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Thursday, November 15, 2012

banana cranberry bread ~ again

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we are slowly, but surely, going into hibernation mode, i can feel it settle in my heart. all i desire are long naps with my beloved, to lose myself in a good book, or tangle my fingers in a crochet pattern. it is that bleak time of year where i fight the urge to disappear. instead, now i make every attempt to be out & about, to immerse myself in the season. i can't fight it, so i might as well join it.

with the blustery winds of november comes the desire to bake more. the tiny kitchen we share is always bustling with a pot simmering on the stove, something rising on the counter and of course, a sweet confection baking in the oven. during a freezer clean i came upon a container of frozen bananas, leftover from a summer of smoothies. tho they were an unappealing brown mess, i overlooked their appearance and decided on bread.

the thing with banana bread is that it's kind of pedestrian, everyone likes it, even if you don't hold an affinity for the actual fruit itself. there are so many varying recipes - with nuts, without, dairy doom or completely vegan - do you add the chocolate chips or swirl of peanut butter? lastly, it is easy, sometimes even proper, to declare that the most recent incarnation of it is the best, even if your eye is already moving onto the next recipe. ahem...

for this particular offering i give you a version that is both dairy free and gluten free. tho i have no intolerance for grains/flours/gluten, it's nice to use softer ingredients like almond or coconut flour sometimes. plus i find them much easier to manage by hand.

i threw in a handful of dried cranberries into the batter, as been done before, and in lieu of the butter, i used coconut oil. for the coconut milk, i used so delicious's coconut creamer, which is my new jam to add to my morning cup of coffee. click here for the recipe.

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13 comments:

  1. Love the cranberry and coconut flavors here! Banana bread never goes out of style.

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    1. can i just say that i completely agree with you, banana bread is just something that is year round and always in style.

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  2. Sounds killer, girl! I love me some banana bread but this takes it to another level. and man the description of your winter kitchen is dreamy! i wish i had more time, for more bubbling pots and baking treats like you make. i find it hard to reconcile, this time of year... there are only so many hours in the day. for example, just now i spent an hour reading some of my favorite blogs, instead of working on my own, or -- what i had meant to be doing -- baking! and now, bed time. choices i must make ;) i'm happy, i love winter. i hope you don't disappear.

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    1. i can promise you that my life does not sound as idyllic as i make it sound. the pots are sometimes overflowing or burning cus all the liquid has been cooked down! :)

      your before bed time reading of blogs sounds awesome. i typically do my blog reading in the early AM, with a cup of coffee, because i hate going to sleep hungry or with the hankering to be in the kitchen!

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  3. This looks so good, Lan, what a great way to use up found bananas in your freezer! My cravings for carby-bready things has skyrocketed over the past few weeks too. And standing in front of and cooking on a stovetop while the oven is on makes me so blissfully happy right now. It's funny how the seasons cause us all to shift pretty significantly in our thoughts, behaviors and preferences.

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    1. yes! the shift in seasons really does dictate my eating patterns (not just in available produce)... in the colder months there are mainly two places i like to be: in the kitchen stirring/kneading something OR on the couch with a blanket in my lap crocheting. bliss.

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  4. Yum, yum! I must pin this one right away. Soon as I get my hands on some dried cranberries, I'm trying this one out.

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    1. vinita, you don't have to use dried cranberries, you could use any dried fruit, or none at all. that's what's so great about this recipe, you can make it as plain/simple as you want, or jazzed up.

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  5. I'm hibernating too :( anyway love banana bread, can never have too much of it. don't mind the "again" at all. your description of your winter kitchen is making me itchy. urgh. ok back to dissertat-ing.

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    1. since you are dissertating, i will spent extra time in the kitchen on your behalf! good luck shu han!

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  6. Bananas are one of the few fruits that span the gap between summer and winter-They can be cosy and cool. I love your bread! It's a delectable little reminder to pick up some bananas on my next shopping trip.

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    1. valerie, you hit the nail right on the head, it's a cosy and cool ingredient and i also picked up some bananas on a recent jaunt to the market. i've already picked another banana bread recipe to try!

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  7. Oooh, I love love banana bread. You can never go wrong with it, ah?

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