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Going Bananas for Banana Bread

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So this lovely Saturday morning, I had the worst leg cramps and thought, “I’m going to make banana bread!”

I must say, it was the best batch, ever.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 all purpose flour
  • 5 semi ripe bananas(mashed)
  • 3 eggs (I only used 1 yolk)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of bourbon vanilla extract
  • 3 Ferraro Rocher chocolates (roughly crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda (or 3 teaspoons of baking powder)
  • Nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix mashed bananas with maple syrup.
  2. In a bowl, mix brown sugar with eggs and banana mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda (or baking powder) and spiff into the mixture of brown sugar, eggs, and bananas. *note that it’s very important that you spiff your flour, or the texture of the batch will come out uneven.
  4. When the mixture is smoothly blended, add vanilla extract.
  5. Pour onto a baking tray (I usually cover mine with foil to save cleanup time)
  6. Sprinkle a handful of brown sugar over the mixture and the crushed Ferraro Rocher chocolate pieces (add any kind of nut mixture if you like)
  7. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  8. Let it cool before serving.

Bon Appetit!

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Fun Fact – Bananas


Did you know? Bananas are herbs, not fruits.

I found this neat site that gives nutritional facts, check it out!

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Cinnamon Banana Oat Muffins (with Chocolate)


So I saw this recipe for Banana Cardamon Muffins on another blog (emmycooks)yesterday, decided to make something aside from banana  cake. But lo and behold, I couldn’t find any Cardamon at the grocery store, so I switched it up and winged my own makeshift recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 Cup flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup fat free milk
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Mash bananas. Then add brown sugar, milk, oats, and eggs. Mix thoroughly!
  2. In another bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cinnamon, cocoa powder, (and a half cup of chocolate chips or nuts if you want)!
  3. Stir the dry and fluid ingredients together and pour into cooking pan (I used muffin liners, be sure to oil the sides or half your muffin is going to stick to the pan!)
  4. Bake at 360 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. Set out and let the muffins cool for a good 5 minutes before eating!

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Banana Cake


When life gives you gross-looking, overly ripened bananas, you make amazing banana cake!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 – 8 inch round pans*. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the bananas. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and place on a damp tea towel to cool.

*I did this recipe without the nuts, and sprinkled extra brown sugar on top of the batter right before putting into the oven.

*If you don’t have a big pan, you could make banana cake muffins on a muffin tray (it’s easier to watch your portion sizes this way)!

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Better to Eat before or After a Run?


Every serious runner or even the average jog-around-the-block patron has encountered the same question. Is it better to eat a meal before or after a run? Typically this question would address the early morning athlete; whether they should eat breakfast before or after.  However, this applies to afternoon and evening runners just as much.
Recent studies in both the US and Europe show that not eating before a run increases your body’s ability to burn fat.  The logic behind this? Scientists reason that because the body usually burns off carbohydrates during intense exercise, when you have not eaten anything your body is forced to burn off fat instead.  At the same time, studies prove completing an intense workout session is less efficient when the body has not eaten anything at all.

 What’s the consensus? 

Personally, I feel eating nothing before exercising is a bit extreme.  If you’re looking strictly at losing weight then eating nothing before a run may prove beneficial if done only a few times a week.  Anyone looking to lose fat while still maintaining or gaining muscle should have a small meal 45 minutes to one hour before a run.

Suggestions: 

Eat a banana; not only are they quick and easy to eat but they provide plenty of nutrients to give you energy for completing your workout. Not to mention, they help prevent cramps.  So remember, you can eat a small meal before a workout and still shed that extra weight!

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