Monday, April 19, 2010

Guilt Free Banana Bread & Flatout Flatbread Crisp Review

Hope your week is off to a good start! I have a busy day ahead that includes working & launching Body Step at 2 clubs. I am excited to show the members the new release (its a toughie!). What do you have on tap today?

The rest of my weekend (since my last post) was very nice. I decided to hang in on Saturday night and made up One Frugal Foodie's Guilt Free Banana bread (with a little added guilt ;)).

I followed her recipe almost exactly, but substituted unsweetened applesauce for the coconut oil and then added in a little guilt with some large chocolate chips. I also left a few banana chunks in the mix. The outcome:


Very tasty! I love that its just slightly sweet. I ate one slice and then gave the remaining portions to two of the instructors I'm launching Step with today.
I also received a VERY exciting package, New Flatout Baked Flatbread Crisps from the wonderful Jenn and the people at Flatout (disclaimer: I received these products for free). The company/Jenn sent me all four varieties to try, Sea Salt:


Multigrain:


Four Cheese and Garlic Herb:
Josh had his friend Jeremy over and we all dug in! We ate the chips plain first and then I made some flatbread crisp nachos for the boys:


We ALL loved the crisps! They are sort of a hybrid between the flatout wraps and your typical cracker. They have a slight crisp, but are still sort of soft/doughy. I liked the multigrain best, while Josh and his friend Jeremy liked the Sea Salt best. Very tasty! Thank you so much Jenn & Flatout!!!!

Sunday morning, I had Body Step practice and then hit up the usual brunch with Josh. You know what I got....


The rest of the day was spent enjoying the weather, doing a few errands, and cleaning.
What is your favorite brand and type of coffee(if you drink it)?

59 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

That banana bread looks so good! We have tried the flatout crisps, but only the four cheese so far. They are so good!

I'm not a coffee drinker unless it comes from Starbucks with lots of junk in it!

Lauren said...

Another amazing baked good from Itzy's Kitchen! :) No surprise that it was fantastic! :)

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Happy Monday girl!

Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

Those Flat-Out Crisps look great!!!
So does the banana bread! It sure wouldn't last long in this house :)

I love all coffee, especially the "caffeine kind" ;) Seattle's Best is my new fave brand.

Campinggirl said...

The banana bread looks great!

I love Starbucks Vanilla Lattes... they are my weekend treat.

Today I am going to Pump and Zumba but I have signed up for the Pump and Attack releases coming to our club this weekend. So fun!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

I'm not a big coffee drinker, usually during the winter I have it more though. I like to spice it with pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon! Or if I splurge at Starbucks then a Mocha Frap light is usually on the menu.

Lauren @ Eater not a runner said...

I just love banana bread....yum :-)

Heatha said...

I haven't seen those flatout crisps yet - I'll have to try them!!

I'm not a coffee girl, never have been.

Good luck at the launches today - mine is Wednesday!

Jenn (eatingbender) said...

Woot! So glad that you liked the crisps :) I love the looks of them with nachos.

Good luck launching Body Step - that's awesome! Today I am having lunch with a lovely blogger and doing work, work, work! Hope you have a fabulous one!

inmytummy said...

I've seen those Flatout chips in the grocery store and thought about buying them, but didn't. Good to know that they are good. I'll pick up a bag next time.

I'm not a coffee drinker.

Jessica said...

I'm a pretty straight up coffee gal. We drink and organic grocery store brand, half decaf. Pretty boring.
My MIL always brews a decaf hazelnut, and I like it a lot! Though, i don't think I'd want it every day.

have a great week!

Rose said...

I got some of the flat out chips too - and that is such a great idea for how to use them!

Ana said...

I don't drink much coffee but when I am in a coffee mood I race to Starbucks for some of their awesome iced coffee.

I have never seen those flatout crisps, I love using their wraps, cant wait to get my hands on some of them!!!

Hope you have a great Monday love!!

Jessica said...

That banana bread looks amazing! I don't know that I would have given away any of it ; )

Can't wait to try those crisps - I love flat out wraps!

Have fun with the new launch!

Christina said...

i've tried those chips before, and i know exactly what you mean about them being kinda chewy! i'll have to try the sea salt flavor. you LOVE that breakfast!! :)

Holly said...

YUM - that bread looks delicious! I love the big Chocolate Chips. Now THOSE are some chocolate chips!

I actually don't drink coffee, except for the occasional latte from Sbux. I wish I did drink it, though! It's more of a temperature thing (I'm weird). :-)

dawn said...

the banana bread looks good, I would love a slice w/ some pb on it please.

Krista said...

The flatout crips sound very good!! Thanks for the review. I'm liking the banana bread, too!

Have a great day!

Anne Marie said...

The banana bread looks so good!! I don't really have a favorite brand of coffee.

thedallasceliac.com said...

I like the big chocolate chips in the banana bread - chocolate chips make pretty much anything better. :)

I drink a lot of Starbucks coffee (I like their Asia/Pacific or Italian blends) and I also like Kona coffee, especially by the company Southern Home (they sell it at Publix in SC).

Trying To Heal said...

the banana bread looks beautiful! i need to make some soon! actually..i need to use my berries first! moving soon!

and i don't drink coffee unless i'm driving across the country...caffeine in that form stays out of this body!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

Nothing wrong with a little added guilt! Chocolate chips are so wonderful in banana bread. Have a great week! :)

Kelsey said...

omg is that a fruit/yogurt meuslie/parfait thingy? looks amazing! great breakfast meal for sure :D

that recipe for banana/chocolate loaf is out of this world. i love how the choc chips are taking over the loaf hehe!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I need to try that banana bread. YUM!

I love coffee. I get Don Francisco's Hawaiian Hazelnut. It's delish!

Good luck with the new launch!

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

I LOVE any guilt bread that is guilt free!
Good luck with your busy day! :)

Jenna said...

So great to know about the flatout crisps! I saw them at the store yesterday and debated picking them up, but didn't. Now I'll have to go back to the grocery store, my favorite place ever. Darn. ;)

The Blonde Duck said...

They sound like those Stacy's pita chips. I LOVE those.

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

I barely ever drink coffee but there is one place near us called Diesel Cafe that has the BEST coffee - it's my weakness for sure!

insideiamdancing said...

Hope the launch goes well!!!! That banana bread looks divine- I haven't made banana bread for far too long.

Hooray for parfait (that rhymes!!!)

Coffee- I like Starbucks Pike Place a lot. I use Nescafe at home.

Juliana said...

Oh! The banana bread looks yummie and what an interesting crisps...coffee? I usually get at Costco, the one that is roasted by Starbucks, it is pretty good and has a low acidity.

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

We had this creme brulee coffee from a Rostaria (sp?) in Champagne Illinois this week and it was HEAVEN!! We could smell the scent as soon as the bag was open. Yummmm :).

Best of luck with your busy week!

fittingbackin said...

flatout nachos?! Awesome!!

I've never had coffee. :)

whatkateate said...

Yum! I havent seen those in stores yet, must keep an eye out for them!

Holly said...

OMG...i need those crisps! i had no idea this product existed, and obvs i will need to purchase to try them out for myself. and yum on the banana bread! annndddd...i drink coffee...any kind..any where...any time :)

Lindsay said...

I'm so glad the crips are a winner! I can't wait to try some. Girl! I swear you make the best looking treats! The banana bread looks ahhhmmmazing!

tam said...

Wow that banana bread looks fab x x

tiffany said...

i loved the flatout crisps -- i won them from jenn on twitter hehe. my favorite was the multigrain too! :) the banana bread looks sooo delish! you're making me want to make some now! but i suppose i should keep working on my thesis first... ;)

hope you're having a wonderful monday!!

BroccoliHut said...

I just received those same crisps on Friday. Great idea to use them for nachos!

homecookedem said...

Banana bread is just so delicious!! Your's looks really good. It's been way too long since I've had a little nanner bread in my life! ;)

Those flatout crips sounds great! Thanks for the review, I'll have to try 'em out!! :)

Hope you're having a wonderful day!!

We Are Not Martha said...

That banana bread looks amazing!! And I love that you added some "guilt" into it! Also, I definitely need to try those crisps... I'm in serious need of some fun new snack foods!

Sues

ktbwood said...

WOW those crisps look awesome! i havent even seen them anywhere!! YUMM that bread looks amazing-but then again, your entire blog always looks great!

Maria said...

I haven't tried those crisps, looks like a fun snack:) I don't drink coffee, only water for me:) I am jealous you got to launch today! Ours isn't until May 1st! I am antsy! I hope it went well, I am sure it did:)

Aggie said...

ooooh...I want to try those crisps! your nachos look awesome girl! I get such great healthy ideas from you!

*Naomi* said...

hey girl! how was your weekend?!?! that bread looks SO good!! yumm I want to make it!! I love the huge chocolate chunks in there, makes it look very guilt worthy!!

those flat out crisps look SO good!! YUM

have a great night! x0

Stacey said...

I was checking out the site for body step. I have been put off by step, thinking it was too slow paced. But that looked like a good workout. The combat one looked really good, kinda like kickboxing.

I Run for Fun said...

Mmm...banana bread! So delicious!

Julie said...

girl what's a little guilt free b bread without the guilt! and i'm pretty sure that chocolate chips don't count on the guilt list..well atleast not mine hahaha

hope the launch went awesome tonight or wait it might have been last night depending on when you posted this hahaha

umm my fav cawf drink is for sure Stabreezies decaf americano with sf hazelnut :) mmmm and it's essential that it's a venti

teresa said...

i LOVE that banana bread, it looks awesome. i need to try those flatout chips, mmm.

lesley lifting life said...

You're making me want a parfait, Erica!! haha. It always looks good ;)

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Hey girl! That bread looks amazing!! I'm sorry to ask so many vegetarian questions, but did you have a book that you started reading before you became a veg? One that maybe was geared towards athletes? Nomeatathlete kinda spurred my interest in becoming a vegetarian rather than a flexitarian after posting that trailer on his blog last week. Basically, I can't get the images out of my mind. I might eat meat a little if I know that it was ethically raised and slaughtered, but I have no urge to as of lately plus I don't have access or access to info regarding my meat in Germany. I know that they are better in Europe as far a meat production goes, but I don't know the whole story and it freaks me out. Any help? Why did you become a vegetarian?

Jocelyn said...

yummy that banana bread looks good. Love the addition of coconut oil.

:) The flatout crisps sound/look wonderful... doubt I can get those here where I live!

bHealthier said...

Wow Erica! Fantastic Bread and I bet those guys loved the nachos!

I drink Starbucks coffee OR I get Fair Trade Beans from Trader Joes, and grind it myself usually.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love using Flat Out wraps for everything under the sun, but I had no clue they came out with crisps---holy yum!

Therese said...

Yummmm I love how you said you added a "little guilt" to your banana bread :)

I'm wordering were those flat out crisps really high in sodium? The only reason I steer away from buying Flatout wraps is they have like 500mg of sodium a piece!

Britt said...

Great looking banana bread, I should make some with my nicely ripened bananas!

I'm all about flavored ice coffee, although I rarely make it at home. I usually just get some at work, they serve Green Mountain Coffee which I like. Love their Hazelnut & French Vanilla flavors.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Erica - I love your added guilt. Chocolate chips and bananas make every loaf of homemade bread much betta! :)

Oh, and totally drooling over those nachos. I haven't seen the Flatout Flatbread Crisp yet, but I think I would love them, especially in nacho form.

My favorite coffee - It's this kona brand we buy from Costco. It's the most expensive they sell, and so we rarely purchase it, but it's so good. I also love local Nashville brand Drew's Brews. Yummy. :)

Alisa - Dairy Free & Fit said...

So glad you enjoyed the recipe! It is a favorite around here because it is quick to whip up and makes awesome breakfast toast - no sugar overload :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Holy awesome bread!!!!!!!! Love it! And the flatout crisps, havent tried those, didnt even know they existed. :)

Coffee. Well, I buy TJs brand for price and Starbux is over rated to me. Flavored coffees from target are good but in limited doses. Peet's coffee is great but very $$

Have a super week hot mama :)

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

My favorite coffees are Starbucks' Breakfast Blend and any dark roast sold at Caribou. My favorite favorite is the blend sold by a coffee shop in my hometown. It's bold, fruity, and oh so yummmmy

Lori said...

I've become a serious coffee snob since living in Brazil. :) I'm still using up some from there so I don't know what I'm going to turn to when it runs out. Usually the Starbucks variety is strong enough for my tastes.

That bread looks so great!