Well, just like that I blinked and now here it is another Mother’s Day. I’d like to say that time doesn’t go by quickly but it really does. To think it’s already the second I’m celebrating being called “Mom” (well not actually out loud- but I know she’s thinking it) is just simply amazing. I wake up each day so in love with this beautiful, happy, smart, inspiring, funny, full of energy, and loving little girl. Being her mom is the greatest gift ever. It’s kind of like nailing your dream job but even better.
As amazing as it all is, being a Mom comes with a pretty long laundry list of things you want to accomplish under that title, including being the best nurturer you can be, a supermom so to speak. For me, it’s trying to fill the shoes of my own mother. And who wouldn’t want to? My mom has forever had this natural nurturing and unconditional love for her family. She is strong, independent, courageous, persistent, successful and most importantly has always made sure my siblings and I know we are all of those very same things and then some. I am lucky not only to have her in MY life but to have Emerson get the opportunity to share in all that she is as both a mother and grandmother as well is just the best.
Even with my mom as my unknowing mentor, parenting is not an easy task. It’s days are filled with so many wonderful things but also with middle of the night wake-ups, a bottomless pile of laundry, a meltdown in aisle 5 of the grocery store, a runny nose that’s seemed to have lasted since birth, the daunting to-do list you never can complete, the excessive use of the phrases “no” or “don’t do that”, a 30 second shower that feels like a mini vacation….you get the picture, and can possibly even relate.
As crazy, unpredictable, and exhausting as motherhood can be it is equally as (if not more) beautiful, rewarding, and absolutely perfect in every single way. Even at the messiest of times I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so grateful for the little family we have and always want nothing more than for her to know that her mom is always and forever by her side.
Although, as much as I want to be by her side 24/7, a little Mommy time isn’t a bad idea either. If a few minutes of me time is happening you’d better believe I’ll be incorporating snacks like this one of these Strawberry Banana Bread Mini Loaves into it. This single-serve treat is the perfect slice of moist banana bread combined with a hint of sweet strawberry. Plus, when a snack includes strawberry hearts and sprinkles you can rest assured I’m signing up. In true THHY fashion these mini loaves are also gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free, and guilt-free! So go and treat yourselves Mamas!
Strawberry Banana Bread Mini Loaves
Author: The Happy Hungry Yogi
Yields: 3 mini loaves
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 30 minutes
- 1 ripe banana (equaling 1/2 c mashed)
- 1 1/2 c fresh strawberries, chopped
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 c almond flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- (optional) naturally colored sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly spray or grease three mini loaf pans and set aside.
- Add the banana along with one cup of the strawberries to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Add the eggs, maple syrup and vanilla and pulse again until combined.
- Pour the contents into a large mixing bowl and add the almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Mix until no lumps remain.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans and tap the pans on a hard surface to level the mixture and remove access air.
- Gently press the remaining strawberry slices into the top of each loaf (I used a heart shaped cookie cutter but this step is optional, you can also just slice them). Then add the sprinkles.
- Bake the loaves for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool the pans on a wire rack before removing the breads.
- Serve straight from the pan for a single-serve treat or sliced and topped with your favorite nut butter and more strawberries!
Storing: These mini loaves will store best in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for a longer shelf life.