Banana Cream Bread

Good Morning!

Hard to believe the weekend has already come & gone. It went way too quickly. I actually had to work most of the weekend, to play ‘catch up,’ because I wasn’t able to do much during the week. This past week was pretty rough with Gabriella, and I tie it mainly to teething. I feel bad, I really wish I could help her because I know she has to be in pain.

One thing that kind of caught me off guard though is that she is kind of going through a regression. We got over the ‘only Mommy can hold me or be around me’ phase about a month or so ago….or so I thought. It’s baaaaaaaaaaack!

She only wants to be around me, or have me hold her. Most of the time she won’t even go to Craig, well I take that back, she will go to him, but only if she can see me. If I’m out of the room she has a break down. Just to further explain how much the attachment phase has come back, I can’t even take a shower or bath without her. She actually crawled into the shower with me while I had her playing on the floor. The second she saw me, she came right in (the door was open of course- I have my eye on her the entire time) WITH her clothes & diaper on. I just had to laugh! She looked up at me like, ‘oh hey Mom! I just wanted to get cleaned up too.’ Love that little girl & I love how much she makes me laugh.

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Sometimes it’s hard though, because I really can’t get any help. I just remind myself that she won’t be this little for long, and it’s actually pretty cute HOW much she wants to be with me. And one of my VERY FAVORITE things is that when she goes to look for me if I am out of the room, is that she heads straight to the kitchen! LOVE that!! She knows how much her Mommy likes to cook.

The other day I had a bunch of super ripe bananas. (YUCK!) I always buy a ton because Gabriella will eat them too- especially in her morning oatmeal. Her favorite breakfast right now is oatmeal with chia seeds, mashed banana and a little bit of YoBaby banana smoothie mixed in. It’s quite tasty, I must say. She has good taste! Smile

I also had one of my very favorite packages arrive in the same day.

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Makes my day when you see this arrive on your porch! Chobani is my very favorite yogurt company, not only for their delicious yogurt, but also because they have one of the VERY BEST customer service teams. I love how they instantly respond to comments on any social media and always want to make the consumers happy! You don’t see that too often these days.

When I opened up the box I happily found a TON of yogurt!

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0% Vanilla, 0% Plain & 2% Plain. I really like the new labeling for the vanilla! The plain varieties are PERFECT substitutions for so much like sour cream, heavy cream, oil, butter, mayonnaise, and cream cheese.

Once I saw that I had over ripe bananas and a new shipment of Chobani, my mind got to work & I decided to make quick bread, because that’s what over ripe bananas are best for. Smile

One of my favorite desserts is actually banana pudding, or banana cream pie. NOTHING is better than homemade banana pudding with fresh cream, bananas & vanilla wafers. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I wanted to re-create that same flavor, but in bread form. That is how this recipe came to be- Banana Cream Bread.

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Banana Cream Bread

(adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt (I used 0% Chobani)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour  
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (the riper the better)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, divided

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add Greek yogurt and vanilla; mix well.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in mashed banana and 1/4 cup nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf.

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The addition of the Greek yogurt gives the bread a nice flavor, and adds in the ‘cream’ flavor without the added calories & fat of REAL cream.

The house had such a nice smell while it was baking, and of course I could barely wait for it to cool before slicing it. So I had to cut a few slices since the first couple crumbled, which meant I had to eat them. Smile

I know that there are THOUSANDS of banana bread recipes, but I guarantee you this one will not leave you disappointed!

I know it’s hard to think about, but tell me your favorite part of Monday.
Mine is that it’s long run day!! I truly enjoy starting the week off with a long run- usually 12-13 miles, just depends on how my legs feel…and if my child will continue to nap Winking smile

If you eat Chobani, what’s your favorite flavor?

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20 thoughts on “Banana Cream Bread

  1. The bread looks delicious.

  2. I do not like bananas at all. But banana bread? Heck, hook me up with that entire loaf, it looks amazing. I am actually book marking this to try again later. As far as Monday’s, don’t hate me but they are the only day I get off from work so I don’t really mind them at all.

  3. Yum! Gentry is also in that has to be close to mama stage and she’s almost 1! I just keep remembering that country song- it won’t be like this for long. Makes me cry everytime!
    12-13 miles in a stroller. You are a beast! In a good way!

  4. oh heavenly!! that is one fab flavor! You gotta try their new coconut cream flavor. It’s amazing. I’m sure you’d create an awesome recipe with it too. Hope you have a great day friend. Don’t work too hard now. ;-)

  5. I made banana bread & banana cookies last night, too! Wish I had this recipe, though. Looks delish!

  6. She’s beautiful.

  7. My favorite flavor of Chobani is probably the apple cinnamon or pear! G is so cute! And you’ll definitely wish she is this attached later in life. You know how all of us girls go through the “Mommy is evil” phase of life. Haha! My favorite part of Monday so far is just drinking coffee while watching Kelly and Michael :D Have a great day!

  8. Yum! B and I love our banana bread. Looks delicious. Have a good Monday!

  9. I would have such mixed feelings, if Addie was doing the same thing!! It’s like, you’re so happy that she loves you so much, but you also want her to be comfortable with other people!! I hope she gets past the phase soon, to give you a break! ;)

  10. Looks amazing, Holly! Glad to see you’re enjoying the yummy shipment. :)

    Amy, @Chobani

  11. Aw, poor G, she sure is a cute stinker though! That banana bread sounds wonderful…I’m sure the yogurt makes it so moist! I’m headed to the beach next weekend with my family. I just may have to bake a loaf to take. Thanks for sharing!

  12. oh my gosh holly I bet you are the most wonderful mom ever. I just love your blog (hadn’t read it in a while) about baby G. Hope I get to meet her soon!!! Maybe I can convince her to hang out with me ? : )

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