banana rum skillet {grain free banana cake}

this recipe makes my mouth water. now. as i’m typing. my a-girl is over my shoulder asking, can you make that grain-free banana cake now?


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i was inspired to make this recipe one morning when we were starving and wanted a filling breakfast, but not necessarily meat (and i can’t have eggs right now in my culinary/health journey).  i was inspired by another recipe i found on paleomg (love her blog!), and created this rummy, gooey excuse to eat dessert-for-breakfast.  it’s chocolate-y, crumbly, and almost like a bread pudding in texture.


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put a pat of salted butter on top while it’s still warm.  i know, i know, but it’s worth it.


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here’s the recipe for you!


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banana rum skillet {grain free banana cake}
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Serves: 8 servings
  • 3 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1½ cups soaked, raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life
  • 2 eggs, or egg alternative
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. If using an egg alternative such as a flax meal binder, make and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, grind cashews until they form a meal.
  4. Add coconut oil and continue to blend until it forms a butter; add bananas and process until fully combined.
  5. Place 2 tablespoons butter in iron skillet and let melt in oven just until it starts to brown (about 3-4 minutes).
  6. Gently remove skillet from oven and set aside.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt.
  8. Stir in cashew mixture, rum extract, chocolate chips, and eggs.
  9. Carefully pour batter into skillet.
  10. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until edges start to crisp and middle is gently set.



do you have a favorite holiday recipe? please share so i can give it a try!


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awaiting the advent {jesse tree devotional}

their eyes are still sleepy, their voices groggy, but they pile out of their rooms, scrambling for the afghans grandma crocheted, and for the best, most snuggly corners of the sofa and “comfy chair.”  it’s morning before dad leaves for work, and it’s our time to share our hearts and our Papa’s thoughts before he goes.  at Christmas-time, the jesse tree devotional is how we do that.

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there are a few Christmas traditions our family has come to treasure, and the jesse tree devotional is one of them.  it started a few years ago when a dear friend organized an ornament swap between several homeschool families in our community.  each family created two ornaments, in enough quantity for every family to have one.  then we met at a park (with treats to share, of course) for a play-date, and swapped hand-crafted ornaments.  i’ve come to treasure these rustic little ornaments near as much as the ones my own children made, because i know the faces of the no-longer-little people who created them.   (below is our “stump of jesse.”  read more about its meaning here!)


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each day of december, there is a devotional thought that follows the lineage of Jesus, from creation to the cross, telling the “real Christmas story” in all its rich glory.  there are several books that follow the jesse tree, but our family uses the book the advent jesse tree, and each year, it’s the first item out of the Christmas boxes.  (this is a link to our amazon store – we do receive a small commission if you decide to purchase the book through this link; the cost to you is the same.)


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in our house, we take turns hanging the ornaments.  we use a small, rustic tree we bought just for the jesse tree.


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some years we’ve had better listeners than others.  some days we’ve had to play “catch up” on our devotional time.  but every Christmas when we read the final thought, i am awed by the anticipation and the fulfillment, literally the best gift we receive, of God’s love poured out through history.


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does your family have a tradition that your family holds precious?  please let me know below!


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dear heart {five on friday}

dear heart,

you are tender and strong.  you are fiery and fickle.  you know Truth, and you recall lies.


dear heart, you are a treasure, for you hold the Love that lasts for eternity, and you are an enemy, for when you run astray, you take Truth on a wild ride that forces it to fight for dear life.  and you take with it the gentleness that is most precious, that of peace and trust and Knowing.



but you are called, dear heart, to obedience to the One who made you, and i call you, obey.  listen to Him and long for Him and in so doing, rain down mercy on those who cross your path.  you are called, dear heart, to give Grace.  so give: give freely, remembering Truth, Who defines what Love is.


this post is written for five on friday, a weekly link-up of writers who dare themselves to lay themselves bare for five minutes, to write freely for others to read.  please click over to see what others are writing.


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