Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hope

Heart of Hope
A Heart of Hope as Spring approaches. 

Which seems appropriate as we are going through some health issues with my husband. Following a stress test that shows some "abnormality", a Cardio Angiography has been scheduled for next Thursday to see if there are any major concerns. Our focus is that IF there is any "problem", an angioplasty will be all that's needed. 

Husband lowered his cholesterol level several years ago using "The New Eight Week Cholesterol Cure" as a guideline, so we're re-visiting the recipes. There are some great muffin recipes in the book. Oat bran is very good for you, as is a 30 minute walk daily.  :) 

Along that track, we made the best Oat Bran Banana Bread this morning... oh my goodness it's lovely! Because a couple of folks have asked, here's the recipe. 
Oat Bran Banana Bread

Oat Bran Banana Bread

 

Ingredients:

·         1 cup oat bran
·         1 cup all-purpose flour
·         1 teaspoon baking powder
·         1/2 teaspoon baking soda
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
·         1/2 cup corn oil
·         1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
·         1 teaspoon vanilla
·         2 egg whites
·         3 bananas, ripe, mashed
·         1/4 cup milk
·         1/2 cup chopped dates
·         1 cup chopped pecans

Preparation:

Grease a 9x5x2-inch loaf pan with oil; dust generously with flour.
In a bowl, combine oat bran, flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl with electric hand-held mixer on low speed, beat corn oil with the brown sugar until well blended. 
Beat in vanilla, egg whites, mashed bananas, and milk; beat for about 1 minute, until well blended.
Stir in dry ingredients. Mix in the dates and chopped pecans.
Spoon into prepared pan, smoothing top.
Bake on center shelf at 350° for about 40 minutes. 
Remove from oven; invert cake onto a wire rack.

Turn loaf upright and cool thoroughly before serving.

Enjoy! 


Sharing with Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kristin! Happy 3rd Anniversary, PPF! 


15 comments:

Christine said...

lovely painting and best wishes for your husband. Thanks for the recipe it looks fantastic.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your collage is lovely, and your bran banana bread looks delicious. May your husband's test results come back clear of any health issues. Happy PPF an Blessings! #14

Netty said...

Love your Heart of Hope and great bread recipe. Best wishes for your husband. Happy PPF, Annette x

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www.dorissdaughter.com said...

I hope all goes well for your husband, thanks for sharing the recipe. I love banana cake and will definitely try this one!

Faye said...

Your art piece of Hope is beautiful. Hope is a strong and positive emotion. I also hope with you that all goes well with your dh. Sending up prayers for his healing.

MeOfCourse said...

Your heart of hope gives us all hope. Very nice Helen. Sending best wishes to you and your husband and hope that all is okay. That recipe sounds great. Thanks. Hugs to you.

SLScheibe said...

A beautiful mixed media piece! It's wonderful. And many positive thoughts for your husband. I hope all is well :)

Carola Bartz said...

Your heart of hope is very beautiful Hellen. I hope that your husband will be alright - health issues are no fun!

Tam Hess said...

Happy Paint Party Friday! You are so creative, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend :) Tam

Annabelle said...

Hi Helen,
Love your collage, a very beautiful heart.
Sending best wishes for your husband.

Must try your recipe, looks amazing and follow it with the 30 min walk…I think I will check out the cure : )
Enjoy the Banana bread.

Annabelle : )

Annabelle said...

Hi Helen,
Love your collage, a very beautiful heart.
Sending best wishes for your husband.

Must try your recipe, looks amazing and follow it with the 30 min walk…I think I will check out the cure : )
Enjoy the Banana bread.

Annabelle : )

denthe said...

Love your heart of hope. And I hope all will turn out well for your husband ....

Cozycomfycouch said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love piece. Hope is a wonderful word. Positive. Truly lovely! My best wishes are with you and your hubby!

Laila said...

I love your Heart of Hope, beautiful work. Best wishes for your husband!

EVA said...

The loaf looks Yummy!!! And your Heart of Hope is lovely. I hope that your husband will be fine.

It's great to have you here as part of PPF, Helen!
xo
EVA

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