Before getting to the FAN-TAB-ULOUS recipe below, I have to share this running quote with you from Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes.  It’s so important to get words of inspiration like this to beginning runners. 

"If you are capable of running, then you are cut out to be a runner. Don’t think that you aren’t cut out to be a runner. Don’t let other people convince you of that.
Ignore them.
Don’t waste your time wondering if you got the right gifts …from the gene genie to run as fast as you want to run. Don’t wallow in doubt about exactly where that genetic wall is for you when it comes to achieving a dream goal. Sure, genes do play a role in determining your running potential, but persistence, positive thinking, and lots of hard work may shift that proverbial wall…
Regardless of how you look, if you can run, you’re a runner, and you should be proud of that fact. Keep trying. Don’t quit."
-Duncan Larkin, writer and runner

When I started running, it took me 4 years to ever enter a race because I didn’t think I was fast enough. I didn’t think I could refer to myself as a runner.  What I learned after getting up enough nerve to enter that first 5K is that there is not rule on how fast you have to run to call yourself a runner. Just get out there, put one foot in front of the other.   It’s that easy.

How long did it take you to call yourself a runner?

I love the NuNaturals products.  The company offers an assortment of Stevia based products.  The NuNatural Stevia products are different. They don’t have any bitterness like a lot of other brands.  The company has introduced NEW liquids which use PURE Vanilla Extract in combination with Liquid Stevia.  The one used in this recipe is Cherry Vanilla NuStevia.  It offers an interesting finish to this sweet and fruity bread.

Easy Apple Bread with Cherry Vanilla NuStevia  *This bread is not sugar free.

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Makes 2 large loaves

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 8 oz cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 medium, over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 peeled, cored and small chopped apple
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 10 to 15 drops Cherry Vanilla NuStevia
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup cacao nibs (raw cacao is high in antioxidant flavanoids, sulfur and magnesium. The essential fatty acids found in chocolate may help the body to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol.)

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray 2 large loaf pans with non stick spray.

Blend the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Set aside

In a blender, mix the applesauce, banana, sugar, NuStevia, and oil.

Add the eggs one at a time. 

Add the flour mix and blend until just combines.  Stir in the apples and cacao nibs just to combine.

Pour into prepared pans and bake for 1 hour 5 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Allow to cool before removing from pans.

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So moist, soft, and a beautifully balance flavor.

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What are you baking today?

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Delta Lake Triathlon 2014

by Joanne on July 20, 2014

The day was perfect. The water for athletes was perfect. And the participant’s shirts were pretty darned perfect.   ATCEndurance

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Ted had a good event, getting a beer glass for third in his age group.  Time 3:09

His swim was probably slower by a minute or so than usual for the Olympic distance.  In fact his comment as he ran past us to transition was “That seemed to take forever”.  At one point, a woman swam over the top of him.  That would slow me down.

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He transitioned well and onto the bike course, 24 miles.

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Does he look as if he is enjoying this thing?!

He had a terrific run and looked strong the entire 10K.

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The only draw back was that the finish area didn’t offer the usual party to follow.  There was plenty of food for athletes but the beer and music were a mile or so down the road so you had to leave to enjoy the afternoon festivities.  Once we were in the truck, we made for home not the party.  All other criteria that make an event noteworthy and memorable were in place.

Great job Ted. 3 hrs 9 minutes.  Next:  Old Forge Triathlon in August.

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Boilermaker 2014

July 15, 2014
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The day of the Boilermaker 15K road race begins the same way:  a 2 mile run with the dogs about 1 1/2 hours before race start.  That has been the routine for my 4 consecutive Boilermakers.   The legs felt good but then Zoey was pulling me along.  At that time in the morning, Culver Ave. […]

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Dinner with Dr. Alessio Fasano, MD: Gluten Freedom

July 10, 2014
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Remember this post?…Product Enjoyment…. In particular, the book "Gluten Freedom" an essential guide to a healthy, gluten free lifestyle. Well, I finished this fascinating read, learning more than I ever thought there was to know about celiac disease and other grain intolerances. Most intriguing to me were the personal accounts from people or families suffering […]

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Banana Cream Cheese Bread with Chia and Peanut Butter Center

July 7, 2014
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It’s the week of the Boilermaker 15K road race.  This past weekend the race route was very popular among local participants.  I was out there on Saturday to start a 16 mile run.  Ran with Zoey from our house (about the 2 mile point) to the starting line, home again to drop off Zoey then […]

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Green Bean, Farro and Chickpea Dinner Salad

July 2, 2014
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My favorite grain is farro (it’s so nutty in texture!) but this recipe lends itself to whatever your personal favorite is:  couscous, barley, quinoa, wild rice… endless possibilities.  Based on a recipe found in Bonappetit July 2014 page 32. Serves 4 12 oz green beans, clean and trim 1/2 cup farro *or other grain 1/4 […]

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