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Since I recently did a posting on Gorilla Food I thought why not do another one on banana bread? Hehe. Yesterday, I baked banana bread for the first time ever! I don’t know what took me so long. Even my 20-year-old little brother told me he had baked it himself before. Although he said the recipe he used including Miracle Whip which sounds pretty interesting…hmmmm. I wish I could have tried a bite of that loaf! I’ve don’t think I’ve ever had a bad slice on banana bread though. Even when it’s the healthiest option in a gas station ‘bakery’ section on a road trip I still love it. So found out why ingredients I would need and behold I had all I needed in my pantry already! I followed a few recipes and then made it my own. It turned out lovely and filled my kitchen with such a sweet scent. Best of all it’s preservative free food, which is the best way to be!

VV Banana Bread Ingredients:

Banana Bread raw mixture

2 cups (500ml) all purpose flour

1/2 cup (50ml) granulated sugar

2 tsp (10ml) baking powder

1 tsp (5ml) baking soda

A pinch of salt ground himilayan rock salt

1/2 (125ml) chocolate chips

1/2 cup (125ml) crushed walnuts

2 cups (500ml) mashed ripe bananas

1/2 cup (125ml) butter, melted

1/2 cup (125ml) milk

2 large eggs

In large bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add chocolate chips and crushed walnuts. In separate bowl whisk together eggs, butter, milk and bananas. Pour over flour mixture and stir with wooden spoon till blended. Spread in greased or silicone pan 9×5 inch (2L) load pan.

Bake in centre of oven at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until cake tester or toothpick comes out smooth. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes then place on rack to cool completely.

Tip: I sprinkled my Banana Bread with a little bit of granulated sugar as soon as it was out of the oven for an extra sweet treat.

Happy Monday everyone!  These are a few foodie features I’m crushing on right now. I can’t get enough of these recently discovered treats and I hope you enjoy them too, check them out below.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I have found the best snickerdoodle cookie on the face of the Earth.  I suppose it wasn’t a hard sell since I’ll approve pretty much anything ‘snickerdoodle’  but I really do declare this to be the best of the best.  Vancouver’s own bake shop Butter Baked Goods has created a  Maple Snickerdoodle Sandwich. The puffy snickerdoodle cookies are stuck together with sweet maple icing. Without being too sugary the buttery taste makes for a perfect medley of flavours. Butter Baked Goods can be found at their adorable little bakeshop on 4321 Dunbar Street in Vancouver or at various local Whole Foods Markets and Urban Fare grocery stores in Vancouver. Also, right now for the holiday season Butter Baked Goods is offering their goodies boxed up for the holiday season and are taking custom orders right now. You can find them at

Another product I’m loving right now is Epicure’s Curry Dip Mix. It’s an exotic blend of indian spices can be used in various dishes. The directions on the bottle recommends you mix a spoonful of the dip with a little bit of mayonnaise and sour cream to create their delicious dip. I have been using this on everything. It’s great for dipping with veggies, tortillas, prawns but it can also be used for a spread for burgers, gourmet grilled cheese, lamb chops etc. The little jar will last you a long time and only cost $7.95 a bottle. It’s a handy little mix to keep around for the holiday season as it will spice up any holiday party platter. Epicure Selections can be found in almost any community at various trade shows and markets or you can check out their website to find a consultant in your area

The Bench Market located on Upper Bench road in Penticton is a great place for  unique culinary finds or even a relaxing sunday brunch. This little gem of a  deli/gourmet grocery store is always offering new and local products and cuisine. One of my favourite items that also doubles as an excellent stocking stuffer this holiday season is their  toasted sweet almonds. They are crunchy and just sweet enough without taking away from the almond. The Bench market also makes a spicy version of the almonds for $3.99 a pop.

Who doesn’t like dessert? Dessert without the guilt? Even better!  With only 7 grams of fat per skewer  these little treats will curb your chocolate craving without make you feel like your missing out.  You won’t even realize that you are actually eating a banana. These little Belgian milk chocolate treats are available at  M&M Meat Shop.