitute (I used Smart Balance)
  • 1/2 cup Red Hot sauce (not the buffalo sauce- I used Frank's)
  • Optional for serving
  • Celery sticks, carrot sticks
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  1. In a large, non-stick frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Cut the chicken up into bite-sized pieces and season all of it by sprinkling the garlic powder, salt and pepper all over it. Add to the oil in two batches, so not to overcrowd the pan. You want to brown the chicken, not steam it.
  3. Saute the chicken until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes and remove to a separate bowl. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked.
  4. To the empty pan, add the butter and melt it.
  5. Add the hot sauce, and stir until combined. Add the chicken back to the skillet and cook until bubbly and all the chicken is coated with the sauce. Remove from the heat.
  6. Serve in a mound with celery sticks and carrots on the side, along with your chosen dipping sauce
  7. or
  8. Serve on a tootpick, by cutting the celery into slices, skewering a celery slice, and then a chicken piece and place on a platter. Serve with the sauces on the side.
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Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dipper Bites

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Healthy Ranch Dip or Dressing large bowl on a wood table with garnish of parsley

Homemade Healthier Ranch Dip

You may have seen my Homemade Healthier Blue Cheese Dip on Wednesday…so to be fair to those who dip their wings and things into ranch…(I have no idea WHY?!), this one’s for you!

Obviously, you can tell, I am in the Blue Cheese Camp for dipping…but I love this homemade Ranch Dip as a salad dressing too- or as a dip for veggies, so I knew, no matter what dipping-side you may lean, that you’d love this recipe like I do!

It’s similar to the Blue Cheese Dip, in that I use greek yogurt to substitute for some of the fat from sour cream or mayonnaise. But I also add in buttermilk- which if you don’t buy it and are worried about the leftovers, buttermilk makes AMAZING pancakes and muffins as a substitute for milk.

Healthier Ranch Dip or Dressing Garelick Buttermilt pouring into a bowl being whisked together.

Homemade Healthier Ranch Dip

1/2 cup low-fat or full fat plain greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. buttermilk (I use the brand above, but you can use any cultured buttermilk)
1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried dill
1 tsp. fresh minced garlic (but in a pinch powder will do)
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. fresh chopped (fine) parsley (or 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley)

In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, buttermilk, worcestershire, and lemon juice until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until combined. Thin with more buttermilk until it’s the consistency you like. Adjust seasoning with salt/pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing in a white bowl and parsley as garnish

Printable:

Homemade Healthier Ranch Dip

Homemade Healthier Ranch Dip

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup low-fat or full fat plain greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp. buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 tsp. fresh minced garlic (but in a pinch powder will do)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped fine (or 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, buttermilk, worcestershire, and lemon juice until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until combined. Thin with more buttermilk until it's the consistency you like. Adjust seasoning with salt/pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
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Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing split image with whisk on top and bowl with parsley garnish on the bottom

I may actually like both this dip and the Blue Cheese dip the same now…It may be showdown, come game day!

You tell me- Ranch or Blue Cheese?

Healthy Ranch Dip or Dressing image in athe right corner on wood table and whisk in bowl

Healthy Ranch Dip or Dressing large bowl on a wood table with garnish of parsley

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