Houston….we have a problem

If you want to read about a healthy meal this week,  the writer of this blog sincerely apologies. Desperate times, call for desperate measures.  Awhile back I had read this really good book called Rococo by Adriana Trigiani.  The main character was a gay interior designer who always made a cake called “Our Lady Of (Drown Your) Sorrows Cake, with Heavenly Frosting.” whenever life threw him a stressful moment.  It has 3 Milky Way bars,  3 Musketeer Bars, and 3 Snicker Bars in it.  And that doesn’t even include the crazy frosting that goes with it.  I had made this cake a few years back and after purchasing the ingredients, the cashier at the store wanted to be my new best friend!  And unless a miracle happens, Chicago unfortunately is a bust.  So when life hands you lemons, make lemonade…or bake the above mention cake, or head to Disney for some magical moments with the two best nieces EVER!

DSC01672Oh to be 11 again!

DSC01675Seriously, Disney does it right!

DSC01673Two satisfied customers!

DSC01670Okay…enough fun and games.  How about a recipe, with some healthy ingredients???  (And just a touch of chocolate.) This is a standard Banana Bread recipe that I adapted from The Bread Bible.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of Safflower Oil

1 cup Sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 medium bananas mashed

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour.  ( I did 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour, and 1/2 cup  white flour)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup Michigan Dried Sour Cherries

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 9″ X 5″ loaf pan. Beat in a bowl the oil, sugar, and eggs for two minutes.

Add vanilla and banana.  Beat until combined.

Add flour and baking soda.  Stir to mix well.  Add in cherries and chocolate chips.  Mix again.

Spoon into loaf pan and bake for 40-50 minutes.

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