This sh!t is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Thank you Gwen Stefani.
Whenever I hear Gwen, I am instantly transported back to 4th grade when I went to a very strict religious school. I still vividly remember the first day of school — I got dressed in my rumpled white chapel dress, and penny loafers. When I saw the huge chapel on that cloudy morning, all I could say was “this looks just like Harry Potter.” While sitting in the pews, I turned to the girl next to me and asked jokingly, “when will we get sorted” in a little British accent. I don’t think the girl appreciated my humor. 🙁
That was a tough year for me — no nail polish, no boys, and tons of homework. One of the only things that got me through that year was a jazz dance class that I took on Friday nights. I got to wear my bedazzled gaucho pants and dance to Gwen Stefani and the Black Eyed Peas. Afterwards, my mom would take me to Quiznos and I would get a toasted sub with salami and pepperoni — nothing else. Those Friday nights were the moments of joy that got me through an otherwise difficult year.
Now, whenever I hear Gwen, it takes me back to those happy Friday nights. It always amazes me how powerful music can be to transport me back to different times.
Whenever I hear “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers, I am transported to the back seat of the white van that I rode around Santa Fe in this past summer on my community service trip. When I hear “Everyday” by Buddy Holly, I am sitting in the car seat of my dad’s old green Honda, which I used to call the “pickle car.” Thanks to these songs and artists, these memories will always be a click away on my iPod.
Now to the banana bread. I love a super moist, cake-like banana breads as much as the next girl (especially when they’re full of toffee bits ), but at 8 A.M, I don’t want to be too naughty… at least on a weekday ;). The web is overflowing with healthy banana bread recipes — full of applesauce, whole wheat flour, and even flax and chia seeds! I was intrigued. Could they be as yummy as my banoffee bread? Sounds like a recipe showdown.
Just F.Y.I, these are all “normal” healthy banana breads. I.e. you don’t need to run to the heath food store in search of spelt Flour or Agar gel — these are just classic banana breads lightened up.
The overall favorite was the banana bread from Just Everyday Me
it had the most bananas of the three recipes, which gave it a really
rich banana flavor. Also, the addition of whole wheat flour adds a nice
dark depth to this loaf. It would give even the most decadent loaf a run for its money — plus it’s kind of good for you, so you can have an extra slice (or two).
This recipe boasts 286 five star ratings on All
Recipes. It uses applesauce, nonfat
milk, and a tablespoon of vegetable oil instead of butter, and only has 2/3
cup sugar. There are 178 calories per
This recipe has received great reviews all over the
internet. It uses ¼ cup butter and 1/3
cup lowfat yogurt. There are 187
calories per slice.
This recipe uses ¼ cup butter, ¼ cup apple sauce, and a
few spoonfuls of sour cream. It also incorporates whole wheat flour into the
white flour for added health benefits.
There are about 190 calories per slice
Too much vanilla!
No strange aftertaste
From Just Everyday Me
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
4 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 whole over-ripe bananas, blended so that they’re liquid
Cream togetherthe first 6 ingredients.
Slowly add the flours and then the baking soda and salt. Add the blended bananas.
Put in a greased bread loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
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