Pumpkin Banana Pecan Bread

If overripe bananas can’t get me back in the kitchen, I don’t know what can!

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I am totally out of the habit of cooking and baking.  Although we did impose our meal planning and lunch prep on my parents when we lived there, I didn’t do too much of the making of the food.  After 2 weeks in Chicago, I am beginning to adjust to my new schedule. I still work 4 long days but now I have Fridays off instead of Mondays. I must say, I liked it best when I had both Fridays and Mondays off this summer, but it was just temporary : )  Fridays off is a bigger change than you think…especially since I’ve been working the same schedule for like 7 or 8 years.  It means that my Sundays need to be productive.  Ugh!

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The BOY and I were out late last night at a wedding dancing our hearts out and making new friends.  It was a slow start to our day, but we had to shake off the sleep because we were hosting the BOYs aunts for lunch!  There was still a bit to do making our house a little neater…you know like piling boxes in the corner. Ha ha!

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We had a fantastic time showing them our new place and catching up over lunch and tasty food.  They left around 3:30pm and the BOY and I decided that we needed an afternoon of lounging around.  I don’t think we’ve had a lazy day of TV in a LONG time.  I walked over to the grocery store (with my cart) for a few week day essentials and then prepped veggie bags and snacks.  I threw an easy Monday night dinner in the crockpot and turned those overripe bananas into bread.

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Although I didn’t have much success with the oven on Friday, I wanted to give it another try!

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I had the bananas but was feeling for a bit of fall, so I chose a banana and pumpkin bread from Skinny Taste.

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This bread is really soft and delicious and I love the addition of pecans.  PERFECT!

I am bringing one loaf to work tomorrow and saving the other for our upcoming trip to Door County!

Don’t get too excited about hearing from me again as I have a busy week ahead but as we head into fall, I figured you all could use a bite of this bread : )

 

Pumpkin Banana Pecan Bread

From Skinny Taste

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups white whole wheat or all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, not packed
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 cup (3 medium) ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz (3/4 cup) chopped pecans
  • baking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 8×5 inch loaf pans with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, pumpkin, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add flour mixture and pecans, then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into loaf pans and bake on the center rack for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Island Pork Tenderloin {Awesome New Recipe}

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After the past week of just putting one foot in front of the other, I seem to have risen above my funk and am back to feeling like myself.  I’m sure the weekend spent feeding my soul with some QT husband time, chocolate, and fun helped!

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This morning’s first stop was the yoga studio.  One of my favorite teachers was subbing.  She told an amazing story about a golden Buddha covered in clay.  The moral being that we cover ourselves with layers of stress and expectations and that when we crack through them, our golden self is below and ready to shine through.  I was definitely ready to shine and was actually shining when I emerged 75  minutes later dripping in sweat.

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I thought the story was spot on and could have so many interpretations.  I’m thinking that I will use it for the kids yoga workshop I am teaching next weekend.  After yoga, I ran a few errands picking up a couple of gifts and groceries. I am all stocked up for an intense cheese plate for next weekend’s work party.

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I had leftover chili for lunch that I heated up as I unpacked all my food.  Then I put Tuesday’s dinner in the…you guessed it…crockpot.  I was in a baking mood and had the bananas to use, so I made mini Banana Maple Muffins with blueberries.

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I found the perfect mini muffin liners when I cleaned out my pantry.

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It was a productive day (for example I finally put away our snorkel equipment from the trip), and I happily curled up next to sleeping Cooper to watch a Law&Order marathon while blogging and emailing.  Around 6:20pm, I paused the TV to make dinner.  It’s super funny to watch Cooper who is his absolute laziest from like noon to 6pm spring up, stretch, and come to the kitchen demanding his dinner.

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So a few notes about tonight’s dinner recipe.  Number 1 and most importantly…it is AMAZING!  Like super awesome!  I followed the recipe pretty much as written except I only used a 1ish pound tenderloin.  I kept the spices the same so it was really strong and flavorful.

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I used my Le Cresuet because I know that it goes from stove to oven easily and I never know which pans can do that.  As for the glaze.  By the time I made that, I realized that I only needed half.  I used 1 tbsp garlic, 1/2 tbsp tobasco, and about 2 tbsp brown sugar.  When I tasted it, it tasted REALLY strong and spicy so I added a dash of cinnamon and coated my pork.  However, by the time the pork was cooked (this took about 25-28 minutes), it was spiced JUST RIGHT…not too hot at all.

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This recipe is easy and takes basically no time to prep.  We devoured our dinner with some leftover homemade ice cream for dessert.  And then sat down to enjoy the dynamic Grammy performances.

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You know it’s been a successful day when you’ve used basically EVERY utensil in your kitchen…ha ha!

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What did you think of the Grammy’s?

Island Pork Tenderloin

From Travels from East to West

For spice rub:

  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 pork tenderloins (2 ¼ – 2 ½ lbs total) trimmed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For Glaze:

  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco

Stir the spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl and rub all over the pork.  Heat oil in ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over medium high heat.  Brown pork, turning occasionally, about 4-5 minutes total.  Remove from heat, but leave pork in skillet.
Stir together brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco in a small bowl.  Pat the mixture on top of the pork.  Place skillet in the oven at 350.  Roast until thermometer inserted diagonally into the center of each tenderloin registers 140 degrees, about 20 minutes.  Let pork stand in skillet, loosely covered with foil for 10 minutes.

When Life Throws You Bananas…

Make Banana Bread!

 

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I have a few favorite banana bread recipes to choose from, and this is my go to for the basic, classic bread.  There are only a few ingredients and I usually have them on hand.

 

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Combine the dry ingredients first.  I have made this with white flour or a mixture of wheat and white flour.

 

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Then mix the butter and sugar until well combined.  Add the eggs one at a time.  Then add in the mashed banana, yogurt, and vanilla.  I use my hand blender to mash up my banana and it works out well.  I used Greek yogurt because that is what I had in the house.  I have also used regular yogurt and sour cream, all of which work well.

 

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Add in the dry ingredients.  Using the mixer can be tough with breads. I recommend stopping just before everything is mixed and finish the mixing by hand.

 

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Pour the batter into a greased bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.  Get ready for a great smelling house.

 

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This is a beautiful bread, and it tastes amazing!

 

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A classic banana bread…the best thing to happen to rotten bananas!!!

 

Classic Banana Bread

From Cooking Light Magazine, SEPTEMBER 2003

Yield: 1 loaf, 14 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

 

Ingredients

2  cups  all-purpose flour

3/4  teaspoon  baking soda

1/2  teaspoon  salt

1  cup  sugar

1/4  cup  butter, softened

2  large eggs

1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)

1/3  cup  plain low-fat yogurt

1  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Cooking spray

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Nutritional Information
Calories:
187 (21% from fat)
Fat:
4.3g (sat 2.4g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.3g)
Protein:
3.3g
Carbohydrate:
34.4g
Fiber:
1.1g
Cholesterol:
40mg
Iron:
1mg
Sodium:
198mg
Calcium:
20mg