This Bread is Bananas!
I adore anything and everything pumpkin. Back in college my roommate and I would wait impatiently for the pumpkin muffins to become in season – which would officially mark Halloween season. One year we went overboard way too early. It was September, and we started to buy anything and everything of the pumpkin variety. Well only a week into October and we were over it. We ruined the season too early and felt like we rushed fall. This was the year we learned our lesson and instated our cardinal October 1st rule. No pumpkin flavored items to be enjoyed before October!!
So that delicious baked good you see above? It’s not pumpkin bread. It’s banana bread. Because after this week, it’s full out pumpkin party time! I followed the recipe from More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts Naturally by Fran Costigan (Book Publishing Co.). All the recipes in the book truly are comprised of natural ingredients, making for quite a healthy treat! The recipe was for “Banana Walnut Bread” (sans walnuts) on page 122.
There is no sugar in the recipe. Seriously. Just maple syrup, ripe bananas, and a drop of vanilla extract as natural sweeteners. And this is quite delicious! It’s very flavorful and doesn’t scream “healthy” the way it so naturally is. I’ve even done the specs for you – a whopping 95 calories for each of 12 servings. The servings aren’t that large – it actually didn’t rise too high, but the bread isn’t overly dense and is just right.
Book Publishing Co. is promoting “Luscious Vegan Desserts” through the end of October. If you visit their promotion page, you can register to win yourself a dessert book! Check it out!
Today I ran a 5k – which was supposed to be a 10k. Unfortunately my right knee has been all swelly and painful after I stopped going to yoga 3x a week, so I dropped to the 5k. Still, the first mile was characterized by shooting pains at every step – which eventually subsided (thank you 800mg Ibuprofen). No PR here, just needed to get through it.
But making banana bread is obviously the best way to recover from masochism.
What’s your favorite food season? Pumpkin is definitely mine and I cannot wait to get into it!