I broke the fast with yet another bowl of banana oats with coconut butter. It is my new favorite breakfast. I have to say it was a close call with the Great Harvest Dakota bread that was sitting on the counter. But alas, I knew the bread would be making an appearance in my lunch plans so I went for the oats.
These ripe bananas greeted me this morning.
Remember the jar of Sunflower Seed butter I mistakenly bought. Silly me thought every brand was just like Trader Joe's. Maranatha brand, as it turns out, is quite a bit thicker and has a slightly different flavor. It is still good, but not Trader Joe's by a long shot. I knew just what to do with that butter, if only those bananas would ever turn brown!
Sunflower Banana Bread
3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup Sunflower Seed Butter (I used Maranatha brand for this recipe)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Sunflower seeds (shelled) to top loaf (I used sesame because I didn't have any sunflower seeds)
In blender or with fork, mash the 3 bananas. (I used my mixer). Combine with vanilla, milk, sugar and sunflower seed butter until well mixed.
In separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Slowly mix dry into wet until just combined.
Grease a loaf pan and spoon batter into pan. Sprinkle seeds on top and bake in a 350* oven for 45 minutes.
When I woke up this morning I was planning to swim. After texting Kristin, we decided we would run instead- tomorrow is supposed to be rainy. I did not prepare for the 5-miler she pushed me through however. My plan was more like 3! I considered my 4.3 mile run on Saturday my "long run" for the week and I was planning to tackle 5 this coming Saturday. But after meeting Kristin at the Y, she announced she was getting antsy to start adding in miles and I am easily persuaded. Our pace was strong, despite the mileage and the strong winds. I am very excited about running 5 today! It felt so good to push myself this morning. We finished in just under 50 minutes at 48:45!
Of course it took a little more time than I had anticipated so I rushed home to shower and prepare lunch for Mr. Kummerow and I. We had a meeting at the bank during his lunch hour so we planned to have a picnic together.
I made our favorite Eggless Salad because we were desperate to eat the Great Harvest Dakota bread and needed a filling!
Kind Diet. I would really love to meet that woman in real life. She has been such an inspiration to me! But back to lunch:
Alternative Baking Company cookie, Vanilla Bean, for dessert. It was yummy! It tasted like eating ice cream with marshmallow topping. Delicious!
So far my Monday has been a dream! I am having a fantastic day. I accomplished a great run, had lunch with my hubby and now I'm hanging out with the kiddos. On the agenda for tonight: Mr. Kummerow agreed to attend a yoga class with me! This will be his first! I told him it would do his running some good. And we are planning some sort of taco/enchilada dish for dinner. I have some avocados waiting to be eaten!
Doesn't get much better than that! God is good! How is your Monday going? Ditch the Monday blues and live today to the fullest! That's my plan.