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This homemade pita bread recipe is easy to make with only 5 ingredients. It's the softest pita bread that bakes with a pocket perfect for stuffing with falafel, hummus, crunchy chickpeas, etc.

a stack of 6 Pita Breads

I always prefer homemade bread (like naan, pretzel bread, french bread, etc) to store-bought, and this homemade pita bread is no exception.

Mediterranean food is my favorite, so over the years I have perfected the method of making homemade pita so our family can enjoy it without leaving the house.

This homemade pita bread is easy to make with only 5 ingredients. It is the softest pita that bakes with a pocket perfect for stuffing with falafel, hummus, crunchy chickpeas, Greek salad, etc.

overhead view of 6 homemade Pita Bread

Pita Bread Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead view of the ingredients in this Homemade Pita Bread Recipe
  • All-purpose flour. Bread flour is a good substitute for all-purpose. You can replace up to ¼ cup of flour with whole wheat flour.
  • Fine sea salt. If using iodized salt, reduce the amount by half.
  • Olive oil. Canola or avocado oil can be used in place of olive oil.
  • Honey. Granulated sugar is a suitable substitute for honey.
  • Active dry yeast. Instant yeast can be used in place of active dry!
homemade Pita Bread  cut in half with the pocket inside showing on top of 5 other pita breads

How to make Pita Bread

There are a few tips and tricks to making sure your pita bread turns out perfectly every time. We'll discuss the method as well as ways to make enjoying homemade pita foolproof.

Make the dough

Begin the recipe by proofing the yeast. Make sure the water is around 105 degrees F. If the temperature is hotter it could kill the yeast. Let it sit until the mixture is foamy.

If it doesn't foam that probably means the yeast is expired the water was too hot and it died. If this happens, start over with fresh yeast or cooler water.

Once the yeast is proofed, add olive oil and stir to combine.

two photos showing how to make pita bread - proofed  yeast and combining wet ingredients

Then, add 2 cups flour and salt and mix with dough hook.

Once the flour is incorporated, add additional flour ¼ cup at a time until dough forms a sightly sticky/tacky ball on the dough hook.

two photos showing how to make pita bread - adding flour and salt

Next, remove the dough to a well-floured surface and knead, adding more flour as needed until ball is smooth and only slightly sticky.

two photos showing how to make pita bread - kneading into a ball

Then, transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl covered with a damp towel in a warm place to rise until doubled (about 60 minutes).

two photos showing how to make pita bread - dough in a glass bowl before and after rising

Once dough is risen, preheat oven to 500 degrees F and lightly grease two large baking sheets.

Punch down/degas the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces (I suggest weighing the dough to ensure even pieces. I made 8: 646.8 g/8 = 80.85 g per pita ).

two photos showing how to make pita bread - punching down dough & dividing it into 8 pieces

Then, roll each piece of dough into a 7-inch circle and transfer to the greased baking sheets (4 per sheet).

Optional: Cover with a lightly dampened towel and let rise for 15 minutes (this step is optional, but I find more of the pitas puff up nicely if they are left to rest for a few minutes).

two photos showing how to make pita bread - rolling and measuring out pita dough

Bake

Bake the pita bread dough in the preheated oven for 4-5 minutes, until they are puffed and just barely starting to brown.

Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack loosely covered with a slightly damp towel.

Bake the remaining 4 pitas and serve warm.

Note: Some of the pitas may not puff nicely, but they still taste amazing. It takes time and practice to get the method of making pita bread just right so they puff up every time. Also, environmental factors (humidity, temperature, etc.) play a huge role in making perfect pitas.

two photos showing how to make pita bread - on a baking sheet before and after baking

Transfer to a wire rack and cover with a slightly damp tea towel to cool slightly before serving. The slightly damp towel keeps the pitas soft and moist.

Serve

Serve this pita bread warm with homemade hummus or tzatziki. Here are some main dish suggestions:

homemade Pita Bread  on a wire cooling rack

Store

Store pitas in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Freeze

Or, freeze the baked pitas in a single layer in an airtight container (or plastic bag) for up to 2 months. Reheat in the microwave or wrapped in foil in the oven.

To make in advance

You can make this pita bread recipe in advance, here's how.

  • Make the dough according to the recipe instructions. When it's ready for the first rise, put it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap then a damp towel.
  • Store the dough in the refrigerator for a few hours or up to overnight. This will slow the rise process.
  • Then, when you're ready, portion, roll and bake the pitas!
a stack of 6 Pita Bread

Recipe FAQs

What makes pita bread different?

Pita bread is rolled thin and baked at a very high temperature so it rises quickly and creates a pocket.

Why is my pita bread not puffing up?

There are a few mistakes that could cause the pita to not puff and create a pocket. 1) The dough didn't rise long enough after being formed into a circle. 2) the oven temperature isn't hot enough. 3)

What is pita bread eaten with?

Serve this pita bread warm with homemade hummus or tzatziki. Here are some main dish suggestions:
Greek meatballs are easy and delicious, serve them on the side or stuffed inside.
Hummus chicken.
A hearty Greek salad with roasted chickpeas.

homemade Pita Bread  cut in half with the pocket inside showing on top of 5 other pita breads

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Homemade Pita Bread Recipe

This homemade pita bread recipe is easy to make with only 5 ingredients. It's the softest pita bread that bakes with a pocket perfect for stuffing with falafel, hummus, crunchy chickpeas, etc.
Course Appetizer, bread, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rising 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 pitas
Calories 191kcal
Author Laura

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine water, honey and yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let set until foamy (5-10 minutes).
  • Add olive oil and stir to combine.
  • Then, add 2 cups flour and salt and mix with dough hook.
  • Add additional flour ¼ cup at a time until dough forms a sightly sticky/tacky ball on the dough hook.
  • Remove to a well-floured surface and knead, adding more flour as needed until ball is smooth and only slightly sticky.
  • Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a damp towel in a warm place to rise until doubled (about 60 minutes).
  • Once dough is risen, preheat oven to 500 degrees F and lightly grease two large baking sheets.
  • Punch down/degas the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces (I suggest weighing the dough to ensure even pieces. I made 8: 646.8/8 = 80.85 g per pita ).
  • Take pieces one at a time and roll into 7-inch circles, transfer to the greased baking sheets (4 per sheet). Cover with a lightly dampened towel and let rise for 15-30 minutes (this step is optional, but I find more of the pitas puff up nicely if they are left to rest for a few minutes).
  • Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack loosely covered with a slightly damp towel.
  • Bake the remaining 4 pitas.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and cover with a slightly damp tea towel to cool slightly before serving.

Video

Notes

Ingredient substitutions

  • All-purpose flour. Bread flour is a good substitute for all-purpose. You can replace up to ¼ cup of flour with whole wheat flour.
  • Fine sea salt. If using iodized salt, reduce the amount by half.
  • Olive oil. Canola or avocado oil can be used in place of olive oil.
  • Honey. Granulated sugar is a suitable substitute for honey.
  • Active dry yeast. Instant yeast can be used in place of active dry!

Store

Store pitas in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

Freeze

Or, freeze the baked pitas in a single layer in an airtight container (or plastic bag) for up to 2 months. Reheat in the microwave or wrapped in foil in the oven.

To make in advance

You can make this pita bread recipe in advance, here's how.
  • Make the dough according to the recipe instructions. When it's ready for the first rise, put it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap then a damp towel.
  • Store the dough in the refrigerator for a few hours or up to overnight. This will slow the rise process.
  • Then, when you're ready, portion, roll and bake the pitas!
Note: Some of the pitas may not puff nicely, but they still taste amazing. It takes time and practice to get the method of making pita bread just right so they puff up every time. Also, environmental factors (humidity, temperature, etc.) play a huge role in making perfect pitas.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pita | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg

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Homemade Hummus https://joyfoodsunshine.com/homemade-hummus/ https://joyfoodsunshine.com/homemade-hummus/#respond Fri, 07 Jan 2022 10:21:00 +0000 https://joyfoodsunshine.com/?p=39765 This homemade hummus recipe is silky smooth and flavorful. It only takes 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make the best, restaurant-quality hummus at home.

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This homemade hummus recipe is silky smooth and flavorful. It only takes 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make the best, restaurant-quality hummus at home.

overhead view of a bowl of Homemade Hummus topped with olive oil, paprika and parsley surrounded by vegetables and pita bread

I've mentioned before that the closing of my favorite restaurant has inspired me to create my favorite Mediterranean dishes (like this Greek salad) at home. This easy hummus recipe is smooth, flavorful and irresistibly creamy.

It is the best hummus recipe you will ever make. I took my time and perfected the ratios of ingredients to create a homemade hummus that I like even better than my favorite restaurant. Plus it only takes five minutes and five ingredients to make!

Hummus is a staple in our home, my kids will eat just about anything dipped in hummus (plus we love this hummus chicken) and it's a healthy and filling snack I'm happy to let them enjoy any time day or night.

And nothing beats sitting at the table, snacking on pita and hummus before dinner is ready (namely these Greek meatballs and tzatziki)!

a triangle of pita bread being dipped into a bowl of Homemade Hummus topped with olive oil, paprika and parsley

Homemade Hummus Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead view of the ingredients in this Homemade Hummus Recipe
  • Chickpeas. To make this Hummus recipe I used a 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed. You can use 1 ¼ cup of cooked chickpeas if you like to prepare your own. White beans (northern beans) can also be used in place of chickpeas.
  • Tahini. I personally do not think there is a suitable substitution for tahini. It's part of the authentic flavor of this hummus recipe. You can grind your own sesame seeds in a Vitamix or food processor to make tahini if you have some on hand.
  • Olive Oil. Avocado or canola oil can be used in place of olive oil.
  • Lemon Juice. Fresh or bottled lemon juice both work well in this recipe.
  • Minced garlic. Freshly roasted garlic is an amazing substitution for jarred minced garlic. You can also substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder for the 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.
  • Fine sea salt. use your favorite salt.
  • Ground cumin. you could use ground coriander in a pinch, but cumin is really the best.
  • Water. You can reserve some of the chickpea liquid from the can and use it in place of water, or substitute more oil for the water.
a bowl of Homemade Hummus topped with olive oil, paprika and parsley

How to Make Hummus

You might never buy store-bought hummus again once you realize how easy it is to make homemade hummus! This recipe comes together in 5 minutes flat - and I always keep the ingredients to make it on hand for when the craving strikes.

To begin, place the ingredients in the order listed in the recipe card into the container of a Vitamix (or another high-powered blender).

photo showing How to Make Hummus in a blender - adding the ingredients before being blended

Then blend, starting at low speed and increasing to high. Blend on high speed for about 60 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth.

*If desired, add more water 1 TBS at a time to achieve your desired consistency. I find 2 TBS water creates perfectly smooth and creamy hummus.

photo showing How to Make Hummus mixture after being blended

Serve

Serve immediately or store/chill to serve later. We like serving it with a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of smoked paprika and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley.

Don't forget to make homemade naan or homemade pita bread to dip into the hummus.

You can also use this hummus recipe to make hummus chicken!

Store/freeze

Store in an airtight container (preferably glass) in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw slowly in the refrigerator or on the counter - do not microwave.

overhead view of a bowl of Homemade Hummus topped with olive oil, paprika and parsley surrounded by vegetables and pita bread

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze hummus?

Yes. Freeze hummus in an airtight glass container for up to 2 months. Thaw slowly in the refrigerator or on the counter - do not microwave.

What can you eat hummus with?

Eat it with raw veggies, homemade pita, homemade naan, pita chips, pretzels, etc.

Is a hummus healthy?

Yes, hummus is one of the healthiest dip recipes you can enjoy. It's low in calories and high in protein, fiber and nutrients.

Is hummus better with or without tahini?

For the most authentic flavor, tahini is a necessary ingredient and hummus tastes the best when it is used in the recipe.

What can I use instead of tahini in hummus?

Sunflower seed butter, almond butter, roasted sesame seeds (if you have a powerful blender), or you can simply omit the tahini.

Which tahini is best for hummus?

I prefer organic tahini made with one ingredient: sesame seeds like this Kevala Organic Tahini.

How long does homemade hummus last?

This homemade hummus recipe lasts for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer.

a triangle of pita bread being dipped into a bowl of Homemade Hummus topped with olive oil, paprika and parsley

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Homemade Hummus Recipe

This homemade hummus recipe is silky smooth and bursting with flavor. It only takes 5 ingredients and 5 minutes to make the best, restaurant-quality hummus at home.
Course Appetizer, dip, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servigns
Calories 127kcal
Author Laura

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place ingredients in the order listed into the container of a Vitamix (or another high-powered blender).
  • Blend, starting at low speed and increasing to high. Blend on high speed for about 60 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth.
  • *If desired, add more water 1 TBS at a time to achieve your desired consistency. I find 2 TBS water creates the perfect smooth and creamy hummus.
  • Serve immediately or store/chill to serve later.

Video

Notes

Ingredient substitutions

  • Chickpeas. To make this Hummus recipe I used a 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed. You can use 1 ¼ cup of cooked chickpeas if you like to prepare your own. White beans (northern beans) can also be used in place of chickpeas.
  • Tahini. I personally do not think there is a suitable substitution for tahini. It's part of the authentic flavor of this hummus recipe. You can grind your own sesame seeds in a Vitamix or food processor to make tahini if you have some on hand.
  • Olive Oil. Avocado or canola oil can be used in place of olive oil.
  • Lemon Juice. Fresh or bottled lemon juice both work well in this recipe.
  • Minced garlic. Freshly roasted garlic is an amazing substitution for jarred minced garlic. You can also substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder for the 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.
  • Fine sea salt. use your favorite salt.
  • Ground cumin. you could use ground coriander in a pinch, but cumin is really the best.
  • Water. You can reserve some of the chickpea liquid from the can and use it in place of water, or substitute more oil for the water.

Serve

Serve immediately or store/chill to serve later. We like serving it with a drizzle of olive oil, a dash of smoked paprika and a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley.
Don't forget to make homemade naan or homemade pita bread to dip into the hummus.
You can also use this hummus recipe to make hummus chicken!

Store/freeze

Store in an airtight container (preferably glass) in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw slowly in the refrigerator or on the counter - do not microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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This vegetarian chili recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes on the stovetop. It’s loaded with veggies and perfectly seasoned with a homemade spice mixture. It's a healthy, hearty and cozy meal. 

a bowl of Vegetarian Chili with sour cream, cheese, chips and chives.

Chili is one of our favorite cold weather meals. We love beef chili, chicken chili, turkey chili, etc. So I decided to create the best vegetarian chili for my fellow veggie lovers!

This vegetarian chili recipe is the epitome of healthy comfort food. It's absolutely loaded with vegetables and perfectly seasoned with a homemade spice mixture.

It's easy to make in 30 minutes which means it's a healthy, quick and easy weeknight meal.

a bowl of Vegetarian Chili with sour cream, cheese, chips and chives.

Vegetarian Chili: Ingredients and Substitutions

Note: you can replace any vegetable with an equal amount of another vegetable if there's a veggie you don't prefer listed in this recipe.

overhead view of the ingredients in this Vegetarian Chili Recipe
  • Olive oil. Avocado oil or canola oil are good substitutes for olive oil.
  • Onion. Use red, yellow, or a sweet white onion.
  • Minced garlic. Garlic powder can be used in place of minced garlic, just add it with the spice blend. 
  • Sweet potato. You can substitute your favorite potato here, but I prefer sweet potatoes (yams).
  • Bell peppers. any color variety of bell pepper works well in this recipe. If you like to add some heat, use spicier peppers.
  • Shredded zucchini. I like to shred it so that it's undetectable to my kids. You can dice it if you prefer.
  • Corn. Fresh and frozen corn both work well in this turkey chili.
  • Spice mixture. I have written this recipe with the spice ratios and combination that we enjoy the most. If you change it I cannot guarantee the results. The one thing I will say is that you can add more chili powder, or some cayenne powder to increase the heat if you wish (we like mild chili). 
  • Fire roasted tomatoes.You can substitute regular canned, diced tomatoes.
  • Black Beans. I use one can of black beans because my husband does not prefer beans, so I don't like to make our chili too "beany." However you can add another can (2 cans total) if you love beans. You can also use any type of beans you like. My other favorites are kidney beans, great northern (white) beans, and garbanzo beans (chickpeas).
  • Tomato sauce. I always have canned tomato sauce on hand (to make homemade pizza sauce). But you can substitute homemade tomato sauce as well.
Vegetarian Chili in a pot with a wooden spoon taking a scoop

How to make vegetarian chili

This veggie chili recipe comes together in 30 minutes flat. It is important to follow the order the vegetables are cooked in (sweet potatoes first, etc). to ensure they are all properly cooked.

Begin my making the spice mixture by combining all the spices listed in a small bowl. Set this mixture aside to use later.

a bowl of homemade vegetarian chili spice mixture

Next, cook the sweet potato, water, 2 TBS olive oil, onion and minced garlic in a large pot, covered over medium heat. Be sure to stir occasionally until the sweet potatoes are soft (about 10-15 minutes).

Note: If you chop the vegetables into very small pieces, they will cook faster. Larger, more coarsely chopped vegetables will take longer to cook.

two photos showing How to Make Vegetarian Chili - cooking garlic, onions, and sweet potatoes in olive oil

Once the sweet potatoes are soft, add the bell peppers, carrots, corn, shredded zucchini and the remaining 1 TBS olive oil to the sweet potatoes in the pot, cover and cook until carrots are soft (about 10 minutes).

two photos showing How to Make Vegetarian Chili - adding corn, bell peppers and zucchini

Then, add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chilies, spice mixture and beans and stir until evenly distributed.

Cook over medium heat with the lid slightly ajar for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, reduce heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.

To make ahead

Sometimes I make this veggie chili right after lunch and let it sit on the stove, covered all afternoon. Then I warm it up and simmer when we're ready to eat dinner.

two photos showing How to Make Vegetarian Chili - adding tomato sauce, tomatoes, chilies, beans and spices.

Serve

Serve with your favorite chili fixings! Our favorites include:

a bowl of Vegetarian Chili with sour cream, cheese, chips and chives.

How to Store Vegetarian Chili

Store leftover veggie chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. 

Freeze

You can freeze this vegetarian chili in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Reheat by thawing it in the refrigerator overnight and warming it on the stovetop.

Vegetarian Chili in a pot with a wooden spoon taking a scoop

Recipe FAQs

What kind of beans go in chili?

My top three choices for chili are black beans, northern (white) beans, and kidney beans.

Can you freeze vegetarian chili?

Absolutely. Freeze it in an airtight container for up to two months.

Should I drain kidney beans for chili?

Yes, all the beans should be drained and rinsed before using in this turkey chili recipe.

Is Chili healthy to eat?

This recipe is loaded with veggies and beans making it a healthy meal full of protein, fiber and nutrients.

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Vegetarian Chili
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Vegetarian Chili Recipe

This vegetarian chili recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes on the stovetop. It’s loaded with veggies and perfectly seasoned with a homemade spice mixture. It's a healthy, hearty and cozy meal. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 158kcal
Author Laura

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • ½ cup onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup sweet potato finely diced
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • ½ cup carrots finely diced
  • ½ cup corn fresh or frozen & thawed
  • 1 cup zucchini shredded
  • 14 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 4 oz diced green chilies
  • 14 oz can black beans drained and rinsed

Spice mixture:

Instructions

  • Mix cumin, coriander, paprika, chili powder, sugar, sea salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Add sweet potato, water, 2 TBS olive oil, onion and minced garlic to a large pot, cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are soft (about 10-15 minutes)
  • Add bell peppers, carrots, corn, shredded zucchini and the remaining 1 TBS olive oil to the sweet potatoes in the pot, cover and cook until carrots are soft (about 10 minutes).
  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, chilies, spice mixture and beans and stir until evenly distributed.
  • Cook over medium heat with the lid slightly ajar for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, reduce heat to a simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until ready to serve, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with your favorite chili fixings! Our favorites include sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese, and crushed tortilla chips!

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions 

Note: you can replace any vegetable with an equal amount of another vegetable if there's a veggie you don't prefer listed in this recipe.
  • Olive oil. Avocado oil or canola oil are good substitutes for olive oil.
  • Onion. Use red, yellow, or a sweet white onion.
  • Minced garlic. Garlic powder can be used in place of minced garlic, just add it with the spice blend. 
  • Sweet potato. You can substitute your favorite potato here, but I prefer sweet potatoes (yams).
  • Bell peppers. any color variety of bell pepper works well in this recipe. If you like to add some heat, use spicier peppers.
  • Shredded zucchini. I like to shred it so that it's undetectable to my kids. You can dice it if you prefer.
  • Corn. Fresh and frozen corn both work well in this turkey chili.
  • Spice mixture. I have written this recipe with the spice ratios and combination that we enjoy the most. If you change it I cannot guarantee the results. The one thing I will say is that you can add more chili powder, or some cayenne powder to increase the heat if you wish (we like mild chili). 
  • Fire roasted tomatoes.You can substitute regular canned, diced tomatoes.
  • Black Beans. I use one can of black beans because my husband does not prefer beans, so I don't like to make our chili too "beany." However you can add another can (2 cans total) if you love beans. You can also use any type of beans you like. My other favorites are kidney beans, great northern (white) beans, and garbanzo beans (chickpeas).

Serve

Serve with your favorite chili fixings! Our favorites include:

Store

Store leftover vegetable chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. 

Freeze

You can freeze this vegetarian chili in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Reheat by thawing it in the refrigerator overnight and warming it on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5156IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg

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Moments 12.2021 https://joyfoodsunshine.com/moments-12-2021/ https://joyfoodsunshine.com/moments-12-2021/#respond Sun, 02 Jan 2022 21:31:00 +0000 https://joyfoodsunshine.com/?p=40725 We finished 2021 well - enjoying the Advent season, celebrating Christmas, skiing, and spending time with good friends.

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We finished 2021 well - enjoying the Advent season, celebrating Christmas, skiing, and spending time with good friends.

"I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass."

Welcome to “Moments” here on JoyFoodSunshine. At the end of every month I share a recap of our family's favorite moments!  Here's a snapshot of our life from December 2021!

Life lately

2021 will go down as one of the best most wonderful years of our lives. From welcoming baby Z and completing our family, to watching our church grow and thrive and realizing we were made to live in such a time in history as this.

This month was truly wonderful. I cannot express how much we enjoyed just being together as a family and celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Baby Z - 11 Months

Zach is a totally different baby this month than he was in November. Here are a few milestones:

Crawling. He went from inchworm crawling to regular crawling very quickly. He now gets into everything. I can't sit down for a minute before I have to see where he has wandered off to or what kind of trouble he has gotten himself into. This makes homeschool especially challenging - but fun!

He is also in the phase where he will crawl to find me. If I go into my bedroom for anything he's always right on my heels. I play a game where I go into a different room and call his name and he crawls to find me. I love hearing his little pitter patter get closer and closer and the squeal of delight he lets out when our eyes meet just melts my heart.

He's loving this new-found freedom so much that he has started arching his back to get out of our arms so we will put him down and he can explore. I'm not as much of a fan of this little development, but he still loves snuggling his mama so there's that.

Open mouth smile. When this kid smiles he does it with his entire body and soul. I love that giant open-mouth grin so much.

Eating finger foods. Z went fro 0 to 60 when it comes to finger foods. He went from choking on puffs to literally crying when I tried to feed him purees while the rest of the family was eating normal food. Since he wants to eat everything, it's been hard to find the balance of slowly introducing him to new healthy foods and just giving him tastes of whatever we're eating.

"Talking." Z has specific grunting or babbling sounds that mean different things. I swear he has a sound that means "I love you!" He "talks" the most to Keilah! It's so cute. He'll look at her and grunt, she'll reply, he'll grunt back, and it'll go on like they're having a conversation. It's so cute.

This little two-finger, lovie snuggling nugget is just the best. I love

Eye Doctor Appointments

This month we had eye doctor appointments for Zach and Naomi. Zach has routine checkups for his nystagmus every 6 months. I keep hoping the doctor will say that there's some type of cure- but of course there isn't. The good news is that his null point (where he can hold his head to steady his eyes), appears to be straight forward which is the best possible case scenario for someone with nystagmus. And while it can change as he grows, for now this is great news because he will develop normally (he's not rotating his head to be able to see clearly).

Naomi has been complaining about her vision for over a year. I made an appointment for her just to check. Since we homeschool, we are responsible for their eye screenings. Turns out she has better than perfect vision. It may have been a little middle child attention seeking, but either way I'm glad we were able to get her eyes checked.

Ski Season!

December kicked off ski season! In the beginning it was a little dicey due to the lack of snow, but thankfully it got better as the month went on! Ritch started by taking the two big kids overnight to Deer Valley with their best friends. They skied for two days, which Bethany dubbed "the best days of her life!" haha!

We bought a home near another area in UT with new-to-us ski resorts (Powder Mountain, Nordic Valley, & Snowbasin). The week after Christmas we went up and explored Nordic Valley - very different than our usual resort - Deer Valley - but still great.

We're looking forward to exploring more the rest of the season too! We had friends come up and ski with us (same friends from before) and it was such a great day! The power ended up going out and they had to rescue many people off of the lifts, and we were just SO grateful that none of the 10 people in our party that were skiing were stuck! But the power came back on in the afternoon and they all got to go out again!

I even got back on my skis for the first time since before I got pregnant with Z! I had only skied ONE day in my life - February 2020 when I had an all-day private lesson at Deer Valley. I was able to go down a run on my own then, but then 2020 happened and everything shut down and then I got pregnant with Z.

So I had a private lesson for an hour and I was so nervous I felt like I was going to throw up before the lesson! Gabe came with me and skied circles around me during my lesson! I had a sweet 15 year old girl teach me (haha) but really I picked the skill right back up (like riding a bike) I just did a few runs and went home to be with the family, but it was a good couple hours to get me used to skiing again!

Piano Recital

This was Naomi's first semester in piano lessons and she loved it. She played "Silent Night" at her recital, and unlike my other two kids who were nervous at their first recital, she walked up full of confidence with zero fear and played her song so well.

Gabe played "O Come All Ye Faithful" and also did very well. He doesn't have the same deep love for the piano as Bethany, but he worked hard and learned his song well.

Bethany was assigned an incredibly difficult piece of music to learn and play for the recital this year, a version of "O Come Emmanuel." It was so hard that at first she thought she wouldn't be able to learn it.

She is a very bright young girl (she's currently completing a 7th grade math course at age 10), and things come very easy for her. And when something isn't easy, she just decides not to do it and focus on the things she is good at. This becomes problematic sometimes, so I decided she needed to learn a lesson about dedication and perseverance. She needed to learn she can do and accomplish hard tasks!

And guess what? She did amazing. I can't say there wasn't frustration and tears along the way - but I was able to teach her some really important lessons. First, she is used to mastering her songs easily with only 30 minutes of practice a day. So when I told her it would take 1-2 hours of practice a day to master this song she was not happy. But as she saw improvement with practice she kept at it!

Second, I taught her to visualize the outcomes of her decisions. For example, I had her walk through what would happen if she didn't practice or know her song well. How would the recital go? How would she feel getting off the stage? Then I had her talk through what would happen if she did put in the work, learned that hard song, etc. How would she feel then walking off the stage then? She decided she'd prefer to feel like she did her best and gave it her all and she practiced her heart out every day - and it showed! She's almost 11 and I'm finding myself having to teach her more and more "adult-level" life skills.

Christmas Activities

We start with chocolate calendars, and I went big this year and bought the Lindt calendars from Costco! I always let the kids eat their candy first thing in the morning, and they loved that every day had a different candy (rather than the same little chocolate square). Plus they were huge. Some days I would let them take a bite or two in the AM and save the rest for after lunch!

The City

We love the city at Christmas. While we've chosen not to go downtown since 2020 (would rather spend our money at local, freedom-loving businesses), we decided it was time to test it out for the sake of Christmas. It was totally worth it. Everything was basically back to normal and we enjoyed the windows both at the Grand America Hotel and at Macy's. Then we walked around the mall for a while. It was so fun and great to get to do one of our favorite traditions again.

Tree lighting

Every year our town holds a gloriously underwhelming (in the best possible way) tree lighting ceremony. One year the lights didn't go on after the count down, and one year only half of the tree lit up! hahaha! Well this year we missed the actual lighting but we enjoyed the rest of the festivities. And I enjoyed snuggling with Z.

Christmas Eve

I love Christmas Eve. We always spend the day enjoying each other's company, and then go to church in the evening. On my way out the door, I load the kids into the van and when they're all out of sight I put their wrapped Christmas jammies under the tree.

We order Chinese takeout and pick it up on our way home from church for dinner. When we get home the kids open their jammies, we have dinner, read our advent book, and then go to sleep!

I can't believe this was Z's first Christams in our arms - it feels like he has been part of our family for much longer than that. I felt so many emotions reminiscing about last year waiting for him to make his way into the world.

Christmas Day

Ritch and I set up the tree and stockings the night before. (No, we don't do Santa with our kids, and I love this article from John Piper). My mother-in-law hand-knit stockings with all of our with our names on them, they are my favorite thing and I will cherish them for my whole life!

We let the kids open their stockings, then exchange secret santa gifts, then they take turns opening the rest.

After presents we have breakfast and read our advent book (the last day is Christmas Day). Then the kids spent the rest of the day playing with their toys (mostly building LEGO sets).

At night we had our good friends over for dinner. We played a family game of charades and just had the best time together. I'm so grateful for friends who feel like family.

Essential Oils

I have been on a year's long journey of replacing our household items with non-toxic products. This led me to essential oils! I hope to share this process more with you all in the New year - but here are a few pages I created to get started:

I have been greatly helped already by these products, and look forward to sharing them with you!

 If you want to purchase oils please sign up using this link: Young Living Essential Oils and enter my number #31270904.

You can also shop my Young Living Website where I share my favorite products and bundles: https://www.myyl.com/joyfoodsunshine

Things I'm Loving

  • Silicone baking mats. These are a must-have for holiday baking this year! I love them so much more than parchment paper!
  • Dryer balls. as part of my quest to rid our home of toxic products, I ditched the dryer sheets and switch to organic, wool dryer balls. They're great!
  • Advent Book. We have been reading this series of books for the last 5 years. They start right after Thanksgiving and go through Christmas day. The stories are absolutely captivating and center around the birth of Christ. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for an awesome family tradition that keeps the focus of Christmas on Jesus. There are 4 books, so this was our first time coming back around to Jotham's Journey, which is my favorite of them all. And really only Bethany and Gabe remember the first year we read it, so it was new to everyone else. The other books are Bartholomew's Passage, Tabitha's Travels, and Ishtar's Odyssey.

Recipes

Here are some of our favorite recipes that we've made in December. I made many from this Best Christmas Cookies list!

Snapshots

G looking so old and dapper after his haircut this month!

B being the best big sister.

These girls are always holding hands. We love watching Christmas movies during December as a family.

Keilah reciting our family's verse for our church's Christmas concert. So stinking cute.

I still snuggle K but she doesn't always fall asleep with me. When she does, I treasure it.

This boy!

Every year we get the kids an ornament. We get the girls ornaments from Glass Eye Studio and the boys get a little ornament that represents their year!

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Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie https://joyfoodsunshine.com/peanut-butter-smoothie/ https://joyfoodsunshine.com/peanut-butter-smoothie/#comments Fri, 31 Dec 2021 09:29:00 +0000 https://joyfoodsunshine.com/?p=39620 This thick and creamy banana peanut butter smoothie is made with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes. Flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it's a delicious healthy breakfast or afternoon snack! Add greens and protein powder if you'd like to add extra nutrition!

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This thick and creamy banana peanut butter smoothie is made with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes. Flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it's a delicious healthy breakfast or afternoon snack! Add greens and protein powder if you'd like to add extra nutrition!

glass of Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie topped with cinnamon, peanut butter swirl and two slices of banana

What better way to start the day than with a thick and creamy peanut butter smoothie?

This peanut butter smoothie recipe is flavored with vanilla and cinnamon and will keep you full until lunch.

It is easy to make with 5 ingredients in less than 5 minutes., and you can add greens and protein powder for even more flavor and nutrition!

glass of Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie topped with a peanut butter drizzle and two slices of banana

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie: Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Milk. Any type of milk works well in this recipe. Some suggestions include: whole milk, 2% milk, almond milk, coconut milk and oat milk.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter. Choose your favorite variety. I prefer using natural peanut butter with two ingredients: peanuts and salt.
  • Frozen banana. Make sure to freeze the banana for a thick smoothie!
  • Vanilla extract & Cinnamon. These ingredients make this peanut butter smoothie recipe extra special and delicious, I don't recommend substitutions.
  • Greens: I suggest adding a cup of frozen spinach or kale to this peanut butter banana smoothie it will add nutrition without changing the flavor. Just note it will turn the smoothie green.
overhead view of the ingredients in this peanut butter smoothie recipe

Best Peanut Butter Smoothie Add-ins

glass of Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie topped with cinnamon, peanut butter drizzle and two slices of banana

How to make a Peanut Butter Smoothie

This peanut butter smoothie recipe is easy to make in less than 5 minutes in the blender. Don't forget to watch the video!

Use a VitamixNo one wants to chew their smoothie! Using a high-powered blender is important if you plan on drinking smoothies as a regular part of your healthy lifestyle. I use my Vitamix multiple times every day for smoothies, soups, even mac and cheese! Check out my Vitamix Buying Guide to determine which model is right for you.

To begin, place the ingredients in the order listed in the container of a Vitamix blender (or another high-powered blender).

photo showing How to Make a Peanut Butter Smoothie - ingredients in the blender before blending

Then, blend, starting on low speed and increasing to high, for 30-60 seconds or until mixture is smooth.

photo showing How to Make a Peanut Butter Smoothie - in the blender after blending

Serve

Serve immediately. This recipe makes 2 large servings or four smaller servings. You can add a drizzle of extra peanut butter, some chia seeds, and extra sprinkle of cinnamon, etc.

Store/freeze

This banana peanut butter smoothie can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for around 2 months, although I suggest drinking it immediately.

To freeze, pour the peanut butter smoothie mixture into a silicone tray (like an ice cube tray or these souper cube trays) and store for up to 2 months

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie being poured from the blending container into a glass

Recipe FAQS

How can I thicken my smoothie?

If the frozen banana doesn't make this smoothie thick enough for you one of my favorite tricks is freezing milk or almond milk in ice cube trays. Then use them to make your smoothies. It will thicken the smoothie without watering it down with ice.

Can you taste spinach in smoothies? 

If you only use 1 cup of spinach you will not be able to taste it in this peanut butter smoothie.

How can I add protein to my smoothie?

Protein Powder. Orgain is my favorite. I am never without both the vanilla and chocolate varieties in my pantry!
Chia Seeds. A nutritional powerhouse, these tiny seeds pack a big protein punch!
Greek Yogurt. When I make smoothies for my kids I almost always add Greek yogurt!
Nut Butters. Peanut butter, almond butter, etc. the sky's the limit!
Nut Butter Powders. I love it because it tastes amazing, adds protein, is low in calories and easy to clean out of the blender!

glass of Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie topped with cinnamon, peanut butter swirl and two slices of banana

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Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

This thick and creamy banana peanut butter smoothie is made with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes. Flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it's a delicious healthy breakfast or afternoon snack! Add greens and protein powder if you'd like to add extra nutrition!
Course beverage, Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 167kcal
Author Laura

Ingredients

optional add-ins

Instructions

  • Place the ingredients in the order listed in the container of a Vitamix blender (or another high-powered blender).
  • Blend, starting on low speed and increasing to high, for 30-60 seconds or until mixture is smooth.
  • Serve immediately.

Video

Notes

*Nutritional value calculated with added protein powder and spinach.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Milk. Any type of milk works well in this recipe. Some suggestions include: whole milk, 2% milk, almond milk, coconut milk and oat milk.
  • Creamy Peanut Butter. Choose your favorite variety. I prefer using natural peanut butter with two ingredients: peanuts and salt.
  • Frozen banana. Make sure to freeze the banana for a thick smoothie!
  • Vanilla extract & Cinnamon. These ingredients make this peanut butter smoothie recipe extra special and delicious, I don't recommend substitutions.
  • Greens: I suggest adding a cup of frozen spinach or kale to this peanut butter banana smoothie it will add nutrition without changing the flavor. Just note it will turn the smoothie green.

Peanut Butter Smoothie Add-ins

Store/freeze

This banana peanut butter smoothie can be refrigerated for up to two days or frozen for around 2 months, although I suggest drinking it immediately.
To freeze, pour the peanut butter smoothie mixture into a silicone tray (like an ice cube tray or these souper cube trays) and store for up to 2 months

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 822IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 1mg

Photos in this post were taken by Jamie from Dishing Out Health.

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread https://joyfoodsunshine.com/healthy-chocolate-banana-bread/ https://joyfoodsunshine.com/healthy-chocolate-banana-bread/#respond Thu, 30 Dec 2021 10:19:00 +0000 https://joyfoodsunshine.com/?p=39637 This healthy chocolate banana bread recipe is easy to make with a handful of nutritious ingredients like applesauce, Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour. It’s sweetened with honey (no refined sugar) and makes a great breakfast or snack.

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This healthy chocolate banana bread recipe is easy to make with a handful of nutritious ingredients like applesauce, Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour. It’s sweetened with honey (no refined sugar) and makes a great breakfast or snack.

a loaf of Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread with two slices cut out of it

I love creating healthier versions of our favorite recipes recipes that my kids love to eat - like this healthy chocolate banana bread (adapted from our favorite chocolate banana bread recipe).

This recipe is easy to make with a handful of nutritious ingredients like applesauce, Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour. It’s sweetened with honey which means there's no refined sugar.

We usually enjoy it for breakfast but it also makes a delicious healthy dessert or snack!

3 slices of Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread cut out of a loaf

Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread: Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Bananas. Make sure the bananas are overripe for the best flavor and maximum sweetness. If you use frozen bananas, let them thaw to room temperature before using in this recipe - and don't drain off any liquid that forms in the thawing process.
  • Honey. Maple syrup is a great substitute for honey, and imparts a delicious maple flavor. 
  • Unsweetened applesauce. Cinnamon applesauce is also a great choice. I prefer unsweetened but you can use any variety you'd like.
  • Vanilla greek yogurt. You can use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream if you'd prefer, just note you may want to add a little bit more honey.
  • Salted butter. Unsalted butter, coconut oil, canola oil and ghee all work well as substitutes for salted butter. 
  • Whole wheat pastry flour. White whole wheat flour, whole wheat flour or regular all-purpose flour all can be used in place of whole wheat pastry flour. 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a dark powder for a deeper chocolate taste.
  • Mix-ins. there are so many possible mix-ins that can be added to this healthy chocolate banana bread recipe. Chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, dried cherries, coconut, pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc. 
ingredients in this Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread recipe

How to make Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

This healthy chocolate banana bread recipe comes together in a few minutes with minimal dishes. Don't forget to watch the video and follow along with the step by step photos below.

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and generously greasing a 9x5” Loaf pan, then set it aside.

Next combine the flour, cocoa powder baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt together in a medium bowl, then set it aside.

two photos showing How to make Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread - mixing dry ingredients

Then, in a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey, applesauce, Greek yogurt and melted butter. Stir until mixture is smooth with just lumps of banana.

two photos showing How to make Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread - mixing wet ingredients

Once the wet ingredients are combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir until combined.

two photos showing How to make Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread - combining wet and dry ingredients

Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread: Mix-ins

At this point, if you wish you can add mix-ins. We added chocolate chips, but here are some other suggestions:

  • Chocolate Chips (milk, dark, light, etc.)
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Cinnamon chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Blueberries
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, rasins, etc.)
  • Swirl of peanut butter or Nutella 
  • Unsweetened coconut
two photos showing How to make Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread - adding chocolate chips

Next, pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake the healthy chocolate banana bread on the lower rack in the preheated oven for 50-65 minutes, or until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out with moist crumbs.

two photos showing Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread in the baking pan before and after baking.

Once the bread has finished baking, let it cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.

side view of a loaf of Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread cooling on a wire cooling rack

Serve

Once the bread is cooled enough (you can serve it serve slightly warm or at room temperature), cut into slices and enjoy!

I suggest serving it with a slather of this cinnamon honey butter, homemade peanut butter or this homemade vanilla almond butter. 

Store

Store this healthy chocolate banana bread recipe in an airtight container or plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out. If you plan on eating the entire loaf in a day or two, you can store it at room temperature. If it will take longer, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator. 

How to freeze banana bread

This healthy chocolate banana bread freezes very well. I recommend freezing it in slices in an airtight container so you can pull out one slice at a time to enjoy.

a loaf of Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread with two slices cut out of it.

Recipe FAQs

Are my bananas ripe enough to make banana bread? 

Make sure you use overripe, brown bananas! They have the best flavor, maximum sweetness, and are the easiest to mash! They should be very dark brown or almost black and soft to the touch! 

Can you freeze banana bread?

Yes, I recommend freezing it in slices in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Wrap each individual slice in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn.

How do I make my banana bread more moist?

If this bread isn't moist it's likely your loaf was over-baked. Bake for a shorter amount of time. Also make sure to use full-fat ingredients and don't make substitutions.

up close view of a slice of Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

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Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread

This healthy chocolate banana bread recipe is easy to make with a handful of nutritious ingredients like applesauce, Greek yogurt and whole wheat flour. It’s sweetened with honey (no refined sugar) and makes a great breakfast or snack.
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 10 Slices
Calories 210kcal
Author Laura

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x5” Loaf pan, set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder baking soda, cinnamon and sea salt, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey, applesauce, Greek yogurt and melted butter. Stir until mixture is uniform throughout.
  • Add dry ingredients and stir until combined and there are no lumps.
  • If desired, add mix-ins.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  • Bake on the lower rack in the preheated oven for 50-65 minutes, or until the top is set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out with moist crumbs.
  • Let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Bananas. Make sure the bananas are overripe for the best flavor and maximum sweetness. If you use frozen bananas, let them thaw to room temperature before using in this recipe - and don't drain off any liquid that forms in the thawing process.
  • Honey. Maple syrup is a great substitute for honey, and imparts a delicious maple flavor. 
  • Unsweetened applesauce. Cinnamon applesauce is also a great choice. I prefer unsweetened but you can use any variety you'd like.
  • Vanilla greek yogurt. You can use plain Greek yogurt or sour cream if you'd prefer, just note you may want to add a little bit more honey.
  • Salted butter. Unsalted butter, coconut oil, canola oil and ghee all work well as substitutes for salted butter. 
  • Whole wheat pastry flour. White whole wheat flour, whole wheat flour or regular all-purpose flour all can be used in place of whole wheat pastry flour. 
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a dark powder for a deeper chocolate taste.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Bread: Mix-in suggestions

  • Chocolate Chips (milk, dark, light, etc.)
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Cinnamon chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Blueberries
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, rasins, etc.)
  • Swirl of peanut butter or Nutella 
  • Unsweetened coconut

Serve

Once the bread is cooled enough (you can serve it serve slightly warm or at room temperature), cut into slices and enjoy!
I suggest serving it with a slather of this cinnamon honey butter, homemade peanut butter or this homemade vanilla almond butter. 

Store

Store this healthy chocolate banana bread recipe in an airtight container or plastic bag to ensure it does not dry out. If you plan on eating the entire loaf in a day or two, you can store it at room temperature. If it will take longer, I recommend storing it in the refrigerator. 

How to freeze banana bread

This healthy chocolate banana bread freezes very well. I recommend freezing it in slices in an airtight container so you can pull out one slice at a time to enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 217IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg

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Essential Oil Roller Blends https://joyfoodsunshine.com/essential-oil-roller-blends/ https://joyfoodsunshine.com/essential-oil-roller-blends/#respond Tue, 28 Dec 2021 14:15:00 +0000 https://joyfoodsunshine.com/?p=41278 These essential oil roller blends are easy to make and apply whenever you need them. These are some of our favorite essential oil roller recipes.

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These essential oil roller blends are easy to make and apply whenever you need them. These are some of our favorite essential oil roller recipes.

Essential Oil Roller Blends

These essential oil roller blends are easy to apply and use whenever you need them. If you're looking for natural, non-toxic home remedies for a host of different purposes then I urge you to give essential oil rollers a try.

Essential oils are very potent and powerful (see: Essential Oil Chemistry). This is why it's important to dilute them with a carrier oil to apply them topically on your skin.

I've included a basic recipe, as well as different variations of that recipe for different purposes.

If you want to purchase oils please sign up using this link: Young Living Essential Oils and enter my number #31270904.

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Essential Oil Roller Blends

Essential Oil Rollers: what you'll need

You really don't need too many supplies to make essential oil rollers. I re-use and re-fill the rollers I purchase from young living, too! However, to get started here are a few products I suggest:

Roller bottles: it's far more cost effective to make your own (or reuse old bottles).

Small funnels: I actually already had a bunch of these for cooking - so I just designated one as my carrier oil funnel.

Carrier Oils. There are many different types of oils you can use to fill rollers. However, my favorite is fractionated coconut oil (or this set that comes with bottles and a funnel). I already use coconut oil on my kids' dry skin, so this was a no-brainer for me. You can also use jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc.

Yield: Essential Oil Rollers

Essential Oil Roller Blends

Essential Oil Roller Blends

These essential oil roller blends are easy to make and apply whenever you need them. These are some of our favorite essential oil roller recipes.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes

Tools

Instructions

  1. Add the drops of essential oil to an empty, dark glass roller. *
  2. Fill the roller the rest of the way with a carrier oil.

Notes

*Oil amounts vary with your desired concentration and the age of the person/child using them.

By Age:

  • <1: 2-3 drops essential oils.
  • 2-6: up to 5 drops essential oil
  • 6-12: up to 10 drops essential oil
  • 13 and up: up to 15 drops essential oil.

To purchase oils click here: Young Living Essential Oils and use my number: #31270904

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Essential Oil Roller Blends

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Getting Started with Essential Oils. I walk through my process of getting started with essential oils and share my favorite products/oils to help you learn how to use essential oils in your daily life!

Getting Started with Essential Oils

I have slowly and surely been replacing our household products, both in and out of the kitchen, with non-toxic products.

This led me to essential oils. I was intrigued with them for ages but never had time to really learn and experience their benefits until my 6th baby was 1 year old. Then, I quickly regretted not learning sooner so all my children could have benefited from them the last 11 years!

So, I'm going to share all my oily experiences here. If you want to purchase oils please sign up using this link: Young Living Essential Oils and enter my number #31270904.

You can also shop my Young Living Website where I share my favorite products and bundles: https://www.myyl.com/joyfoodsunshine

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Science of Essential Oils

As a human being, we are always interacting with the world around us. Our bodies are affected by the substances we come into contact with as we live our lives. Wether it's cleaning supplies, skincare products, the air we breathe etc. our environment affects our body's health and wellbeing.

I have a degree in chemistry and taught for a few years before I had my first child. I often told my students "everything is chemistry." The inner, inter and outer workings of our bodies are a series of organic chemical compounds reacting with each other - and essential oils operate inside that system.

The unique chemical makeup of each essential oil is what gives them the ability to affect the body’s systems. Their chemical structures determine how they are absorbed and metabolized, how they smell, and their biological activities.

Molecules in essential oils can selectively support the function of the structures inside our cells that run the processes that keep us healthy and thriving.

So, although people often dismiss essential oils as "hokey" (like my family who initially called them my potions), that is far from the truth. I was helped a great deal by this article: Essential Oil Chemistry Handbook.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

I suggest purchasing a starter kit and/or some rollers and taking the plunge. I started with two rollers (will discuss more later) and Thieves cleaning solution to help me achieve two goals: toxin-free cleaning products and pain/stress management.

Immediately I was hooked and ordered the Aria Starter Kit, as well as supplies to make my own Essential Oil Rollers (check out this post).

You don't have to know everything about oils to immediately start reaping their benefits. I keep learning more and more every day, and hope to share my journey with you so you can enjoy toxin-free living!

Getting Started with Essential Oils

To get started, here are a few of my favorite products:

Diffusers

I recommend this starter kit: Aria Starter Kit The aria diffuser is my favorite and it's actually less expensive to buy it as a kit that comes with oils than it is to purchase it on its own!

Haven Starter kit this haven diffuser is one of my favorites too. This bundle is less expensive and a good place to start. I added my favorite oils if you want a few more than what this one comes with.

I also bought a few individual diffusers to put in many rooms in our home.

Check out this post on how to diffuse oils.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Roll on oils

One of the main experiences I had that sold me on oils was using a roller (Deep relief) for a headache. I don't usually get headaches, but my hormones were changing and I was very stressed over some personal issues. So I had a terrible headache that stuck around for 4 days.

I tried traditional medicine and it did not relieve my symptoms. Then, a friend at my homeschool co-op rolled some oils on my head and I felt relief within minutes. Immediately, I went home and ordered a Deep Relief roller.

Roll on oils are great if you're not interested in diffusing but just want to use them for similar situations. These two below have helped me fall and stay asleep for the first time in years.

Check out this post for essential oil roller blend recipes.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Starter Kit Oils

When I received my starter kit I felt a little overwhelmed. I suggest starting with the resources that come with the kit - including the information on the oils inside.

I also created this quick reference graphic with the main uses for the essential oils in the premium starter kit.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Oils for stress & sleep

One of the main reasons I started using essential oils was to heal my body naturally after having 6 babies. After 11 years of my body bringing new lives into this world and then nursing, my system was shot.

I knew I was very stressed and as a result, was not sleeping well at all. I had the hardest time falling asleep and staying asleep. Between neck pain and stress I just could never get comfortable or relax my mind enough to go to sleep.

Then I started diffusing and using oil rollers before bed and now I rarely have trouble falling asleep. They were the tools I needed to help me relax and get rest.

I created a bundle for stress and sleep with both oils to diffuse and to roll-on.

This haven bundle has all my favorites, too.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Non-toxic cleaning products

Non-toxic cleaning: The thieves cleaning products changed our household for the better. When you have little kids who lick every surface in the house (haha, but seriously) non-toxic cleaning products are so important.

I will create a post all about this soon!

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Non-toxic wellness products

Non-toxic wellness: from toothpaste to makeup, to cold remedies, do you know what is in the products you use? They absorb through your skin (the largest organ in your body) and affect your systems.

My kids call these the "tickle oils." They laugh so hard as I apply them to their cute little bodies.

Getting Started with Essential Oils

Disclaimer. I am not a doctor or physician and none of the information in this post is meant to serve as medical advice.

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Our favorite essential oil diffuser blends! Learn how to diffuse essential oils and enjoy some of our favorite essential oil diffuser blends.

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

I was a candle person for a very long time, but in my quest to rid our home of toxins I realized that I needed to ditch that habit. However, I have always been a scent person, and I love filling my home with pleasing aromas.

Enter essential oils! Diffusing oils has been a game-changer for me. I love waking up every morning and choosing which blend I want to have filling the house as the kids roll out of bed.

These essential oil diffuser blends are easy to use whenever you need them. I will continually add to this list, but here are some of our favorites!

If you want to purchase oils please sign up using this link: Young Living Essential Oils and enter my number #31270904.

You can also shop my Young Living Website where I share my favorite products and bundles: https://www.myyl.com/joyfoodsunshine

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

How to make essential oil diffuser blends.

Prep Time 1 minute
Active Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Tools

  • Measuring cup (for water)

Instructions

  1. Fill a diffuser with water to the max fill line.
  2. Choose your favorite essential oil blend and add the number of drops specified.
  3. Choose the setting you'd prefer on your diffuser. To fill your home with aroma quickly choose the "auto" or shortest time setting (e.g. 1 hr). To diffuse your blend all day choose a longer time setting (e.g. 12 hr).

Notes

To purchase oils click here: Young Living Essential Oils and use my number: #31270904

Or shop my store: https://www.myyl.com/joyfoodsunshine

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Disclaimer. I am not a doctor or physician and none of the information in this post is meant to serve as medical advice.

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These are the Top 10 Recipes of all-time here on JoyFoodSunshine, plus the top 10 recipes by year. These are the best, quick & easy, delicious recipes that turn out perfectly every single time.

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I'm grateful for each and every one of you who has made our recipes and taken the time to tell us how much you love them.

I'm truly humbled that in a small way, I get to be part of your holidays, traditions, and regular weekdays when you prepare the recipes I work so hard to create.

These are the top 10 most-viewed, most-commented on, most-made recipes on JoyFoodSunshine. If you can see a pretty steady theme in your favorites (and mine) they are simple recipes with short ingredient lists that still taste incredible! Let's jump in!

10. Homemade Whipped Cream

This recipe sneaking in at number 10, is made with only 3 ingredients in 5 minutes. It's worlds better than canned, store-bought varieties.

photo of homemade whipped cream number 10 in the Top 10 Recipes

9. No Knead Bread

Coming in at #9 is this no-knead bread! It is made with only 4 ingredients and takes 5 minutes of prep time!

If you want to make delicious homemade bread that looks & tastes like it came from a fancy bakery but actually takes very little effort, this dutch oven bread recipe is for you!

Top 10 Recipes - #9 dutch oven bread

8. The Best Green Smoothie

I drink a green smoothie every single day. This green smoothie recipe post includes a recipe for the best, simple green smoothie as well as all of my tips and tricks for making smoothies. Also, check out my list of the best smoothie recipes.

Top 10 Recipes #8 - a green smoothie in a glass

7. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This was one of the first recipes I posted when I started my website in 2016. I make this recipe at least twice a month, usually more. I'm so glad all of you love it as much as I do.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (better than P.F. Chang's)! A quick (less than 30 minutes), easy, and healthy dinner that tastes delicious! Gluten and dairy-free!

(This is technically not a salad, although I guess there is lettuce haha, but I loved this woman's comment so much I had to choose it)!

Top 10 Recipes #7 - asian chicken lettuce wraps on a plate

6. Puppy Chow

This recipe is one of the desserts I make the most often. It's easy and so, so good. I created my own, unique method to make the best puppy chow, loaded with peanut butter and chocolate so you get lots of delicious "clumps" of muddy buddies (no thinly coated cereal pieces here).

The Best Puppy Chow Recipe  (AKA: Muddy Buddies) ever! Only 4 ingredients (no butter) and a few minutes results in an irresistible dessert loaded with chocolate and peanut butter! The perfect sweet treat to feed a crowd! 

Top 10 Recipes #6 - a bowl of puppy chow with two hands taking pieces out of it

5. The Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

I worked hard for many years to create this recipe for the best homemade cinnamon rolls that are even better than Cinnabon. We make them every year on Christmas morning and for most of my kids' birthdays!

These gooey cinnamon rolls are topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting! They're easy to make and can be prepared the day before and left to rise overnight in the refrigerator.

Top 10 Recipes #5 - 9 cinnamon rolls, some with frosting some without

4. Homemade Pizza Sauce

Another easy recipe we make weekly for our pizza nights! It's so easy my 8 year old son makes it all by himself.

Top 10 Recipes #4 - homemade pizza sauce in a glass jar

3. Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

It's fitting that this Chicago gal knows how to make pizza, and that two of our top 10 recipes are ones that we make every week for family pizza nights!

This easy Homemade Pizza Dough recipe yields the best pizza in 30 minutes from start to finish! It’s made with only 5 ingredients and does not require any rising (although you can let it rise for a thicker crust)!

Top 10 Recipes #3 - homemade pizza dough

2. Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese (Stovetop)

If there's a household whose children request mac and cheese more than ours, I'd be surprised! 😉 This recipe was my remedy to using boxed varieties, and my kids like it even better than store-bought.

This Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe is made with 8 ingredients in 15 minutes on the stovetop (no baking required)! Time to ditch the boxed mac and cheese for this irresistibly creamy, smooth & cheesy homemade recipe! 

Top 10 Recipes #2 - easy homemade mac and cheese in a pot with a spoon

1. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

With thousands of 5-star reviews and even more lovely comments, you can rest assured that you won't find an easier, tastier chocolate chip cookie recipe than this one. It's a beloved recipe in my house and I'm grateful for how many of you have made them a special part of your family as well.

This is the best chocolate chip cookies recipe ever! No funny ingredients, no chilling time, etc. Just a simple, straightforward, amazingly delicious, doughy yet still fully cooked, chocolate chip cookie that turns out perfectly every single time! 

BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies
BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

Top Recipes of 2021

I also want to share which recipes were trending every year! I'll start with 2021. These were the 10 most popular recipes this year (after the top-10 of all time, of course.)

  1. Best Cut Out Sugar Cookies - perfect for every holiday and season (pumpkins in the fall, hearts for Valentine's day, and of course Christmas cookies) - they're truly special!
  2. Dirt Cake - one of the most delicious and easiest desserts out there. My daughter asks for it for her birthday instead of cake!
  3. Egg Casserole - a healthy, no fuss casserole made with eggs, veggies and meat (optional). No milk or bread.
  4. Roasted Beets - The best way to roast beets (in some balsamic vinegar).
  5. Roasted Broccoli - I make this recipe at least once a week, sometimes twice. It works well with fresh and frozen broccoli.
  6. Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Seeds - always super popular the days before and after Halloween (for obvious reasons).
  7. Greek Yogurt Pancakes - our favorite pancake recipe for sure. We make them all the time (often with added mini chocolate chips).
  8. Cinnamon Honey Butter - good on rolls, waffles, etc. You name it you will want to slater this heavenly butter on it.
  9. Best Pumpkin Pie - made from scratch and the best you will ever try!
  10. Stovetop Cinnamon apples - this is a very easy recipe that can be used as a healthy dessert. I make them to feed my babies so they can enjoy apples without choking!
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Laura's favorite recipes

I needed to add a special section of my favorite recipes. Some of them are already on this list, but my top 5 favorites are:

  1. Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars. I have eaten one of these every day for longer than I care to admit. I even make them and take them on vacation when we travel. This was the first recipe I posted on my site.
  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. I drink one of these for breakfast alongside my breakfast bars.
  3. Flourless Brownies. When I need a quick dessert to serve a crowd I make these. They are healthier but no one can tell.
  4. Slow cooker chicken chili. I make this every time I need to bring a meal to a friend. I have two crockpots so I can make a double batch - one to feed our family and one to give away. It's healthy, easy and freezes well - so it's a nice change from the heavy meals like pastas and casseroles most people bring.
  5. Banana Bread. This classic banana bread recipe is the best and one we make often.

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