Aloha Banana Bread

This is one of my mom’s recipes.  My tummy rejoices after eating this yummy goodness.  The name Aloha was given to this banana bread because it is very welcome, and leaves very quickly too.  Aloha and Aloha.  Enjoy and happy baking!

Aloha Banana Bread (One loaf)

Get ready three bowls (2 small and one medium)

In small bowl mix and set aside:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

In small bowl mix and set aside:
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract

In medium bowl:
cream together-
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
then add-
2 eggs
3 regular sized mashed bananas
apx. 2 Tbsp. crushed pineapple

Combine milk mixture and alternate mixing with other two bowls, gradually. 
Then add 1 cup chopped nuts and  1 cup shredded coconut (optional).

Pour into greased and floured pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 70minutes.

This bread is perfectly moist, sweet, and scrumptious.  You will love it.  I think the next time I make it I would like to sprinkle sunflower seeds on the top to add a little salty goodness to it.

Banoffee

This is an English dessert originally made with dominate flavors of banana’s and coffee.  It seems to have evolved into more of a decadent, rich caramel joy for your mouth.  This is extremely scandalous in the world of dessert and you will love your piece of this pie.  This is great to make for a large group, because of the rich flavor, small pieces go a long way.  Happy baking!

Banoffee Pie

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

6 tablespoons + butter, softened

2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk -***carmelized

3 large bananas

1/2 bag toffee bits

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Pecans optional

opt: grated chocolate

***To create toffee filling, caramelize the sweetened condensed milk. Put unopened cans in a pot with water and boil it for about 4 hours on medium heat. Add water when running low, just be sure cans are always covered. About half way through the time take cans out with oven mits and shake them.  When cooled, open cans upside down and over the pie crust, because sometimes it will shoot out., or just make the toffee the day before and stick it in the fridge.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix graham cracker crumbs with softened butter and brown sugar and press mixture into 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes.  Once the crust (and toffee filling, if it’s still hot) is cooled, slice the bananas and fold them as well as the toffee bits into carmel filling or place on crust in layers. Place any remaining bananas over the top with some of the toffee bits, grated chocolate, and nuts. Whip the cream with the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla or almond extract and arrange on top of toffee filling and bananas. For aesthetics you can grate chocolate over the whipped cream just before serving. Store in fridge.  If it’s hot outside store it in the freezer, before serving (even up to a day or two before you’re ready to serve)  the semi frozen caramel goodness will melt in your mouth.

Note:  If you’ve never whipped cream before here’s a tip:  use a metal bowl and metal attachments on your hand mixer or kitchen-aid.  Put the bowl and mixing attachments in the freezer for at least an hour before you need to use them.  Beat at a medium/high speed for 5-10 minutes until it’s the right consistency.  In the picture above I grated some chocolate into the whipped cream after it had already reached the right consistency.

Fruit + Green Smoothies

I like smoothies.  No, I LOVE smoothies!  They are like an addiction of healthy goodness. They are my favorite thing to make the moment I come home from a workout.  My boys ask for them regularly, they are my summer-go-to meal when it’s too hot to eat ‘real’ food.  I love that my boys know how to make a smoothie by themselves and love thinking of new ingredients.  Here are a few lucky creations I came up with that I absolutely love.

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Orange Julius Plus
1 -6oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup strawberries
1 -1 1/2 cups frozen spinach pieces
1 banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup water (opt. – to make it runnier)

Blend it up and serve!

Strawberry-Banana Blast Plus
1 -6 oz. can of frozen concentrate grape juice
1/2 apple chopped into slices or cubes so its easier to blend
2-3 cups frozen strawberries
1-2 bananas
1 1/2 cups frozen spinach pieces
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk (+ or – will determine how thick)

Blend it up and serve!

Loaded Fruit Smoothie

2 bananas
2-3 handfuls of mixed tropical fruit (I get a bulk bag at Costco)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
2 handfuls spinach leaves
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups water

Blend it up and serve!