No Fat Banana Bread/Muffins

This “full-fat” recipe comes from my husband’s recipe box and has been modified to be “no fat”, which is not hard to do when you’re using Bean Butter.

Beat together:

2 eggs

Scant 1/2 cup oil -OR- 1/2 cup bean butter (1/2 c. water, 1/4 c. bean flour, boiled)

1 cup sugar -OR- 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup honey -OR- 1 cup honey

Add: 4 large bananas, crushed

Sift together:

2 cups flour (I used 1 c. white & 1 c. whole wheat, could use all white whole wheat flour)

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Add sifted ingredients and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired, to banana mixture and mix well. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and mix again. Pour into well-greased loaf pan or muffin tins. Makes about 18 muffins or 1 regular loaf.

Bake at 350 degrees: 20 minutes for muffins & about 1 hour for loaf, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Honey Wheat Bread Recipe



Magic Mill Honey Wheat Bread 1



$1.49lb. Chicken Breasts – Boneless & Skinless

Zaycon Chicken Savings Events – 3 in October. See below for details.

I will try and get the chicken marinade recipes posted which I used last time I ordered chicken from Zaycon. They have been delicious and so convenient to pull from the freezer for a quick meal on busy, or lazy, days. 🙂

Hello Idaho!


If you login to the link above and scroll down, you’ll see dates, times and locations for our upcoming Chicken Savings Events.


We’ll be accepting orders for 5 days!

Starting . . .

Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 5:00pm

Ending . . .

Saturday, Oct. 1st at Midnight OR UNTIL SOLD OUT.


For those of you picking up at our BOISE LOCATION, we have scheduled 3 different events for you to choose from. By doing this, it will allow everyone to pick up their chicken quickly. However, once you have made your choice and placed your order, you MUST stay with that event. If you accidently show up at a different event and are not on our list, you’ll have to come back at your scheduled time. I’m sorry, but I cannot give you another person chicken and make them come back. Be careful when you order, so that you choose the one that best fits your schedule. Thank you for your cooperation.

Saturday Morning, October 15th

Saturday Morning, October 22nd

Saturday Evening, October 22nd


READ THIS . . . I want you to know that the chicken that comes on the 22nd will be a different pack date and will be just as fresh as the chicken on the 15th. All our FRESH products come straight from the farm to our events.

Here are the other Idaho locations. Sign up, then refer your friends. Spread the savings all around!





Coeur D’Alene




Idaho Falls




Mountain Home







Twin Falls

TELL YOUR FRIENDS and FAMILY and Enjoy the Benefits of our Referral Rewards Program:  We have many new locations and we hope you will tell your friends and neighbors.  Our Referral Rewards program is our way of saying thank you for sharing Zaycon Foods with other families. We created Zaycon Foods to help families save money on high-quality food products. We do this by combining the purchasing power of many families together. When your referrals participate in a Zaycon Foods savings event, you receive credit to be used towards your future purchase.


How do I participate in the Referral Program?

1.            Visit

2.            Login and view the My Account section

3.            Select “My Referrals”


You will see your Referral Name and a URL that you can copy to an email or post on your Facebook. When others click on this URL, they will be taken to the Zaycon Foods registration page, and your Referral Name will appear in the “Referred By” field. (If someone visits our site without using your URL, be sure they have your Referral Name so they can enter it manually.)


4. Once a customer has completed the registration process, you will receive a $1 credit, every time that customer participates in a Savings Event.


Have a great day and thanks for being a Zaycon Foods customer!



The Z Team

Bean Butter–Huh?!

You heard right, Bean Butter. Let me explain. You can use white beans–either dry or from a can– to make bean butter.

Why Bean Butter? LOW FAT! You can make nearly any baked good low-fat by replacing the fats with bean butter. You say “No way!”. I say “Hey – give it a try!”. I did, and was pleasantly surprised. I tried it in Ginger Snaps and in the Chocolate Zucchini Cake I previously posted. The cake tasted and had the same texture as before. The cookies tasted great but were more like cake cookies rather than “Snaps”.

My conclusion: Bean Butter is a great substitute for fats when used in cakes, quick breads, yeast breads (I have a friend that uses it this way), and cake-like cookies. You substitute fats for Bean Butter using a 1/1 ratio–easy!

There are Two Methods for making Bean Butter:


Mash canned white beans along with the canning liquid.

Cook your own white beans, either Small White or Great Northern*. Rinse beans, cover by 1-2″ with water and soak overnight. Discard soaking water, rinse, then cover again with water by 1″. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered until tender. DO NOT add anything to the beans when cooking, no matter what their end use will be, the beans will never soften. Trust me! I know what I’m talking about. You can cook and mash a large amount, then freeze in 1/2 cup portions for future use.


Grind dry white beans in your grain mill to make flour. Add 1/2 cup of this flour to 1 cup water while whisking in a small saucepan. Keep whisking as you bring it to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer covered for 2-3 minutes or until smooth and thick, similar to shortening but not as stiff.

*You can use other types of beans but they will impart color and taste to your baked good, which may not be all bad depending on what it is. It could be fun to experiment! If you use Pinto beans to make flour you can make refried beans in 5 minutes!

Bean flour is handy to have around and will keep for 6 months without refrigeration in an airtight container. Besides using it to make bean butter you can also use it as a thickener or as a nutritious addition to wheat flour when making bread (Fill 1 cup measure 1/8 full with bean flour and the rest with wheat flour.)

In Rita Bingham’s Country Beans she has a recipe for “Cream of Chicken soup”. It is simply white bean flour whisked into boiling water, seasoned, and chicken pieces added along with Italian seasoning. Now you have non-dairy & non-fat!

Chocolate Zucchini Bread (using beans for butter–or not)

Still have Zucchini in your garden and dry white beans & wheat in your food storage? Here’s a recipe that uses all three but can be easily adapted to what you have on hand.

1 3/4 cup sugar (can use a little less sugar &/or part brown or honey)

1/2 cup margarine (butter, coconut oil, applesauce, bean butter*)

1 cup oil (bean butter, coconut oil)

2 eggs

1/2 cup sour milk (1/2 tsp. cider vinegar or lemon with 1/2 c. plain milk, let sit briefly)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

5 Tbsp. cocoa powder

2 1/2 cups flour (use 1/2 white, 1/2 whole wheat or more of this and less white)

2 cups grated Zucchini (I prefer it to be finely grated as do most children)

Cream sugar, fats, and eggs. Add milk. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Fold in grated Zucchini.

Grease your baking pan: Sheet cake size, or a 9 x 13 and an 8 x 8.

Pour batter into pan. You can sprinkle  with 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips & 1/2 cups walnuts if you like or just one or the other.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45-55 minutes.

Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

*See the following post for Bean Butter recipe and directions.


1 cube butter, softened

8 oz. cream cheese

1 tsp. vanilla

Add powdered sugar to desired consistency. Add a little milk to thin if necessary.

Mix well and frost cake when cooled.


Zaycon Foods

I got the following email from a friend and realized I hadn’t ever posted about this company. I got a case of chicken at the beginning of the summer and spent a day making multiple marinades, placed them into zip-lock freezer bags, and froze them. They have been wonderful to pull out this summer when I couldn’t think of what to make or didn’t feel like cooking. That happens often during the summer for me.

They currently deliver to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, and Texas

Yummy peaches!

Yummy peaches!

See below to see how it works.

They also have various fruits. I just got two cases of peaches and they are very good.

I got an email from Zaycon today and got to thinking that you might be interested in what they do.  It’s a great concept.
When they send me an email about some fresh meat, I look at the date they’re coming to Boise and meet them at the location they refer me to.  I don’t even have to get out of the car when I pick it up!
Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company based out of Washington that brings fresh meat and other things to people wholesale.  They bring it directly from the farm and they only sell by the case.  I’ve ordered chicken from them to can, actually, and it’s some of the best I’ve ever purchased and the least expensive.  My friend froze a bunch of it in meals to save time each day.  Just in case you want to look into it, you can go there with this link:
If you get on their email list, they will send you up-dates to let you know what’s available and when they are bringing something new into the area. Bacon is the current item.

Azure Standard order–Boise, ID

Sorry I got this out too late to order directly from the Boise warehouse, but you can still order on-line –see below

If you are creating a new account this is the information you need: Route A2   D12162

Dear Azure Standard Customer,

***Boise Warehouse will be taking orders Tuesday-Thursday, September 6-8, for the following:

  1. Pick up at the Meridian warehouse located at 2040 E. Fairview Ave #6 (directions attached) on Friday, September 16.


  1. Delivery to your area on Friday, Sept 16, or Saturday, Sept 17, depending on your Boise Warehouse route.

****PLEASE NOTE:  Because Monday, Sept 5, is the Labor Day holiday, the office will be closed; you may still email or fax over your order.

***An email order form is attached for your convenience.

***To order online, click on the link.  The deadline is Monday, Sept 12, at 4 PM.

***To see Azure’s fresh produce list, click on the link.

Fall cleaning?  Click on the links to see great products, some on sale until the end of October:


Charlie’s Soap:

Maid Naturally:

Thank you!

Marilyn Sullivan

Boise Warehouse


208-362-8061 fx

Want a way to use your Zucchini?

‘Tis the season for Zucchini…now what to do with it?

Zucchini Gratinan easy, different  &  delicious recipe

1 medium zucchini

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

dash or two of ground nutmeg (I learned to use nutmeg in recipes containing cream & cheese while living in France.)

Grated Cheddar cheese – about 1/4 – 1/2 cup

Half-n-half (or cream) – about 1/4 cup

Thinly slice the zucchini. Start with a single layer of zucchini in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle with some of the combined salts &  pepper. Add some of the cheese.

Continue layering until you have no ingredients left except the Half-n-half, then pour this over the whole.

Bake covered at 350 degrees for about 20 min. This amount of time will cause zucchini to be crisp tender. If you like it softer – cook longer.

You can take the cover off for the last 5 minutes if you want the top to brown a bit.


P.S. I created this recipe to deal with my abundance of zucchini (sound familiar?). It turned out better than I anticipated. The flavor is really good! I think it’s the nutmeg.