Monday, March 14, 2011

Who said Mondays have to be bad?

I was in bed at 8 and asleep by 9 last night.  And if you aren't counting Day Light Savings time that would theoretically be 7pm in bed laying down, and 8pm asleep!  That made for one well-rested Monday morning! 

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.
I have been anxiously waiting for these to brown so I could make a new bread I have been planning for days.  I couldn't take it any longer and broke down this morning.  They are brown enough, right?  Brown bananas are rare in my home.  I typically eat 1-2 bananas every day.  In my oats and for snacks.  I also typically eat banana soft serve 2 or 3 times a week.  I should really just buy stock in these yellow fruits!

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

Ingredients:


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)

Directions:

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.
I am not sure I have ever created anything quite so tasty and perfectly baked.  Usually when I make up my own recipes, the ratios aren't perfect so the crumb of the bread turns out too dry or too mushy.  This bread was just right.
The bread was baked perfectly creating a crumb that was moist but not underdone.  It was perfect right into the center of the loaf!
I'm sure this recipe could also work with other types of nut/seed butters.  The flavor was distinct but light.  Not overpowering at all.  I baked the loaf before my work out and came home to the perfect after work out snack.  Today I tackled 5 miles and I definitely needed a snack! 

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! 
It was amazing.  Most of the time I eat open-faced sandwiches to cut back on the bread.  This bread is so good it is worth the extra calories and carbs.  And I did just run 5 miles!
It still amazes me how much this salad really resembles Egg Salad!  It is so good.  Mine is an adaptation from Alicia Silverstone's 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:
Mr. Kummerow and I ate at a table in the Y because it was too chilly to eat outside.  We split an 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.

1 comment:

  1. Oh that banana bread looks yummy!! I'm determined to finally try banana soft serve... I have 2 frozen bananas in the freezer, now I just need to stop be lazy and make it :)

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