Man. I am OFF right now. I haven’t slept well the past few days, my skin is breaking out and I’m a little ball of stress. This entire week I’m traveling so that isn’t helping either. At the moment, I’m in Boulder to help promote this lovely city. Then once I get home tomorrow, I hop right on a plane to go to Austin for a little couples trip. Then I have a trip to Mexico for my best friends 30th birthday. All great trips, but it’s all making me a tad stressed out. I need to practice some deep breathing ASAP.
This slow internet isn’t help my stress levels. Breathe Juli, breathe.
The month of December just flies by and it’s just a few days away. I think it’s the malls that really make it feel like such a short month since they start celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween. No joke, I saw children sitting on Santa’s lap the day after Halloween this year at my local mall. That’s just excessive. You expect a child not to cry on a creepy old man’s lap after just coming down from a sugar high? Let’s be real here.
But this year I’m hoping most of the stress is missed since we won’t be putting too much effort into gift giving. We’ve decided to save our money for a family trip instead. I also don’t want my parents spending money on me at this point. I would rather them save for retirement. Is that how you know you’ve gotten old? When you think about your parents retirement more than you own? It sure makes me feel old. Remember the good ole’ days you thought your parents would never age and you didn’t know what a credit score was? Those were the good ole’ days.
So this year we aren’t doing presents. Which is kind of a bummer because I’ve found some super cute ones for my friends who like cocktails and my friends who like coffee. Which covers literally ALL of my friends. Look how damn cute all these things are…
Maybe I can just buy A FEW gifts. I mean, my sister-in-law TOTALLY needs this wine bottle holder. Or maybe I do?? I don’t even drink that much wine. Which is why I need a holder…right? Oh lord, I need to get my sh*t together, back away from the gift ideas, and have my morning cup of coffee. And I need to go get ready for a day of snowshoeing. Yesterday it was 75 degrees and now it’s 35 degrees. What the what?!
- 3 brown bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup cashew butter (or other nut/seed butter)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 1-2 tablespoons organic powdered sugar, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x4 loaf pan then line the middle with parchment paper. It will make it easier to remove from the pan.
- In a food processor, add all ingredients and puree until completely combined.
- Pour batter into loaf pan then place in oven to bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven, place on cooling rack and let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.
- Once cool, top with sifted organic powdered sugar!
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