There I was, standing at the kitchen counter with a half dozen super ripe bananas, swatting my husband’s headed-to-the-garbage-can-hands in an attempt to quell their discarded fate.
I knew by the super sweet smell and the mooshy touch—not to mention Smudge’s squinched up expression each time she passed them by thanks to their rather unattractive state—that I had only a day left before my opportunity would be gone. My opportunity to make banana bread.
Heeeeyyyy-yo. Guess what? That day passed. It seems like it more often than not does! Passed like two star crossed lovers on a moonlit night, as in me and my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Yes, I like it that much. Love, even.
But with the promise of quick bread still in her heart, Smudge wouldn’t relent with the request to bake. So I went back through my recipe archives and remembered I hadn’t shared this goodie with you yet. So wala, here she blows.
I present, another quickbread crush: Oatmeal Blueberry Bread, a somewhat healthier version of blueberry muffins thanks to the addition of oatmeal and my favorite, greek yogurt.
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 cups flour, plus 1 tablespoon
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup oats
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly butter and dust with flour.
- In a small bowl, toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour to keep blueberries from sinking. In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix yogurt, eggs, melted butter and vanilla together and then fold into the dry ingredients. Add the blueberries and oats and gently combine.
- Scrape the mixture to loaf pan. It will be thick and a little sticky. Bake for 50-55 minutes and golden brown and when a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes then cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
The mini exploding bursts of blueberries are the choicest part, which means fresh blueberries are a must in this recipe. No, not frozen. And definitely not canned. Fresh baby, all the way. Turst me, you’ll taste the difference at first bite. And if you still have a hankering for banana bread, you could surely add a smashed one to this recipe and I bet it would taste just great.
**And now for a quick survey.**
I’m making some tweaks to the FoodieCrush bloggity blog and would really appreciate your opinion, since you guys are the reasons I’m here, you know?
So here is the question. You know I love featuring blogger’s recipe photos with links to their recipes. Would you:
Prefer to see the photos of delicious recipes singly within the post as I highlight them now
b) See the photos within the framework of a slideshow that would link to each blogger’s recipe?
Thanks guys for your comments. I really, really appreciate your input!
Let’s get to some Friday Faves. Happy weekend mi amigos!
1. Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with Maria, Abby and Cindy about creating ebooks at the Build Your Blog Conference presented my Six Sisters Stuff. So many great ideas in one day. If you weren’t able to attend, they’re offering a taped version of the sessions. Thanks for having me sistas!
2. Speaking about speaking, Lenny and Denise were presenters with me at Mixed Conference and taught us all about the secret tips and tricks for becoming a burgeoning blogging videographer. Here’s the nuts and bolts of their presentation.
3. Brilliant. Fricking brilliant when you just need a little flavor booster. See more from Kristina.
4. If you follow my Friday Faves you’ve heard me lament—more than once, more than twice, like 584 times—about my search for finding the best email application. I’ve used Outlook Express, Entourage, MacMail, Sparrow, Postbox and Gmail. I’ve sort of come full circle again and am back with Mail, the app that comes with the operating system for any Mac. Since they’re young, fresh and up on the latest of the greatest, I asked my students what they use for email and how they keep their emails organized. Thanks to student Jared, I learned some great tips on how to power up my Mail.app organization skills with smart boxes. People, I’m on my way to a zero inbox. Three cheers to letting this topic die a victorious death.
5. Feeling a little photoshop challenged? Well, clear your schedule because today is the last day of CreativeLive’s Photoshop Week, seminars from 12 authorities in the digital world teaching 40 courses to make you a PSD whiz kid.
6. Holy crap. Seriously Shawnda? Your Eggs Benedict Con Queso is solid. Solidly stellar.
7. Last week I visited the new Adobe Training Center and let me tell you, if I ever had to go back to work for someone again I would value the environment I work in as important a benefit as health insurance or a 401K. And Adobe offers an amazing environment in spades. I was there to hear Danielle LaPorte talk about life, desire maps, her new book Fire Starter Sessions—which I’m totally digging—and how to be the creator of your reality.
I’m not one for self-help schmack, it’s just not my deal. But Danielle talks the way we do, friend to friend, easy breezy and isn’t like one of those schmucks you feel are just trying to sell you something. Far from it—she’s preaching her gospel. If you don’t know her, check her out. You, and your business, just might grow from it. “If you want to know who you are, look at what you want.” -Danielle LaPorte
8. So honored one of my recipes was Stefanie’s husband’s birthday dinner request.
9. Let’s see. It’s March 1. I kept my Christmas tree up ‘til January 23, but I think it just might be time to swap out my Facebook header from Valentines Day. This social media sizing cheat sheet will help (via @eathlelove) and customizing a few tabs using #5 on this Friday Faves list.
10. Tweet of the week: “I’m a recovering over-sharer & you can be too. While tempting to tweet about every emotion you have; some things are best kept to oneself.” — @amrecker
Also, the Muy Bueno Cookbook giveaway is almost over, enter before its done. Happy weekend!