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Sugar-free grain-free banana pumpkin bread [GIVEAWAY]


Now that P has outgrown his almond allergy I am thrilled to be baking gluten free (AND grain free) goodies for us all to share.  In terms of GF quick breads, I’m more into almond flour as a base than coconut or rice flours or various starches.


They are more mmmmoisture packed.  Dodged the M word there.


Here’s a great recipe that helps use up the last bits of pumpkin from the can that you used almost all of.


Sugar free and grain free banana pumpkin bread [soy free, dairy free, peanut free, gluten free]


  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp NuNaturals liquid stevia simple syrup
  • 2 cups almond flour/meal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F.

Mash bananas.  Add in the rest of the wet ingreds (pumpkin, shortening, eggs, vanilla, and stevia) and stir until combined.

Add dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda, and salt) and mix until uniform.

Pour batter into a large greased baking loaf pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Let cool in loaf pan before removing and slicing.



As you can see, I’ve been heaping gobs of sun butter on top.  P has been eating his with Earth Balance (or plain).  It’s really ridiculously fluffy and not remotely dry, so it’s easy to eat without any toppings.  However, I wake up with a crazy appetite so I need kcals in me asap as soon as I finish nursing my babe and then squeezing in my workout.  Hence the piles of seed butter.

Psst…the shortening I use it this one.


I get it from Thrive for way cheaper than you can find it in stores.  I love the flavor of it and I’ve been baking with it almost as much (or more?) than I have with coconut oil lately.  I keep it in the pantry so it’s super soft and spreads like buttah…meaning it can replace butter or Earth Balance in any other use as well.  Now you know.

And the other super fun ingredient in the recipe is this guy…


Which I have been loving all summer long (in fresh squeezed lemonade!) and now am figuring out ways to use it with my Fall recipes.  A little goes a long way, so it’s a fantastic thing for your pantry.

Want to win some?  I figured as much.

Lucky for you NuNaturals is generously offering FOUR (!!!) readers the following:

  • one bottle of the Vanilla Stevia Liquid
  • one 50 pkt box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets
  • one bottle of Sugar-Free Cocoa Syrup
  • one bottle of the new Simple Syrup

In addition, they are including a FREE BONUS package in all 4 winner’s selection (this is a $70.00 retail value!).

The contest is open to everyone – international people too!!! [No PO boxes though]

There are a few ways to enter, and you get an entry with each thing you do so pay attention…

(1) leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to bake with NuNaturals stevia
(2) visit the NuNaturals Facebook Page and “like” them, then comment here to let me know you did so
(3) tweet about this giveaway mentioning @elisehippie and @nunaturals
(4) link to a recipe that includes a NuNaturals product (either in the comments or if you have a blog you could create your own post)

I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS ON OCTOBER 23, 2015.  Get inspired.  Get baking.

FYI you all can receive discounts on orders placed on their website (enter the discount code BLG1215 for a 15% discount on your ENTIRE ORDER!).  This discount remains effective until DECEMBER 31, 2015.  Online ordering customers also receive free shipping to the CONTINENTAL US on all orders over $35.00 after discounts.

*This giveaway is being hosted by NuNaturals.  All opinions are my own.



NuGo giveaway

While I am moving and MIA from the blog I thought I’d give you guys a chance to win some bars that have recently taken the HHH household by storm.


Over the past few weeks (as I’ve been packing Kyle’s lunches) I’ve been including some different health bars to break up his snack routine. 

He has been enjoying the change up a lot and because they have extra protein, I think they’re holding his appetite over better than more carb/sugar dominant bars do.  More importantly though, they taste good.  Because obviously the taste is the key part of a snack. 

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Anyway, I asked the NuGo folks if they’d be interested in doing a giveaway so you guys could try them out too…and they agreed!  So I am excited to offer one of you lovely HHH readers a mixed box of NuGo products.  Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.  Kyle hasn’t tried a single flavor that he hasn’t loved.  The cookies n cream was shockingly his favorite (which is funny because that’s SO not a flavor I’d pick to be his number one).  But of course, he loved the peanut butter as well.  I swooped on the pretzel one myself because sweet and salt are totally my jam, so I can vouch for that flavor.  🙂


Basically, it’s all good stuff and now one of you guys gets to give them a shot for free! (Open to US residents only- sorry)

To enter to win:

1. Leave a comment telling me which flavor you think sounds the best.

2. Tweet about the giveaway mentioning @elisehippie and @nugonutrition then leave a (separate) comment back here telling me you did so. 

I’ll pick one random winner on April 5th.

Good luck!

NuNaturals giveaway

I have a special treat to share.  It’s a sweet one!


I used it in this recipe.


And this one.

It’s one of my very favorite products of all time (bold statement, but 100% true).  And now I get to give some away to you lovely readers!


The generous people at NuNaturals are offering FOUR of my readers the following: one bottle of each of the lemon / cherry vanilla / peppermint flavored stevia liquids and a 50 packet box of NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets. 



I have been using them in my green smoothies lately too – particularly the lemon (it goes so well with vanilla).  I can’t wait for you guys to try them out.

The contest is open WORLDWIDE (but they can’t ship to P.O. boxes) and there are a few ways to enter:

1.  Leave a comment telling me your favorite quick bread flavor combo.
2.  Visit the NuNaturals facebook page and “like” them (then leave a comment back here telling me you did so).
3.  Tweet about the giveaway mentioning @elisehippie and @nunaturals (then leave a comment back here telling me you did so).

I’ll choose FOUR random winners on March 22, 2014.

FYI, you guys can get discounts on all orders placed on their website.  When you get to the checkout page just enter the discount code: BLG0614 and you will receive a 15% discount on your entire order.  This discount remains effective until June 30, 2014.  Also, online orders over $35 get free shipping to the continental US.  Happy dance!

Caramel studded oatmeal blondie bars

Uhhh yeah, long name, I know. 


But I actually held back because they could have been called a million other things…like lovely gooey bites…or gluten free breakfast squares…or deliciously sweet snack bars…you get the idea, right? 


I have a lot of photos of P man-handling these candies because they’ve been on the counter (hashtag dangerous) for a while now.  He loves playing with the bag because it makes noise and his pudgy little fingers can perfectly grasp and shake it. 

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And yet, we all know how bad terrible of an idea it is to leave addictive sweets out in plain sight.  Stupid Elise.  I should know better.  Self control negative.


Each time I enter the kitchen – not even necessarily to cook something (!!) – one of them magically pop it’s way into my mouth.  It’s not my fault!  They’re amazing!!


See?  Pacman knows what’s up.


Full disclosure: I got a sample of 4 flavors of Lovely Candies in the mail for free.  I had no obligation to review them, but I freakin’ loved them so much that I wanted to share them with you – both in a review (with a recipe) and a giveaway.  Yay!


They are gluten free and the main sweetener is brown rice syrup.  And all the ingredients are things you’d recognize.  And they are SO so SO good.  I wish there were something bad about them to dissuade me from eating them at the rate I have been…but alas, they are perfect.  Sigh.


Caramel Studded Oatmeal Blondie Bars [vegetarian, gluten free]


  • 1 medium banana, mashed
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted (+ more to grease pan)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup ground chia seed (or ground flax seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6-8 caramels, quartered


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, mash the banana, then add in the syrup, oil, and vanilla. 

In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients (flours, seeds, and salt).  Then add the boiling water and stir until mixed.

Add the two separate bowls together, then fold in half the caramels.

Pour into greased baking dish (I used a rectangular 6-cup pyrex but any pan that holds 6 cups will work) and pack down.  Then add the rest of the candies on top.

Bake for 25-28 minutes at 350 degrees F.


Enjoy!  Breakfast, dessert, snack, whatever.  It’s awesome however you serve it. 


If you want it to cut into neat squares with defined edges (like above), allow it to cool all the way.  [Don’t ignore this step!!!]  It’s best after it has fully chilled in the fridge.  To be honest, I prefer to eat them cold.

If you don’t care about the shape, go ahead and dig into it fresh from the oven (see below photos).  You’ll burn your mouth, but I certainly won’t judge you.

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Photos of the process…

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And now for the giveaway portion!

Would you like to win your own sampler pack?  [Rhetorical, obvs]  That’s what I thought.

Chocolate Caramel Swirl! 



Have you ever tried real authentic dulce de leche from Argentina?  Because that’s exactly what this tastes like. 

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To enter, leave a comment telling me which Lovely Candy Co item catches your eye the most – or your favorite caramel recipe.  Tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry (and leave another comment saying you tweeted). 

Separate comments = separate entries. 

I’ll pick a random winner on Friday, August 23rd.