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Entries in banana (21)

Friday
Mar182011

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

This week has been full of sad, devastating, and difficult news. With the disaster of unfathomable proportions in Japan and the Libyans struggle for freedom, it's easy to feel upset or overwhelmed with emotion every time I turn on the television or glance at a newspaper. When I see the footage of Japan, I just get sick to my stomach. I feel helpless as an observer.

There are certainly ways to help or get involved; a donation to the Red Cross can aid a wounded nation. The simple act of sending out thoughts of hope and support can comfort others in the smallest (and biggest) of ways.

Though, for me, sometimes it just doesn't seem enough.

I admit I feel guilty when I see disaster or people struggling. I have so much (maybe too much?) while others have so very little. I have a roof above my head and solid ground beneath my feet. I can communicate through the telephone and internet; the news informs me of what has been and what is to come. I don't have the threat of radiation poisoning looming over me. I know where my loved ones are.

Banana Pudding

Today my biggest concern was what to make for dinner. It seems petty in comparison to the plight of others and, though it may be true, is that a fair comparison for me to make? I asked myself this question today. I don't believe it is. I could make this comparison every day of my life and there will always be someone who is struggling more than I am. There will always be someone who has less than I do. There will always be someone suffering more than I ever will. Feeling guilt for having more isn't the answer. Neither is feeling unworthy of what I do have. So what am I supposed to do?

I sincerely believe the solution can be found in appreciation. Appreciation for what you have and the good in your life. Appreciation for the troubles that do not plague you. Loss and devastation on the scale that Japan is feeling can seem like far off nightmares—too far to be recognizable; too far to be reality. Appreciation and sympathy for those who are suffering is the only way you can even begin to try to understand. You may not ever truly understand (and you won't unless you have personally experienced it), but it's a place to start. When was the last time you considered the washing machine or stove top a luxury instead of a necessity? When did you last sit quietly and truly feel grateful for the people in your life?

Do what you can to help those in need, in whichever way you are capable, but then help yourself. Acknowledge your blessings. Be grateful for everything good and bad in your life—without the contrast both are meaningless. Though today may hold peace and calm, tomorrow may bring new strife or tragedy. Appreciate your today.

Banana Pudding

This banana pudding is soft and full of banana flavor. It has a smooth texture that comforts the taste buds. The chocolate shavings make this simple pudding something special. Today I am appreciative that I can sit in the calm of my home, enjoy the sunshine of an early spring day, and eat this banana pudding in peace. That's just enough for me—I don't need anything more.

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Friday
Feb042011

Banana Bread Oatmeal

banana bread oatmeal

It's no secret that I love banana bread. In my house, there always seem to be a few bananas that just don't get eaten in time. While freezing bananas for a later date is always an option, sometimes there are already one too many bananas hiding in there. I don't like to waste food if I can help it so bananas are frequently on the menu.

With my deep love of all baked banana goods, having a quick and easy way to make a dish that tastes like banana bread without the mixing and the baking (and the waiting) was ideal.

banana bread oatmeal

I am a sucker for overripe bananas. I don't start eating them until they are covered in brown spots. As long as it they can still keep their shape, I'm in banana love. My father would disagree. He likes to eat them when they are still a bit green, without a brown spot in sight. I think they lack that vital banana flavor so soon after ripening, but he argues otherwise. We may disagree about the best time to eat bananas, but we've never disagreed over a nice loaf of banana bread. And that's the truth.

How do you like your bananas?

banana bread oatmeal

This banana bread oatmeal tastes just like the real deal. The oatmeal is littered with tiny pieces of banana and spiced with the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. This oatmeal is naturally sweetened with the addition of bananas so you will need very little, if any, sugar to sweeten it up. It's healthy, it's delicious, it's banana bread in a bowl. What's not to love?

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Friday
Jan142011

Chocolate Marbled Banana Bread

chocolate marbled banana bread

I love a good banana bread. I am ever searching for new and different banana bread recipes; I guess you could say I'm a sucker for it. But, in my defense, there are so many different varieties!

There are healthy breads, like this banana nut bread, that are stuffed with good things for you. Not only do they get the stamp of approval for breakfast, but they are tasty too. By adding nuts and straying from butter and oil, you can have your "cake" and eat it too.

chocolate marbled banana bread

But my favorite has to be the dessert breads. I may be a bit of a chocoholic, but I don't think I'm biased in insisting that chocolate and banana is a flavor combination sent down from heaven itself. There are breads stuffed with chocolate chunks, some that are cinnamon spiced, and even more with a crunchy crumb topping. These breads resemble cake more than bread, but I can't stop wishing it was okay to eat these for breakfast...

Even the flour can significantly alter the the finished product. An all-purpose flour will yield the traditional loaf of bread you already know and love, whereas whole wheat flour will yield a loaf with a complex and hearty texture. Cake flour yields a loaf with an unbelievably velvety and smooth texture (almost like cake itself, but with less calories!). In some aspects, I guess you could say I'm a banana bread connoisseur. But really, I think its only fair I share this delicious obsession with you.

chocolate marbled banana bread

This chocolate marbled banana bread is soft, tender, and never too sweet. Each bite alternates between bursts of banana and deep bittersweet chocolate flavors, complementing each other with taste and ease. The marbled pattern gives a twist on the traditional banana bread loaf while adding an air of sophistication. This is a great banana bread recipe to add to your arsenal.

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