11.13.2009

Is that a Banana in Your Bread...

About a week ago, on Getting Healthy, I talked about my friend Renee coming up to host a Healthy Happy Hour with me and some local gals....well it is time! So, if you re new, click on the link above and check out the whole story...there is still time for your input.

I am sort of freaking out too...I think, for the most part, that I eat healthy, and I think my family does...yes, there are the occasional trips to McDonald's and Subway...but now it is time to really talk about healthy living and healthy eating...and see all the things I can still change. I have been scrutinizing my cupboards and realizing not all of my produce is organic and there are some things with some very funky ingredients in my pantry.

To prepare for the visit and the Happy Hour, I am planning a delicious menu and trying out some new recipes...basically I am doing my homework. I will blog all about this get together and the recipes next week. For now, I just had a couple things to share...

First, this is the title of a book that Renee recommended to me awhile back..and I {heart} it! This book provides sound nutrition advice with logical answers.
Your Body Knows Best by Ann Louise Gittleman

Secondly...I am making some food for us too snack on while we prepare. Here is one recipe (it is a modified version of one of Renee's.)

Banana Buckwheat Bread
Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs at room temperature
1/4 cup molasses
3 ripe bananas
2 cups of flour (use a combo of flours. I used 1 cup Buckwheat Flour and 1 cup Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour - I can find both of these at my regular grocery store or whole foods. You can also use Brown rice flour, etc.)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup finely grated carrot (I used my mini-food processor)
1/2 to 1 apple, peeled and diced (I got lazy and used the mini-food processor). If the apple is small use it all, if not use half.
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Use the melted butter to grease the pan and then dust the pan with the flour combo
  3. Mix the butter, molasses, (room temp.) eggs, and bananas together
  4. Sift dry ingredients together
  5. Add dry to the wet in small batches
  6. Fold in the carrot
  7. Fold in the apple
  8. Bake for approximately 55 minutes

Voila...super yummy, totally healthy, kid-tested Buckwheat Banana Bread!

If you have a question for Healthy Happy Hour post it here or drop me a line via email.

Also, since I have a visitor and a soiree to prepare for, blogging will be sporadic. Thanks for visiting and commenting and I will get back at ya on Monday..or sooner...I am not making any promises!

Happy Weekend!
Holly

P.S. Look for my super cool stamper giveaway coming up next week!




29 comments :

  1. Do you think you could post me a slice of that banana bread?

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  2. Hi, stopping by from SITS! :)

    I love banana bread. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  3. FANTASTIC this recipe; there are
    different ones for Banana Breds but I will try it out surely....: adding cinnamon is new!!!

    have a wonderful day!
    elvira

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  4. Oh how I love the look of this bread! I bet it smells and tastes absolutely wonderful. I will have to go up to the natural grocer to pick up some buckwheat flour. I always have a ton of bananas to use up (I put them in the freezer when they get overripe).

    I won't be commenting over the next several days due to daughter's confirmation and out of town guests (busy, busy!) so I will try to catch up with you next week. Off to check out the book link before everyone wakes up.

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  5. The bread sound delicious! Have a great weekend and enjoy your blog break. I have a very looooong one coming up soon.

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  6. I wish I had time to focus on food like this... I KNOW...you have to make time but really...who wants to go to bed at midnight only to get up again at 2am to start cooking for the day? I'm already up at 4:30 everyday....ugh... I need a nap already. I sound like a hag...

    Have a fab weekend and FAB health party. I look forward to hearing all about it and picking up some great tips!

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  7. The bread looks delicious! I am going to have to check out the book it looks like a good one. Have a great weekend! :)

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  8. Popping in from SITS!

    Can I just say YUMMY! I love banana bread.

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  9. Looks fantastic! I usually just buy the mix at Trader Joe's!

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  10. OOOOOhhhhh, sounds good. Banana bread is one of my favorite treats. I posted a recipe awhile back, but it certainly wasn't healthy like this one. And it included chocolate chips!

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  11. I love banana bread. In fact, if I'm not careful, I'll eat too much of it at one time.

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  12. Yummy! I have a delicious chocolate chip banana bread recipe on my blog...not nearly as healthy though. Found you on SITS!!

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  13. Carrot? Brilliant! It looks yummy! I will have to try it sometime!

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  14. Oh, Holly, this looks like just the kind of hearty bread I would enjoy...especially with a steaming cup of fresh coffee :)

    Enjoy your healthy Happy Hour--it sound like a wonderful time, and I'll look forward to reading about the good things that come from it.

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  15. Oh Yummy! I love pulling a warm loaf of banana bread out of the oven, it just makes the house smell so good. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  16. Holly, I really enjoyed the banana bread! So now I'm just debating: do I bring Cheetos or Dorritos tomorrow night? :)

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  17. That buckwheat banana bread looks delicious.

    Just stopped by from SITS to say hi; hope you'll do the same.

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  18. salivating!

    http://candyflosspersie.blogspot.com/

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  19. mmmmm I just love banana bread. This recipe looks great.

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  20. I really want to check out that book now! iam going over to Amazon to check it out!

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  21. My kids are huge banana bread fans and I'm always on the look out for healthy recipes. This looks like a good one!

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  22. Love banana bread and almost made it today but did my cooking for the day :)

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  23. I love banana in my bread. I can almost smell the goodness from here. Have fun at your soiree!

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  24. This looks fabulous but I just bought the stuff for the Crazy Brie Bread! I will have to be a little behind on being healthy. :)

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  25. This looks fabulous but I just bought the stuff for the Crazy Brie Bread! I will have to be a little behind on being healthy. :)

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  26. What a great recipe!! I'm definitely going to try it!!

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  27. I suddenly feel hungry. That is a nice looking banana.

    :)

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  28. Hey there McFlurry, I really enjoyed the evening with you, Renee and the ladies. She had a lot of wonderful information to share and I'm trying to put many of the things I learned in to practice. My favorite dish of the evening was those delicious brussels sprouts with the sesame oil!

    BTW, shooting an award back at ya on Rook No. 17

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