After packing house and downsizing a couple of times over the past few years, my mom insists there’s few things she wants or needs. That’s not to say she doesn’t light up at a little sparkly somethin’ to draw attention to her impossibly delicate wrists or ample bosom (oh she does!) but usually she says “If I can’t eat it, drink it or read it, I don’t want it.” I likely won’t see her for Mother’s Day (we live 500 kms apart) but she’s planning to visit a couple weeks later and I know just what I’ll give her: a steaming cup of tea, a slice of homemade chocolate banana loaf and my undivided attention (provided the kids are outside or something — and even then they’ll be in and out the door every two minutes, you know how it goes) while we take some time to catch up. And I think she’ll be happy. Green & Black’s did a Mother’s Day survey and 57% of moms said that spending time with family and loved ones is the most valued gift, followed by 32% saying that feeling appreciated is really what they want. (Only 1% said receiving a luxurious gift was the most important.) So maybe join me in making something sweet for the special mom in your life (your mom, your neighbour, your buddy) and make the time to enjoy it together. I’ve got just the recipe — Green & Black’s Farmhouse Chocolate Banana Bread — and a little giveaway to go with.
Green & Black’s Farmhouse Chocolate Banana Bread
1 cup self-rising flour
1 pinch of salt
8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 extra-large free-range eggs, beaten
2 very ripe bananas
3 Tbsp milk
100 grams (1 bar) Green & Black’s 70% chocolate, chopped into very small pieces
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line or grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
Sift the flour and salt.
Cream the butter and sugar in a food processor. Add the eggs, bananas, and milk and mix thoroughly. Next add the flour, but stop mixing as soon as the ingredients come together.
Fold half of the chopped chocolate into the mixture. This must be done using a spoon — do not use a food processor for this.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, sprinkle the rest of the chocolate on top of the mixture and push the pieces in slightly.
Bake in the centre of the oven for between 45 minutes and 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Tip: When mixing the wet and dry ingredients, do not work the mixture too much as this will release the gluten in the flour and make for a heavier texture. For this reason, stop when the mixture has just come together.
Recipe courtesy Green & Black’s.
That’s right! One of you lucky duckies is going to win Green & Black’s Organic Classic Collection, a sampler of six Green & Black’s favourites (two mini bars of each — perfect for sharing!). To enter to win, tell me something you’ve given or been gifted (or plan to give) for Mother’s Day. Who’s going to make the chocolate banana bread this year?
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Make mom’s day with this Green & Black’s banana bread recipe + A giveaway! #Win with @trysmallthings http://bit.ly/gandbmothersday CAN 5/9
The giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on May 9, 2017. The potential winner (chosen at random) must respond to prize notification within 48 hours and provide the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another will be selected.
Update May 10, 2017: Congratulations to Maritess S!