Today for breakfast I made chocolate chunk banana nut bread. It’s not a healthy version or anything, but so delicious. It’s nice to have a treat once in a while. Here’s the recipe below if you’re interested in trying it. It turned out perfect!
I started by using a basic recipe that I love in my trusty All Recipes cookbook called “Banana Banana Bread.”
The recipe above is delicious the way it is, but I modified the recipe today. Here’s what I did. The ingredients are all the same except for:
- Instead of butter I substituted coconut oil
- Added a Tablespoon of Raw Honey (optional)
- 1 tsp of added vanilla extract
- Added an extra 1/4 cup of flour
- Added in roughly 3/4 cup nuts (walnuts & almonds)
- Added in some Hershey’s chocolate chunks. Roughly 1 1/2 full size candy bars chopped up
It turned out very well. Here’s how I put it together:
Mash up the banana. I used my KitchenAid, but you can easily mash them with a fork or other utensil.
Add in the vanilla, eggs, brown sugar, 1 TB Raw honey (optional), and coconut oil. Mix until combined. Then, add in dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Chop up the chocolate into chunks. Chop the nuts as well by using a processor or by hand. Here’s a tip from Martha Stewart- use two knives and it helps to keep the nuts stable, plus gets the job done faster. Thanks, Martha!
Add in the nuts and chocolate chunks.
Mix until incorporated.
I like to grease the pan and cut parchment to keep the bread from sticking. It also results in a clean pan afterward with easy removal of the bread! Add in the batter and bake at 350 degrees for about an hour and 15 minutes. Test at 55 minutes or so with a toothpick to be sure the bread is cooked through. You’ll know if the toothpick comes out dry.
I even tried a new coffee this morning by Green Mountain. It’s hazelnut decaf and it’s not organic, but I had to try it. It’s not bad and has a light hazelnut flavor.
Moist and delicious…
This week I’m reading multiple books again, but the two main books I’m reading are: The Kind Worth Killing and Run Rabbit Run. You can add the books on Goodreads by clicking the covers.
~Run Rabbit Run~
This is by a local author! It’s actually one of the first books I’ve read by a local author. I can’t say that I’m “liking” it because it’s such an emotional read. It’s been hard to put down since I started though.
Blurb: This is Barbara’s story, a story of growing up in a dysfunctional home, later, promiscuity, divorce, grief and ultimately, extreme mental illness. It encompasses her struggle to overcome bipolar tendencies, irrational fears, deep depression and anxious thoughts which had led to countless hospital stays, where prominent psychiatrists had given up in their treatment. After Barbara’s twin sister passed away in 2013, she thought her life was over. But, the Lord was not finished with her yet. He led her to a man who walked with her through her depressed and disturbed mind, and eventually guided her into a world she had never known before, a world of light, love and happiness.
It is a story of how Jesus Christ reaches into a person’s darkness and offers them hope, peace and true joy. For Barbara, mental illness is a thing of the past, because faith in Christ helped her change her focus and led her into the light.
The Kind Worth Killing
I just started reading The Kind Worth Killing on audible. I don’t have much to say about it yet, but it’s keeping my interest so far. I’m liking the narrators.
Blurb: From the author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014”—a devious tale of psychological suspense involving sex, deception, and an accidental encounter that leads to murder that is a modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train.
On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.
But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .
Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda’s demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.
Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
It’s been a great week for me so far and I’m enjoying my books. I hope the remainder of your week is wonderful and thanks for visiting! Please feel free to comment below.