Beautiful chaos is the best way to describe this loaf. I started with banana bread, but ended up adding whatever else I could find in the fridge. Beautiful chaos is also how I would describe my life right now.
Last week flew by, but nothing actually seemed to get done. So Friday night consisted of trying to figure out how I was going to finish my to do list, and keep my sanity intact. Like a well organized adult, I got up early, and pushed through the mindless tasks ahead of me. Unfortunately, a computer program got the best of me. Now, not only was I swamped, but I couldn't perform the tasks assigned.
Wallowing in self pity, I considered canceling my dentist appointment, haircut, and lunch plans, and hide under the covers instead. Thankfully, I diverted my attention to the third book of the Game of Thrones series, A Storm of Swords. Somehow, my bookmark was exactly where the last Game of Thrones TV episode left off. As there was no episode last week, and I have been feeling a little deprived, I latched onto the book for a good two hours. I won't spoil anything for my fellow fans, but the next episode is going to be intense!
After reading about all the death in A Storm of Swords, not only do I understand the title, but my problems seemed a little pathetic. Since I couldn't start my work again until Monday, I took the opportunity to relax and enjoy what was in front of me. I mean, at least I'm not a female character in Game of Thrones.
Before I knew it, I was sitting on the side of Mount Tamalpais, eating almond croissants with a good friend of mine. Watching the hustle and bustle of Marin County, I remembered the crash course in failure that is my to do list. I expected my shoulders to tighten and my jaw to clench, but instead I let out a deep breath. Being forced to slow down didn't turn out all that bad after all.
Enjoy the bread. With some earl grey tea, it is the perfect remedy for a stressful day.
Servings: 1 loaf
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup mashed bananas (2 bananas)
In a medium to large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the milk, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Fold in the mashed bananas and coconut flakes.