I know, I know, I should be studying. But I have to nourish myself too, right?

This banana gingerbread came together as a spur-of-the-moment type thing. There were some bananas in the house that were slightly past their prime, which meant that they were perfect for baking. Using a recipe from Baking Bites, I happily began measuring and mixing. In no time, there was warm banana gingerbread to be had! The loaf was very moist, and it used a minimal amount of fat. I used a mixture of soy milk and a squeeze of lemon juice as a substitute for the buttermilk.

I'm on the search for more recipes that includes molasses, since I have a Costco-sized bottle of molasses. Blogs and magazines are abound with molasses-heavy recipes right around now, so I'm sure I will have no problem with that. Did you know that one tablespoon of molasses provides you with 10% of your daily intake of calcium? What's more, it also gives you 20% of your recommeded dose of potassium! I had no idea molasses was so nutrient-dense until I read the back of my molasses bottle. Therefore, eating slice after slice of banana gingerbread must be good for you, right?
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Holiday baking has officially arrived, which, of course, includes typical flavours such as ginger. Whether it's in the form of gingerbread cookies or a moist gingerbread loaf, ginger is just one of those things that is associated with the holiday season. It just seems out of place to be eating gingerbread in the summer months, although I am certainly not opposed to it. I am especially not opposed to making these ginger cookies all year round either.

The recipe is yes, another Ina Garten recipe. I made tiny little bite-sized cookies, so they baked in no time. I think I slightly overbaked them, and I should've taken them out earlier. They weren't as nice and soft as I would've liked. Nevertheless, they were tasty little morsels, and were eaten up pretty quickly. I love having friends who'll eat my baking! That just means more recipes to try and more opportunitites to bake!

These cookies are quite sweet (due to the coating of sugar), but they are oh so addicting.