Clean Oatmeal Banana Bread

Clean Oatmeal Banana Bread

This Sh*t is Bananas… B A N A N A S

I seriously LOVE bananas.  I will admit, though, that I am a little picky. I only want to eat them when they are a little bit green. Once they start getting too ripe I don’t want them anymore, until they are over ripe and then they are perfect for banana bread and I love them again!

My mom has always made the BEST banana bread. It’s the kind of bread that I dream about, especially in the fall! This year, trying to be healthier on a day to day basis I decided I was going to try to find a recipe that was a little healthier.

Of course I turned to Pinterest, and found TONS of recipes that all looked amazing! So I picked a few and decided to just start trying some!

This one from Body Rock was one of my favorites! I had to look up some measurement conversions, and I adjusted a couple of things… which could be why it didn’t look anything like hers did, but it sure tasted delicious!

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1 cup of mashed RIPE bananas or 3 bananas

3 eggs

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

3 Tbsp cinnamon

3 cups oats

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash the ripe bananas in a large bowl
  3. Add in eggs and oil, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Add in oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, continuously mixing.
  5. Pour into a bread loaf pan, greased with coconut oil
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Banana Bread Slice

Most other baked goods recipes that I have tried there is rarely more than a teaspoon or 2 of cinnamon so when this one called for 3 tablespoons, I was pretty surprised and a little worried that I had read it wrong! But it was super tasty! I served it hot (or even reheated for a few seconds) and it was really great! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

 

St Patty’s Day fun

 

Pot o' gold cake

I have always been a huge fan of St. Patrick’s day. Leprechauns always seemed to make their way into our house to leave fun treats and dye everything green. We always got Lucky Charms and gold coins hidden around the house. We had green milk in our cereal and green drinks with dinner, we even had a green bath a few times. My little brother and I had so much fun searching the house trying to catch them and finding all the surprises that were left behind. Now that I have kids of my own I have been so excited to start the St Patty’s day celebrations at my own house. Since my boys are still pretty little and don’t really understand I decided to have a little St Patty’s day celebration a little early while my niece and nephew were here for the day. We had green pancakes for breakfast and green lemonade with lunch. Then my mom came over and we made a Pot of Gold cake inspired by Ashlee at  I’m Topsy Turvy. She is an incredible cake decorator and I love seeing all the cute cakes she makes. Now I have never decorated a cake before so I thought it would be a fun experiment. We had a lot of fun making it but mine definitely didn’t turn out like hers! potogoldfail

Part of the problem was that I was somewhat unprepared for the project. (I really should have read all of her instructions before I went shopping instead of assuming what I had would work!) We didn’t have a ball cake pan like she suggested using and we thought a pyrex pan would work well enough. Ashlee made a chocolate cake in a ball pan and cut it in half so she had a perfectly round cake. Then added an 8 inch cheesecake in between the two halves of the cake to create a pot shape. So my mom made a chocolate cake the night before in her pyrex dish and froze it. We cut it in half and we got a very interesting shape! I made a cheesecake in a pie plate and decided I would place the top of the cake on it and cut out the shape that we needed.

Ashlee suggested using Ganache to frost the cake and stick all the sides together. I had never heard of Ganache before so went straight over to Pinterest to find out what it was and see if I could find a recipe. After going through lots of recipes that had Ganache in them I discovered that Ganache is just chocolate and heavy cream whipped together. Sounded delicious! I think that was the only thing that I got totally right out of the whole recipe. Then after we got the cake put together with the cheese cake in the middle and totally covered in Ganache, the next step was to wrap it in fondant. Now there was another thing I had never done before. I’m not typically a huge fan of the taste of fondant, but I saw a recipe for Marshmallow fondant on Amy’s Confectionery Adventure’s. So we decided that we would try her recipe. I’ve never made regular fondant so I can’t say how different or alike they were as far as working with, but it wasn’t too hard to make. I can tell you this though, I made a GIANT mess!

makingamess

I wish that I had more hands to take a picture of me trying to roll out the fondant and put it on to the cake. I was getting it everywhere! Oh one more thing I forgot to get at the store was black food coloring for the fondant. All I had at my house was brown, I thought if I made it dark enough brown it would still look pretty good. I added the entire bottle of brown food coloring and it only turned a nice caramel color. So we decided we would just make a gold pot of gold. I did finally get it onto the cake and cut the excess off, but I didn’t do a very good job of smoothing out the wrinkles. You can definitely tell this was my first try at fondant. We rolled out a lip for the pot and attached it (although it did not stick very well!) We put the coins on top of the cake and we were finished.

finishing touches

It still turned out pretty good especially for our first try at cake decorating. Although from a crafting blog point of view this should probably be called a fail.

pot of gold

But it was still very delicious!

slice

I will definitely need to keep practicing! Thanks for the inspiration ladies!