Sunday, December 26, 2010

Banana Bread

This Christmas holiday was particularly special for me. I got to spend lots of time with family, share wonderful meals with those I love most, and watch my kids run around playing with their cousins in a way reminiscent of my youth.  And as if this were not special enough my Mother made Christmas extra special this year by giving me a gift that I cannot find words to express how thankful I am.

I never met my Great Grandmother Catarina but I have heard a lot about her. Clearly, my Mother has much affection for her so imagine how I felt when I opened my Christmas gift from my Mom to find Catarina's mortar and pestle inside!

Today my son decided he wanted to make banana bread. He asked if he could use the mortar and pestle to mash the bananas. Absolutely!

I feel the love in this bread, knowing that the bananas were mashed in an over-a-century old heirloom by my son. The same heirloom that my Great Grandmother, Grandmother, Mother, and now me and my family have used.  I look forward to many years of  cooking with it before I pass it on to one of my own kids and they to theirs.

Banana Bread

1/3 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
1/2 cup raw organic turbinado sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup non dairy milk (I used So Delicious Coconut)
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream together the Earth Balance and turbinado sugar.  Stir in the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add in the non dairy milk, bananas and chocolate chips.  Place batter in a loaf pan and bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


  1. What a wonderful Christmas gift! How lovely to be reminded of your Great Grandmother Catarina each time you grind some fragrant herbs or spices.

    Your banana bread photo is absolutely amazing. Thank goodness I have some very ripe bananas, chocolate chips, and So Delicious coconut milk on hand. I feel the need to bake banana bread right now.

  2. What a neat story, and a nice family heirloom passed down. Your banana bread looks really good, too - the only thing that might make it better would be walnuts! :)

  3. This recipe looks so good (and easy) -- the pic is mouth-watering.

    What a special gift and how lovely that you and your children can enjoy it together!