Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I’ve spent the last few days arduously slathering on humungous handfuls of creams and gels and washes in an effort to clear up a bizarre and fugly rash that has suddenly taken over the entire world. And by that I mean my (very. pregnant.) belly. The doctors think I'm having some sort of random allergic reaction which, frankly, is really no surprise at this point, after the constant nausea, blacking out, and early contractions I've experienced up until now. Why not throw some incredibly uncomfortable reddish welts into the mix. Just for fun.
The upside is that Aston seems completely oblivious to all of this drama, which has yet to put a dent in his daily (and all hours of the night) kickboxing and disco routine. Envision this kid crossed with David Beckham. Inside of a womb.
In other news, I noticed my banana bread recipe making the rounds on Pinterest, and in a rare moment of baking experimentation I thought I'd try a loaf with chocolate. Because if my stomach is going to look like it has been dipped in strawberry Kool-Aid, it should at least have some warm gooey baked goods inside, don't you think?
You have to try this.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup Splenda Sugar Blend
1/4 cup Smart Balance 50/50 Butter Blend, softened
2 large eggs
3 or 4 mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup plain lowfat yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
lots and lots and lots of chocolate chips (extra if you are pregnant)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed for a minute or two. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the banana, yogurt, chocolate chips and vanilla. Beat until blended. Add the flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until moist. Pour batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 65 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.