November 18, 2015

Healthy"ish" Banana Loaves

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow. Even more so, I can't believe that Emmett turns one a week from today. To celebrate, we'll be hosting a joint Birthday/Thanksgiving feast for my family and I'm pretty excited. In fact, I've been planning the menu for months. You'd think I would've nailed it down by now but I keep changing my mind, or thinking of new recipes.

My folks are flying in for the occasion and my younger brother, with his wife and two sons, will be joining us. The only folks missing are my big brother, his wife, and their five daughters but I hope we'll get to skype them in from Israel! Everyone will be showing up in the morning so I'm planning a birthday brunch for Emmett, and then we'll all hang until Thanksgiving dinner. I know it would be easier to combine the two but I want the kiddo to know he's special and that his birthday deserves it's own celebration. So, I'm working on menus for 2 meals for the day. Yay! 

For brunch, I'm thinking something super easy. A crustless quiche packed with veggies, banana bread with pumpkin butter, and some fresh fruit. Oh, and of course I'll bake a mini cake for Emmett and a cupcake for each of his cousins. This morning, I tested out a new banana bread recipe and I can't believe it, but it came out perfect on the first try. Absolutely perfect. I call it healthy"ish" because the ingredients all sound pretty healthy. But let's be honest, even fruit or "naturally sweetened baked goods are baked goods, with plenty of sugar & calories. Lucky for us, I believe in indulging as often as possible.
Healthy"ish" Banana Loaves
Makes 5 loaves, or 9 Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a mini loaf pan, or muffin tin, with non stick spray.

In a large bowl, beat together:
2 eggs
1 cup of mashed very ripe banana (about 1 1/2-2 bananas)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup milk or your favorite subsitute
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a separate bowl, sift together:
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup old fashion oats, plus a bit more for sprinkling on top

Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mix until combined. Divide evenly between the mini loaves or the muffin cups.  Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool a bit before popping out. Enjoy!

We ate some while they were still hot this morning, mine with a little slice of butter which melted and tasted like heaven. Sooooo goooood

Now that my family is fed, Robert is almost off to work, and Emmett is playing happily in his playroom, I can work on day 3 of 8 days of gifts! For day 3, I've picked the custom engraved nameplate necklaces since they're one of my favorite pieces and would make a pretty awesome gift.
You can get just about anything engraved on them. Your name, your favorite mantra, a monogram, or favorite race distance. Just click on the picture above to find the sale & use code DAY3 at checkout for 20% off! (not valid on previous purchases. today only). Now I have to think of 5 more discounts for 5 more days. What would you like to see included? Leave a comment below & let me know!

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