Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread (gluten-free)

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread

Ah, holiday time. 

The time we love to dread and dread to love. Or is that just me?

Baked goods everywhere, endless (usually unhealthy) meals with family, the family time itself.

Exercise gets pushed aside, time gets crunched into said family visits, and routine goes right out the window. Bye, Routine!

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Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the holidays and everything it brings.

It’s the perfect time to reflect on the year past and embrace those festively shared traditions. Spending time with family, eating baked goods, sipping on [hard] cider, and listening to holiday music. The double-edged sword always makes me happy and slightly crazy.

Crazy?

Crazy!

I’ll be traveling back East this holiday season and with it comes all of those wonderful things I mentioned above. I’m absolutely looking forward to meeting new people (boyfriends’ extended family) and eating amazing food but the one thing I’ll miss more than anything (besides my comfy bed) will be my beloved routine.

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With so much to do, see, and places to be, one of the dearest things to me that flees (and keeps me sane) will be set aside. 

Without routine, I feel a little disjointed, like I’m missing something. Because I am missing something, right!? Order… I love it.

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But at least this holiday season, routine aside, I do have family, love, traveling!, and banana bread. And nothing can go wrong with banana bread.

Chocolate chips dotted throughout, crisp pecans dancing on top, ripe bananas sweetening each bite.

Although not Paleo, this gluten-free (and can be dairy-free!) banana bread offers comfort and warmth in times of uncertainty ;). It is packed with protein, fiber, low in sugar, and is actually quite healthy when you get down to what some bananas breads are.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread -whatrunslori.com

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread