Emy’s Famous Banana Bread

Don’t you hate it when bananas start to get those little brown spots on them, soon they become over run. They’ll become just mushy enough that no one wants to eat them, but they haven’t really gone bad yet.

I find this to be the best time to use them in baking. They are wonderful to use in place of sugar in recipes because of how sweet they are! I’ve made cookies with them, gluten-free vegan pancakes, but those are all recipes for another time. Today I want to share with you my banana bread recipe! We’ll just call it Emy’s Banana Bread.

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This is probably one of my family’s favorite breads. The brothers love it when I put chocolate chips in it. Thankfully, they are boys, so they’ll eat just about anything.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • a dash of cinnamon

Instead of using raisins you can do chocolate chips, any kind of nut, or even better, do a combination! Chocolate chips and nuts. So good!

Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • a dash of cinnamon

20130110_131301First you are going to take all of the wet ingredients and mix them together. Then mix in the dry ingredients. When I put the bananas in I’ll chop them up and put them in the mixture, this makes it not as smooth. If you’d rather have it be smooth, just get out a separate bowl to mash the bananas in, then add the bananas in with the wet ingredients.

Grease the pan and pour mixture in and set aside while you make the topping.

20130110_132534Put all of the ingredients into a bowl for the topping and mix together.

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Sprinkle topping onto the bread and then place in oven for 60 minutes. Now the waiting begins……

20130110_134107I like to do the dishes while I wait, it really helps the time pass. Sadly though, it didn’t take the full hour to clean the dishes, so I had to find something else to do while I waited……

20130110_142731Ta’ da! An hour later and it is finished! Mmmmm, it smells so good and it taste delicious!

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Adventures in Portland!

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On Friday my brother, a friend of ours and I all journeyed into downtown Portland. We live about an hour away, so we don’t go there often. When we do, we’ll look for old buildings to photograph, new food carts to eat at and cute bookstores and shops to go into. It was freezing the whole time we were there, so I didn’t take too many pictures. Here’s just a few of them…

You can't really tell in this picture buut this building was a church at one time. There's a cross above the bottom windows.

You can’t really tell in this picture but this building was a church at one time. There’s a cross above the bottom windows.

I love old brick buildings!

I love old brick buildings! I really liked the different colors of brick on this particular building.

 

 

I loved the arcitecture on this reastraunt down there. It's so unique and beautiful!

I love the architecture on this restaurant called Mama Mia. It’s so unique and beautiful!

There was this neat little market on the corner of one of the streets in the Alphebet district and outside they had this wonderful display of flowers.

There was this neat little market on the corner of one of the streets in the Alphabet district and outside they had this wonderful display of flowers.

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The inside of the little corner market.

The inside of the little corner market.

My great find in Powell's Bookstore!

My great find in Powell’s Bookstore!

Now is that not adorable or what??

This is a picture of an adorable little pub in Portland. It was screaming to me to take a picture of it!

I didn’t get very many pictures this time, but hopefully the next time I’m down in the heart of Portland I can get more pictures to share with all of you. The city is so full of character and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of it!

It has to be the end of the world. The sky has been a bright, brilliant blue, with the sun out and shining for the past 2 days straight. You would think that it was summer! Until you stepped outside and realized that it was 34 degrees fahrenheit. Then you’d remember that it’s winter in Oregon… Still, for the sun to be out like this in the middle of winter in Oregon is very un-normal.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than looking out of my bedroom window and seeing the goats on the farm behind the house, grazing on the green grass. The simplicity of living out in the country is quite nice. I love being able to go on walks and hikes around were I live and see all of God’s marvelous creation! I can walk the same route a hundred times and never get tired of seeing all that God has created. It seems like I notice new things every time. God is truly the most magnificent artist!

Well, I think I’m going to get all bundled up and go on a walk! I need to take advantage of some of the vitamin D beaming from the sky!

 

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.”

~Psalm 19:1-4