A Brand New Year and Banana Bread

img_7158Happy New Year Friends!

The fruit bowl on my counter is overflowing with produce for the kids to grab on the go and a fresh new planner is next to my computer, full of blank pages and crisp white spaces. I am the quintessential new year eager beaver with my delusions of grandeur as I think of a new resolution to implement every 5 minutes. I will exercise every day! I’m going to read a book every week! No, two books! I will only serve the kids fruits and vegetables for snacks for the rest of the year! I am going to give up sugar!

(yeah right)

I give it three days before the kids are sneaking granola bars from the pantry and at least one of my children has scribbled all over my fresh new planner. Aaron took one look at my calendar and asked why I don’t just use the calendar on my phone. I tried to explain that I DO use my phone but I also just really like to write things down. He kind of shrugged and backed slowly away like ‘ok crazy lady.’

In all seriousness, I think my only real resolution is to have more fun as a family. Play a little more, bicker and fuss a little less. Seems doable right?

This banana bread is an easy recipe to have little people help you with. We make this recipe a lot in the winter and Scarlet especially loves to help. It you’re really feeling generous throw a handful of chocolate chips or fresh blueberries in at the end. Everyone wins.


Banana Bread

• 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (you can swap 1/2 with whole-wheat pastry flour)
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 cup oil
• 3 1/2 bananas, very ripe, mashed
• 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain greek yogurt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Set oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a loaf pan with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Beat sugar and eggs until light and fluffy. Drizzle in oil. Add mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla. Fold in dry ingredients. Pour into the lined loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.




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