Baking Adventure – Banana Bread

March 9, 2009

Today I made some banana bread! I stopped at Bulk Barn on the way home from school and picked up whole wheat flour, chocolate chips and baking powder (which I apparently already had at time – oh well, now I have lots!). It came to $1.67 (I know, big spender) which of course I had to debit because Tim Horton’s has been stealing away my change all week (a.k.a I can’t resist getting drinks there when Roll up the Rim is on).

Here’s what you need:

1/3 c white sugar
1/3 c brown sugar
1/8 c unsweetened applesauce
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 c mashed bananas (about 2 bananas)
1/4 c water
1 tsp vanilla
1 c all purpose flour + 2/3 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/3 c chocolate chips (optional)

Here’s what you do:

1/ Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan.
2/ Beat the white sugar, brown sugar and applesauce until smooth. Mix in the eggs, water, bananas and vanilla until it’s well blended.
3/ Mix together your flours, baking soda and baking powder in a separate bowl. Then add to banana mixture and stir in just until moistened. If you’re adding chocolate chips, throw them in now!
4/ Bake for 45-50 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it’s nice and golden brown on the top, and when you insert a fork/knife/skewer of some sort, it should come out clean.
5/ Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes or so and then remove from the pan.

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There’s everything mixed in – except one thing!

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Here come the chocolate chips! Mmm!

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All ready to go in the oven!

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Here’s the finished product!

What’s on the agenda for the rest of the afternoon:

  • work on my seminar paper (I’m aiming to complete another page, for a total of 3/5 done)
  • lesson plans for final week of the reading program
  • some sort of exercise – a walk if the weather holds, or 25-30 mins on the elliptical

I’ll see if I can get some more school work done, but I’m not feeling overly ambitious for today so we’ll see how it goes!

One last note: today was weigh-in day and I was happy to see that I’m down 1.1 pounds! I’m now at 144.2 pounds, with only 4.2 left to lose until I’m at 140! I’m thinking in a week or two that I’ll head to Old Navy and try on those size 8 jeans that were too snug before!

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