Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Another Snow Day?!?!?!

That's right! The weather was so bad that the buses are not running for a second day and school is called off again!  That means, I am on Winter Break! WOOO! I made it!

Yesterday was super duper fun.  It was Bri's birthday and we celebrated snow day style!  First, we slept in.  And for me, that means I slept until about 7:30!  Sad right?  Then, we didn't do anything for a few hours! It was great! We just relaxed and took our sweet time getting up.  Next, we met up with friends and headed to Bascom Hill to frolic   We made a snowman, had a little snowball fight and then, when we were cold, headed home to make hot chocolate, eat banana bread (recipe below), and watch a movie.

After the movie, we took a look outside and started talking about how there might be a second snow day.  I mean, the snow was intense, but the wind was even worse! We turned the news on and waited.  FInally, they announced it! SECOND SNOW DAY!

I was crazy excited!  Bri and I, then, got ready for dinner at S2Pizzabar.  This place is delicious and it was opened!  Plus, it is less than a 5 minute walk away and we had not intention of traveling very far in this weather.  Dinner was lovely and it was followed by a trip to our favorite bar, The Red Shed.  We spent the evening with friends and it was a great night.  Bri said he had a very happy birthday!

When we got home, we watched an episode of Sherlock (my latest TV obsession) and then fell asleep.  It was the perfect snow day!  Now, let's get ready for snow day take two!

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread (adapted from Food Network)


Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup non-fat, vanilla greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
cinnamon and sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan.
2.  In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3.  In a large bowl, beat the sugar, brown sugar, butter and greek yogurt until well combined.  Beat in the eggs and the bananas until well combined and bananas are mashed.  Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.
4.  Pour half the batter into your prepared pan.  Sprinkle sugar over the batter and then sprinkle cinnamon on top.  Pour the rest of the batter in.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy :)

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