I am not a breakfast person. Wait, I take that back. I’m not a morning person. I LOVE breakfast food: frittatas, crispy bacon, french toast, fruit, pastries of every kind and COFFEE. Give. Me. Coffee.
I guess I’m a brunch person or a breakfast for dinner kind of girl. Those extra few minutes in bed in the morning are worth more to me than getting up and eating breakfast before I go to work. I know, I know. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s been scientifically proven that people who skip breakfast are more likely to have problems concentrating, a slower metabolism and weigh more. Blah, blah, blah. I get it, really I do. But when I’m all warm and cozy in my bed I can’t help but hit the snooze button “just one more time.”
Sometimes I feel guilty about not eating breakfast. There’s a little voice in my head (that sounds strangely like my Mom) that tells me I should. Most of the time I ignore it. I grab my coffee (in my hot pink travel mug of course) and head to work. I drive to the office, check my voicemail, return a few emails. 9:00am, I’m feeling pretty good as I pour my second cup of joe. 10:00am rolls around and I’m wondering when it’s time for lunch. By 11:00am I’m starving and I take the last shot of coffee hoping that it will hold me over until lunch at noon. 11:58, 11:59, geez hurry up already!
We don’t have kids. We don’t have a dog to walk before the crack of dawn. I will continue to love the snooze button and my pillow until one or both of those life events occur. Challenge: Come up with a breakfast that is quick and will fill my tummy until lunch rolls around. Enter the banana. On their own bananas are heart healthy, rich in potassium and best of all (in my opinion) come in their own portable travel case! My favorite way to eat a banana (besides perfectly ripe and smothered in peanut butter) is in a thick, moist slice of Banana Bread.
Banana bread has become a ritual for me. It starts with selecting the perfect bunch of bananas. I can stand in front of the banana display in the produce section forever trying to decide which bananas will make the best bread. You’re laughing right now. I can hear you! Who chooses a bunch of bananas with the express purpose of making banana bread? Me! That’s who! I buy a large bunch of bananas with a few more than I know I can eat in a week just to make banana bread. I love the anticipation, the wait for them to be just ripe enough but before they bite the dust (there is a fine line you know).
Will today be the day? No, not quite ready yet. Maybe tomorrow. Yes! Yes! They are perfect! Let’s do this!
Banana Nut Bread
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I prefer walnuts, that is another blog!)
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Combine egg, mashed banana, milk and oil; add mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Stir in pecans or walnuts.
Spoon batter in to a greased 8 ½ – 4 1/2-inch loafpan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove and cool completely before slicing.
Banana Nut Muffins: Spoon batter into greased muffin pans, filling three-fourths full. Bake at 400° for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pans immediately. Yield: 1 dozen.
Source: The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook 1999
Could Banana Bread get any better? I’m glad you asked that question because the answer is YES! I recently discovered a totally new idea for banana bread. I don’t remember where I read it (whenI figure that out I’ll give them proper credit) but as soon as I did I knew I had to have it. Toast a slice of banana bread, smear it with soft goat cheese (you will soon learn about my addiction/obsession with goat cheese!) and a little orange marmalade. Don’t ask questions. You will never look at any of these ingredients the same way again. Just trust me. Your life will be changed forever.
-Yep, that’s homemade Orange Marmalade. Another recipe and another story for another day! My Grandmas would be proud!