I’ve Found The Holy Grail

Posted on August 23, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No, not the Holy relic. Something better! But you’ll have to wait(or scroll down) to find out what it is.

Yesterday was Saturday which meant my long run. I was not super-psyched going in but I needed to try. it was very cloudy but I stepped out there and got going. About 1 1/2 miles in it looked like it was going to pour, and started raining quite a bit. That lasted all of 1 minute and then the sun came out and it got brutally hot and humid. I was not a happy camper runner but I knew I’d be disappointed if I stopped so I pushed through, all the way through. My time wasn’t great but turning into my driveway after those 8.5 miles felt sooo good and I had 1000 breakfasts running through my mind. This was my creation:

Waffles With PB, Maple Syrup, And Chocolate Chips, Fruit Cup With Yogurt

Waffles With PB, Maple Syrup, And Chocolate Chips, Fruit Cup With Yogurt

I couldn’t decide between french toast oats or toast with peanut butter, so I took the route that got me peanut butter AND maple syrup. Smart choice. And keeping up with the breakfast challenge, I made myself a fruit parfait. You know those things at Starbucks for 4 dollars? Yeah, turns out they’re cheaper and better to make yourself. In mine I had banana, peach, blueberries, and raspberries, topped with vanilla bean yogurt. Yum.

After lunch we stopped at the bank to cash a paycheck(chaching) and then swung by a local farmer’s market we heard about. It wasn’t big, but at least a farm showed up.

Wayside Farmer's Market

Wayside Farmer's Market

There was also a stand of clothes made by alpaca fur. Awesome, but apparently no one told them it was 95 degrees out? Here was what we picked up:

Yukon Gold Potatos, Corn, And Yellow Plums

Yukon Gold Potatos, Corn, And Yellow Plums

I’d never seen yellow plums before, so I hesitantly grabbed them. Right after this we scooted on home for lunch.

Brown Rice, Salmon, Yellow Plums, And Orange Zevia

Brown Rice, Salmon, Yellow Plums, And Orange Zevia

The salmon was leftover from last night–can’t let perfectly good salmon go bad! The brown rice, for being plain, was surprisingly good. Well, if you pour Island Soyaki sauce on anything absorbent it’s going to be good I guess. The yellow plums were surprisingly bitter. They went well in this dish but I wouldn’t have them as a fruit(plus you gotta watch out for their armpits).

After lunch we hopped back in the car to go to a local artisan bakery before they close at 2. Well, we must have missed a memo because it was 1:30 and they were already closed. Bummer. We’ve never been there before but it sounds pretty good and hopefully we’ll get a chance to see the inside some time. We stopped by Trader Joe’s on the way home since it was on the way where I got some replacement bread.

Trader Joe's Soft 10 Grain Bread

Trader Joe's Soft 10 Grain Bread

Again, I spent a good 15 minutes debating between this and another loaf called Trader Joe’s Double Fiber. That loaf has sunflower seed as the 3rd ingredient but this one looked seedier(in a good way) so I went with this and had to gnaw on a piece in the car. All I can say is this was a great choice. The grains made it super nutty and delicious, while the actually bread was soft. This might become my standard loaf. Of course, 1 piece of bread isn’t really a decent snack.

Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

We bought this flavor on Thursday from Whole Foods(sale plus internet coupon? hellz yeah I’m good). This was my first time trying it and I had rather high hopes, most of which this met. The base had that soymilk flavor, but it wasn’t too bothersome amongst the vanilla and cinnamon. It actually tasted a lot like their cinnamon bun yogurt, another favorite of mine. The snickerdoodle cookie dough chunks tasted a little… off. It didn’t seem like you could actually put these in the oven and get anything remotely cookie-like out, but they were good. Maybe it was a strong vanilla flavor they were missing, but they definitely had cinnamon and brown sugar in there. They were also a bit gritty, but I liked that since you got bits when you lick the ice cream.

Was any of this the Holy Grail? No, no, and nope. I have a confession: I can find or make a recipe to bake almost anything healthy and tasty, but not banana bread. I’ve tried and loaf after loaf it burns or falls or just taste like raw wheat. But finally, after burning through recipes and bunches, I’ve got it: a banana bread recipe that tastes great, is healthy, and holds up as a loaf of bread. I give you, Banana Goodness Bread


1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/3 cup oatbran

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoonds ground flaxmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chocolate chips

2 tablespoons canola oil

50g(about 1/4 cup) white sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

10 ounces(about 3) bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oat bran, baking soda, flaxmeal, cinnamon, salt, and chocolate chips. In a seperate bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil, beating in the eggs 1 at a time. Mix in the yogurt and vanilla extract. Mash the bananas and incorporate into the wet. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until just incorporated. Pour the batter into a loaf pan. In a small cup, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top of the loaf. Bake the bread for 55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Turn off the oven and open the door, letting the bread sit there for 5 minutes or so. Remove from the oven and transfer onto a plate until cooled completely.

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

I don’t know how much of my excitement is coming through the computer screen, but believe me when I say I was jumping for joy at this point. Banana bread had always been the black sheep of my baking skillz–that one thing I’d kind of ignore if anyone brought it up. But no more. With this recipe in hand I will make many monkey’s jealous.

Dinner was a bit of a mystery until we settled on grilling(always a good standby).

Buffalo Burger On 10 Grain Bread, Hickory Honey Barbeque Chips, Okra

Buffalo Burger On 10 Grain Bread, Hickory Honey Barbeque Chips, Okra

I found a buffalo burger from last month sitting in the fridge I didn’t mind eating up. It went great with the nuttiness of my new Trader Joe’s loaf. Those chips are always a great add-on to any grilled meal. And the okra I picked up last night at the Copley’s Farmer’s Market. It was the first time I’ve had okra and I’ve got to say it wasn’t bad. The flavor was a bit… green? I can’t explain it. it was sort of like a plain pepper, except softer. They got a little burnt on the grill but I liked that charred bit to them. If anyone has any okra recipes(that don’t require frying) send them my way! Oh, and I’ve decided to go raw:

Buffalo Burger

Buffalo Burger

Not really, but look how pink that burger was! It couldn’t have been safe or legal to serve in a restaurant, but it was good and I’m still alive, so I ain’t complaining. I love my meat really rare; the more you cook it the more you’re killing the flavor in my opinion. Through my nutrition learning I’ve come across animal cruelty, slaughter houses, and all the reasons people become vegetarians. i could/would never give up meat but I do think overcooking it and covering it in sauce is disrespectful to the animal that gave its life for your plate which is probably why I like it so rare.

In accordance with facing the black sheeps in my life, I adressed the one ice cream I haven’t touched in a long time: Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate. Sounds good, right? Well I bought this a while back, and enthusiastically sat down with the pint and a spoon–no bowl. About 1 serving in I got tired of how boring and bland the flavor was, put it back, and haven’t touched it since. I know the only way to make room for new stuff is to eat the old, so I faced my fear with a little weapon in hand:

Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate And 365 Creamy Peanut Butter

Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate And 365 Creamy Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate FroYo

Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate FroYo

Winner, winner, buffalo was for dinner. I mixed some of the peanut butter into the yogurt and let the licking begin. It really added the missing touch to the flavor. i still have about 1 1/2 servings of dark chocolate left, and now I know exactly how to eat it. Of course I sliced into the banana bread, too.

Banana Goodness bread

Banana Goodness bread

30 seconds in the microwave and this tasted fresh out of the oven. The bread is the perfect amount of sweetness; so often I think banana bread get’s overly sweetened to be a dessert, but this stays true to a bread. And of course, the sweetness of the occasional chocolate chip really contrasts well and gives it excitement. And the bit of brown sugar and cinnamon on the top adds a nice crunch. This more than earned a spot in my recipe book.

This morning I woke up and, despite going on 16 days of running in a row, felt absolutely great. The humidity left overnight and I was happy to step out the door into a slight breeze from good ol’ Bill(hurrican Bill that is). I ran 6.7 miles in 53 minutes–not a PR but much better than last time I ran that route. And now I’m sitting down to this:

TJ Toast With Cashew Butter, Cherry Butter, And Sunflower Seeds, Plain Yogurt With Raspberries, Blueberries, Maple-Agave Syrup, And Sunflower Seeds

TJ Toast With Cashew Butter, Cherry Butter, And Sunflower Seeds, Plain Yogurt With Raspberries, Blueberries, Maple-Agave Syrup, And Sunflower Seeds

I wasn’t sure what new thing I could make this morning for the challenge so I didn’t make an effort, though the TJ Toast and sunflower seeds are both new purchases from yesterday so that sort of counts, right? Sunday morning means circulars and sales around here so I’ve got to start reading them to figure out what to do today.

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I cannot believe you managed to healthify banana bread! That’s a real accomplishment:) I LOVE banana bread and cannot wait to try your recipe. The peanut butter/ice cream combo seriously made me want to drool:)

YAY! I’ve got some ripe naners that are begging to be reincarnated as bread… your recipe looks great!


yum yum and more yum

its my first time at your blog, i see we have similar tastes :p

though, if i ran that far, i would be eating 3x that much breakfast haha

I LOVE farmer’s markets!

yumm! snickerdoodle ice cream sounds delish. i just came across your blog and i can’t wait to keep reading. i just made my own blog, check it out!

Hey. Snickerdoodle ice cream is definitely becoming a quick favorite, you should try it if you like cinnamon. I’ll definitely add you to my blogroll. I’ve never had to battle an ED but I have been on a weight gaining diet and know how difficult that can be at times. You’ll definitely find great support in the blog world.

~Evan ~”Don’t say ‘Wow the Emmy is heavy’, of course it is, it is filled with the shattered dreams of four other people.”

oh my gosh…don’t hate me or anything, but i didn’t know this was your blog! every once in awhile this address would pop up, and so i’ve checked it out here and there, but didn’t know it was from hilarious you! seriously. added to the blogroll, and my apologies.

ummm ice cream + peanut butter = you had me at hello. that is one of my fave flavas ever. snickerdoodle sounds heavenly as well. i love the plethora of ice cream on your blog – it’s my fave food. i could eat it for every meal and be one happy camper.

hope you had a good weekend, and that nana bread looks amaze!


Your comments about the banana bread cracked me up! Banana bread is so freakin delish!

I picked up some Stonyfield Ice Cream’s today at WF’s and I can’t wait to try them, even though the Dark chocolate is apparently not so fabulous!

Wow enjoyed reading this blogpost. I submitted your feed to my reader.

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