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Zucchini Banana Bread – and the importance of sleep


Can’t live without it. 

I personally am a huge proponent of sleep. When I’m tired ~ that’s it ~ I’m out. Anyone in my family will attest to that. And quite frankly, I get a little cranky when I’m overtired and haven’t slept enough.

Ok, ok …. I get a LOT cranky. Sheesh.

I also strongly believe in power naps ~I have the ability to sleep anywhere, anytime… the house, the car, airplanes… you name it, I can sleep in it or on it. It astounds my mother that I can do that. It’s a gift Mom, just like your ability to read my mind….wait, let’s not go there…

Anyway, as I type, Alexander is crashed out on the sofa…having spent last night at his friends house, only to discover that his friend suffers from insomnia and therefore talked all…night….long…….

I received a text from him at 5:32 this morning saying, “come get me now“…….

Poor kid.

After eating a few pancakes (and a Tylenol for his pounding headache), he headed straight for the sofa.

I expect him to wake up sometime this afternoon…..

But since I was wide awake (mornings are my best time!) and wanted to bake something without having to turn on the mixer, I whipped up another loaf of this exceptionally tasty quick bread ~ of course, my kids won’t touch it (bananas are evil according to them) but that simply means there’s more for me. 🙂

Zucchini Banana Walnut Bread – adapted from Taste of Home

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1-1/2 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Add bananas and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Fold into egg/sugar mixture. Gently stir in zucchini and walnuts just until combined. Scrape batter into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on wire racks.


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