Loadin’ UP for Departure

Forget about the Zucchini Parmesan recipe. Make room in your cookie jar for these guys:





















Loaded Banana Chocolate Chippers

[original recipe from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life]

  • 1 c. organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. organic cane sugar
  • 3 T unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. chocolate chips, semisweet
  • 1/2 c. pecans, coarsely chopped

In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients [flour –> salt]. In a larger bowl, cream together the bananas, butter and sugars. Add the egg + vanilla. Then add in the dry ingredients. Lastly, fold in chocolate chips + pecans. Drop rounded tablespoons on a buttered baking sheet and bake for 14-18 minutes @ 350* until golden. Enjoy hot out of the oven, or wrap them up for a sweet thank you.


While in the kitchen, a whipped up a double batch of Green Goddess Summer Pesto, and then proceeded to stick all of it in the freezer to take with me to school. I didn’t even dip my finger in… but my dad did and exclaimed, “This is damn good!”.

Basil Parsley Pesto II

  • 1 huge bunch of organic basil, ~ 2 c.
  • 1/2 c. organic homegrown parsley
  • 2/3 c. parmesan, finely grated via a microplane
  • 2/3 c. walnuts
  • 1/2 c. olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped




To make/bake before Monday:

I hope I have the time to cross them all off between working Fri + Sat, running, laundering, packing, and any other spontaneous activities that come up during my last few days on the cool, Redwood coast.

The excitement is exponentially increasing as the Healthy Living Summit draws closer; T-1 week ‘til I depart for Chicagooo! Remind me if you’re going : )

Have a great [SYTYCD] Thursday night!



  1. says

    Ahh I can’t believe you’re heading back to school soon! This summer has passed by so quickly. I’m glad I don’t have to go back, although I’m starting to feel like being a student forever might be a good idea.

    Perhaps I’ll just have to visit you in Cali!

  2. says

    Oh my gosh — those loaded banana chocolate chippers look amazing!!! I need to make some for myself immediately!

    I’m impressed that you not only made a bunch of pesto to take back to school (excellent idea, btw), but that you saved every last drop of it!

  3. Alaina says

    Totes making those cookies tonight. Dinner? They’re healthy, right?…they have bananas and oats in them! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. hah.

  4. says

    I just made the Banana Chocolate Chippers and they are AMAZING! Keep up the great recipes! My next venture are the Zucchini and Feta Pancakes! Yum!

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