Lately, #1 and I have decreased the gluten in our diet. It makes me feel better. I think he is still not sure, but he is going with it.

So in the interest of going gluten-free and wanting to use up some bananas, I decided to try a gluten-free banana bread. I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour. They have a recipe on their website, however I did change a few ingredients.

1/3 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup honey
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon*
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas

* I used a pumpkin spice mix instead of just cinnamon; just cinnamon might be better.

I followed the directions from Bob's Red Mill Site exactly, so I am not going to retype them here. The only thing is that I did cook the bread for only 45 minutes instead of the recommended 1 hour. Because I used honey instead of sugar, I should have probably decreased it even more. It came out slightly dry.

And in the interest of full disclosure, mine did not come out of the pan perfectly. 

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Another taco dressing version? Here's the original, here's the creamy

Yes, it is. I know I need to get off this kick, but it is such a great spice mix and I really have not gotten tired of taco salads yet.

This recipe uses my homemade taco seasoning. 

1/2 cup avocado
1/4 cup lime juice
2-4 drops lime essential oil*
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1 heaping tablespoon taco seasoning
2 tsp raw honey

Directions: Using an immersion blender or other handheld mixer, blend all ingredients together until smooth. You may add a bit of oil if it is too thick. 

*I only trust Young Living brand of essential oils in my food.

...but since I made some I decided to share. It could be considered somewhat original since most people use vodka and I used bourbon. It is also made with organic vanilla beans, but the title is too long as it is.

The recipe I used and the instructions are now on my new site!!

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real food tip 5: vanilla extract -

I have already written a couple times, here and here, how I am kind of a sucker for good marketing. When it comes to food, I love packages that invoke that feeling of natural, artisan, small farm, country.

Now I know (I really do) that a packaging means nothing when it comes to food quality, processing, ingredients, etc. But some packages/marketing can still draw me in. Case in point - Brookside chocolates.


Who wouldn't want to buy chocolate from them. I want to visit that farm and buy directly from the farmer. 

But knowing that most food companies are owned by other companies, I went to their website to look at which food corporation owns this small, artisan chocolatier. I thought it would be hard to find. But no, right on the homepage on the bottom. 

Need a closer look?

Then I went to the FAQ page, one of the questions was

 "Can I get a Factory tour?"

Factory? What factory? 

Just drive up. Enjoy the fresh air. Converse with all the beautiful workers with not a drop of chocolate on the uniforms and not a hair out of place. Maybe they will even let you help pick some berries and dip them yourself. 
And be prepared to do a tasting right then and there...

on the farm...

under a big tree...

at sunset. 

And if you are curious, according to their website..."we do not provide public factory tours."
And no, I have not bought nor do I plan on buying these.

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