It’s been too long. Way too long.
You know when life just gets in the way of all the things you want to do? There’s things like work, work, and more work, then family events, weddings, and then work.
Anyways, I’m back and here to stay. Until life gets in the way again that is. But you’re all big girls with lots of better blogs to read, so I’m sure you were well entertained while I was away.
But I did bring you something to say “I’m Sorry”. And it’s better than flowers. Much better.
Cream Cheese Banana Bread. Yep! I found this recipe on Averie Cooks (beautiful site BTW – if you need a blog to read, I highly recommend hers).
Anyways, I tweaked her recipe a little using Ideal. (Amazon link btw)
If you’re going to use any fake sugar. This is what I recommend. It doesn’t taste fake and it’s “natural”. Whatever that means.
Basically, it makes this cream cheese filled banana bread taste bomb with out the calories of good ‘ol regular sugar. Which is why I can justify eating this for breakfast instead of just dessert. Totally doing you a favor ;).
So instead of me talking more, here’s the recipe already.
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup Ideal sugar
- ¼ cup liquid coconut oil
- ¼ cup cup Greek Yogurt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large bananas, mashed (approximately 1 cup)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Cream Cheese Filling
- 1 large egg
- 4 ounces softened light cream cheese (that comes in a brick)
- ¼ cup Ideal sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a bread pan
- In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, coconut oil, greek yogurt, and vanilla
- Once well whisked, mix in the banana, then the 1 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until just incorporated
- Pour ⅔ of the batter in to the pan
- Whisk together the cream cheese ingredients in another bowl and then pour over the top of the bread mixture, taking care not to mix the two layers
- Lastly, top with the remaining layer and pop it in the over for 45-50 minutes or until golden on top. Averie has more tips on how to check if it's done, so take a look at her expertise
- Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack to cool before cutting
If you’re interested, here’s what I’ve been up to since forever ago.
Yep. These are Christmas photos. It’s almost February. Shame on me.
After Christmas with my family, we went skiing at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. We also got snowed in the night before we had to leave!
$10 night stand makeover. Yep, free nightstands plus gold spray paint and marble and white contact paper. Quick, easy, and done.
You realize that so far, Dixie is the only child I have.
We hiked with a group of friends up Valencia Peak! I can’t believe that it’s January and it’s SO WARM here. I’ve never had to pull weeds in January. Or been able to wear shorts. It’s dang pretty neat.
Let me know what you think of the recipe. I really liked how easy it was AND fancy!