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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mingle (and Bake) with Melt! Banacarapple Bread

I always feel like putting on a fancy apron and spending my days baking at this time of year. I think of rich deep Fall flavors - pumpkin, sweet potatoes, gingerbread, cinnamon, pecans - yum! This is the time of year I love to make all kinds of breads, pies, soups, and sauces and just enjoy the richness of it all (and workout!).
In the past I have tried working with new healthier ingredients such as brown rice syrup, buckwheat flour, and coconut oil. I still continue to try and find healthier alternatives to create new dishes and baked goodies with.

Recently I was introduced to Melt Buttery Spread,
a organic gluten-free butter substitute. It has become the perfect compliment to the dishes I have been making - not to mention a new component to my baking and cooking. Oh how I love the added benefit Melt brings to the table by incorporating healthy cooking oils into my dishes.

Since receiving some samples, I have fallen in love with Melt (not to mention the song 'I'll Stop the World and Melt With You" - one of my faves from my younger days - plays in my head every time I see it). It has a whipped creamy buttery yumminess, but it is better for you, made with virgin coconut oil, flax seed oil, palm fruit oil and canola oil. It is a healthy gluten-free butter and supports digestive wellness, optimal nutrition absorption and healthy weight.

I have been using it a lot - on toast, muffins, to saute veggies, and on my steamed broccoli, pretty much anywhere I would normally use butter,
I have tried Melt with great success.

I have a recipe for you using Melt (in just a minute)
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Now here's the recipe!
This is a rich full bodied bread.
It has a sweetness to it but it is not too "sweet."
You can really taste the molasses and the fruits/veggies!
My kids "eat it up!"
Banacarapple Bread
  • 1/2 cup Melt, melted
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons of agave (or honey)
  • 3-4 (depending on their size) ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups of brown rice flour (For this recipe, that is what I had, but in the past I have used a combination of healthier flours, like 1 cup Buckwheat Flour and 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour - I can find both of these at my regular grocery store or whole foods)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely grated carrot (I just grated 4 carrots in the food processor)
  • 1 apple, cored and either diced or grated (I got lazy and after coring threw it in the food processor).
  • 1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Other optional flavors: Raisins, cranberries, ginger

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Use some melted Melt to butter the pan and then dust the pan with the flour.
  3. Mix the Melt, molasses, agave/honey, (room temp.) eggs, and mashed bananas together.
  4. Sift dry ingredients together
  5. Add dry to the wet in small batches
  6. Fold in the carrot
  7. Fold in the apple
  8. Bake for approximately 55-60 minutes
Voila...super yummy, totally healthy, kid-tested Banacarapple Bread!
And top it with a spread of Melt...super delicious!

Do you think your kids would eat bread with carrots in it?
Next time I want to add some zucchini!

Don't forget...don't miss out on your chance to win a
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received samples of Melt Buttery Spread.


  1. Mmmm...looks like a delicious and healthy quick bread! Melt sounds great. Off to check out the Sweepstakes...

  2. Love all the healthy ingredients hidden in this bread! It sounds great and guilt-free!


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