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.
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.
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.
So moist, soft, and a beautifully balance flavor.
What are you baking today?