Aug 5, 2013


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One of my PowerSheets Weekend Tending List goals has been to bake for one of the sweet ladies who just moved into the retirement community a few weeks ago.  Her name is Phyllis and she came out one morning when Gracie and I were walking to introduce herself.  She said she loves seeing us walk by every day.  “Having a little youth in the neighborhood is such an encouragement.”  She and her husband just moved here to Chapel Hill.  Can you imagine?  Moves are hard at any age, but a cross-country move has to be a little tougher for our silver-haired friends.

To show her some Southern hospitality, I was planning to bake her a cake or my mom’s Southern Pound Cake, until I read how much butter was required.  Eeek!  I want these sweet friends across the way to live long healthy days, so I made my own Low-fat Banana Bread recipe and it is goooooood.  You’d never know this was healthy!

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I am not a big baker at all, but this was so easy.  I just mashed up the bananas in a bowl and, much to my french-chef-mother’s likely chagrin, just threw all the other ingredients in and turned on the electric mixer!  Voila!


I made four mini loaves using cheap tin pans from Walmart, because two older love birds can’t plow through a big loaf like my family can (read: Grace loves this stuff!).  You can also use this recipe to make one big loaf or 2 medium loaves.  It comes out really moist, so you can bake a little longer if you want it more firm.  I prefer the gooey texture myself though!

photo 3 copyI also added a pinch of cinnamon that I forgot to add to my recipe card.  I love these recipe cards from our shop so much!  I’m delivering one of these mini banana delights to Phyllis tomorrow morning and I’m so excited! photo 1

I’d love to hear about your favorite healthy Southern recipes. What are your favorites? Leave me some links and info in the comments, friends.  Enjoy, y’all!

P.S. My 2013 Goal Update is coming next!


  1. Nicole on August 6, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I just made Emily Ley’s coca cola pot roast for dinner tonight. It’s my current favorite southern recipe. Mashed potatoes with yukon golds instead of red potatoes in the crock pot…yum! My midwestern family devoured it. 😉
    Finally got to watch the Powersheets webinar today, Lara. Thanks for all the great information! I love the weekend tending list, and I’m sure that your neighbor will be so thankful for your Southern hospitality! So thoughtful of you (and Grace)!
    Smiles for your week, Nicole

  2. Heather on August 6, 2013 at 1:32 am

    This sounds so amazing! I’m all over all things Southern these days, but bread pudding has to be at the top of the list. YUM!

  3. Jasmine on August 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I’ve never baked from scratch in my life (it’s on my MTH list for this year… haha)…. maybe this will be my first venture. Just maybe 🙂

  4. Angela on August 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    This looks delicious..and luckily I have some very ripe bananas I need to get rid of!

  5. Emily on August 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Making this NOW..I am not from the South but my absolute fave is Red Velvet cake. My favorite Midwest recipe has to be Norwegian krumkake. Happy baking

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