Quick Bread & Capricorns.

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but my favorite snack to have before bed is some kind of homemade quick bread. Typically it involves bananas because I tend to buy WAY more than I need every time I go to the grocery store. And, I’m really weird about bananas- I get it from my Dad- but I only like to eat them when they still have a hint of green on them. When they develop just ONE brown spot, then that’s IT…to the banana bread pile they go 🙂

I try to think of creative ways to change up the breads, sometimes I throw in some different kinds of fruit, or I will use a different flavor of Greek yogurt each time. I always like to try different substitutions though- like I will use the Greek yogurt in place of oil, or egg whites instead of eggs, & Splenda or honey as a substitute for sugar. I always make them with whole wheat flour, rather than regular- I actually like the taste better.

When I saw this recipe last week, I KNEW I had to make it…and I had to make it quick! I actually came home THAT night & made it. It’s the perfect combination of 3 of my favorite flavors- peanut butter, chocolate & banana. You can’t ask for much better, if you ask me. 😉

Jess has really topped herself on this one– although I think I say that every time I make one of her recipes 😀 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
(copied directly from Jess’ blog- you’ll see my changes indicated in parenthesis)  

makes one loaf

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature (I used a 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup brown sugar (I used 1/4 cup)

1/3 cup white sugar (I used 1/3 cup Splenda)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4-5 large ripe bananas, mashed

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour [or all purpose flour]

1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used 1/4 cup)

1/4 cup peanut flour [99.9% sure this can be omitted if you don’t have it] (I didn’t have any 😦 )

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup milk [I used vanilla almond milk, any kind will work] (I used Almond Milk too)

1 cup chocolate chips

raw turbinado sugar for garnish (again, I didn’t have any of this)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, cocoa, peanut flour, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Cream butter (and greek yogurt) and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

 Add egg and vanilla, mixing until combined. Add bananas and mix. Add dry ingredients slowly, mixing until just combined. Stir in milk, adding more one tablespoon at a time if batter is not wet enough. Fold in chocolate chips.


(I forgot to mash the bananas, oops! But the blender did a nice just of mashing them 🙂 )

Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray and pour in batter. Cover the top with course sugar for garnish. Bake for 50 minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean.

Nothing better than topped with MORE peanut butter, Dark Chocolate Dreams of course, and then some random sprinkles!!

I mean sprinkles DO make everything better 🙂

Yep, yep this is definitely my new favorite quick bread! No doubt. Thanks Jess!

Now, on to Day 7 of the 30 day Challenge- Your zodiac sign & if you think it fits your personality.

I don’t know which sign I am supposed to go by since supposidly the signs changed. I’m not really into zodiac signs AT ALL. Never have been, never will be. I guess I’ll go by what I always thought I was– a Capricorn.

^isn’t that little guy cute?! I guess it’s supposed to be a capricorn- the sign is a goat.

I found this explanation of Capricorn traits on THIS website. I just added in my own personal thoughts through out, my opinion is in the PINK color.

Capricorn Traits

Positive Traits  Practical and prudent
  Ambitious and disciplined <— VERY TRUE!!! I’m very ambitious in my career.
  Patient and careful
  Humorous and reserved
Negative Traits  Pessimistic and fatalistic
  Miserly and grudging <–I do have a hard time letting go of grudges
Capricorn Likes: hot, simple food, antiques, history, duties and responsibilities, not being pressured by others, having plenty of unconditional love, lots of personal privacy, new books, and expensive gemstones.*I don’t really find much of the above ‘likes’ similar to mine. I like fancy food & simple food- but I like to cook it 🙂 I’m not really into expensive gemstones.

Capricorn Dislikes:untidiness and disorder of all kinds, being teased, surprises, new ideas, loneliness, being made to feel useless or incompetent, and being embarrassed in public.

*I do HATE untidiness in the house, especially the kitchen, and my office. Everything has an EXACT place in my office & kitchen.
*I LOVE surprises, I don’t mind being embarrassed- I usally laugh at myself- LOL 😀

Important Parameters

Lucky Number – 18 <–nope, mine is #2

Lucky Color – Peacock Blue <– nope, I’d have to say it’s Raven Purple 😀

Lucky Flower – Snowdrop, Solomon’s seal <– nope, I think sunflower

Lucky Gemstone – Garnet <– nahh, I’ll stick with diamonds 😉

Lucky Day – Friday <– AGREE!

General features

A typical Capricorn has good organizational skills, is neat and tidy, have hardheaded practicality. You have strong work ethic, materialistic tendencies, a conservative streak, conventionality and great respect for authority. You are ambitious, serious and dedicated to duty. You are self-disciplined, responsible and practical but at times, you can wallow in self-pity. Your reasoning ability is excellent and has strong sense of purpose and direction.

^TOTALLY agree with that whole paragraph. I’m very dedicated to my job & am willing to go the extra mile to get everythin done. I will stay late, arrive early & even work through my lunch break…which happens alot.

A Capricorn may appear somber and reserved in their dealings with others, but once they give the trust, they are a loyal and steadfast friend. Socially oriented, you are willing to work hard for anything you want, and your self-esteem is extremely important to you. You are bright and quick. You are good in detail as well as in insight and conceptual formulation. You are materialistic rather than philosophical. You are capable of falling in love for its own pleasure but love alone will not motivate you to marriage. To you marriage serves a social design.

^I guess I agree with SOME of that. Like I am willing to work hard for anything I want & self esteem IS extremely important..but that doesn’t mean I have high self esteem- I’m working on it 😉 I don’t really think I’m too materialistic. And I have no idea what a social design is; but I know I am super excited to marry the man of my dreams 🙂

So, I guess I agree with HALF of this summary of a capricorn. Not too bad!
What’s your sign? Do you follow zodiac signs?

HAPPY FRIDAY!! WOOOOOHOOOOOO! SOOOOOO glad that it’s finally here!! This week has been a bit crazy…and a bit trying at times, but I made it through & I’m so ready for this weekend 😀 TGIF!

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18 Comments

  1. LOL – I am the same way with bananas. Jason gets all the “bad” ones. He thinks I eat them raw and won’t eat “mine” so it works out perfectly. I am a scorpio – and I pretty much fit the bill.

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  2. Great post! I am a libra can’t wait to check out my sign on the website you posted. I believe a lot of the stuff is very true! Especially the compadibility with others ( I get along well with Leos and Pete’s a leo!) I also wanted to tell you those are my favorite sprinkles that you used YUM!

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  3. I’m a cancer and I don’t follow it too much unless I’m reading cosmo ha. I think it fits my personality well, but you can mentally think anything you want.

    I always buy too many bananas too! What a great way to use em all up.

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  4. I’m a Capricorn too. I really agree with most of the traits, except neat and tidy – that is not me at all.

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  5. im so going to that webstie to fin out mine! ahah.. and AHH i wish i could eat that giant blog of nut butter in your mixer!

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  6. Would it be okay if I just ate the batter for that? Looks like a decadent pudding! Nice job!

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  7. I’m a virgo=) I read my horoscope every once in a while just for fun! I love quick breads I made zucchini bread the other day and I’ve been slowly enjoying it! I have a banana bread pile too, but they’re frozen. My roommates are good at buying whole bunches of bananas and never eating them! I’ll have to try this recipe it looks so good=)

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  8. I’m a libra and it definitely fits me! I freaked when I thought they were going to change the signs a few weeks ago hahaha

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  9. I love reading about the signs! And every Capricorn I’ve met is VERY hard working. You all need to take a break every now and then 🙂 Or maybe I need to learn a thing or two about hard work?! haha!

    My favorite/lucky number is 2 as well!

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. Oh my word, this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Did you hear that they are trying to shift everyone’s signs because the Earth and stars have shifted their positioning. I freaked out a little. I am an Aquarius and just could not imagine reading a different horoscope each week.

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  11. I keep comin back to this post cuz that chocolate cake looks great!

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  12. I’ve made a few PB-banana breads… they’re always delicious! but i love peanut butter & bananas in almost any form, so… 😉

    lovely blog! 🙂

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  13. I think I’m going to have to vegan-ize this and make it for vegan week! it looks so great 🙂 So i’m guessing you and Craig are rooting for Green Bay in the Super Bowl? No way he would let you guys go black and yellow!!

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