Banana Bread

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I found this recipe for banana bread on Facebook.

I loved that it used honey in place of sugar and apple sauce in place of oil.  It also used the whole wheat flour that I’ve been trying to use for baking instead of the regular flour.  This is the first time I’ve had banana bread made with wheat flour and I’ll say that it’s very good.

If you’re a banana bread fan and want to try to make it a different way, give this a try!

I was on my lunch break today when I was making this and my mom had never heard of making bread with apple sauce or honey.  I’ll have to call her tomorrow and let her know she should make this!!  Eat it fresh out of the oven and it’s really good.  I didn’t have any butter on it either!!  Trying to eat good can be hard sometimes but you don’t have to sacrifice either.  (even though I didn’t go to Zantigo this Sunday after church!!)

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Just having the kids walk in the door and ask what smelled so good was worth it today!!  Puts a nice smile on your face.

Enjoy!!

Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Banana Bread
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  2. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

I set my timer for 60 minutes and I could smell it in my office before it went off…It took a little less than the time stated.  So make sure you set your timer if you’re away from the kitchen!!

Enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Source

Facebook – Mary Stone (someone posted it on their page and I shared)

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Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

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It has been a long time since I’ve been on here.  Too much going on in life.  Nothing more I can say.  I have things to blog and then I haven’t.  Now the holidays are coming and…where has the time gone?

Speaking of holiday’s.  This would be the perfect Christmas (for those that celebrate it) breakfast.  We had it for dinner tonight!  We love to have these types of foods for dinner.

The kids enjoyed it as well.

IMG_7715Khali just dips her fingers in the syrup and leaves the pancake on the plate (she later did eat it though!!).

IMG_7714Caleb really doesn’t like to have his picture taken so he’s acting like he can’t see me taking this.  But he’s eating here too!!!!

IMG_7716Brooklyn ate her pancakes and came back for seconds, but she’s more concerned about having her picture taken.

The reason for these pancakes?

Well, I’ve been trying to remove as much processed foods from our diet as possible.  It’s not an easy task by any means, but I’m working on it.
I found a great website that has a ton of recipes – which is where this came from.  I shopped for the week and I’ll have to say that I didn’t spend any more money than I would have for foods that aren’t as good for you.

I haven’t been as good lately with making the healthiest dinners lately.  As I’ve said, life has been pretty busy.  But it’s time to pay attention to the food we’re putting in our bodies.  Moderation is the key, yes.  But we’re trying!!!

This week I made home made refried beans as well.  I ate those twice for lunch.  GREAT.

Check out the website and let me know what you think.

I did add some cinnamon to this recipe to add a bit more flavor.  To me, I could really taste the flour too much.  After adding a bit, it was fabulous.

We’ll have these again.

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Pancakes
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour (I use King Arthur’s organic white whole-wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¾ cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted + butter for frying
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 100% pure maple syrup for serving – I didn’t have 100% pure maple syrup so I tried to use a little of what we had.
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Make a well (hole) in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the honey, eggs, milk, and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Whisk together thoroughly, but do not overmix.
  3. Gently fold the mashed bananas into the batter with a spatula.
  4. Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Swirl enough butter around the pan until it is well coated. Add pancake batter using a soup ladle.
  5. When the pancakes have begun brown on the bottom, flip them over to cook the other side.
  6. Serve with warm maple syrup and a side of fruit. And don’t forget to freeze the leftovers for another day!

Have a great rest of the week.  Try this for breakfast this weekend!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

100 Days of Real Food

Fried Honey Bananas – Cub Sweepstakes

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I saw this recipe on Facebook.   At first I wasn’t sure how these would taste.  But I heard in my head:  “Everything tastes better fried!”   However, I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil so I didn’t feel quite so bad about it!  And it’s fruit!!  How bad can fried fruit be!!

These were fun to make, easy to make and a before dinner dessert.  Why?  BECAUSE it’s fruit!!!

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The recipe called for one banana, but I knew better than to use just one!!  So I cut up two.

And I have a story to tell about this picture and how Brooklyn is peeling the banana.

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Some may know this, but it took for me to be on a field trip with one of the kids a couple of years ago to realize that we have been peeling our bananas wrong!  How many struggle with pulling that big end there and smashing your banana while trying so carefully not to do that?!  Well, we used to.  One of the dad’s at the field trip saw a little boy struggling with trying to open his banana.  The dad grabs it and turns it around and shows the boy that the long part is actually the handle.  He lightly squeezed together the bottom of the banana and started to pull the banana peel down as you see Brooklyn doing.  If you haven’t tried this, you will.  And you’ll see how much easier it is to open.  There is no smashed banana at the end!  AND the stem is actually used then as a handle.  Did you know that the monkey’s peel their bananas this way!!!  I sure didn’t.

Ok so now back to frying..

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AND another cool thing I didn’t know is that when you take the banana and break it in half you can lightly squeeze it together and it will separate into three pieces. That way when you’re feeding a toddler, you have banana sticks.  How cool is that!  Just thought I’d share that wealth of coolness with you!

So there’s you’ll see the bananas cooking away in the oil.  For some odd reason I wanted to put these on a stick and pretend I was at the MN State Fair.  I didn’t go this year.  And the saying is:  Everything is better on a stick (fried and on a stick).

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Here I asked Khali if she liked the bananas.  SHe sure did.  In fact after her plate was empty, she crawled on the table to get Brooklyns.  And Brooklyn said so so Khali started to feed her!!

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So easy to make, fun to eat, fun to watch the kids eat and play!

These were a burst of flavor.  Really good!  Give them a try.

And now I  need to remind you all of the Cub Sweepstakes again.  You still have time to enter if you haven’t.  We can all use a chance to win $4500 for Cub right?!

I’ll give you the rules and what you can win and what to do again. (Yep, click that rule link and it will guide you through the process).

Here are the prizes again:

A chance to win a $4,500 Cub Gift Card!

PRIZES:  One grand prize of $4,500 in the form of 100-45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded to the winner.  Four $45 Cub® gift cards will be awarded at random to fans who share photos or videos.

Log on to Facebook and like the Cub page and you’ll get directions there as well.

Here’s how it all works.

How it works:

  1. Visit the Cub® page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Cub).
  2. Click on the button to “Like” Cub’s Facebook Page.
  3. Click on the “Love Your Cub” contest app on the Facebook platform by clicking on the link to the Contest page.
  4. Enter the Contest by completing the entry form and uploading a video (“Video”) or photo (“Photo”) and description (“Description”).
  5. Check the box indicating your agreement to these Official Rules, and then click on the button to submit your entry.
  6. Get your friends to vote every day through September 29th
  7. Top 10 entries will be eligible for the grand prize and be chosen by a panel of judges including shopping experts, creative directors and employees of Cub.

Limit one (1) entry per person / Facebook account.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  ENTRANTS MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF MINNESOTA OR ILLINOIS AND 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.

Good luck to those that are in MN and IL.  Rock this Cub contest and WIN!!!

Here are the directions for the bananas

Fried Honey Bananas – Cub Sweepstakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Bananas
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • Cinnamon
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Lightly drizzle olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Arrange banana slices in pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together honey and 2 tablespoons of water.
  4. Remove pan from heat and pour honey mixture over banana.
  5. Allow to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

Have a great week!!!!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Blueberry-Banana Stacks

So today I was supposed to have a little guest blogger.  However, she decided it was best to go outside and play.  I found this snack that I wanted Brooklyn to try and make since there was no stove or hot things involved.  And I wanted her to type in how she made it while I took the pictures.  But again, play time was more important!  So Nana made them!!

Nothing too hard about making these at all.  They were pretty good if I do say so myself.  And the kids sure didn’t have a problem coming in and making the ones I made either!!

I used fat free cream cheese, the rice chips are full of fiber, the fruit…..A great snack for the kids (and the big kids as well.

Ingredients
  • mini chocolate, caramel, or berry-flavored popcorn cakes (use as many as you want)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons strawberry-flavored cream cheese
  • banana slices
  • fresh blueberries
Make ItSpread cakes with cream cheese and top with banana slices. If desired, dollop with additional cream cheese and top with a blueberry. Serves 2.I made about 12 of the stacks so that there was enough to pass around for all of us.  They are all gone!!!!  I’m not sure if you can call these healthy or not but it’s better than snacking on candy!!Have a great weekend.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

Source:

Parents.com