I think we can all agree that this has been the most divisive election cycles in recent memory. I don’t typically talk about politics here because my goal is always to foster a sense of community and connection that transcends party affiliations, religious convictions, and ideological differences. I firmly believe that creating spaces where diverse people can connect around shared interests is one of the ways that we can foster peace and hope in the world.
But my candidate lost and her defeat has left me seeking solace in friends and homemade food. Yesterday, I had coffee with a friend, took a walk, and made a big pot of chicken soup for dinner that Scott and I ate in our pajamas while watching The Crown on Netflix.
Today, I made some banana bread. The goal here was to salvage three aging bananas, use up a bit of almond meal I had kicking around, and to fill the apartment with warmth and fragrance. May we burst our bubbles of isolation, break bread together, and remember that more unites us than divides us.
Odds and Ends Banana Bread
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup coconut meal
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large bananas mashed
- 3 eggs beaten
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans toasted
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two loaf pans.
- Whisk together the flours (you can also use a combination of ap and whole wheat flour. Just make sure that it adds up to 3 1/2 cups), baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
- In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Add the nuts, if you're using them.
- Divide the batter between the two loaf pans and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.