Morning Blues

Coconut-Almond Banana Bread
Coconut-Almond Banana Bread

Early mornings are always a hazardous affair at my household. Both me and Hubby Dear love to hold on strongly to our last few minutes of sleep. The alarm goes off and the snooze button is banged on a few times in a row, until it’s the absolute final second. Weekends however, are a whole other story altogether. We wake up not with the shrill tone of the ringing bed-side clock, but with brightness breaking  into the room through the drapes. No one fights to be the last to remain in bed. We each take our time in dragging our sleepy bodies out if it. What we do fight over though, is the weekend paper. You know, the ones so thick with all those different sections that would take you almost all day, had you the slightest will to read it all. To be precise, the comics section is what gets our undivided, unforgiving attention.

Growing up in a family where my Dad didn’t know how to start his day without his cup of tea and the morning national headline news; a Mom who didn’t care too much about politics but try as she might, found it hard to resist a good gossip in the entertainment section; and siblings who couldn’t care less about what was happening around them except for things that involved them personally; I was all too happy to have the likes of Garfield and Peanuts discarded my way! Aah, good times.

As I grew up and moved away from home, my weekend morning ritual continued. No matter how much of a frugal college student I was, I always saved up enough to get the Sunday paper to devour over with my morning cup. But now, with Hubby Dear and his swift hand, I can only but enjoy my coffee while I wait for him to get done before I am able to get hold of my morning laughs. And if there’s banana bread to keep me company while I eye him scornfully, then even better. Aah, good times!

COCONUT & ALMOND BANANA BREAD
Prep time: 15 min | Cooking time: 35 min | Serves: 4

1 cup
1/4 cup
1/4 cup
2
1/2 cup
1 tsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 cup
 all-purpose flour
sugar
butter, melted
ripe bananas
shredded dried coconutÂ
baking powder
baking soda
pure vanilla extract
sliced almonds

MIX in flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar with melted butter. Mash the bananas to a smooth pulp and add to the flour mixture to form a smooth batter.

ADD in almonds, coconut, and vanilla extract, and fill a greased loaf pan three-fourths full.

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees, and bake for 30-35 minutes, till bread is done and brown on top. To test for done, simply prick at different areas with a tooth-pick. If it comes out clean, then it’s done.

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