Gold Standard Banana Bread

I admit to making more than one recipe for banana bread.  This one though, is my favorite!  It is a time tested, tender, flavorful bread that can’t be beaten.  It has just the right amount of spice and perfect balance of banana flavor.  It mixes up just a little different than your average banana bread – maybe that’s one of the reasons that it really is the gold standard!   ~Kathy

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Gold Standard Banana Bread

Gold Standard Banana Bread

    Ingredient:
  • ~1/3 c. whole buttermilk
  • ~1 tsp baking soda
  • ~½ c. butter, softened
  • ~¼ c. brown sugar
  • ~¾ c. sugar
  • ~2 eggs
  • ~2 ¼ c. all-purpose flour
  • ~½ tsp salt
  • ~¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ~¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ~1 ½ c. mashed banana (about 3 large ripe bananas)
  • ~1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚. Grease and flour a 9 inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together buttermilk and baking soda; let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes, scraping sides as necessary.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time.
  5. Mix in vanilla.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  7. Add flour mixture, buttermilk mixture, and banana to the butter mixture.
  8. Beat on low speed until combined.
  9. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
  10. Bake about 1 hour and 10 minutes, until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes; loosen sides by sliding a butter knife around the edge, if necessary.
  12. Remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.
https://foursistersdish.com/2018/10/23/gold-standard-banana-bread/

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Tropical Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites

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My husband and I just got back from an awesome beach vacation with some great friends, and I think I was trying to bring back a little of that ocean-side vibe when I started experimenting with these flavors.  Little did I know I was creating what would quickly become one of my very favorite Weight Watcher friendly items for breakfast or just a sweet treat. You won’t believe that these are only one point each.  They’re sweet, fruity, and melt-in-your-mouth fabulous.  If you have an air fryer (my favorite is this Go Wise Air Fryer)*, they reheat to perfection there with tasty caramelized edges. Mmmmm.  ~Erin

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Tropical Carrot Cake Breakfast Bites
    Ingredients:
  • ~ 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple in juice
  • ~ 1 medium banana
  • ~ 1 c. very finely chopped carrots (use a food processor if available)
  • ~ 1 egg
  • ~ 1 (5.3 oz.) container Dannon Light & Fit Greek 80 Calorie Yogurt – toasted coconut flavor
  • ~ 1 1/4 c. self-rising flour
  • ~ ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ~ Nonstick cooking spray
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Drain the pineapple of as much liquid as possible by pressing it with a rubber spatula through a strainer; transfer pineapple to a medium bowl.
  4. Mash banana and combine with pineapple; stir in chopped carrots, egg, and coconut yogurt until well combined.
  5. Stir in self-rising flour and cinnamon until just combined.
  6. Use a scoop to fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.
  7. Spray the tops with a bit of cooking spray to help them brown.
  8. Bake 25 minutes in a preheated oven or until light golden brown.

Weight Watchers Info.: This recipe makes 12 servings. One Breakfast Bite is 1 SmartPoint, Two Breakfast Bites is 3 SmartPoints.

https://foursistersdish.com/2018/06/26/tropical-carrot-cake-breakfast-bites/

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