Depending completely on your personal opinion, my childhood was either blessed or deprived. Why? Because, to my knowledge, I never tasted fruitcake.
This fact doesn’t disappoint me. Cursory research says that fruitcake was originally created to last for a full 365 days. A baked good that lasts more than a month is a little freaky. What do they put in that stuff?
So here is my version of a fruitcake with bananas, cranberries, oatmeal, and (of course) nut butter. I figure that any loaf with fruit in it can be called “fruitcake,” right?
Unlike real fruitcake, this bread will only last for about a week in the fridge (if you manage not to eat the whole loaf at once).
Makes 1 loaf, about 10 slices
3 overripe bananas
2 cups oatmeal
1.2 oz (about 3.5 tablespoons) Gingerbread Cookie Blended Nut Butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8X4 inch bread pan with nonstick spray.
In a blender, combine bananas, egg, oatmeal, nut butter, and baking soda. Blend until smooth.
Stir in spices.
Fold in chopped cranberries.
Pour into greased baking pan. Top with sliced bananas, if desired.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely.
Slice and top with anything you would like! Butter, jam, more nutbutter, etc.
Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or evolve as time passes. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!
1. My parents celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary last weekend. I am very thankful that these self-described “partners in excellence” are my Mom and Dad.
2. We repainted Brother’s old room.
Brother moved to Connecticut two years ago, but we hadn’t done much to his childhood bedroom since then. Yesterday, Mom and I spent hours moving the furniture, cleaning, and painting. We feel accomplished, and the room looks great.
3. Coffee flavored Greek yogurt.
I am obsessed with this stuff. It is a seasonal flavor at Aldi, so I basically buy as many containers as will fit in my fridge at one time. You seriously need to get to Aldi ASAP. Why are you still reading? GO!!
Now I want to know…what seasonal foods do you stockpile?