Monday, February 11, 2013

A Second Look and a Recipe

I love banana bread today. I learn that banana bread recipes first became popular in cookbooks during the Great Depression when nobody wanted to waste anything. Some wise soul took a second look at useless, overripe fruit and realized it was good for something after all.

That's right: Banana Bread represents taking a second look at that very thing you think is no longer any good.  What if it's actually good for something else, something new, and something delicious?

Living with flair is taking the no-good, nearly rotting, ruined thing in your life and mixing it into a new recipe that produces something that nourishes. Maybe it's a talent you've been wasting or a broken-down thing that might be used for a new project. Something in my life might need a second look today.

Oh, yes. It's these bananas I'm about to throw away.

So I make banana bread (and I substitute Greek Yogurt and applesauce for the traditional oil and butter). Tomorrow, I want to make this amazing recipe: Blueberry Greek Yogurt Banana Bread. Enjoy!

Greek Yogurt Banana Bread baking slowly

Vanilla Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
In a big bowl, toss in 3 ripe bananas, 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup applesauce, 1 cup of sugar, 2 cups flour, a tablespoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. baking powder, a dash of nutmeg, and a tsp. salt. Mix well and pour into a bread pan. Bake for one hour at 325 degrees. Yum!
Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe?


Rachel said...

I like Betty Crocker's recipe which uses white whole wheat flour

Amber said...

Smitten Kitchen's Jacked Up Banana Bread is my all time favorite.