Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chocolate Cures

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
cooking spray
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.


craftosaurus said...

Three cheers for warm gooey baked goods!

(boo hiss for rashes...)

Anonymous said...

If you haven't already heard of PUPPPS, you should google it (and hopefully rule it out)... I had it with my son and it was awful, but Sarna anti-itch lotion did provide some relief, and Unisom helped me sleep. Good luck, I feel for you!

KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

Thank you so much for those tips, Anonymous, but (THANKTHELORD) my doctors and I agree it does not appear to be PUPPPS. That condition scares the bejebus out of me. I have no bumps, just large red welts.

I'm being tested for some liver conditions, so fingers crossed that those are negative as well.

Melinda said...

Not shingles I HOPE!

Laura said...

That little girl from Toddlers & Tiaras was HILARIOUS! Loved the end when she grabbed her belly and said that the judges didn't know a good thing when they saw it!

NotesFromAbroad said...

I hate mystery rashes !
Good luck with the soap .. hope it at least smells good :)
It is summer and too hot to even think of cooking or baking but I am definitely saving this recipe.
It will be the first thing I bake this fall.
In the meantime, give Aston a pat and tell him I said hello.

KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

Candace, you know that particular soap doesn't smell so good, but it did really seem to help. I'd try anything to keep that rash away! I also picked up Bronner's Peppermint (their Lavender smells delicious), but haven't tried it yet...

Miss Chelsea said...

One of my good friends is going through the same thing, PUPPPS (give or take a few Ps) and they told her to use that soap too! Good luck with it. Apparently it only happens in women pregnant with boys. Who knew Aston was a sugar honey boo

Bliss said...

Lets see.... chocolate, pregancy, and soap, three of my favorite things in one post.

I had to join, gotta see the baby in his nursery and also because I love the nude beach crate. LOVE IT really!


Mary said...

It sounds wonderful, but then I'm a fool for sweet things like this. I hope your rash disappears as quickly as it came. Take care and have a good weeekend. Blessings...Mary

a@bigcitykitchen said...

Pregnancy does weird stuff to your body - I didn't have to shave my legs for one whole year after my kids. Sadly, the hair returned. Ooh banana bread...

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Boooo to being pregnant, that's what I have to say. I hope you clear up. Just like I hope my own face does. Boooooo