Not So Sandy.

Happy Monday y’all!
I hope that any of you who live on the East coast are staying safe as Super storm Sandy moves in. I have a cousin that lives in NYC and he assured me via text yesterday that he is doing just fine, cooking up an assortment of steak, chicken, veggies, etc. Sounds like a party to me! I’m actually kind of jealous that a storm isn’t brewing round’ these here parts. I could use a little break. Storms always seem to do the trick, “forcing” you to stay inside, cook, bake, eat, sleep, play a few card games, cook, bake, eat, sleep, and repeat. 🙂 
I was thinking about the last big hurricane in Houston, which was Hurricane Ike. My dad stayed and watched over the apartment we were living in, while my sister, mom, and I traveled around 30 miles outside of Houston to stay with close friends. We were as prepared as we could have been, let’s just say that after the third day of living off cereal I was definitely ready for some real food. So, you can imagine how excited I was when the first thing to open after the storm was Sonic. Sonic burger with everything please, oh and a route 44 diet Dr. Pepper w/ lime. K, thanks. Now that I think about it, if and when a storm does hit, I will be prepared. By prepared I mean, baking and cooking a ton of food in advance. Starting with something like this…
you know things that start with bananas are always good things. 

Okay, maybe GREAT things.

Then, to make things 10 x’s better, we add Nutella. 

So, there you have it Nutella Banana Bread Snack Cake.
I used to be a Nutella hater, but you know that things involving chocolate always seem to grow on you.
 Nutella…for the win!
What would you cook or bake if you knew a huge storm was coming?
Nutella Banana Bread Snack Cake (GF):
Ingredients:
1 egg
1/3 c. raw coconut sugar
2 t. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 to 3 large, ripe, bananas, mashed
1/2 c. coconut flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3 T. melted coconut oil, slightly cooled
1/3 c. Nutella
Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 in. square cake pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. 
3. Mix in the banana until evenly distributed.
4. Add in the coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
5. Mix in the coconut oil. 
6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. You can drop the Nutella by spoonfuls on top of the batter and mix in for a swirly type effect, or you can just mix the Nutella into the batter. Your choice :). 
7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
8. Once the cake is slightly cooled, using a serrated knife, slice into squares and serve. 
Makes 9-12 squares, depending on how you slice them. 
MANGIA!!!

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