This post comes from my sister, and I promised not to do anything other than grammatical changes, so the words are all hers! (She’s a MUCH better writer than I am-lucky you guys!)
My sister and I have very few actual things in common. She has a vast knowledge of history, I learned what a filibuster was like yesterday. She has the beautiful Zara, I have two old cats. I live in dirty Philly, she a clean New England beach town. Over the years, as adults, we have found many things to do together, drinking, traveling, and talking about our mom to name a few. We learned the different ways we are creative, and the different ways we are not (I can’t knit!). One thing we always can both agree on is cooking!
Many recipes on this blog are shared from childhood, family friends and restaurant experiences we had together. However baking is not something I do, especially not from scratch, and Erin always seems to effortlessly. But today when it is supposed to be spring, but it is very cold, and I have several deadlines to avoid, I decided to make Banana Bread from scratch.
I decided on B-bread because the only thing I am good at is saving ripe bananas that I put in the freezer.
So I followed this recipe from the food network modified, obviously.
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
4 very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees (F). In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl cream together eggs and sugar. Stir in mashed bananas, vanilla, oil and cinnamon. Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time, until just combined.
Divide batter into two 9×5 loaf pans. Bake for about one hour.
I made some adjustments based both on health and on what I had. Instead of white sugar I used brown. Instead of vegetable oil I used coconut oil. I also added almonds
Before I go I will share with you a quick rant on the awesomeness of coconut oil. It is way good for you. Also to just name a few, you can use it for baking, cooking (amazing stir fry!), lotion, shaving cream, cuticle oil, hair frizziness, face wash and oil pulling. I buy it at Trader Joe’s for $5.99
Natasha is a Philly-based artist and aunt extrodinaire. Check out more about Natasha on her website.