Please excuse any typos which may occur, for as I attempt to write today’s entry both of my cats are striving for attention. I have one nestled around my feet, purring and emitting more heat than my favorite pair of ugg slippers, while the other one is draped across this keyboard subtly hinting for me to pet him. You see today is a dreary, gloomy, raining day. The kind of rainy day which makes everyone (including my cats) wish to do nothing more than snuggle on the couch engrossed in a favoritec book. It is the perfect day for baking…living lean style!
In our house food very rarely goes to waste. All of our meat is bought at the local butcher shop and frozen until needed, and we only buy grocery items that are on sale with a coupon. So typically dinners consist of creating recipes from our supply of meat and grocery items. The one thing which rarely goes on sale is produce…which is why it kills me when I let our fruit and veggies “go bad”. For the past few days now my husband has been reminding me that “the bananas have gone bad.” Meaning, “please throw the bananas out and get some more next time you’re at the grocery store.” Rather than waste these sad, browning, squishy, way-past-their-prime bananas, I transformed them into the perfect rainy day treat. And just like that my bad bananas on the brink of disposal have turned into wonderful bread!
Try this delicious leaner version the next time you forget about the bananas.
Living Lean Banana Bread:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup brown sugar
2 mashed and 2 sliced bananas
- Mix butter and brown sugar in small bowl until creamy
- Stir in eggs, vanilla and mashed bananas until blended
- Slowly add flour, baking soda and salt
- Fold in sliced bananas
- Bake in greased pan at 350 for 55-60mins (until toothpick can be inserted and come out clean)
And there you have it. Healthy homemade banana bread, perfect for an overcast day. You can substitute this recipe with any other fruits/ veggies on their last straw (such as squash or apples)