Cinnamon Walnut Banana Bread

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I’ve been hanging on to a few bananas this week knowing I wanted to make a banana bread. Dennis bought me a Breville Smart Oven Air (countertop oven) for my birthday. I love it! It can make up to a 14 pound turkey as well as fit a 9×13 pan. I’m looking forward to using all the fun features this oven offers. This oven has many functions and they are -toast, bagel, broil, bake, roast, warm, pizza, proof, airfry, reheat, cookies, slow cook, and dehydrate. I can’t wait to try them all. Today, I used the bake function so I could make my banana bread.

I was so excited to use my new Breville oven, I took a picture of the banana bread once I placed it inside.

I added cinnamon and nutmeg to my bread, knowing my house would smell wonderful once the bread was baking in my new oven.

I started by creaming softened butter and sugar together and then adding two large, eggs, 1 cup of mashed, ripe bananas, milk (I used fat free because that is always what I have on hand), and vanilla.

In another bowl, I combined all-purpose flour, chopped walnuts (1 cup, I wanted a lot of walnuts in my bread, not just a few bits and pieces), cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and kosher salt.

I slowly added the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mixed everything together. Next, I poured the mixture into a greased (bottom only) 9×5 inch loaf pan and placing it into a preheated 350 degree oven for 65 minutes, checking after 55.

Dennis and I live in a neighborhood filled with the most wonderful neighbors anyone could hope for. Our next door neighbors, Seth and Deanna have the two cutest little girls, Abby and Madelyn. They are so sweet! Deanna’s parents came in from Chicago today. I know they’re going to enjoy the nice weather we’ve been having. Deanna’s parents are always so kind and say hello whenever they see me outside. I knew they’d be coming in today, so decided I’d make two banana breads, one for us and one to take next door for Seth and Deanna to share with their family. I hope they enjoy my Cinnamon Walnut Banana Bread and I hope if you try it, you enjoy it too. I know I’ll be enjoying a slice of this with my coffee tomorrow morning!

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 cup mashed, ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease or spray bottom of a 9×5 loaf an.
  3. In large bowl (or bowl of an electric mixer), cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and beat.
  5. Add mashed bananas, milk and vanilla and blend.
  6. In another bowl, combine flour, walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, kosher salt and baking soda. Mix.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together until moistened.
  8. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 55-65 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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Tomorrow is my husband, Dennis’ birthday. Dennis loves nothing more than peanut butter. I had several bananas that I needed to use for a banana bread and was trying to figure out how I could make a peanut butter banana bread. This is when I remembered a cookbook my mother-in-law, JoAnne, gave me many years ago. Dennis’ love for peanut butter goes way back to his childhood. My mother-in-law would make her sons any cake they liked for their birthday. Dennis decided he wanted a strawberry cake with peanut butter frosting. She was so good to her boys, they loved her so much. Sadly, she is no longer with us, but our memories are strong.

I decided to look for this cookbook and see if I could find a recipe for peanut butter banana bread. This book was written in 1977 and it looks like it came free when you bought two jars of Jif peanut butter.

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Sure enough, there it was on page 94!

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I made this bread this afternoon so Dennis would have a little treat when he wakes up tomorrow morning. Oh my goodness, my house smelled so good! I was upstairs folding towels and could smell this bread up in my laundry room, yum! I made this bread exactly as the recipe here shows, but I decided not to glaze it or add the zested orange to the recipe.

It was so much fun for me to look through this book at the pages my mother-in-law had marked.

As I was reading the cookbook, there was a butterfly flying around my backyard. My mother-in-law always said she would come back to visit us in the form of a butterfly. Every time I see a butterfly, I can’t help but think of her. She was a lovely woman.

For the recipe, see the picture above.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris

 

 

Granola with Dried Blueberries, Dried Cherries and Vanilla

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Yesterday I made homemade blueberry, cherry, and vanilla granola. My sister was arriving last night from Wisconsin – yay! we always have the best time together – and I wanted to make something healthy for her breakfast. I thought this would taste great with yogurt and fresh strawberries. I really hope she likes it!

The last time I made granola, it made more than we could possibly eat before it expired. I decided to half the amount of everything I used to make a smaller amount.

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Maybe we can sit on the patio and enjoy our breakfast this morning. It’s always a beautiful day in San Diego and I know my sister enjoys sitting on my patio with me.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashion oats
  • 1 cut shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2-1/4 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup cashew pieces
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) In a large bowl mix together oats and coconut.

3) In a smaller bowl, combine oil, honey, vanilla and kosher salt. Set aside.

4) Bake oats and coconut for 20 minutes. Let cool.

5) Add dried fruit and nuts to granola and mix together. Store in an air tight container.

Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris