Today I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled fall eats to pay tribute to my grandma. I first told you about her on Mother’s Day. She raised 7 kids and didn’t have the easiest life, but she always kept a smile on her face and kept going.
This October 13 marks the 7th anniversary of her passing. As each year passes, the pain of missing her lessens a bit. This day becomes less about being sad that’s she’s gone and more a marker to take a moment to think about her and all of the things she passed onto me and taught me.
She loved to bake. Baking was her catharsis and safe haven from whatever was happening at the time. I find myself doing the same thing sometimes, and I think about her when I bake. Sometimes when I miss her a lot, I bake some her favorites.
One of my all time favorites of hers was her banana bread. Even though I wasn’t the fondest of bananas as a kid, I would always love her banana bread: the sweetness, the flecks of banana in each slice, sometimes the crunchiness of the nuts.
I decided on making a healthier banana bread to honor Grandma’s memory today. Banana bread doesn’t have to be a sugary calorie bomb. This banana bread has no butter or refined sugar (maple syrup instead) and is packed with chia and flax seeds for a good slice fiber and omega-3s.
This one’s for you Grandma.