Something I love about Saturdays is that I am never quite sure what is going to happen. I rarely plan out my Saturdays, so they tend to be a surprise. Last Saturday morning, I slept in late and was having my breakfast and tea on the sofa by the window. It was a cool morning and I had the window open, enjoying the fresh breeze blowing in. Suddenly, I began hearing voices, and I looked out and saw a group of girls slowly making their way down the street. At first, it was unclear what they were doing, but as they drew nearer to my window I saw they carried giant garbage bags and were picking up trash along the road, a much-needed service.
From my open window, I could hear them talking and laughing, and it soon became clear that no one had asked them to do this.
“Look at us cleaning up our community” one girl cheered.
“Shall we go up this street next?” another asked as they approached the intersection.
Then one of the girls began singing, and they all joined in, harmonizing and creating a beat, and suddenly I found myself being serenaded by an acapella group.
Of course, they did not know that I saw or heard them, but it was incredible and beautiful, and overall, inspiring.
As they disappeared down the street, I could still hear their voices in my head, leaving me thinking again about nature, recycling, and natural items and processes.
The Farmers Market
Perhaps this, in part, drove my desire to go to the farmers market this Saturday. I was surfing Facebook when the event popped up. Under the description, it promised a butcher with fresh beef and lamb, as well as fresh eggs. I could not resist.
I immediately texted my friend, and we set out for the market late Saturday morning. We were greeted by at least two dozen billowing white tents, each with a unique spread. We found the fresh eggs, but no butcher. I could not be disappointed though because there were vendors selling oils, raw honey, wooden pens, baked goods, salsas, and more.
My friend purchased two beautiful necklaces made from stones that were set in bullet shells.
I came home with a block of homemade horseradish and walnut cheese, aged for months in farmer’s own cellar. I also bought a jar of homemade gumbo that I simply could not resist after sampling it from a warming pot.
My experience and purchases at the farmers market further fed into my love for natural, fresh, homegrown, and environment-friendly products.
As you can see, I’ve been in a mood lately, so when I saw the browning bananas on my counter the only logical thing to do was to make banana bread.
If you are reading this, maybe you are one of those people that can eat bananas with brown spots, but I can hardly eat them when they are yellow. There is only an ideal one day span I like to eat bananas, and that is when they are lightly green at the base and the stem. After that, it is banana bread time. Fortunately for me, bananas with a little brown make the best bread because that is when they are sweet, so I have been told.
If you have been reading my blog you will remember that I have been going (a little) keto, and consequently, this recipe is keto. You can click here to read Why You Should Not Wait to Go Keto.
What I enjoyed about this bread was that it was not overly sweet, making it the perfect breakfast. Typically, bread of this nature is so sweet that it is more like a dessert. Consequently, I found the banana bread to be absolutely perfect for breakfast with a cup of hot tea (or coffee if you are into that). If you wanted to make it a dessert bread you could add some dark chocolate chips and still keep the recipe Keto.
Finally, one of my biggest tips for this recipe would be to use an immersion blender because it makes mashing the bananas so much easier. I have seen all kinds of methods for mashing bananas but none work as well or are as easy as using an immersion blender. It is a great investment as it limitless in its uses, small and easy to store, and there is only one small piece to wash in comparison to big mixers or blenders. Best of all it is only $16.99 on Amazon. Total win.
Keto Coconut Banana Bread
- 4 small bananas
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups coconut flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Add bananas to a bowl and mash with an immersion blender. Mix in eggs, vanilla, warm coconut oil, and milk until well blended.
- Fold in coconut flour and baking soda.
- Chop walnuts and fold them into the batter.
- Grease a standard loaf pan and pour in batter. Cover with tinfoil and bake for at least 45 min at 350 degrees. Then remove the tinfoil and bake for at least another 15 min. Bread should be slightly browned on the top and on the edges and a knife should come out of the center clean, although bread is still moist.
- Cool for at least 20 min and serve warm with a cup of hot tea and enjoy!
Thanks for reading!