Friday, March 16, 2012

Ladies Who Lunch

What is better than The Crumpet Tea Room during Springtime? I can tell you! Friends who join you for lunch at The Crumpet! 
 Mandy and her sweet girl, Eden are adorable!
Mandy and I have been friends for a few years now and I just love her. I am so glad we got together yesterday. We always have such fun together!
 I always love the chicken salad with fruit and their famous orange rolls. Y.U.M. I had to take a picture of my plate! :)

A few of my friends have asked me to post this recipe on here. Believe me, this banana bread is heavenly. I can't wait to make it again soon! It's 4 points a slice and should be 18 slices.

Banana Bread
3 spray(s) cooking spray
5 large banana(s), very ripe
1 cup(s) whole wheat flour
1 cup(s) white all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
5 tsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup(s) packed light brown sugar
1 large egg(s), at room temperature
1/4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk, at room temperature
1/2 cup(s) chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a large loaf pan with cooking spray.
Peel and mash 3 bananas. Peel and cut 2 bananas into small chunks. Set both aside.
In a large bowl, sift together both types of flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat to incorporate.
Alternating in batches, add mashed bananas, flour mixture and milk to bowl with butter mixture. Combine well but do not over beat; fold in walnuts and banana chunks.
Turn batter into prepared pan; bake until a tester inserted in center of bread comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in pan for 15 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool more. Cut into 18 slices. Yields 1 slice per serving.

**Note for those on WW: I calculated it online and I used 5 Tbs butter instead of 5 tsp. It changed the value to 5 points per slice, rather than 4, which is still not bad! Enjoy, everyone!

Hope y'all have an awesome weekend and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Wear Green! ha!

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