• 2-3Large Ripe Plantains or BananasBananas are high in potassium and contain good levels of protein and dietary fiber. Bananas are rich in a mineral called potassium. … Potassium also helps muscles to contract and nerve cells to respond. It keeps the heart beating regularly and can reduce the effect of sodium on blood pressure.
  • 1/2Cup Hershey’s Special Dark CocoaConsuming dark chocolate can improve several important risk factors for heart disease. In a controlled study, cocoa powder was found to significantly decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol in men. It also increased HDL and lowered total LDL for those with high cholesterol.
  • 1Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1Cup Sifted Whole Wheat FlourI use my hay strainer/metal colander with small holes to sift my flour
  • 1/3Cup Organic or Local Honey Honey reduced C-Reactive Protein (CRP) — a marker of inflammation. Honey lowered LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides and raised HDL cholesterol. Honey also lowered Homocysteine, another blood marker associated with disease.
  • 1/4Cup Sugar in the Raw
  • 3/4Cup Smart Balance Cholesterol Free OilHealthy Butter substitute with Omega 3’s
  • 1Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4Teaspoon Salt
  • 1Tablespoon Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Brown EggContrary to an age old belief, eggs actually are a great heart healthy option because of the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, which help raise the good cholesterol, HDL and lower triglycerides, which are the bad cholesterol.
  • 1/2Cup Low Fat Cream Cheese
  • 1Teaspoon Flaxseed MealFlax’s primary healthy benefit is due to the omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects.
  1. Preheat oven to 350. You will need two bowls and a loaf pan.
  2. In one bowl, add bananas or plantains and smash with a fork or smashing utensil. Next, add sugars, honey, vanilla, oil, cream cheese, and egg and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
  3. In the other bowl, add your flour, baking soda, and salt and stir and gradually add to the banana/plantain ingredient bowl and mix.
  4. When all is blended, add your chocolate chips and mix.
  5. Pour your batter into a greased loaf pan and bake 50-55 minutes or until you test with a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean….I often use a steak knife if i run out of toothpicks and it works just as well.
  6. Lastly, serve with a glass of milk or my favorite, a cappuccino….Enjoy!!!
Recipe Notes

You can use plantains or bananas in this recipe. I had ripe plantains so chose to use them instead of bananas. Either one makes this dessert fantastic.

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