Chocolate Stuffed Banana Bread Recipe

We love banana bread in our house. My kids will let bananas get super ripe just so I have bananas read to make the bread with. My personal favorite is my banana muffin (can be made into a loaf) with peanut butter and chocolate chips. However, this time I wanted to make a chocolate stuffed banana bread. Since using my bundt pan is my new favorite, thing, I decided to make my Banana Bundt Cake Recipe, but stuff it with LOTS of chocolate!

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Chocolate Stuffed Banana Bread

Delicious recipe for a chocolate stuffed banana bread.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword banana, banana bread, bundt cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cool 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Butter softened
  • 2 Cups White Sugar
  • 5 Large Eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6 TBSP Milk
  • 5 Small Ripe Bananas
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 Bag Large Chocolate Chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Grease your bundt pan and set aside. 

  2. Using your stand mixer (or hand mixer), cream together your butter and sugar. Add your eggs one at a time. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. 

  3. Now add your vanilla extract, milk, ripe bananas and baking soda. Mix until completely incorporated.

  4. Add your gluten free flour and mix by hand. You want to make sure it is thoroughly incorporated, but you don't want to over mix it. 

  5. Pour half of your batter into your greased bundt pan. Next spread out the chocolate chunks. I added the whole bag. I wanted the center to be REALLY chocolatey (and it was). Now add the rest of the batter on top.

  6. Place your bundt pan in the oven and set your timer to 65 minutes. Once those 65 minutes are up, add additional time, as needed. The banana bread pictured above took 75 minutes. 

Recipe Notes

If you would like to use regular flour instead of gluten free flour...DO IT! The measurements stay the same!

Chocolate Stuffed Banana Bread…is it Good?

You guys…the chocolate chunks in this chocolate stuffed banana bread was an amazing addition! So good! My kids literally devoured the entire bundt cake in a few days! I think next time I make it, I am going to use the peanut butter and chocolate chips I use in my favorite banana muffin recipe! I think that would be really good too!


While I made this chocolate stuffed banana bread gluten free, you can totally use regular flour in place of the gluten free. The measurements do not change. Some people have asked me about almond flour and coconut flour. I don’t use those flours so I really don’t know if you could substitute those in. Sorry! If someone is familiar with subbing those two flours, let me know!

Other Dessert Breads/Muffins You May Like

Like I said before, my kids like banana breads and muffins. I’ve made many different variations. Some others you just have to try are:

Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Crunch Bread

Cranberry Banana Muffins

Strawberry Banana Bread

The strawberry banana bread is one of my favorites. I took it to a family beach day and everyone loved it…even those that are not gluten free!

What is your favorite dessert bread?

Spicy Turkey Chili – WW Recipe

Since switching from Keto to Weight Watchers, one of the things I’ve been excited about is all the different soups. On Keto, the main soup I made (and it’s super good) was chorizo chicken soup. On Weight Watchers, I have a ton of different soups to make. I like soups because you are able to freeze them. With knee surgery coming up in less than two weeks, filling the freezer has been my main goal. This spicy turkey chili recipe is a perfect addition. And, best of all, it’s only one point on Weight Watchers!

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spicy turkey chili

Spicy Turkey Chili

Delicious Weight Watcher friendly recipe for spicy turkey chili. Just 1 Freestyle point!

Course Soup
Keyword 1 freestyle point, chili, turkey, weight watchers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 People

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Extra Lean Ground Turkey
  • 15 1/2 oz Red Beans drain and rinse
  • 15 1/2 oz Pinto Beans drain and rinse
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 1 medium Green Pepper diced
  • 28 oz Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • 5.5 oz Tomato Paste
  • 2 to 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 Cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 2 Bay Leaves

Instructions

  1. Brown your extra lean ground turkey. Drain the oil and place the cooked ground turkey in your stock pot. 

  2. Dice your green pepper and onion and place in the pot.

  3. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, Franks Red Hot and seasonings to the pot and stir. 

  4. Bring your spicy turkey chili to a boil and then lower the heat to low and cover with a lid. Simmer for about 2 hours, or until your onions and green peppers are tender. 

Delicious Spicy Turkey Chili

This spicy turkey chili is so good! I made this yesterday and actually had a bowl of it this morning for breakfast! Now remember, if you are following Weight Watchers, you must use the extra lean (99%/1%) ground turkey for it to be so low in points. The only thing in this recipe that adds points is the tomato paste. Be sure to scan all of your ingredients and put it in your recipe builder yourself. Some of the beans I scanned at the store were NOT 0 points. The beans that were not zero points had sugar as one of the ingredients. Be sure to look for that.

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Freezer Friendly Recipe!

Like I mentioned above, I am having surgery in less than two weeks. I am making sure to stock my freezer to make things easier. This recipe works perfectly as a freezer recipe! I picked up these freezer friendly containersspicy turkey chili that are perfect for freezing soups, pulled pork, taco meat, etc. Be sure to pick up some freezer labelsspicy turkey chili and label with the name of the item (duh!) and the date you put it in the freezer.

Other Favorite Weight Watcher Recipes

If you like soups as much as I do, then you need to try the following Weight Watcher friendly recipes:

Turkey Cabbage Soup

Low Carb Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

Enjoy! And remember, scan everything! While I scanned and put the recipe in my own recipe builder app, you will want to do the same with the specific ingredients you used. Brands vary with what they put in their food. Also, feel free to adjust the seasonings to make it more or less spicy!


Low Carb Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

One of my favorite soups to eat is Italian wedding soup. Unfortunately, I found out, in my early 30’s, that I have a gluten allergy. So I haven’t had Italian wedding soup in a LONG time! Over the years, I have developed a low carb lifestyle. First, I did the Keto diet for about three years. However, due to issues out of my control, I can no longer follow the Keto lifestyle. So I am continuing my low carb eating, but with Weight Watchers (WW). I came up with this low carb Italian wedding soup recipe that is perfect on WW.

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Low Carb Italian Wedding Soup

Delicious recipe for a low carb Italian wedding soup. It's Weight Watcher and Keto friendly.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword keto, low carb, weight watchers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 110 kcal

Ingredients

For Meatballs

  • 1 lb Ground Venison
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Basil

For Soup

  • 8 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 1/2 Cup Spinach
  • 2 - 2 1/2 Cups Riced Cauliflower
  • 1 Med. Celery Stalk
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients for the meatballs and set aside for a moment. Place the chicken broth and seasonings in a large stock pot and bring to a boil. 

  2. While waiting for the broth to boil, make your mini meatballs. I used about a tablespoon of ground venison for each meatball. 

  3. As your broth is beginning to boil, add the carrots, riced cauliflower and celery. Once the broth is at a full boil, add the meatballs one by one. Turn your heat down so it's a slow boil for 30 minutes. 

  4. Check to make sure your meatballs are done. Add the spinach and allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes longer. 

Recipe Notes

Makes 10 one cup servings. 

Low Carb Italian Wedding Soup

You guys, this low carb Italian wedding soup is so good! If you are following Weight Watchers, one serving of this soup is 1 point! Keto followers, I put the info in my favorite carb counting app, carb manager, and you can see the macro information below. Obviously, like any recipe, you will want to recheck with the specific ingredients you use.

low carb italian wedding soup

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Other Soups to Try

Soup is probably my favorite things to make and eat. This Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe is my absolute FAVORITE Keto friendly soup. I plan on trying to recreate it in some way to make it Weight Watcher friendly. Other soups you will want to make are:

Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

Turkey Cabbage Soup

The Best Beefy Cabbage Soup Recipe EVER!


The Best Freezer Friendly Meals

2018 was a year of surgeries for me. I started the year with gallbladder surgery and I ended the year with knee surgery. While I would love to say my surgery days are behind me, the truth is, my knee surgery I had in October was part one of two. The second part is scheduled for April 8th. One of the things I told my self was that when I had surgery again, I wanted to make sure I had a bunch of freezer friendly meals made. This way, my husband has one less thing to think about while he is taking care of everything. I’m a nice wife like that!

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I’m not really one to make New Years resolutions. However, I do like to set goals for myself. One of my 2019 goals was to be better about making things ahead, stocking the freezer and making life easier for me. With a husband that travels for work, a kid in high school that takes 45 minutes (one way) to get to, plus kids in travel sports, never mind the stuff I need to do for myself, I need to embrace making life easier whenever I can.

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9 Freezer Friendly Meals

These nine freezer friendly meals are super easy to make and are perfect to stock your freezer with.  Be sure to check out the freezer cooking tips below. If you have any other tips, please leave a comment with your tip!

Lasagna Freezer Meal Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

Freezer Friendly Shepherd’s Pie

Instant Pot Braised Beef

Cheesy Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Mamma’s Famous Roasted Chicken

Mouthwatering Garlic and Mushroom Turkey Meatballs

Spicy Sausage Egg Muffins

Make Ahead Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie

Freezer Cooking Tips

When it comes to making freezer friendly meals, you want to make sure you do the following things to ensure your meals come out perfectly!

  1. When you are making something like the egg muffins, allow the muffins to cool completely and then wrap each individual egg muffin in plastic wrap and then in foil.
  2. For casserole type dishes, you can assemble and freeze uncooked or freeze after cooking. If you choose to freeze uncooked, thaw the casserole completely before baking.
  3. With the stuffed chicken breasts, I would assemble, freeze and then cook.
  4. Label everything with what it is, how to cook it and the date.


What are your favorite freezer friendly meals? I’m always looking to add more to my freezer menu!

Creamy Garlic Chicken – Keto

For Christmas, the one thing I really wanted was a cast iron skillet. I’ve wanted one for years. Up until a few months ago, we had a glass cooktop stove. I was told you could not use cast iron on a glass cooktop (so not true, by the way). Anyway, we got new appliances and switched to a gas range and oven. Best decision ever! So, since I finally had my gas range, I just had to ask for a cast iron skillet. My mother in-law got me one! I finally got a chance to use it and I made THE BEST creamy garlic chicken recipe. Best part is, it’s totally Keto friendly!

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Creamy Garlic Chicken Recipe

Delicious, Keto friendly, creamy garlic chicken recipe.

Course Main Course
Keyword chicken, keto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup Asiago, Romano, Parmesan Blend shredded
  • 1 Cup Spinach chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place your olive oil in your cast iron skillet (or a regular skillet) and allow to fully heat up. 

  2. Place your chicken in the hot skillet and cook about 6-7 minutes on each side (may be longer, depending on how thick your chicken is). Remove from the skillet.

  3. Lower the heat and add the garlic to the skillet. Heat for about 30 seconds. Next add the heavy whipping cream, Italian seasoning, and the Asiago, Romano, Parmesan cheese blend. Add your chopped spinach and stir for about 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper, as needed.

  4. Add the chicken back into the skillet and allow it to simmer together for few minutes before serving.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can choose the type of chicken you prefer having! I had chicken tenderloins on hand so I used that. Let me tell you, this creamy garlic chicken recipe is the best chicken recipe I’ve ever made. My daughter, who insists she doesn’t like spinach, devoured this dinner! Since we are following the Keto diet, I served this over cauliflower rice for my husband and I.

Creamy Garlic Chicken Keto Macros

When I was figuring out the macros for this recipe, I decided to figure it out for the sauce only. Since I plan on using different types of chicken, I figured that would be easier. I used Carb Manager, my go to app for tracking my macros, to figure this out. As always, be sure to put this recipe in your own tracker with the specific ingredients you use, since different brands have different nutritional information sometimes.

creamy garlic chickenIf you are wondering about the Asiago, Romano, Parmesan blend, I get this at Sam’s Club. It tasted amazing in this recipe. I also like to eat it on salad. If you have a Sam’s Club membership, definitely give it a try. However, if you do not have a membership, I have seen something very similar at our local grocery store.

But I’m Not on the Keto Diet

No worries! If you would like to make this recipe, but not have all the fat and calories in the heavy whipping cream, simply sub in half and half! Next time I make this, I plan on having two skillets going. One for my husband and I, and one for the kids. They aren’t doing the Keto diet with us, and to be completely honest, I never imagined they would eat this yesterday!

Other Must Try Keto Recipes

Since we have been doing the Keto diet for a little over three years now, we have quite a few favorite Keto recipes. Some other must try recipes are:

Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

The Best Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Enjoy!!