Apple Banana Bread

A few weeks ago I decided to combine a couple of banana bread recipes together and make my own. I’ve made this apple banana bread three times now, and we always enjoy it. It’s rich apple banana bread with nuts and chocolate. But, if you don’t like nuts and/or chocolate in your bread, you can totally omit them. (Pssst!! I don’t like them too much (in this bread) either, but my boys do.) Or, you can also add another ingredient, like raisins. The last two times I made it with spelt flour and it turned out great. Here’s my apple banana bread recipe, if you’d like to try it yourself.

Ingredients: 1 cup whole grain (spelt or wheat) flour, 1 cup all-purpose (spelt or wheat) flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar, 1/3 teaspoon salt, 2 ripe bananas (mashed), 1 cup unsweetened apple puree, 2 tablespoons butter (melted), 2 eggs, 1/2 cup honey, 3/4 cup almonds (or walnuts or hazelnuts – roughly chopped), 3/4 cup (about 100g) dark chocolate (roughly chopped)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Combine ‘dry’ ingredients (flour, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla sugar, and salt) in one bowl. Mix ‘wet’ ingredients (bananas, apple puree, melted butter, eggs, and honey) in a second bowl.  Then stir the ‘wet’ ingredients into the ‘dry’ until everything is incorporated, and then mix in the chopped chocolate and chopped almonds (walnuts or hazelnuts). Line your bread pan with parchment paper and pour the mix into the pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes – until toothpick comes out clean – on the middle rack of your oven. Enjoy!

Instagrammed

I have this relationship with my camera: I don’t use it for ages – like for a month plus – and then, one day, I just can’t stop taking pictures of everything I find appealing (interesting or beautiful). I think I’ve been in that first mood for about two months now. But, my photographing mood is coming back slowly, and I might post some of my new photos soon. Until then, here are some that have been instagrammed (some are coming with some kind of explanation, the other with none – and sorry for the repeat, if you follow me on Instagram (@ta_marjana)).

We met Lion on our hike the other day. #beagle

My hiker. #happy

breakfast on a beautiful winter sunny day

Just because. #roses

beautiful, handmade chocolates #madeinslovenia

cake o’clock on one cold Sunday afternoon

I know it’s not even Friday yet, but I want to wish you all a great carnival weekend and a wonderful Valentine’s Day! If you celebrate one or another…

p.s.:  These days, you may also be interested in these two recipes: Dessert for two and Baked yogurt doughnuts.

 

My favorites of 2014


Just before the New Year I decided to kind of sum up my year through my favorite posts of 2014. Some of them are telling me it’s been a lovely year. For example:  My Insta-World; My Insta-World; My Insta-World; Snapshots; Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O…; July Snapshots; See Ya, Summer! Welcome, Fall!; Lately.

A few of my own DIY projects: How to make Vanilla Eau De Toilette; DIY Coconut Shell Bowls on Wooden Base; DIY Simple Daisy Bouquet Idea.

Some of my own favorite recipes of 2014: Salt Baked Fish Recipe; Baked Yogurt Doughnuts; Chocolate Covered Coconut Easter Eggs; The best homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches you will ever have!!

I know that I haven’t been a very good blogger in 2014, and I can’t promise to be better about it in 2015, but I will try. THANK YOU for coming and staying here!! (I’m sending you a hug through the internet right now… :))  See you in 2015!