Fall is coming…
I took Rudy, our mini golden-doodle, for a walk the other morning and the crisp morning air was the most refreshing thing ever. It felt so good to go outside, realize it is chilly and go back and get my favorite sweatshirt that has been patiently waiting to be worn. It has been so incredibly hot in Colorado. Not Tucson hot, but in the 90’s so still a little oven-like.
That cool walk with my dog got me completely motivated for Fall and to honestly start blogging again. This is my first post in months. Sometimes you just need a little chilly walk with you pooch to get you in the right mood. BRING ON FALL.
Gluten Free Chai Banana Bread
So I don’t believe I am alone when I say I can’t eat bananas fast enough. It is almost like they are here to be our nutritious snack during the day then POOF, brown-city. I feel the same about avocados. Even when it becomes a little too squishy I don’t feel in the mood to eat it, because I know how disappointed I will be when I open it and see brown spots. So I just let it die. By Thursday, our fruit bowl becomes a fruit graveyard.
The silver lining to over ripened bananas?
The silver lining to all of this sad dying banana talk, is that once the fruit gets to that point, I throw it in the freezer and save them to make banana bread. Wanna know how many bananas I currently have in our freezer? 8. I have 8. I told you I can’t eat them fast enough! Ok, ok. Part of me maaaay get some sort of enjoyment about having to put a banana in the freezer. And if may still be ok to eat but I just know that when I toss it in the freezer, it will become something delicious and more satisfying later.
To gluten free or not to gluten free…that is the question
Lately I have been feeling…well…bloated. I don’t know if it’s because I am going through hormonal changes, developed some sort of sensitivity, or because I am on the dark side of 30. Oh, it could be the chardonnay, but canceling that out is my last resort. I am going to go with the fact that at 38, my body is going through yet another round of changes, and I need to figure out how to make myself feel better. Don’t get me wrong, I exercise, and I could exercise much more. I just don’t want to if we are being honest. Who has that kind of time?
I decided to cut out all white foods. White flour, white sugar, white rice, white pasta, you know, all the good stuff. I am trying gluten free to see if this helps with my body changes and mood. I have also cut way back on cheese. For those who know me, I love cheese so much and because of this insane passion for cheese, I knew it had to go. The chardonnay? Oh no that is staying until all options are exhausted.
Gluten Free Chai Banana Bread with Spiced Glaze
This Gluten Free Chai Banana Bread with Spiced Glaze is ridiculously good. It is moist (I hate that word), decadent, and the best part? It is made with oat flour (ground up rolled oats), tons of spices and sweetened with bananas and pure maple syrup (straight from Canada in this house!). The glaze I make is not only powdered sugar and milk (I know, white sugar, but you can omit this if you are on the no-white-food wagon like I am, it tastes just as wonderful) but I add spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, all-spice and some great quality vanilla (like Vanilla Pura).
I made a couple versions of this bread and this was our winner! Slice some bananas lengthwise and place them on top of the batter once it is in the loaf pan. It makes for a cute topper and let’s people know that it is banana bread without having to say a word! Genius? Perhaps.
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