• {Giant and Mini} Skinny Chocolate Peppermint Quick Bread

    filed under: Bread on December 2, 2016

    Sponsored by Disney’s The BFG.

    Regardless if you have a GIANT appetite or a small mini one, no will ever have to know that this Skinny Chocolate Quick Bread is lightened up and low fat!

    This bread is not only delicious, but it is actually lightened up and low fat!

    At 3 years old, my little Olivia is spunkier than I thought possible, yet simultaneously innocent and cautiously curious.

    I was busy working this morning and had assembled all the ingredients for a quick bread on the counter. Olivia can’t quite see the top of the counter yet to stood on her tippy toes and tried to see.

    “What doing?” she asked.

    I told her I was making bread and said each ingredient name slowly. Olivia repeated them to me and asked to sample each one. She appreciated the natural sweetness of the honey more than the bitter cocoa and absolutely loved the texture and uniqueness of each ingredient on her fingers. She smelled the vanilla, the almond extract, and the peppermint extract. After she smelled the peppermint her eyes lit up. “This one, mommy!”

    This bread is not only delicious, but it is actually lightened up and low fat!

    I have to admit, I was not planning on making chocolate peppermint bread. But it was a bit humbling to watch her be delighted with something I take for granted on a daily basis. She was captivated by velvety softness of flour and the shimmering gentle ripples of cascading honey. I was captivated with her and a bit surprised with the introspection I was feeling. Jaded was the word that came to mind. I was so used to those textures and combinations and flavors… I took for granted their unique value.

    That quiet afternoon in my kitchen was a big moment of growth for Olivia and I. The often anxious, hurried, jaded mom in me was inspired by the joy that this sweet girl found in the simplest of tasks. Our roles were reversed, if only for a moment, when she taught me how to be inspired again.

    This bread is not only delicious, but it is actually lightened up and low fat!

    That evening, we sat down to watch a movie as a family. As the previews started (my kids favorite part) the room went quiet. We turned up the volume and watched the trailer for The BFG. Olivia was completely captivated. After it finished she asked, “What is BFG mama?” I told her it stood for Big Friendly Giant.

    “He’s nice.” She said. “I think so too,” I replied.

    Then she asked if she could have one, and I told her how about we go see the movie first.

    As we prepared Chocolate Peppermint Bread together that morning she, in her innocent toddler wisdom, had shown me that sometimes I needed to get out of the regular routine that I had accepted. That it was okay to be inspired by the things around me and to have the courage to try new things.

    This bread is not only delicious, but it is actually lightened up and low fat!

    I did something fun with this recipe in honor of The BFG… I made one big and one mini. To do this I simply pour 1 cup of batter into a mini loaf pan.

    Olivia loved the fact that she helped bake it with me and that she got her very own mini version! (You can certainly just pour all batter into a standard 9×5 loaf pan.)

    Skinny Chocolate Peppermint Quick Bread


        • 3/4 c (133g) unsweetened applesauce
        • 1/2 c (100g) granulated sugar
        • 1/4 c (85g) honey
        • 1 large egg
        • 3/4 c (183g) vanilla Greek yogurt (or regular yogurt, plain or vanilla)
        • 1/2 tsp. pure peppermint extract
        • 1 c (124g) whole wheat flour
        • 1/2 c (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
        • 1 tsp. baking soda
        • 1 tsp. baking powder
        • 1/2 tsp. salt


        1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 9x5 loaf pan with baking spray.
        2. In a large bowl, whisk the applesauce, sugar, honey, egg, yogurt, and peppermint extract until smooth.
        3. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together.
        4. Slowly stir in the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix.
        5. Pour batter into loaf pan.
        6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

        I used this recipe for the chocolate ganache.

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        What a sweet story. Cooking with grandkids is precious. Mine have turned into some good cooks.

        Wishes for tasty dishes,


        How to make a chocolate topping ?

          THere is a link in the blog post… it’s just a very simple ganache. Chocolate + warmed heavy cream = ganache. 🙂

          This does NOT need a topping. It is moist and wonderful. Could serve with vanilla bean ice cream if you want to. I added 40 grams of dark chocolate peppermint bark, chopped fine. It was excellent and all my guests wanted the recipe. I made it for Christmas gifts as well. Recipe used 3 6×3 loaf pans. Place them on a cookie sheet for even baking.

        Oh my Gosh! This looks LOVELY! I am going to have to try with my daughter!
        Thank you so much!

        The glaze on top looks absolutely delicious! Can you use vanilla extract instead of peppermint?

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