WIDS and More Comfort Food

WIDS = What I did Saturday

Ps I totally made that up…not too sure what I think of it : )


Two things going on here…

#1 I spent the day snow shoeing and it was amazing!




However, I don’t have all of the pictures (there were three of us and numerous phones/cameras), so I just can’t complete the post of my super cool Saturday activity just yet.


#2 I have another recipe to share with you!




And it is a good one for a cold winter weekend.  Sometimes, I find a recipe and then go in search of all of the needed ingredients.  Other times, I have exactly what I need at home (overripe bananas and half a can of pumpkin puree) and go in search of a recipe.




In this case, it was the second scenario that led me to find this healthier take on pumpkin bread.




It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of quick breads!  And you’ll definitely notice a theme here with my last few posts.  Lentil Chili, Crockpot Peanut Butter Chicken, and bread…they are all comfort foods perfect for a lazy weekend at home, which is exactly what has been going on here this winter!




This bread uses maple syrup instead of sugar, and a subs in half whole wheat flour for a healthier version of the original.




As always this bread smells incredible!




Therefore so will your entire house!




So, don’t say that I didn’t warn you!




After a wonderful day frolicking in the snow, there is nothing better than a warm slice of pumpkin banana bread smothered in fresh jam or homemade nut butter!




I’m sure you’ll agree!


Looking for More Pumpkin and Banana?

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Banana Bread

Pumpkin Banana Baked Oatmeal Bars


Ok, there is one more thing going on here…




But it is way too close to talk about right now!!!



Pumpkin Banana Bread

From Rebecca Thinks…



2 mashed ripe bananas

1 can pumpkin puree

1/4 cup vegetable oil (you can use corn oil, canola oil, or olive oil or experiment with your favorite)

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 eggs

2 cups flour (try whole wheat pastry flour or 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour)

1/2 cup rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

(I also added in a sprinkle of ground clove)




Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly coat an 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan (or four mini loaf pans) with vegetable oil, and wipe off the excess.

Place mashed banana, pumpkin puree, oil, maple syrup, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat with an electronic mixer on low speed.

Place flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon in a medium bowl, and stir with a whisk.

Add flour mixture to banana and pumpkin mixture, and stir or lightly beat until just moist.

Pour batter into loaf pan, and bake for one hour or until toothpick  placed in center comes out clean. Allow to cool before serving.




Stories of snow shoeing coming soon…

17 thoughts on “WIDS and More Comfort Food

  1. The bread looks great! I love maple syrup and don’t use it enough. I am avoiding the snow and cold at all costs, though, even looking outside makes me long for spring. I was just diagnosed with runners’ knee and wanted to ask your advice since you are so into fitness. The pain subsided after a day and I was told to just walk for a week (a shockingly good workout – I guess it uses different muscles) and bought an elliptical, but I’m worried I’m going to start falling apart 😦

    • You are way too young to be falling apart : ) Rest is a good thing for ‘runner’s knee’ and ice may work too if it begins to flare up. I definitely believe in Cross Training so walking, biking, swimming, and yoga are awesome. If I had to guess, I would say it is possible that your shoes could be part of the problem and I may get fit by a specialist. Hope it feels better soon. Keep me posted!

  2. oh yummm! i have never thought of adding banana to pumpkin bread! but def best of both worlds so much be amazing!i still havent tried snowshoeing it looks like so much fun though!

  3. Snowshoeing sounds so fun! I’ve never done that. I wish we got to experience at least a little snow in Florida. I’m sure I would hate driving in it, but it is so beautiful to look at.

    And that bread. Oh my gosh. Don’t get me started. I’m drooling.

    • You said it perfectly. I hate the commute but love the view from the comfort of my house after a fresh snow fall. I can bring you some snow on Friday but I’m not sure it will survive the flight. Ha ha!

  4. Gorgeous snowshoeing pics! Can’t wait to see the rest of ’em! I have an REI gift card burning a hole in my pocket, and snowshoes are at the top of my list!

    • I just might have to buy a pair. I loved it and think I could go around the forest preserve by my house. I was going to check out REI’s website. Hope to have more pics up soon. It was such a fun way to spend the day!

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