On 3/17/2020 I (Vanessa Goldberg) decided to self quarantine. I felt very mild symptoms, and decided it would be best if I stayed home from work to make sure that I would not be spreading COVID-19 to my coworkers and potentially patients. Fast forward a week, and while I have not been “confirmed” (labs are totally overwhelmed with COVID-19 swabs), there is no doubt in my mind that I have (had) the virus.

This is not a blog about COVID though. This is a blog about what I have been doing while locked up in my apartment. The goal of this and any subsequent blogs is to encourage anyone who read this to not be discouraged because you are locked in your home. Instead, you should take this as an opportunity to try something new!

Sometime last week, my boyfriend and I created BANANA CHERRY ALMOND BREAD. Let me tell you, it was incredible. I want to share the recipe with you 🙂

Start with 2 ripe bananas – if your bananas are not ripe, throw them in the oven at 350F for about 5-10 minutes, or until the skin starts to darken. Mash these bananas into a paste in a bowl.

Add 1 cup almond butter, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1/3 cup sweetener of choice and 1 tbsp cinnamon. Mix until combined.

Next, you can either use 3 eggs or 3 chia or flax eggs. If you go the chia or flax route, take 3 tbsp of the seeds of your choice and 9 tbsp water, mix together and let sit for 5 minutes before using. You should end up with a thick, chunky paste like consistency. Mix your eggs of choice into the batter until combined.

Lastly, I used 1/2 cup frozen cherries, roughly chopped. You can substitute another fruit if you have something else laying around. I would recommend something similar to a cherry or berry though. Fold the cherries or other fruit of choice into the mix until evenly dispersed.

Dump your mixture into a greased loaf pan or into a muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes if doing a loaf, or 20 minutes if doing muffins. You will know the bread is done when you are able to stick a fork in it, it comes out clean.

The bread has a slightly more “bread pudding’ like consistency, being that there is no flour in this recipe. If you try this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Send us a message on Facebook or Instagram. If you have an interesting recipe you think I would like, send it my way! But most importantly, stay home and stay healthy.

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