I challenge you to find anyone in this world who does not like banana bread. I’ve heard of people not liking bananas, but banana bread? Everyone likes that. And there are so many variations: chocolate chip, orange, oat, honey, spiced, coconut…and now: berry banana bread.
Berries make wonderful additions to cakes and muffins. There’s something very visually appealing about a swollen, burst berry in the centre of a cake, where the juices have bled out into the batter and created pretty purple patterns throughout the crumb. They also bring a natural sweetness to baked goods that is far superior to any artificial sweetener. When you combine that with moist mashed banana…well, you’ve got yourself a pretty amazing cake.
I made this berry banana bread for the first time a few months ago, and over the course of the summer it quickly became my go-to cake recipe. It’s so easy to throw together: you literally just dump all the ingredients in a bowl and give it a good stir. Because there’s so much fruit in the mix, the batter is quite wet and it will take a while to cook (mine took about an hour). But rest assured, it is well worth the wait.
The only downside to this cake is that there’s never enough of it. It’s so moorish that I find myself continually going back for another slice, and before I know it, the whole thing is gone. Not great for the waistline but hey, it’s okay to treat yo’ self every once in a while, right?
This week’s music recommendation is as follows: open your preferred music streaming service (I’m usually a Spotify person but I’ve recently started using Apple Music as well), search out the most 80s playlist you can find, and groove to your heart’s delight. I’m talking George Michael, Madonna, The Bangles, Rick Astley, The Piña Colada Song (which is technically from 1979 but close enough)…go all out. Trust me, it’ll do wonders for your productivity.
The music from this era is a natural mood booster. Combine it with a slice (or three) of this amazing berry banana bread, and happiness is all but guaranteed. You can thank me later, guys.
What’s your favourite 80s song? Let me know in the comments below!