Double Chocolate Banana Bread
Just when you think you’ve learned one lesson, God comes right back around and teaches you that lesson all over again!
If you’ve been following me for a while you may know a little of my story. From time to time around here I like to share the things that are going on in my heart or different life experiences that I think will encourage or uplift other people.
Here’s a quick synopsis to get you caught up if you’re new to JHE.
In our first year of marriage I was struggling a lot with fear of abandonment. I was convinced that my husband was going to find someone younger, better looking, or more emotionally put together than me. I wasn’t good enough, so he was on the look out, or so I thought. I would sneak into his facebook account, emails, phone, to check on him. You name it, I did it. I was consumed with the thought of him leaving me that we couldn’t even enjoy a date night together because I thought he was ‘checking out’ another girl at dinner. I was miserable and my husband was tired of defending himself for something he didn’t do or that he did in my dreams!
I finally got to a breaking point one night after a long fight. I ended up on the closet floor, sobbing just asking God to remove this fear. Slowly but surely God removed it. I stopped having nightmares, sneaking up on my husband, and could handle going out in public without thinking he was starring at some other woman. God freed me of that fear and I have been fine ever since!
Now, here’s where the whole “God comes right back around and teaches you that lesson all over again” part comes in. The past two weeks I have been having horrible nightmares about Cason. Something bad happening to him, getting kidnapped, molested, beaten, you name it. I wake up in a full sweat and tears. Now I know, it’s a dream. But that dream is one of my fears, so to me it strikes right at the core. I told a dear friend of mine about the dreams, she prayed. I told Mike about it and he has prayed over me every night since I told him (which has been about a week). Those dreams went away completely. As in none existence.
But… there was one night, Tuesday night this week, that Mike did not pray over me. I had a bad dream about Cason, woke up panting and on the verge of tears. I started praying and was calm enough to go back to sleep but then had a dream that Mike was giving me divorce papers. After I woke up the rest of the day there was this cloud hanging over me.
Why was I experiencing all this fear again? I had been set free from it. Is it coming back? I don’t know if I have the strength to walk down this road again. It was so painful and hard the first time, I can’t do it again. I won’t do it again. I just want it to go away. The more I lingered on it, the more the fear set in. I was just opening the floodgates.
Then I heard the Lord say … you don’t have to walk through this alone Krista. There are still some things you aren’t giving to me. You don’t need to hold onto them. You can trust me with them, you can trust me with your fears.
It was then that I realized this process of “letting go” of my fears is like peeling an onion. God shows us that first layer and it’s rough, but by God’s grace and His strength we get it off. We start to get a little softer and hear God’s voice more. Then when we are READY God shows us another layer, and gently, slowly, quietly urges us to let go and give it to him. Sometimes I still feel like that stubborn 2 year old who stands with her hands crossed before the Lord saying, ” no I don’t want to give it to you, I want to hold onto it myself.” But deep down I know that it does me no good, I am just getting hurt in the process and it’s a miserable way to live, in fear. So, all that to say, God is peeling back another layer and teaching me to trust him with my fears.
What is God teaching you right now?
Ok, there is no real good way to transition from that to food. Awkward. So, I’m just gonna go for it and we’re going to pretend like it was the world’s best transition ever… mmmmkay?
I made this Double Chocolate Banana Bread the same exact time I made these Skinny Banana Nut Muffins. I had a boat load of bad bananas and needed a way to use them up so the answer is ALWAYS banana bread. Can I get an amen!!!
Except this banana bread is like no other. It’s made with white whole wheat flour, honey and unsweetened applesauce as the sweetener (no refined sugar), cocoa powder, AND mini chocolate chips for a little Double Chocolate action. Cuz let’s be honest, double chocolate is WAY better than singular chocolate.
This Banana Bread is incredibly moist from the applesauce and honey, it has a nice crust on the outside from browning it and the inside is pure heaven. I promise you that you’ll fall in love with this recipe. If you don’t want the Double Chocolate action, which I don’t know why you won’t, you can just omit the cocoa powder and have Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips. It will still be just as fantastic. This Double Chocolate Banana Bread is a great on the go breakfast you and the kiddos can grab as you’re running out the door for school or an after school snack to help you get through homework. Can’t wait to hear what you think friends! Bon Appetite!
This Double Chocolate Banana Bread is incredibly moist, filled with rich chocolate flavor and only 196 calories a slice. The perfect healthy breakfast (or dessert) recipe!
- 3 bananas
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Grease and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl add banana, coconut oil, applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla extract. Using a fork smash the bananas, and mix the rest of the ingredients together.
- Next, add in white whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Mix until dry ingredients are completely incorporated with the wet. Add in mini chocolate chips, fold to combine.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let sit for 5 minutes and serve!
- Serving Size: 1 slice
- Calories: 196
- Sugar: 15 g
- Sodium: 209 mg
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 31 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 16 mg
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