Happy December! We’re officially smack dab in the middle of the happiest, coziest, most butter-and-sugar-filled month of the year – and I couldn’t be happier about it. Although I’ll always miss living somewhere that snows during the holidays, the weather in the Bay Area has been semi-cooperating with lots of rain and gloomy days, so I’m feeling fully in the cuddly Christmas spirit!
To me, a house just isn’t a home until you’ve baked a loaf of banana bread in it.
Banana bread was the very first post I ever did for a reason – it is, hands-down, my favorite baked treat to make. It’s incredibly forgiving and requires only one bowl to throw together; it’s so cozy, comforting, and just always hits the spot. I have many versions of banana bread here on my site, but there’s always room for one more, right?! A new banana bread for our lovely new home!
Basically all I want to eat this December is warm, cozy breakfasts. Exhibit A riiiiight up there.
Ever since I moved to a place where “winter” means 40 degrees, instead of -40 degrees, my usual winter cravings have not been kicking in. Normally at this time of year, I’m all about big pots of chili, grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup, and gooey, cheesy baked pastas (swoooooooon), but I gotta admit, in California it just doesn’t feel the same. But my desire to wake up on cold, gray weekend mornings and cozy up with a mug of coffee, an incredible, warm, streusel-topped plate of goodness, and some Ina Garten? Still VERY strong.
Do you ever see a recipe (in a cookbook, online, on a menu, wherever) and you just absolutely have to drop everything and make it RIGHT THEN?
This is a result of one of those moments.
OK fine, I saw this beauty a few weeks ago, but this was the very first opportunity I had to bake something, so for me, that’s a pretty darn quick turn-around. As a food blogger, I have a looooong list of recipe ideas and a significant backlog of things I want to make. But I wasn’t feeling inspired for my post this week until I started thinking about exactly what I really wanted to eat. I was craving something cozy and sweet but not overly indulgent, something that I wouldn’t feel terrible about eating (especially before the pending Thanksgiving onslaught) but also would satisfy me and make me feel warm and fuzzy inside the way really only a fantastic baked treat can. I wanted this coconut oil banana bread and, backlog be damned, I was going to make it!