The Only Banana Bread Recipe You Need

Sometimes people look at me sideways when I tell them I cook nearly everyday, and when I casually throw in, I also like to bake, the facial expressions are priceless.  Growing up my older sister Erica was the head chef in the Hinchman kitchen. Erica knew so much about cooking, at age 16 she interviewed for a job at Viking and they asked her what type of sauce she'd pair with a chicken pot pie dish. She knew the answer- béchamel. While, I may know my way around the kitchen these days, there wasn't space for me around meal time as a kid.  Instead of trying to wiggle my way into the chaos, I decided I would explore the kitchen when it was quiet (and clean).  

My love for baking began with the oatmeal cookies my mother would make. I recall the aprons she would let me choose from, the little measuring cups, and all the baking trinkets that we would play with.  Before the cookies hit the oven, I got to be mommy's little taste tester as nobody else was around.  Before long, I started working on little projects by myself- blueberry muffins that came with a starter box, pancakes, french toast, and banana bread.  Important note: my older sister didn't like to eat breakfast (unless breakfast was a bagel), and my mother loves to sleep meaning breakfasting was open for projects and creativity.

Meal planning is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nourishing your body with the nutrients it needs to stay high-energy all day long . We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why I prep for it... I love cooking, and making your food is the best way to control the ingredients and know exactly what you’re putting into your body.  After all, food is your body’s fuel, so respect your body by fueling it well.


Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 5.28.56 PM.png

Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup of Kerry Gold softened

  • ¾ Cup Brown Sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 4 or 5 bananas - the darker the better

  • 1 Cup of GF Flour

  • 1 Cup of GF Oats

  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Optional: 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°

  • Cream butter and sugars

  • Add eggs, crushed bananas, and walnuts, combine well. Don't overmix- the bananas should stay chunky.

  • Sift together flour, soda, and salt. Add to the cream, butter and sugars.

  • Add vanilla. Mix until just combined.

  • Pour into greased loaf pan.

  • Bake for 55 minutes

  • *If you would prefer muffins, this will make 12 nice sized muffins (bake for 15-18 minutes)

  • Keep in the refrigerator all week long!

Share your add-ons, modifications, and swaps below!

Comment

Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!