I had some time to spare and a few ripe bananas. I thought I would share the recipe that I use when making banana bread. It is super easy and is a great snack or part of your breakfast.
Whenever I get overwhelmed or need to focus, I find cooking does that for me. I loved cooking since I was tiny and experimented with all kinds of ingredients to feed my brothers and sisters. Sometimes the food came out fantastic and other times….well, not so much.
There is actually a movement for this type of therapy, which I will reference below that states:
“Cooking and baking are pursuits that fit a type of therapy known as behavioral activation. The goal is to alleviate depression by boosting positive activity, increasing goal-oriented behavior and curbing procrastination and passivity.
If the activity is defined as personally rewarding or giving a sense of accomplishment or pleasure, or even seeing the joy of that pumpkin bread with chocolate chips making someone else happy, then it could improve a sense of well-being,” says Jacqueline Gollan, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.”
So, if you need a pick me up, please try this recipe.
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar & 1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 ripe bananas
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs, room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- To a large mixing bowl add, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
- Combine and blend well together and set aside
- In a separate mixing bowl, add 4 very ripe bananas and mash well with a fork until it looks like paste
- Add butter and room temperature eggs and combine all together with a fork until it is well-mixed.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients together and mix well
- To a greased loaf pan or use parchment paper (it’s up to you)
- Pour batter into pan
- Distribute evenly and press down on the mixture to remove any air bubbles
- Bake for 40-50 min (test with a toothpick around 40 min and it comes out cleanly, remove)
- Let cool on a wire rack
Eat and Enjoy!
What’s your favorite breakfast recipe? Do you enjoy cooking?
Please let me know.
A Road to Mental Health Through the Kitchen: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-road-to-mental-health-through-the-kitchen-1418059204
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