Even Cavemen Like Banana Bread

I don’t follow a strict paleo diet by any means, but I usually try to limit the amount of carbs and sugar that I have.  (Don’t ask me to do that when there is a banoffee pie in proximity though.  It’s a new found love that I will share next week!)

Paleo diets are also known as the caveman diet and follows what a Paleolithic human would have eaten or had access to back in the day.  Like I said, I just try to limit the carbs and refined sugars.  In an effort to do so, I try some recipes out and this is a banana bread that uses coconut flour which I’m not sure cavemen would have had?  It IS a low sugar and low fat version of banana bread though and I thought tasted decently.

I followed a recipe on Pinterest from southerninlaw.com

“The BEST Healthy Paleo Banana Bread Recipe”

1 cup + 1 tbsp (2 medium bananas) ripe mashed banana
2 1/2 tbsp honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 tbsp butter or coconut oil, melted (I used butter cause I had it in the fridge)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
4 eggs
1/2 cup  coconut flour (The writer of the recipe recommends this one for the best results!)
1/2 cup almond meal
3/4 tsp baking soda

I followed the recipe pretty closely.
Preheat oven to 340F.

Grease and line a small loaf tin and set aside.  I greased my Pyrex loaf dish (that I picked up at a thrift store for $.70! Can you tell I’m proud of that frugal find?) with butter.
In a medium mixing bowl, mash your bananas

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and add in your honey, vanilla, melted butter/coconut oil, applesauce and eggs.

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Mix in your coconut flour, baking soda and almond meal and allow to sit for two minutes.

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She says the mix will be runny, more like a pancake batter mix.  Mine was already on the thick side so my coconut flour was pretty absorbing.  If your batter is too runny, she says to add a spoon of coconut flour slowly until it’s the right consistency.  You’ll want to make sure you let it sit each time to see how the coconut flour is absorbing.

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Once you get your banana bread to what you think is the right consistency, pour it into that greased loaf pan and bake for approximately 40 mins.

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Mine wasn’t baking in the middle, so I got creative on the bake.  I knew I was going to cut into slices, so I sliced it and removed each end of slices.  I put it back in the oven to bake the rest a bit longer and it seemed to do the trick and not overbake the ends.

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The writer suggests – If your banana bread is browning too quickly but isn’t cooked in the middle, cover it with foil.  She also says to allow to cool completely before slicing.  Oops!  I didn’t do that for sure.  I sliced right out of the oven to remove some of the bread (and ate it!)

Its suggested that you can keep the bread in a sealed container in your refrigerator up to a week or freeze individual slices.  Or…you can take it to work, like I did, and watch it disappear in 2 days.  I wasn’t sure that others would like it and I warned everyone that it wasn’t normal banana bread so don’t expect a strong sugary flavor.  It was eaten, so I think they didn’t mind it?

Feel free to try it and let me know if you had any other variations.  I’m thinking of trying a zucchini bread next and hoping it’s not going to taste like a salad.  Here’s hoping!

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Organization Schmorganization

I was tidying up in the house in all of the usual areas that are visual.  It’s not Spring but some necessary spring cleaning became apparent when I opened the cupboard under my kitchen sink.  What was I thinking?  How could his be?  I don’t think this is how this is supposed to look?

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I took to Pinterest immediately!  (Haha cause it has all of the good ideas, I needed help and obsessions aren’t easily discarded apparently).  From the look of things, a small miracle was needed.

My cleaning habits really don’t require so much product but now that I have all of this stuff I have to figure out something to better utilize and keep more used products in the front.

I saw a picture of a much more organized cupboard and got inspired.  I ran to Target and got a tension rod to match my organization to the picture!

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I installed my tension rod fairly high in the cupboard and made sure to make it tightly fit so it could handle weight and not fall.

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Installation complete and cupboard not perfect but a bit more handy!  Anyone have any of your own organization tips and tricks to share?  I can always use them!

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Color Change!

I’ve had a case of writer’s block as of late, to be honest.  I attribute that to being too busy, the Olympics are on and there’s some change in the air for me.  I feel it.  Hopefully good change, but as everyone experiences, you take the good with the bad.

Being too busy is my own fault.  I’m trying to exercise simplicity this month.  It hasn’t kicked in quite yet but I keep trying.  The Olympics are not my fault.  I was disheartened to learn of doping scandals and  Rio venue issues but it’s still an impressive show.  If only I can get the network to play their recap of the day’s events earlier!  I’ve fallen asleep every night before something fun to see like the women’s gymnastic floor exercises and ultimately their gold medal.  Oh well, I guess that is what the Internet is for!

As for change in the air, that’s just it…it’s just a feeling.  Perhaps I’m too busy to really read the signs, but I felt like helping it along with some visual color change too.  I’ve had the same living room curtains since I moved in.  It’s probably been 10 years?  I’m not sure?  Time flies when you’re lazy to change your decor!

My original living room curtains were a black and white brocade.  I ended up putting them in my bedroom as well because I had several panels and no storage.  I thought black and white would be the perfect base to add additional accent colors throughout my tiny house but I never really did it?  Except for the kitchen where I added lots of red, I was pretty color lacking all over the place.  It’s time for a change!

I moved all of the brocade to the bedroom.  I’m now contemplating changing the blue accent.  I’ve had that as long as the black and white.  I’m thinking I need something else soon.

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To make my color change happen in the living room, I needed money but I lack that so I took to the world wide Internet to find inexpensive options.  I always loved tapestries and how beautiful they look hanging.  As I’m at a shopping mall all of the time, I was inspired by PBTeen’s use of them in their store displays.  Theirs were more expensive so Amazon afforded me to look and find what I liked.

I impulsively purchased 3 panels with bright colors of what I thought was mainly green.  Two days later I received my package and was surprised, not elated.  I had just rearranged the living room, took down the old curtains, called friends for moral support cause procrastination is my middle name, and I was ready for the new COLOR!  I unwrapped them and hung them.  I kept putting them up on all of the windows (there’s 4 in the living room).  I kept expecting that my taste would change with the color too?  My pals said they liked the curtains.  I said I liked the curtains, so I went to sleep with the boldest colors in my house that I’ve ever had in my life.  Red. Green. Orange.

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The next morning, I walked into my living room and sat down.  I convinced myself to live with it a bit longer…so by 12pm I ordered a new set of tapestries.  This time I looked for color but needed it to have some blue and not give me a seizure every time I saw them.  I was a bit gun shy cause I wasn’t exactly sure if the Internet  portrayed the colors correctly.  I had 2 light blue pillows actually.  The only color in the living room and I decided I liked them and wanted to figure out how to keep them.  With the red, green, orange version there was no way to keep them unless I wanted a circus theme.   Searching and searching, I settled on a deeper and more sophisticated bohemian color palette.

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The box arrived to my office and I was so excited to see what colors arrived.  I ordered a pattern with blues and some orange so I braced myself for bright purple and red.  I opened the box to lovely navy and royal blue with just the right amount of orange accents.  They were just what I wanted.  Now I had to wait the rest of the day to go home and put them up.

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When I got home, I removed my clown curtains.  I deemed them with that title for obvious reasons.  I eagerly hung the new ones in place.  They looked exactly right.  In this case, 2nd time was the charm!  I like the fresh new look for the room.  It’s rearranged and the curtains made enough of a statement that it squelched my desire to have new furniture which would be a lot more expensive to change!  For now, I’ll take a color change to refresh my environment and take me out of a writers block.  790 words later, I might have to change my curtains more often?

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