A Snow Day Recipe

Banana Raisin Pumpkin Bread! (see recipe below)

Banana Raisin Pumpkin Bread

Well, apparently, winter is not yet done with us yet up here in the northeast…


It decided to show its ugly face again last night and into this morning, complete with snow, freezing rain, and ice.


The ice is covering just about everything at this point. It’s pretty…but gross at the same time, ya know what I mean?


Well, my morning started off with a call informing me that school was running on a 2-hour delay. So I slept in for another 45 minutes and then decided to get up and get goin’ on my Monday morning workout.

I started off with an Exercise on Demand video: 10lb Slimdown Upper Body. Always a good choice! Then, just as I was headed down to the treadmill, I got another call…

SNOW DAY for me today!

So, with a little extra spring in my step, I hopped on the treadmill and completed a slightly different variation of this treadmill workout. I ran for 40 minutes, covering exactly 4 miles. It felt good, especially after taking the whole weekend off from exercise.


After showering, it was time to take advantage of this snow day…because we all know what snow days are good for…


BAKING! Open-mouthed smile



I had a couple super-ripe bananas that needed to be used up, so I whipped up a batch of my Honey Raisin Banana Pumpkin Bread. I decided to make a few minor adjustments to the recipe, using some of my favorite healthified baking substitutes. I’m actually quite glad I did, because I think this loaf turned out even better! Here’s the new recipe:



Of course, I had no patience to wait for it to cool down before digging in…


I had already been smelling it in the oven for the past hour…how was I supposed to wait any longer??? Winking smile

I cut myself off the heel, along with one more piece, spread with a little butter.


It’s soooo good! Don’t be surprised if I end up going back for another slice soon…


Or two. Winking smile


The winner of my Blueberry Muffin Larabar Giveaway will be announced later this afternoon!! Last chance to get your entries in!

*Just in case you missed this weekend’s blog posts:

Healthified Baking Substitutes

The Whistling Tea Kettle Lunch Date

Busy Baker


I hope the weather is much nicer than it is here, wherever you may be! Smile


  1. says

    yum yum yum! that looks amazing :)

    I’m so sick of winter, but I guess I can always guarantee its going to give me a good workout because I’m gonna have to shovel the icy snow off my car later to get to class. Can you say bicep workout? haha

    hope you enjoy your day off!!
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    • Courtney says

      Nothing besides bread in a loaf pan, like banana bread. 😉
      The bread machine has made such a difference…I LOVE it!

    • Courtney says

      Any snow days that we could possibly have from here on out, we will have to make up. The first day they’ll take away is the Friday before Memorial Day. But today’s snow day was the last one that was built into our schedule. Thankfully!

  2. says

    Hey Courtney, after I tweeted you, I went home and made this bread! HA! Hubs and I went away for the weekend and we got back late last night and in the kitchen were two – exactly two overly ripe bananas. Then I check my google reader and low and behold I find your recipe! I took my lunch break (I work from home) and made this. Holy amazeballs it’s so good! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. says

    That bread looks incredible! I would have wolfed the whole thing! I make a version of banana bread that’s called “Banana Split Bread,” and I can put down quite a bit of that stuff–it’s just too too good. I can’t wait to try a new “healthified” recipe! :)
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  4. says

    Ohh my goodness! You just found a way to combine the three things I love the most into a loaf of doughy goodness… I WILL try this recipe this weekend and let you know how it goes. If I end up posting on it, I will give you alllllll the credit you deserve :) I read your blog every day, you’re amazing!

  5. says

    I just made this bread and it smells soooo good! It looks great, too. :) Alas, I cannot eat a piece because I am giving it to my parents as a surprise tomorrow but I can guarantee I will be making it again (just for me!) Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Leslie says

    I made this recipe last night and baked it up as muffins. Easy portions for my little guy. It was great! I threw in about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and only did 1/2 cup of raisins. Thanks for a great “healthy” quick bread.

  7. Cathleen Velasquez says

    I make a version of banana bread that’s called “Banana Split Bread,” and I can put down quite a bit of that stuff–it’s just too too good. Thankfully!
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