Happenings + Banana Bread with Raisins Recipe

Good morning peeps.

Let’s dive right in to yesterday’s happenings.

 

Breakfast

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This is a recycled photo but basically the same thing as yesterday: Greek yo, strawberries, Kashi, Newman’s Own Flax Flakes, and shredded coconut.

I got a Monday morning 5:30am wake-up call from this little ball of fur…

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As of this very second I have officially decided that his name is Sir Winston Churchill. Sir, Winnie, Win, Winst…all good one syllable nicknames to call him by. I considered Sirius Black and Severus Snape but when he looked back at me, those names just didn’t fit. Haribo was my second choice after Haribo Gold-Bear because he’s identical to a gummy bear. In the end, Winston wins.

 

Workout

This morning I took a yoga class downtown; fueled by a mini cashew cookie Larabar. The perfect little bite.

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This morning’s class was iiiiiincredible. Every class at Yoga Bliss Tuscaloosa is bomb but Monday morning with Kate especially.

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Lunch

Once I got back from yoga I immediately got started on lunch.

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On the menu: curried sweet potato chickpea burger (recipe coming soon!) that I mashed/spread onto a whole wheat tortilla with goat cheese, balsamic drizzle, and fresh basil then pressed on the panini maker. Served up alongside sautéed broccoli and zucchini.

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A delicious lunch indeed.

After I finished eating I did a few chores around the house, taking breaks in between to read The Happiness Project.

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I highly recommend this book! I’ve only read through part of chapter two and it’s already amazing.

 

Snack

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I anxiously awaited for my mid-afternoon hunger to kick in so I could have this snack. PB + cinnamon and apple slices is where it’s at ladies and gents. Where. It’s. At.

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I did some more chores + reading and then ran a few errands before going out for dinner.

And whaddya know, I forgot to snap a picture of my meal. I even forget to take a picture of the restaurant we ate at. (BTWs De Palma’s house salad with chicken and croutons is one of the best salads in Tuscaloosa.)

Ok ok. Now for what you’ve probably been waiting for. Bless you if you read to this point instead of scrolling down to begin with.

Banana Bread with Raisins

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Ingredients

  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt (vanilla or banana flavor would be good, too)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350* and spray a 9×5″ baking pan with nonstick spray. In a large mix bowl mix together all dry ingredients and set aside. In another mixing bowl, add bananas and mash with the back of a fork and then add remaining wet ingredients and stir to combine. Add wet to dry and stir just until incorporated. Fold in raisins and other optional ingredients then evenly pour into baking dish. Bake for ~40 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. Let cool and enjoy with a generous slather of peanut butter!

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Hope you have a great Tuesday!