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Quick And Easy Banana Bread Recipe For Busy Days

Quick And Easy Banana Bread Recipe For Busy Days

As we move further away from January 1 and approach the spring season, schedules get busier, budgets get tighter, and motivation for that clean eating New Years resolution dwindles. By now we’re all looking for new and delicious ways to mix up our daily intake of fruits and veggies, and there’s no better way to do that than to turn a favorite fruit into a filling recipe that tastes like it came straight from grandma’s kitchen.

Before jumping into what you’ll need for this recipe, let’s take a look at why you should choose bananas as your fruit of choice for health benefits that can boost you through a busy schedule.

Health Benefits of Bananas

If you’re looking to stay fit, bananas are definitely the go-to. Just one banana is 10% of your daily fiber intake, making them the super hero fruit for digestion and weight loss. Bananas are also recommended by many nutritionists and dietitians because their filling sweetness helps curb cravings while also sustaining blood sugar levels.

You should also know that bananas are the happiest fruit! They contain tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin in the body. Why should you care? Because studies have shown that serotonin plays a key role in boosting mood and preserving memory. Beat the afternoon slump with a slice of banana bread and you’ll be whistling while you work.

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Despite what the flavor indicates banana bread is surprisingly simple to make. Most banana bread recipes, including the one below, are adaptable and require staple ingredients that most people already have in their kitchen. Next time you’re multitasking between loads of laundry or power cleaning, try popping a pan of this banana bread recipe in the oven.

What You’ll Need

  • Nonstick bread pan (8 ½ x 4 ½ inch pan is suggested, but similar sizes work)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 medium bananas (The riper, the better! Speckled with brown & black)
  • 1 stick of butter, unsalted & melted
  • ¾ cups brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extra
  • Optional Ingredients: chocolate chips, walnuts, pecan, slivered almonds, coconut flakes

Instructions

1. Begin by heating the oven to 350º F.

2. In a bowl, blend the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas in small chunks (you can also leave bigger chunks for bursts of flavor within the bread). Once the bananas are mashed, add the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix thoroughly:

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    4. Add the dry ingredients to the mashed banana mixture and stir until all ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

    5. Once thoroughly mixed, pour the batter into the bread pan and smooth. If you want, you can sprinkle some sugar or cinnamon on top of the batter for added flavor on the top of the bread.

    6. Place the banana bread on a center rack in the oven and let it bake for about an hour. After 20-25 minutes, check the bread for a browning color. After 40-45 minutes, check the bread again and stick a knife into the loaf to determine mushiness. Depending on how gooey and moist you do or do not like your bread, you can eyeball whether or the loaf will require a full hour of cooking time:

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      7. After the bread has finished baking, remove it from the oven and, using oven mitts, remove it from the pan. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing and serving.

      Optional Instructions

      To put your own twist on this banana bread recipe, you can add your favorite nuts, chocolate chips, or other ingredients into the batter. If you’re looking for a leaner banana bread recipe, you can substitute white flour for whole-grain flour, or cut the amount of sugar in the recipe by adding more bananas.

      Serving and Storing

      Banana bread is best served after 15-20 seconds in the microwave. You can add a smear of butter, jelly, or Nutella and eat it like toast for a breakfast treat, or enjoy it as is. This banana bread recipe makes 8 banana bread slices, so keep that in mind when serving. To store, wrap tightly in foil or plastic wrap and keep at room temperature or refrigerated for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

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      Video Credit: via Datev Gallagher

      Featured photo credit: Datev Gallgher via youtube.com

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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