Welcome, I'm Monique! Ambitious Kitchen is a blog devoted to clean eating, healthier baked treats, plus my passion for fitness and nutrition. Bottom line, I love to inspire others in and out of the kitchen! Read more.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever enjoyed my life more than right now. Such a great way to start off a Tuesday, right? But it’s true. I’m really incredibly happy.
Last week Ambitious Kitchen turned 4 years old. I made you a cake and wrote you all giant inspirational love letter (coming soon!). Tony and I also found a new apartment and signed a lease last week, which means we’ll be staying in Chicago for at least another year (!!!!). I’m working on a new photography project with my good friend Sarah of Broma Bakery. And finally, I’m traveling a ton the rest of the year. All good things.
Last week I was walking home from my usual morning workout and suddenly smelled an overwhelming bagel aroma in the air.
My goodness, have you ever had that happen to you? It’s truly a breakfast calling like no other and therefore made my stomach rumble for the next 20 minutes. Throughout the rest of the day, I kept thinking about bagels and couldn’t stop. In fact, I couldn’t even recall the last time I had a bagel. SAY WHAT?!
As I mentioned previously, I’m taking a bit of time off this Summer from blogging. It’s not that I don’t want to because I basically have a million ideas, it’s more that I want to make sure I’m being fulfilled personally and professionally.
So really all I’ve been trying to do is figure out what’s next for myself and AK.
Did you know that banana bread was the most searched food on Google last year? For reals. There’s something comforting about a slice fresh from the oven and paired with your morning coffee. I prefer mine served warm and spread with a creamy nut butter. How about you?
Due to my obsession of baking with bananas, I have quite a few recipes on AK devoted to banana bread. I decided to round up a few healthy banana bread favorites and include others I’ve been eyeing up from around the internets. Below you’ll find recipes for every dietary need and I’ve even indicated them as either gluten free, vegan or paleo!
I hope you’ll find something you’ll enjoy. And of course, I promise to bake you up some more banana bread goodness soon.
Omg omg! Could this bread be any more delicious? I know it seems silly but I could seriously write you paragraphs about how much I love this bread. How moist, flavorful and surprisingly healthy it is. And yessss! it’s gluten free and paleo (if you leave out the chocolate chips).
An incredibly moist Carrot Cake Banana Bread made healthy with whole wheat flour and applesauce instead of lots of butter or oil. Don’t forget the low-fat cream cheese frosting — it’s to die for!
I never really enjoyed carrot cake until about a year ago.
It started when I was living in Los Angeles; there was an incredible cupcake shop in Manhattan Beach that I used to stop in after a beach walk in the evenings. They sold a variety of mini cupcakes and for some reason I decided to try their carrot cake version. After one bite, I was in heaven. Now I’m on some sort of quest to find the best carrot cake out there. Any suggestions?
When it comes to cake, the only thing that can compete with carrot is my Dad’s yellow cake with chocolate buttercream – and that one is pretty hard to master. I’m still working on the recipe after 7 years. Maybe one day.
There’s one thing I don’t like about carrot cake: all of those calories. And I’m already going to be eating everything else in my face during Easter, including at least three of those Reese’s Eggs and probably way too much wine. Yes, I try to make every holiday as awesome as Thanksgiving.
Anyway as I was preparing to head to the grocery store staring at overly ripe bananas on the counter, an interesting thought came to me. What if I combined the two? You know, my love for carrot cake + banana bread. Could this be a thing?
A lightened up healthy banana bread packed with oats, coconut, and chocolate chips — you don’t have to feel guilty enjoying a slice or two!
You guyssssssss. I have made so many banana breads over the last few days. Sometimes I wish I could stop baking but when I get the urge to, I just can’t stop. I think I’m an addict.
Due to my baking urges, I’m often up late at night; unfortunately I don’t get the chance to photograph the recipe since it’s dark and because I’m a little bit of a perfectionist. But sometimes I just want to share a recipe with you right away so I took these photos with my iPhone… hope you don’t mind!
Naturally sweetened banana bread made with whole wheat flour and oatmeal. Perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack!
I’m absolutely one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason.
That tragedy is followed by opportunity and growth. That difficult times will eventually be followed by lovely moments. But I’m also the type of person who loves to plan, think ahead, or heck, just think about everything. My to-do lists are endless. My goals keep getting bigger.
But, I’ve also found that sometimes you have to live in the moment. Enjoy little moments with people who matter to you. Appreciate the messes, forget imperfections, and embrace the present. Still with me?
Remember last week when I told you about my vacation? Well it was the best! I went to the apple orchard, on long fall drives, baked apple crisp, coconut cookies, turkey meatballs, and more. We watched movies, drank wine, and laughed like nothing else mattered. In fact, we even went to the diner and ate pancakes at 2am on a Sunday. Sometimes you just need those moments; that little bit of time with someone special.
Other times you just need banana bread. That sweet aroma to fill your house and create a comforting atmosphere.
It’s obvious I’m in love with banana baked goods. Have you checked out my recipe indexlately? It’s full of healthy banana breads.