“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the colour purple in a field somewhere, and don’t notice it.”― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Nothing makes a food blogger happier than a bunch of brown bananas that nobody else wants…
I actually can’t even tell you how good it felt to hug this loaf the moment it came out of the oven; everywhere smelled warm and sweet and basically like that home-made-heaven again…
I’ve missed baking. Like, a lot. For the past couple of months, the goodies have completely stalled. Coursework piled up, Christmas came and went, and…well, the library doesn’t have an oven.
Given that baking basically = my one way ticket to procrastination, I kind of just had to let it go and be more studious for a bit. The #withdrawals were real.
But rn? Bliss = banana bread made with peanut butter and sided with all the best things: yogurt, frosting, and tea.
This beaut also contains waaaaay less fat than your standard loaf cake, given that there is only 2 mere tbsp oil in the whole recipe. Meanwhile, the remainder of the tin has been filled in with super-moistening ingredients like apple sauce and mashed bananas – this ‘bread’ definitely borders more on being a ‘cake’. Peanut butter is also a renowned super-food– meaning its fat content doesn’t really count… So by all means, go for that 3rd slice – the logic is real.
Serves 8-12, or 1 x giant + hungry brother:
- 2C flour
- ¼ C brown sugar
- ½ C white sugar
- 5 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1/3 C peanut butter
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 large tbsp apple sauce
- 3 medium bananas, peeled and mashed.
- 3 small-medium eggs
- 1 x tbsp vanilla essence
- Splash of milk
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/3 C icing sugar
- Splash of milk (2 tbsp should do it)
Mix dry ingredients + powders|Mix wet ingredients + egg + vanilla|Combine wet + dry ingredients|Add the splash of milk, you should have a nice batter – not too thick, not too runny|Place in a lined loaf tin and bake for 45-55 minutes at 180*/350*, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean and the top is golden brown|.
Even though January moving swiftly on so eagerly has led to all of these dissertation prep classes to suddenly become scarily real – the plus side of this time warp is that Jessie and I are now only 23 days away from our Spanish adventure! We are heading off Seville + Grenada during our college reading week (strategic, eh) for some winter sun, tapas, good wine and fun – definitely #soulsearching. The countdown is so exciting, especially since we’ve been wander-lusting about the whole thing for months now! However, we aren’t going to be here for Pancake Day?! I half spent last year smelling hops in a brewery, and the second half serving all-day pancakes to other people for dinner. I reckon that a follow-up, ‘Pancake Week’ is due.
This trip is also kicking me into taking my Spanish module a little bit more seriously… our tutor this year has been a little too lax with everything and any kind of progress has suffered. Even though his attitude was quite a perk last term, I’ve been nowhere near pro-active enough to benefit and I am currently nothing but less ‘fluido’ in this language than I was a year ago…We also have an exam next week. Dios Mio.
All in all, January has been incredibly exciting for way more reasons than I could even list on here! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect start to the year. Hard work always pays off, so whatever you’re up to/working towards/dreaming about – keep pushing, because everything will happen at the best possible time, and there is so much to love along the way. If you always keep yourself waiting for something, then there will always be more.
I hope you’ve all had a lovely start to the year!
Anyone been to Seville/Granada? What was it like?
More importantly: What have you been brunching on this Jan?!
“Every event in life — the rejections, the relationships, all the embarrassing things you do will lead you to the person you are destined to be with. You may want to change certain things about your past, but everything has been just another chapter in your book of life. If you don’t believe me, buy a book — any book — and rip out an entire chapter — any chapter — and read it. Now, get a full copy of the same book and read it again. Odds are you’ll find that chapter pieced everything together the way it was supposed to be.”― Mike Zacchio