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Food: Banana Bread / Banana Pie-Bread

Banana Bread is a common American dessert with a history dating back to the 1870s, but it was not popular until the 1930s with the rise of baking soda and baking powder. Some believe that Banana Bread was invented or created and embraced by wise housewives during the great depression when everything was in scarce, and wasting food was not an option. These genius women decided to use overripe bananas by turning them into food fit for consumption. Hard times can sometimes induce creativity. Whatever the reason was that led to the development of Banana Bread we Banana Bread lovers are grateful and inspired by the inventors.

I was not a fan of Banana Bread when I first arrive in the U.S until I was introduced to a different recipe with less taste of the banana itself. The traditional Banana Bread is not really my cup of tea but with a little twist here and there it amazes me how it became one of my favorite go-to deserts.  I started baking not long ago, and I thought it only right that I create a Banana Bread recipe with inspiration from others I have eaten before. I decided to combine my two favorite things, though. I do not often eat chocolate or chocolate chips, but when I do I always have my fill.  Then I brought it home with my own choice additions of a few spices to bring everything home.  Spices are the flavor of life after all. They make life tasteful and colorful. Thank goodness for crunchiness! (but full of moist).

I made a standard loaf shape and also a pie shape with less thickness.

Banana Bread Recipe

Bananas = 3

All-purpose Flour = 1 & ¼ cups

Almond Flour = ¾ cup

Chocolate Chips = 1 cup

Brown-Sugar = ¾ cup

Regular-Sugar =3/4 cup

Eggs = 2 or 3

Butter- Salted = ½ cup

Baking Soda = 2 tsp

Vanilla Exract = 2tsp

Cardamom = ½ tsp

Cinnamon = 1/2 tsp

Baked @ 350 for 50 to 60 minutes (check after 45 minutes because every oven is different)

Preparation & Baking

*Put the bananas into a container or a bowl and use a fork to break down into tiny pieces

*Add the butter (softened) into the mix and continue mixing for 1 minute

*Add the sugar at this time and mix together again

*Next add the eggs into the mixture

*Add all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, cardamom, and cinnamon) in a separate container and then pour them into the main mixture bit by bit so as not break the leftover pieces of banana

*Finally add the chocolate chips and the vanilla extract and sprinkled some pieces of dark chocolate too. Then voila!

I used two different baking pans, but you can use the same shaped pans for traditional accuracy.

Food For Thought

  • Life is full of recycling, nothing should be wasted.
  • In moments of hardship, look within. There is greatest waiting to be tapped.
  • There are always other ways to eat or cook something, so be open minded.

Benefits Of Bananas

  • Bananas are good sources of B6, Carbohydrates, Ascorbic Acid, Carotene, Niacin, Riboflavin, and Thiamin, and also potassium.  
  • Bananas also work as an antioxidant.

References

Campbell, J. (2019). Banana. Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science.

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I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.

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