Monday, January 7, 2013

banana bread, and cooking for a cause - the Central Missouri Food Bank

banana bread
give me a slice already! 
This morning I'm fueling up on good strong coffee and homemade banana bread.  I made this bread last night, after our pizza feast.  It is one of the easiest recipes in the world, absolutely DELICIOUS - and here's the best part,  it's good for you!  This recipe from Elena's Pantry  is gluten, dairy, and soy free.  I added chocolate chips, because I can't be THAT good all the time,  but without the chips this would actually be defined as "paleo bread".  I don't have time this morning to delve into the paleo philosophy of eating, but I will say, I think it makes a lot of sense.  That being said, I can't imagine ever completely eliminating butter from my repertoire!  And, before I forget, these little candy stripe loaf pans are a brilliant find by the girls at Tallulah's! They are darling paper loaf  pans that you can put in the oven (no need to pre-grease!). Perfect for gifting baked goods.  If you can't visit the store, you can find them online here.
mise en place
Now, to more serious matters....this morning I've prepping for an exciting photo shoot that will take place in my kitchen later today. 

Before the holidays, I was asked to contribute to a cookbook that will be published to benefit the Central Missouri Food Bank! The book will be filled wonderful recipes and stories, from individuals who possess much more kitchen prowess than me! The best part is that 100% of the proceeds will go to the Food Bank.  I'll be sure to let you know when they are available for purchase! I am so excited to be a part of such an important cause, which will make such difference here in my own community.

When I lived in Boston,  I volunteered at one of the soup kitchens in the city.  Hosted each week by the Church of the Advent, on Beacon Hill, it was aptly called a "community supper.  They have a legacy of serving a seated dinner, to those in need, every Tuesday evening for over 25 years - including Christmas day if the calendar so dictated!  I was so fortunate to be able to serve in that capacity, and the experience helped to shape my own understandings of the importance of sharing a meal around the table.
photo courtesy of Happy Cloud
Paleo Banana Bread - Elena's Pantry

  • 3 bananas (about 1 ½ cups) mashed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup vegan shortening - (  I use Coconut Oil )
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ** optional 3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Place bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey and shortening in a food processor
  2. Pulse ingredients together
  3. Pulse in almond flour, salt and baking soda
  4. Scoop batter into a greased loaf pan
  5. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool

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