Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kiki's Banana Bread

Kiki loves to be involved with any project that I am working on. It doesn't matter if it's cleaning the bathroom, organizing my closet, blogging or baking, she likes to be part of and I make sure she is. Her favorites are probably making mommy's coffee in the espresso machine and baking. Lately in the mornings when she wakes up, the first thing of order is asking about the Sous-Chef and than "mama kava", which in Croatian means mommy's coffee. So we get ready for the day and come downstairs to make "mama kava". The sweetest part of my day.

But since I have been spending more and more time in the kitchen, cooking and baking, she has increasingly become interested in baking. Probably because I let her play with all the ingredients. The easier the recipe, the more I let her get involved. She beams of pride and happiness that "she did it". Her little smirk tells it all. 

With all the extra bananas in the house, we made two banana breads. This is definitely "Kiki's Banana Bread" because she made it and she loves it. Once it finally cooled off, we could hardly wait, I gave her 1/2 a slice and she gobbled it down like there was no tomorrow, and proceeded to say "mo, mo, mo, mo". I knew the banana bread was a success (well, the second one, the first one was sugar free, and we are no sugar-free family). I can tell you this much, when it comes to baking, I like simple and fast recipes with precise measurements...nothing little bit of this, little bit of that. And this banana bread is a healthy too, so it's a big win in my kitchen. 

Enjoy it on your own, or with a little bit of peanut butter and a cup of "mama kava"!



Kiki's Banana Bread (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray loaf pan with cooking spray
  • Combine whole wheat flour and salt in a bowl and set aside
  • Mix remaining ingredients together until batter is smooth with a few lumps from the mashed bananas
  • Slowly mix flour mixture into banana mixture
  • Once batter is fully mixed, pour into loaf pan and bake for approximately 50 minutes
  • Wait for it to cool off a bit and enjoy!

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