Banana bread in the summer. It can be a thing, right?
Certain foods are made for certain seasons, or at least certain temperatures. Warm banana bread just isn’t usually something I associate with summertime. Fall? Yes. Winter? Sure. Summer? Notsomuch.
I might just switch everything around and start eating banana bread and soup and chili all summer. Then when it’s cold and depressing in the winter, I’ll think of summer by eating ice cream and grilled corn on the cob and cold pasta salad. Okay maybe that wouldn’t work out so well.
Let’s backtrack for a moment.
I think I’m having an identity crisis. Not so much of who I am on the inside, although those deep, ‘what is my purpose in life’ questions have been on my mind lately. But my identity issues revolve around the more physical things. Like my face.
Do I sound crazy yet?
Seriously though, (seriously, I’ve been watching too much Grey’s Anatomy again and those of you who watch too know what I’m talking about….seriously), where was I…
Oh. Right. Seriously, sometimes I look at pictures of myself and wonder, “Is that really what I look like???” I know I can’t be the only one who has had this happen to them. I’m not talking about pictures of me making stupid faces, but pictures that capture my face at a certain angle or something that I just can’t explain. I don’t remember ever feeling this way with pictures in the past, but more than just a couple of times recently I have had to stare at a picture to grasp that, yes, that really is what I look like.
It kind of makes sense. Our appearance changes over time. Slowly, but surely it does. Maybe I’m just finally seeing some of the subtle changes that are happening as I’m getting older. I know I’m not old, but hey, I’m not a baby either. I’m in my mid-twenties, not even close to my teen years anymore. I work full-time in the corporate world, pay bills, am married (woo! still getting used to saying that one!), and am usually in bed by 10pm. And I’m not afraid to admit it.
So don’t mind me, snacking on banana bread in the middle of summer (okay, technically the beginning but the middle sounds better), trying to come to terms with my identity.
Afterall, is there ever really a bad time for banana bread?
Whole Wheat Coconut Banana Bread
(Adapted from How Sweet It Is)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 cups mashed extra ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup shredded coconut
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a large loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flours, salt and cinnamon. Whisk until well-combined and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, add eggs and brown sugar. Whisk thoroughly until smooth. Add coconut milk and oil and stir until well-incorporated. Add mashed banana, then vanilla and coconut extracts. Stir until smooth. Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir until just incorporated. Add shredded coconut and gently stir until just combined. Pour into loaf pan.
4. Bake 55-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in pan about 15-20 minutes before slicing. Serve warm.