Will Run For Cherry, Banana, Coconut Butter Bread

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Cherry, Banana, Coconut Butter Bread.

Now we’re talking.

I think I should add FOOD to my list of inspiring workout tips. Some days, it’s just about the food, isn’t it?

Today you could slice the air with a knife. We get all kinds of sickening humidity in Southern Ontario. However, I say, when life gives you brown bananas, make banana bread.

I had a scheduled long run planned for today and as the clocked ticked it got hot, hot, hot. Morning workouts are really hard for me now because I am in the bakery around 6:30am and I am rushing to get out orders by noon. Getting up before 6 is not really an option since I am up until around 11pm most nights, so most of my workouts have been over lunchtime or in the evening! This makes for some sticky workouts in the summer I am finding.

As I went on my run tonight, this cooked in the oven…while I cooked outside.

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Visions of sugarplums cherries danced in my head.

Some days, food just equals motivation. Wait, make that all days. VOO parfaits are what get me up in the morning!

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The run:

  • Distance: 3.5 miles
  • Time: 30:06
  • Avg Pace: 8:35 min/mile
  • Avg heart rate: 161 bpm
  • Max Heart rate: 178 bpm

 

Mile Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:48
  • Mile 2: 5:20
  • Mile 3: 9:01
  • Mile 3-3.5: 4:01 (GET HOME TO BANANA BREAD!)

 

PS- Mile 2 is a joke! I am just checking if you are reading this and not glazed over at the eyes in a heaping puddle of drool right now.  :tongue: Mile 2 was actually 8:14!

I also have to ask you, Does it count as a long run if the run FELT really long?  I say yes!!!!

All that mattered was this…

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I was pretty much the happiest girl alive during the moment this bread touched my lips.

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Not only is this bread everything I hoped it would be, but it was also the perfect post run snack and it didn’t need any Earth Balance spread. It was moist and dense but not overwhelmingly sweet.

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Summertime Cherry, Banana, Coconut Butter Bread

I wanted to make a tropical and moist healthy vegan banana bread that would be perfect for summer. I adapted this recipe from my Tropical Balmy Bliss Spelt Muffins. If you are a fan of dense sweet breads you will love this recipe. This is not a light and fluffy bread!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 3/4 cup of whole grain spelt flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (I use aluminum-free)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp ground ginger + 1/4 tsp nutmeg OR 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 4 small bananas or 3.5 medium ones
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter (Warmed slightly)
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup pure Canadian maple syrup (I use Medium/#2 grade)
  • 6-8 Cherries, pitted and chopped, for garnish
  • unsweetened coconut, for garnish

 

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350F. Take the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, spices, chia seeds) and whisk in a large bowl. In a small cup, place 2 tbsp of coconut butter in the microwave for just 10-15 seconds to warm. In a medium sized bowl, add the wet ingredients (banana, coconut butter, maple syrup, sunflower oil), reserving 1 small banana or 1/2 a medium banana for later, and mix very well, making sure to break up the clumps of coconut butter. Now take the banana you set aside and chop into 1 inch chunks. Stir into the wet ingredients. Now add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir until the flour is incorporated. Try not to overmix as spelt flour can become tough with too much mixing. Pour the batter into a pre-greased loaf pan. Take your pitted and chopped cherries and add them on top. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. Bake for approx. 45 minutes or until golden brown. Note: My loaf fell a bit in the centre and wasn’t cooked in the centre, so next time I might cook it longer at a lower temp (perhaps 325F for 60-70 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

Possible substitution ideas:

  • Sub Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Sunflower Oil
  • Sub whole wheat or white flour for spelt flour
  • Sub ground flax for chia seeds
  • You could also add in pecans or walnuts! I made it without, but they would add a nice crunch!

 

I think the coconut butter was the WOW factor in this bread. While the bread did not have a distinct coconut flavour, it was moist, buttery, and luxurious! I am in LOVE!  :heart:

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I will be making this again and again and again. Possibly for the market on Saturday!?

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So what did the man of the house have to say?

“I think this is the best sweet bread you have ever made, but I’m not positive I remember all of them.”

Can you handle him?

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He also said, “If you ever made a banana bread with chocolate chips then that was probably my favourite, but if not, then this is my favourite.”

He kills me, he really kills me.

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In conclusion: Make this bread. Stuff your face with a slice of it after a very hard, sweaty run. If you love moist, delicious, dense, and super healthy sweet bread you will love this summertime snack!

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Tonight’s question: Does food ever inspire you during a workout? What food could inspire you to workout on those days when nothing else could?

Have a great night! I’m off to go freeze half of this loaf before I eat it all. :biggrin:

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 28, 2010

That looks FABULOUS!

Since I work out in the morning, big smoothies or oatmeal always gets me through those workouts. :)

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2 Jenna June 28, 2010

Funny thing is, I totally wasn’t paying attention to your split times. I really WAS drooling over this magical sweet bread of yours. I need to make this asap. I have no doubt that it tastes incredible, but it just LOOKS so beautiful, too!

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3 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010

hahaha that’s hilarious

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4 Kristina June 28, 2010

oh DAAAAAAANNNGG… that looks amazing.

I totally work out for food. :) usually pizza.

Eric is awesome. I want to hang out with you guys and have some great conversation.

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5 Bethany @ More Fruit Please June 28, 2010

I never thought to add coconut to banana bread… brilliant! I always have to freeze any bread of muffins that I make too to help me with portion control! Otherwise, things would be gone within two days!

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6 Jenny June 28, 2010

Wow, wow, wow! YUM!!!!!!!!

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7 Carolyn June 28, 2010

Oh, my God. I just had a mouthgasm.

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8 Jo June 28, 2010

looks delish!

And food doesn’t really inspire me to workout…. It’s more like a guilt trip thing. When I’m running I think about all the carbs I ate earlier and think where did at all that energy go? You gotta burn it now! Probably not the healthiest mentality… but I’m just being honest. :)

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9 Lauren @ Eater not a runner June 28, 2010

That looks so good! I would go for a run if that was at the end ;-)

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10 Brynne June 28, 2010

I do that all time! I remember one particular humid run last summer, the pomegranate chobani waiting for me in the fridge definitely made me speed up!

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11 Jessica June 28, 2010

mmm yummy, that looks incredible! That’s moving right to the top of my “to bake” list.

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12 Lauren June 28, 2010

Wow Angela, this bread looks incredible! You and your cherries and bananas have me thinking of all the ways I can use the same combo! Brilliant ideas!

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13 Rachel June 28, 2010

Food can inspire…anything! So yeah, I think a workout could fit into that ;) I like thinking of dinners on my runs. Different combos, wine pairings, etc. That’s motivation!
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I’m always substitutin’ recipes up – so I appreciate the suggestions in your delicious looking recipe here. Can’t wait to try!

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14 Allison @ Food For Healing June 28, 2010

that bread looks amazing!!

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15 angelaaa June 28, 2010

why are you so awesome? I am definately making this for someone i am smitten about, is that lame? Haha, well i know I will love this bread. Can’t wait to make it!

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16 Candice June 28, 2010

I love dense, moist slightly sweet breads so much that I’m not entirely sure I should make this. I don’t think I could control myself! seriously, though:)

As good as the bread looks, I actually did still notice your freakishly low mile time…haha. I was like “what?!”

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17 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

muahuha

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18 Samantha June 28, 2010

I run for peanut butter! Almost everytime I get home from a long run I indulge in some yummy peanut butter and a bagel with a banana. Yum! Otherwise is a delicious smoothie..together would be double yum and a 1/2!!

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19 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

WILL RUN FOR PB!

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20 Kelly June 28, 2010

Really…all I can say is WOW!! That looks so delish! Yeppers, that would surely motivate me during a workout, for sure! I will be making that soon!

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21 lindsay June 28, 2010

WOW, thats some serious bread. I would totally sprint for that! Do you think buckwheat flour or amaranth flour would work?

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22 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

Im not sure, I have never baked with those flours before!

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23 lindsay June 29, 2010

Well I guess it doesnt hurt to try. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thanks!

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24 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf June 28, 2010

WOW! That bread looks REALLY GOOD! I can almost taste it!

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25 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow June 28, 2010

Scrumptious! :)

My workouts are often a place where I create meals, think of new wardrobe ideas or even new makeup styles. Sometimes I need LOTS of distraction to get me through the entire workout- other days I don’t think of anything but the workout itself.

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26 christina cadden June 28, 2010

mmm, that bread looks amazing!

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27 Bridget June 28, 2010

I love a dense loaf, and banana bread is a favourite! Sounds even better with coconut and cherries!

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28 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 28, 2010

I’ve been on such a baking kick lately, and it’s made my 1000 degree top-floor apartment even hotter.

And here you go again, Angela, providing me more fuel for the baking fire that burns within me! Now, I HAVE to make this…and my apartment will consequently have to remain at 1000 degrees a little while longer. Just when I thought I could stop the madness….:)

No really, I can’t wait to make this! Baked goods always ease the pain of summer heat. Lol. Thanks for putting up this amazing-looking recipe.

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29 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

Sometimes I bring a fan into the kitchen lol

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30 Natalie @ cinnamonbums June 28, 2010

this looks soooo good! i think i will take eric’s little hint and add chocolate chips if i make this haha – i love chocolate chips in my banana bread too. thanks for sharing the recipe! (i love a dense loaf =) )

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31 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 28, 2010

I love that recipe and Eric’s right about the choc. chips. I love baking with coconut butter, it makes everything better.

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32 kelli June 28, 2010

the bread looks delicious and I do not like bananas, cherries or coconuts ahahaha :)..And by the way Sunflower seed butter is GLORIOUS in green monsters, you need to try it asap!!

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33 Rachel June 28, 2010

Droooooooling!

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34 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] June 28, 2010

You’re a lil’ speed demon – awesome run!

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35 Therese June 28, 2010

I shall do as ye ask and make that bread! Oh my good lord!

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36 Callie June 28, 2010

That bread looks amazing, I’m drooling just looking at it. :)

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37 Tara June 28, 2010

I bookmark special recipes to make on days when I am dreading a run (aka long and hard). Usually the recipes are something that would be too heavy for me on a normal day, but with a jacked appetite I would enjoy it more.

The bread looks amazing. Good thing I just bought super ripe bananas yesterday :)

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38 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 28, 2010

Incredible. ‘Nuff said :)

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39 Laura (Starloz) June 28, 2010

When I saw you tweet this, I was amazed & now I’m seeing it. WOAH!
Girl this is incredible, out of this world incredible. I can’t believe how perfect this sounds.

I’ve bookmarked this beauty & will try it soon.

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40 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

Let me know what you think :)

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41 Lizzie June 28, 2010

I did notice the split time . . but I just thought maybe you REALLY wanted the bread bad!! Can’t believe I have logged onto read this right before I am thinking about bed. I love banana bread and many of it’s variations – this looks SO good!!

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42 Christine June 28, 2010

I just started reading (and loving!) this blog last week and I’ve been so intrigued by the Green Monsters. I finally got all the ingredients in, and decided that I’d make my first green guy after a long run this evening. Funny as it is, thinking of my impending smoothie adventure actually kept me motivated during the run. I got home and whipped it up almost as soon as I got in the door and it was amazing!!! I packed four cups of farmers’ market fresh spinach into it and it was the most beautiful color and so good. So yes–happy green food thoughts got me through my run today! Love, The Newest Green Monster Fan

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43 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

Glad you enjoy them!!

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44 Chelsey June 28, 2010

That bread looks great!

On those days when I (stupidly) run before I eat breakfast, the only reason I don’t stop to walk is because I keep telling myself: “The quicker you get home, the faster you get to eat oats… the quicker your get home, the fast you get to eat oats.”

Works like a charm. :)

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45 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

haha yup that is so me some days!

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46 Maya June 28, 2010

What a lovely twist on banana bread! Running for food is great motivation, for sure! Do you think agave nectar would be a good substitute for maple syrup?

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47 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

Hmmm not sure. I am not huge on the taste of agave, but it might be worth a shot? You might have to use less as I think it is sweeter per tbsp than maple syrup isnt it?

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48 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana June 28, 2010

Wow, I was hooked bofore I even read the blog! I love coconut…I’m thinking applesauce may work for a sub for the oil as well…more dense in the end, but you could use a larger pan and do more of a dense flat bread, or nearly a pudding braed. Oh boy I’m getting excited ;)

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49 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

Wow I love the idea of a flat pan! Or even a PIE pan. Or muffins.

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50 Mary Ann June 28, 2010

That sounds delicious! Does it top VOO with Banana Soft Serve? Who knew something that killer good could also be good for you! VOO gets my vote for best post-run food (just in case you ever held a contest on such a thing!). You keep giving us inspirational thoughts and food! Love it!

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51 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

That would be like choosing between two children!

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52 Laura @ youngDCliving June 28, 2010

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! It sounds so good, I really want to make it. Now all I have to do is get me (or make me) some Coconut butter. I’m excited too, because this is totally my kind of sweet bread :)

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53 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 28, 2010

Oh YUM this bread looks AMAZING!!!!! But is there anything you could use in place of cherries? I love moist, dense breads like this but I’m not a huge fan of cherries.

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54 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

You could use any type of berry…blueberry, strawberry would work well.

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55 Maria @ A La Mode June 28, 2010

Um, Do you suppose I could skip the traditional wedding cake and serve that baby? Drool.

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56 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

haha umm yes!

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57 Brie @ Brie Fit June 28, 2010

YUM! I love all things coconut.

I spend at least 75% of my long runs contemplating how I’ll refuel. It usually involves peanut butter!

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58 Heather June 28, 2010

OMG I read your splits like 3 times and was trying to figure it out haha!

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59 Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 28, 2010

Angela – this is brilliant! A batch will be making an appearance at our house very soon I suspect!!!!

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60 Brynn June 28, 2010

haha. I’m with Eric! Banana chocolate chip bread is the best. This looks pretty amazing though.

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61 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 28, 2010

Ahhh, coconut bread SO reminds me of summer! Yum!

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62 Michelle June 28, 2010

That bread looks AMAZING!!! Can’t wait to make it!

And is it awful to say that some of my runs are motivated by a beer at the end? (after some water, of course ;) )

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63 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

WILL RUN FOR BEER! Come to think of it I think Eric had a beer after our run last week, lol.

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64 Camille June 28, 2010

Girl, I think that is the best looking bread I have ever seen in my life!

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65 Jennifer June 28, 2010

Delicious summer bread for the Farmer’s Market, yes please, yes please, yes PLEASE!!! :)
Can’t wait for the Market – going to stock up on Empower bars (they are absolutely, 100%, the best bar: coffee and chocolate = heaven!!!)

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66 Lauren (Lauren Loves Good Food) June 28, 2010

I just stared at that 5:20 mile with my mouth open for about 2 minutes before reading on, too funny!! I think food motivates EVERYTHING I do, and yes that definitely includes running. If it weren’t for extravagant VOO breakfasts I would never make it through my runs :)

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67 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

hahaha sorry I feel bad now!

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68 Nora@LifeLifeEatRight June 28, 2010

I think I would marry this bread…if possible haha. Looks DIVINE!!!!

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69 Naomi O June 28, 2010

That recipe looks great! Now I will have something new to do with all the banana’s I get from work! :P Thank you for sharing! And I’m with you, today when I ran up the longest hill I have ever seen (or it seemed like it was at the time), all I could think of was. Sandwich. big. sandwich.

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70 Elizabeth June 28, 2010

Yes the bread looks awesome. And I must thank you. I look forward to the overnight oats layered with the banana soft serve almost every morning. never looked forward to breakfast before. <3

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71 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

I’m glad you enjoy them :)

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72 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 28, 2010

mmm that looks so good! You are a baking genius girl!

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73 Ashley June 28, 2010

I love how excited you are…I could feel you JUMPing with joy about this bread!! It sounds amazing. I used to make breads all the time but haven’t in FORever. I must get on that! :) Loved the photo of you passed out on the couch in the last post too! hehe

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74 katie June 28, 2010

HAHAHA enter: bate
seriously- you crack me UP! I feel like your food would taste so good because you put so much excitement into it!! I think If i ever come to canada i would have to have you cook me your wonderful goodies!

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75 lexi June 28, 2010

yummy!! i have delish gluten free banana bread i have been making religiously for the past while..it is a fave! this’ll be a new one to try!(oh, my tried and true banana bread has choc chips in it! Eric would love!)

but quick sub. Q , can you use coconut oil instead of butter or no?? i do not have coconut butter and it can be pricey….
As for food motivation- I have trouble eating before a run ( i can’t eat or drink at min. an hr . before or i risk crampy stitchyness!!!) but food motivation during a workout..i’d have to say i don’t crave too much while i run!! i don’t get too hungry immediately after a run..but a while later…i could eat a horse!

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76 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

I think the coocnut oil might make the bread too oily…if you did make that sub I would leave out the sunflower oil probably. The coconut butter does really make the bread come alive though. Perhaps you could make some homemade coconut butter? http://ohsheglows.com/2010/06/22/homemade-coconut-butter/

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77 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 28, 2010

HOLY MOLY!!! This looks freaking unbelievable! I get just as excited as you about food…especially great genius creations such as this. Definitely motivates me!!

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78 Wei-Wei June 28, 2010

I think that pre-workout snacks are what motivate me most, after I’ve eaten them. The longer I go after eating it without working out, the more guilty I get until I just do it. Then I feel better :D Your bread looks absolutely so delicious! It looks nice and dimply on top from the cherries :D

Wei-Wei

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79 Marina June 28, 2010

This recipe is so amazing! But what else is new, yours are always like this.
I think I’ll make this bread for me and my mom, when we’ll be going to an island for a vacation. It looks perfect for a post-swim snack

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80 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 29, 2010

That bread looks INCREDIBLE! Food definetly inspires my workouts – I always work that little bit harder if I know I’m going out for a fancy meal or something :)

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81 Naomi(onefitfoodie) June 29, 2010

heck yes food gets me through a workout! i LOVE the sound of this bread esp since I have been on a cherry kick lately! when I workout in the AM i usually have something smal like a half of a banana but then a real delicious breakfast afterwards and I always look forward to it! (usually oats!)

this looks amazinggggg!!

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82 ~Jessica~ June 29, 2010

Unfortunately, food is my motivation for most things…including getting out of bed!

Because I run at dawn without eating anything beforehand (tummy troubles mean that I can’t handle food until a good few hours after getting up) I’m a hungry hungry hippo when I get back home. I love to run anyway, but I won’t lie: the last half I’m always planning my breakfast and dreaming of a huuuuge bowl of protein quinoa/protein based GM/cereal and a protein shake. I’m obsessed with Sun Warrior Rice Protein so I’d say that motivates me to work out no matter what.

I do have problems with using huge meals as a reward and then overstuffing myself as a result though. It’s something I struggle with a lot, particularly in terms of guilt over how much I can eat/overeat. It’s a work in progress.

You’re a star for still running after such a busy day and in such intense heat!

<3

~Jess~
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83 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

I need to try the sun warrior protein!

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84 Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life June 29, 2010

Holy bread, batman!!! That looks fantastic!

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85 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 29, 2010

This looks amazing. Banana bread is my favorite type of dessert/breakfast (okay ANYTIME) bread. Your additions sound absolutely amazing!

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86 Annie@stronghealthyfit June 29, 2010

That bread looks amazing! I’ve made lots of sweetbreads (and muffins) as well, I love how you can add what you want or have on hand and make something new and delicious! I’d love to make one with cherries.

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87 Jenna June 29, 2010

ohhhhhhhhhh my!! this looks delish!!! yum!

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88 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 29, 2010

Oh my gosh I need this bread in my life!!! And this absolutely justifies going out to spend $15 on Artisana Coconut Butter just so that I can make it!

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89 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 29, 2010

WOW this looks delicious. Don’t freeze it before Wednesday, I want to try it! :P

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90 patti June 29, 2010

Sometimes I motivate myself by saying I can have Booster Juice after a workout. And that bread looks delicious!

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91 Sarah June 29, 2010

I wasn’t paying attention to your times. I was fixated on that drool-worthy bread of yours!

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92 Teri [a foodie stays fit] June 29, 2010

Oh man…that looks awesome! I don’t have coconut butter…do you think coconut oil would work instead?

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93 Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 29, 2010

Haha, food is always at the time of my workout motivation list!

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94 Olivia @ Blissful Runner June 29, 2010

I use food as a motivator to work out all the time! Funny thing is, after an intense workout where I did nothing but sweat and dream of oatmeal banana pancakes (or something equally scrumtious), I often return home without an appitite. Win-win, right? :)

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95 Tina June 29, 2010

I can’t remember food inspiring me much during a workout in awhile, but I do always get excited to eat after a workout. Something so satisfying in that moment. LOL That bread looks good. I wonder what other fruit would work well in it. I’m not a HUGE cherry fan.

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96 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 29, 2010

Hahah I love Eric’s comments! That looks great – it would make me run faster too! Since I work out early in the morning, I usually look forward to enormous Green Monsters when I get home. That – and overnight oats if I’ve prepped them the night before!

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97 Colleen June 29, 2010

OH WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW! Going to make this bread ASAP!

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98 katie June 29, 2010

thanks for this recipe! i was actually trying to figure out what to do with 2 frozen bananas just last night. i HATE bananas (no clue how they ended up in my freezer or how long they’ve been there…) so this will be perfect!

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99 Tess June 29, 2010

Mmmm that bread looks sooooo good! I was thinking about what you said about not being able to run in the mornings because you’re up late most nights. I’m a night owl by nature, so I can definitely relate. However, I was also having a hard time working out later in the day because of the heat (and crowds at the gym). Finally, I decided to shift my entire schedule by a couple of hours. Where I used to get up at 6:30 and go to bed at 11:30, I now get up at 5 and go down at 10. It took a while to get into, but it’s become my regular routine now. And I find that because I get my workout done first thing in the morning, I a) have more energy and get more done in a day, and b) actually have more time in the evening because I’m only changing/travelling/showering once in a day (we’re only talking about 30 minutes or so, but that adds up!) Something to consider ;)

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100 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

I tried that in the past too, but it didn’t work because I wanted to be on the same schedule as Eric. He doesnt get home from work until very late, so we only have a few hours to spend together each day!

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101 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 29, 2010

DROOLING has commenced! way to have some self-control on freezing half of the loaf, i would have probably stuffed it in my face :)

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102 Lindsay June 29, 2010

oh.my.word…that bread looks like heaven!!

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103 Jen June 29, 2010

The bread looks great! I think I might make some today but I will have to make some substitutions. What do you think you could use instead of coconut butter? Would a nut butter work?

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104 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

yes I think nut butter would work…awesome idea!

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105 Jen June 30, 2010

I just made a loaf with substitutions: natural peanut butter, ground flax, evoo, and regular flour since that’s what I had in the kitchen. It’s in the oven now! The batter was really yummy so I’m sure the bread will be too! ;)

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106 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 30, 2010

mmm sounds awesome!

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107 Beth @ DiningAndDishing June 29, 2010

I work out in the morning. When the going gets tough I dream of what to have for breakfast when I get home. Today it was a wheat bagel with mashed banana, maple almond butter and cinnamon. THAT kinda brekkie inspires me to keep pushing on!

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108 Christa June 29, 2010

That loaf looks RIDICULOUSLY yummy!! I need to make it asap… will any type of gf flour work? buckwheat, sorghum, brown rice? my hubby bought a half loaf of banana bread the other day, and I was SO jealous of it (of course it was not gf, so he didn’t have to share!)… I definitely deserve to make this loaf of yours :)

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109 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 29, 2010

im not sure about the other types of flour, might be worth a shot.

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110 jassy June 29, 2010

hi…good thing i have some banana bread left over with me :)

that just looks so delicious :)

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111 sassy molassy June 29, 2010

Mmm…sounds and Looks amazing!

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112 Triathlonbabe aka Grace June 29, 2010

My mouth is salivating as I read this blog…..bwwwaaahhhhh! I am in love I believe with this good looking bread. Gonna have to make this ASAP!!! I have a huge bag of fresh cherries, the only way I will eat them, so there you go, just gotta figure out how to get that coconut butter. Ahhh, I know, I’ll make homemade coconut butter…yea that’s the ticket!

Hmmm, I’m with Michelle on Will Run For BEER! LOL! On a more serious note, you have gotten me hooked on juicing, so that is what I think about when I do my long runs on Saturday early morning with my group. I pre-cut my veggies for my juice and just remember how colorful they looked the night before and how delish they will be going down. My AM runs during the week, I usually do not fuel up as I am out the door at 5am, I just look forward to my breakfast once I get to my office. Yummy, usually VOO or a green monster! Yahooo!

Now, I just printed off the recipe for this bread and that shall be my dessert this weekend!

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113 Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks June 29, 2010

dang, I am definitely an engineer. I sat there for at least 2 miuntes trying to figure out how those splits came out to a ~8:30 min pace. Haha, I was like, “wow, that’s obviously a typo!” ….and then I kept reading. nerd alert.

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114 Fueling for Fitness June 30, 2010

Do you know if you can use coconut oil in place of coconut butter in baking? I know they are different (I looked it up and was disappointed to see that they were!) but I was just wanted to know your opinion as well! I really want to make this bread, but alas, I have lots of coconut oil begging to be used, and no coconut butter…

-Alison

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115 Fueling for Fitness June 30, 2010

Okay, I see you’ve already answered this already in someone else’s comment! Nevermind :)

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116 Angela July 4, 2010

This is currently in the oven, I think I made a mistake!

For the wet ingredients I was supposed to mush the banana before I incorporated it in the dry ingredients right? doh!
Because I cut it into chunks instead, t’was an early morning for me. I am bringing this dish to work. In the directions it said to mush the coconut butter, maybe you meant banana?

Can’t wait to try it either way, I’ll just be getting more chunks of banana! :)

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117 angela....again July 4, 2010

Angela! it still came out great! yum!

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118 Stephanie July 5, 2010

I am making this bread now! I used coconut oil instead of coconut butter, so I hope it comes out!!

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119 MaryZ July 8, 2010

I have to tell you, I have been dreaming about this bread! I need to make it soon. My husband officially thinks I have lost my mind when I said I was dreaming about this bread I saw on Oh She Glows! I’m buying the stuff and making it this weekend!

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120 Angela July 16, 2010

I really want to make this, but I can’t afford to use that much maple syrup. If I used sugar instead, would I have to add more liquid or, say, soy yogurt in place of the maple syrup to make up the moistness?

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121 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey July 18, 2010

I just made this tonight! It’s not quite as dense and moist as yours is.. I ended up cutting the maple syrup (I used honey) by more than half, because my bananas were SUPER ripe. I also used Cacao Bliss (which has agave) in place of the coconut butter. My last substitution was a tablespoon of ground flax in place of the chia seeds. Do you think the lack of honey/maple syrup caused it to be a bit drier or the flax?

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122 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 19, 2010

Hmm did you use spelt flour? I have heard of a couple ppl who used whole wheat and it turned out drier. My guess is that it would have been due to cutting the maple syrup (or in your case honey) in half. Perhaps you would also have to reduce the cooking time when making those adjustments (cook it for less time?).

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123 Ellani July 19, 2010

I tried out your recipe for Cherry Banana Bread this weekend and it was fabulous. I thought you might be interested in some changes I made:

I left out the oil (since I try to cook as fat free as possible), though I did use the coconut butter (which I made myself…great idea of yours!!!).

I also modified the baking soda and baking powder amounts to 3/4 tsps each and mashed up all the bananas with a potato masher.

I added a lot more cherries to the batter: scooping half of the batter into the bread pan, layering in some pitted cherries; scooping the other half over and arranging pitted cherries on top.

The bread was fabulous and not gooey in the least. Great Recipe!

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124 Anna July 24, 2010

Hi Angela,

this bread is great! I have made it 2 times now, and thought you might be interested in a substitution I made: We have a similar cake/bread recipe in our family (cherry-cinnamon-cake) and it becomes extra moist and light at the same time by subsituting half of the flour with rolled oats! So that’s what I did, and the bread turned out fabolous. And because I’ve read that some people have been wondering about other types of flour: I had to use whole wheat flour, and if you do that you need to add quite a bit of liquid (apple sauce/water/milk) and reduce the baking time.

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125 Satu August 19, 2010

I made this the other day and it was the most delicious thing ever! Thanks a million for the recipe, love it!

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126 jessica August 25, 2010

Hi, this recipe looks fantabulous and I am excited to try it! Could I sub the coconut butter for something else if I needed to though? Also, what other recipes would you recommend for freezing. I am having a baby in October and need to get on the freeze train! :o) Thanks!

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127 Gen April 15, 2012

Hi Angela, just wondering if I can sub the sunflower oil for another oil and if so which one ( i have oile, grape seed, canola) and do the chia seeds need to be in powder or whole ( i heard when you put them in poder it releases more proteins…)

Thanks! it looks great! can’t wait to make it!

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128 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 15, 2012

Hi Gen, you could sub canola and grapeseed probably (I havent used grapeseed oil but I heard it’s light in flavour?) I use whole chia seeds, but either should work.

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129 Chrissy May 8, 2012

Angela,

I just discovered your blog and made this bread yesterday. WOWWWWW!!! My best friend and I ate half the loaf in one sitting! I live a Paleo lifestyle, so I made some substitutions, but man, it was super moist and AMAZINGLY delicious!! I’m officially a huge fan of your recipes! & I can’t wait to try your Pumpkin Butter Swirl Butternut Pecan Bread- that sounds absolutely phenomenal! Anyways, for those who would like to know, I used the same amounts of almond flour, coconut oil, and dried cherries. I’ll say it again- AMAZING!!!

Sincerely,

Chrissy

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130 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 8, 2012

Glad to hear that Chrissy!!

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131 Ester November 15, 2012

I just tried this recipe. I used strawberries instead of cherry. I also follow your advice to bake at 325F, mine was done around 70 minutes. it tastes so yummy! Thanks Angela

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132 Ester Pasaribu January 11, 2013

I really like this recipe. The first time I used Spelt flour, using strawberry instead of cherry (that was what I had with me). The second time I used All purpose flour (King Arthur). Surprisingly the result is different. Using spelt flour will result a nice moist n very soft bread, using All purpose flour made the bread to rise fully n the result isn’t a moist bread. But both ARE really GOOD. I’m new to baking. Thanks Angela, your blog has helped me a lot!!

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133 Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric July 16, 2013

Hi Angela, hope you’re well!
I’m excited….going to try this recipe today with the boatload of overripen bananas I have from the summer heat!
Thanks, it looks yummy!
Preena

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134 Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric July 17, 2013

I made this last night, Angela! It was yum. THANK YOU!!

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135 Elyssa December 21, 2013

I LOVE your recipes. They are full-proof. I made your stuffed shells last night for the third time and made sure this time to double the recipe and freeze a bag of “ricotta” stuffing for later! When I came home from work the whole dish from last nights dinner was empty.
My boyfriend goes nuts for those shells every time.

This afternoon I decided to make this banana bread but I tweaked the recipe a bit.
Instead of coconut butter and sunflower oil I used earth balance and grape seed oil.
I also ran out of maple syrup at 1/4 a cup and used 1/4 cup honey. (Half honey, half maple syrup.)
To make it more grainy, I used whole wheat flower and 3/4 cups oats and bran, and added some flaxseed in addition to the chia seeds.
Finally, I substituted blueberries for cherries and added chocolate chips.
The batter is BOMB diggity.
I followed your instructions and adjusted the temp and baking time. I can’t wait until it comes out of the oven! Only 30 minutes to go!

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136 Natalie May 19, 2014

Could I use frozen cherries instead?? I just so happen to have some and would love to try this!

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