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Strawberry Maple Banana Bread

I’m always looking for new ways to use what I’ve preserved, especially when it comes to fruit spreads!  Cookies made with jam are nothing new for me, but bread-baked preserves were something I’ve yet to try!

Strawberry Maple Banana Bread

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup strawberry jam

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 flax egg

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.  Grease a loaf pan and set aside.  Over medium heat, toast walnuts ’til warm and fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Be sure to keep the nuts moving so they do not burn.  Set walnuts aside.

In a large bowl, combine jam, butter, flax egg, maple syrup, and almond extract.  Add mashed bananas, stir thoroughly.

In a small bowl, sift together both flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Slowly begin adding the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well each time.  Stir in toasted walnuts.

Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes.  Allow bread to sit for 5 minutes before removing from pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Images and content copyright © 2009-2011 Danielle R Limoge. Recipe adapted from Food in Jars.


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Banana Maple Walnut Steel-cut Oats

As hot and humid Summer begins transitioning into cool and crisp Autumn, I’ve once again found myself replacing my usual light and fruity go-to breakfast with a warm bowl of steel-cut oats.  While my recipe is basic, the add-in possibilities are endless: fruit, spices, nuts, jam!  Typically, I prepare a batch at the start of a week, and keep the “naked oats” in the fridge.  Then, each morning I fill my bowl and dress according to that day’s desired flavor!  This way, when I’m heating the last bowl, I’ve yet to grow tired of eating the same thing all week!

Banana Maple Walnut Steel-cut Oats – makes 4 servings

For the oats:

1 cup steel-cut oats

3 cups boiling-water


pinch of salt

1 cup milk

In a skillet, toast oats in a bit of butter over med-high heat for several minutes; stir constantly so oats do not burn.  In a medium pot bring water to a boil and add the oats with a pinch of salt.  Boil for several minutes, reduce to a simmer, and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes.  Do not stir them during this time: as long as you keep the heat on low, they should not burn.  Once most of the liquid has been absorbed, add the milk, and mix well.  If any oats have stuck to the bottom of the pot, they will begin to lift at this time.  Remove oats from heat and portion into bowls.  It is at this time that I begin adding the “good stuff”!

Add the following ingredients per serving:

1/2 banana, sliced

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

a sprinkling of chopped walnuts

a drizzling of maple syrup

When working with a bowl of refrigerated “naked oats”, adding a splash of milk after heating will bring them back to their initial-cook consistency!

Images and content copyright © 2009-2011 Danielle R Limoge.


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