Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Workouts and Banana Bread...
It's Tuesday and we are already running here! My workout is done, the kids are off to school and shortly I have to take two crazy cats to the vet for shots. Who's excited about today? Maybe I will get lucky and it won't be so bad...a girl can hope, right?

Before I get too far gone from the workout discussion, I wanted to mention that I have tried a few new (to me) programs on Netflix. They are the 10 Minute Solution Workouts and honestly, I really like them. FitTV changed its format and now it is Discovery Health and Fit (something like that) and there is not much fit on it and a lot of crazy medical dramatization going on. I won't rant about it, because I know they did it for the ratings, I think it stinks that there are only 3 hours of exercise programs on starting at 6am and they aren't even hard core workouts any more, mostly dancing stuff. I emailed them, but I know it doesn't matter, so I am going to have to start a collection of my own. Suggestions are welcome! I love Cathe, so I know I need to start collecting her stuff, but any other thoughts on good interval stuff or kickboxing would be appreciated. Back to the 10 Minute Solution Workouts, I have done the Kickbox Boot Camp (great workout), the Carb and Calorie Burner and the Target and Toning for Beginners (this one is perfect for beginners, I did not feel the burn, but I thought it was a great workout for what it was). I guess they are doing what they hoped to do with putting these few on streaming through Netflix because now I want to try more. I am an interval lover, so the fact that these are 10 minute segments is a huge bonus for me. No boredom and each level changes things up and gets a little more intense. Has anyone else tried these?

Now for banana bread...

I had three sad bananas on Friday that needed to be used up, so I decided to bake a quick loaf off before the kids got home from school. This is based off my brown sugar banana bread recipe, but this one is gluten free. I added more nutmeg to this and it really enhanced the flavor of the bananas. While I was down and out this weekend, the boys (all three of them) had a little fun with their pieces...

Perfect combination of chocolate peanut butter and banana bread!

Grilled banana bread peanut butter sandwich...

I had mine straight up. This was so moist on the inside with a chewy crust on the outside. 

 Gluten Free Banana Bread

2 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup White Rice Flour (Bob's Red Mill)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup raw sugar (plus 2 tsp set aside for the top)
2 TBSP + 6 TBSP hot water (sit aside for 5 minutes) or two eggs
1 1/4 cup almond milk + 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (allow to sit for 5 minutes)
10 drops vanilla NuNaturals Stevia
1/4 cup smart balance light, melted
1 cup mashed banana (3 medium)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with cooking oil.

First make sure you have your flax egg and soured milk are set aside. Next combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and sugar. Then add the the flax egg, milk, stevia, butter and banana to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is just combined. Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and sprinkle the top with remaining 2 teaspoons raw sugar.

Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes. Then remove the bread from the pan and allow to cool before slicing (this did not happen here).

I am submitting this to the Gluten Free Homemaker's Wednesday Carnival.

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