Banana Nut Bread

 

You know how when you get married, you not only get this awesome spouse, but you also get some bonuses? For example, your husband might teach you how to play guitar, or you might get a wife who already has season tickets to Braves games. You know what I’m talking about.

Well, when I married Daniel, I got a huge bonus.

MawMaw and PawPaw.

When I married Daniel, I was blessed to gain these two as grandparents. They treat me as if I have always been their granddaughter, and it warms my heart more than I could ever explain. They are everything you expect from awesome grandparents…They are adorable, they have incredible stories, and they spoil us rotten.

They most recently spoiled us by mailing this box of goodness to our front doorstep:

Pecans, oh yummy pecans.

This treat inspired me to make Banana Nut Bread, and oh was it delicious!

To make 2 loaves of Banana Nut Bread, preheat oven to 325 degress, and grease two bread pans.

Mix 4 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1.5 teaspoons baking soda, 1.5 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg in a large bowl.

Mix ingredients together well, and then set aside.

Next, add 8 sliced bananas to a blender. Blend until it has the consistency of a thick batter.

Pour the banana batter into a large bowl. Add 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup oil, 4 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 cup of almond milk. If you have never used almond milk before, don’t be scared of it. It is an incredible product, and you should definitely try it out!

Mix all of the wet ingredients together.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in 2 cups chopped pecans. (Thank you MawMaw and PawPaw!)

Your batter should look like this:

 

Pour batter into two bread pans. Sprinkle more chopped pecans on the top of the loaves.

Bake at 325 for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, cover the loaves with foil to prevent the top of the bread from burning. Then bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until a fork inserted comes out clean.

Let cool completely, then slice and enjoy!

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Pancakes

We had a very lazy Saturday recently, and it included delicious, coma-inducing pancakes. I definitely couldn’t have a productive work day after eating these fluffy cakes, but they were perfect for a lounge-y Saturday.

For pancakes, you will need:

vegetable oil, baking soda, baking powder, egg, flour, salt, sugar, milk, chocolate chips (optional)

To start, mix 1 cup flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and a dash of salt in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of milk, 1 egg, and 1/4 cup of vegetable oil.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Mix well. If you want chocolate chip pancakes, stir in chocolate chips at this point.

Ladle onto a hot griddle.

When the surface is bubbly, flip over.

Chocolate chip pancakes will look like this:

When both sides are golden brown, it should slide off the griddle easily.

Add butter and syrup, and enjoy!

Daniel staged this photo. He wanted you to see his Masters cup.