Healthified Banana Bread and Review

23 Oct

Friday afternoon, I decided to whip up a batch of banana bread.  I’ve never made banana bread before but had four overly ripened organic bananas I wasn’t going to let go to waste.  I found a recipe online and tweaked it to fit what I was looking for.  The bread turned out amazing and I swear it really does get better with each day. 

Healthyified Banana Bread- Vegan

Adapted from Allrecipes.com

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  • Prep Time:  15 Minutes
  • Cook Time:  1 hour 5 Minutes
  • Servings:  12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup earth balance butter (or butter)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia meal and 6 tbsp water)  or 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas (I didn’t measure, I just used the four I had)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

2.  In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar with an electric hand mixer.  Mix in eggs, banana and vanilla.  Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just until moisten.  Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

3.  Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.  Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. 

*You can use whatever flour you want.  I thought the whole wheat flour gave it a more healthy taste but still didn’t make the bread taste overly healthy.  I might try adding in a cup of applesauce next time or adding a little bit more banana.  My husband loved this recipe and thinks the bread has the perfect texture.  He agreed with me that the bread gets better by the day!  Other items that would make this bread even more awesome, walnuts, chocolate chips and cranberries!  Yum!

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Outfit of the Day.  I wore this outfit out for Keith’s birthday with friends.  As you can see, it basically mirrors my other pregnancy outfits.  There is nothing better and as comfy as jeans and sweaters when pregnant.  It is weird because I’ve never been a jeans type of girl until I became pregnant.

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  • Jeans-  Indigo Blue- Macy’s  <—I’ve had so many people ask me if I’m still wearing my regular jeans this past week.  No one can believe these are maternity jeans.  Plus they are so comfortable to wear, I love them!
  • Tunic Tank-  NikiBiki from Hot Mama  <—I’m obsessed!
  • Sweater- YA Los Angeles from Hot Mama  <—I couldn’t find the link on their website
  • Shoes- Gold Wedges

 

About a month ago, I was contacted by Steve from The Confluence and was asked to review a bronzer product.  I happily agreed since I love using bronzer.  I was even more happy to see the name Anastasia Beverly Hills.  I’ve been reading gossip magazines and following Hollywood fashion for a long time and when there is any talk of eyebrows, it is more than likely attached to Anastasia Beverly Hills.  The best of the best for getting your eyebrows shaped.  I was excited to test out the product since I know they have a great brand behind them already.

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I really love this product a lot because of the ingredients used.  The packaging is super sleek as well.  I love most that it is paraben free. 

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The bronzer goes on smoothly and is very easy to apply.

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You can find the products on their website here, or at Sephora among other places. 

That is it from my end!  I hope you all have a great rest of your weekend and I’ll see you Monday for a weekend review! 

I’m off to watch the Vikings game! 

 

Questions:

  • What is your favorite brand of makeup?
  • How much do you typically spend per makeup item?
  • Do you ever shop at Sephora?
  • What is your favorite beauty product?

 

 

 

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8 Responses to “Healthified Banana Bread and Review”

  1. Erica October 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Nana bread is so good! I think ive made like 10 different recipes. Yours looks fantastic!! Cute outfit. Im a huge wedge fan. I think mac or clinique is my favorite makeup brand

  2. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) October 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    I actually don’t have the greatest skin so I normally spend a bit more on makeup. That banana bread looks awesome! So good.

  3. Corrie Anne October 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    You might be in jeans & sweaters, but you’re still looking gorgeous and wearing wedges! I love it. I like Mary Kay products. I got sold basically by observing how good they treat the women who work for them. 🙂 I’m mostly a mascara girl so they don’t really make much off me!

    • Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 24, 2011 at 6:41 am #

      I always needs to be wearing mascara especially when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup. I think a touch of mascara and lipgloss/chapstick is my go to over the weekend while running errands before getting all showered up! 🙂

      Mary Kay does seem like a great brand, I know an amazing woman who sells it and she loves the company!

  4. Jen@foodfamilyfitness October 24, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    You look so cute!!!
    I love banana bread and a healthier version is just what I need, thank you 🙂

  5. Healthy Coconut October 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    ooohh, I am liking this recipe. I’ve never used chia eggs before, usually I do the flax egg version. I’m sure it will be ok to substitute that right?

    I also made banana bread this weekend too, using a recipe with flax and yogurt. It was delicious. I didn’t add any nuts because I wanted the banana taste to stand out but I think next time I would add walnuts to add texture.

    Thanks for the review on the bronzer. I like to use bronzer whenever I have events to go to just to add warmth to my face and body. I currently use Urban Decay bronzer palette, I’m not sure if I like it yet since I’ve only used it a few time. We shall see

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