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Quick and Easy Banana Bread

I’ll be honest, with the exception of one recipe  I haven’t had great success with banana bread over the years. It’s always stodgy and damp, not enough lift, and often not banana-y enough in flavor. Recently, there were 3 brown bananas on the counter and I debated tossing them into the freezer to keep browning for a banana bread or smoothie in the future but then I thought, screw it! And I made this recipe up as I went along. The result? The best damn banana bread I’ve ever made! Fast! No mixer! Easy to do with minimal ingredients! Honestly, it’s a winner.

Quick and Easy Banana Bread

3 very ripe bananas
1/3 C vegetable oil
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp hazelnut extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all the wet ingredients together until well combined. Add the dry ingredients in two parts, mixing just until combined with each addition. Scrape the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan then cool completely, out of the pan, on a wire rack.

Cherry Almond Blondies


In life there are ‘everyday’ foods, foods you can eat anytime that are delicious and healthy and if they aren’t doing you any particular good, they certainly aren’t doing you any harm.

Then there are ‘once in a while’ foods, the ones that feel and taste great, but you know you shouldn’t have regularly.

These tender, chewy, sweet bars are of the latter category: they are made for ‘once in a while’. Luckily this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy them. You should. And because they are so delicious and you like them so much, you should share them with friends. It’s a win-win!

Cherry Almond Blondies

preheat youir oven to 350° and grease an 8×8 pan

½ C butter or margarine, melted and cooled

1 C light brown sugar, firmly packed

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract (or vanilla paste)

1 tsp almond extract

1 C flour

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

½ C dried cherries, chopped

½ C sliced almonds, divided

In a medium bowl combine the egg and light brown sugar, stirring well until very smooth. Add the vanilla and almond extracts. Slowly add the cooled melted butter beating well to incorporate.

Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Add the cherries and half the almonds, stir them through the batter.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth it into the corners. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes until golden and set. Allow to cool fully in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 24 little pieces and serve.

White Chocolate and Almond Blondies



It’s the height of strawberry season and everywhere you look in the market you will see baskets and bags brimming with ripe, red, ready-to-be-devoured berries. Strawberry shortcake is, of course, the quintessential strawberry dessert of late spring/early summer, but personally, I have always found it to be a bit disappointing. For me, the biscuit-type short cake of the classic dessert leaves much to be desired, so when the season hits and strawberries are bountiful and my taste buds yearn for something strawberry shortcake inspired, I look for other alternatives. (more…)