I took a break from coffee for about three months. I knew it was necessary because when I was working in Denver I slept with the coffee maker next to my bed, and I would roll over and turn it on right when I woke up. And, as if that wasn't pathetic enough, I would then bring a mug of coffee into the shower with me. Before you say anything, yes I know that's borderline genius, but it's also extremely unhealthy and you shouldn't encourage me. I knew it was time for me to take a break.
So I did. I gave up coffee for about 3 months. I brewed my own kombucha and drank that every morning. But now that fall is here and LA has cooled down to a brisk 90 degrees I've been craving coffee in the mornings. I wake up two hours early just to drink coffee and do some writing (in bed of course, I'm not a monster). I have no regrets for succumbing to my coffee addiction, because like I always say, "at least it's not meth!"
Besides coffee, another thing I've been quite taken with now that fall is here, is quick breads. And if you follow me on snapchat you see me bake a new loaf pretty much every 3 days. I've made banana bread, pumpkin bread, apple bread and also grilled cheese sandwiches. One of those things isn't a quick bread. But I came up with a pretty great idea the other night. And that was to put coffee in my banana bread. Can you hear that choir of angels? Oh wow they're singing my name. I'm flattered.
At first I was worried that the coffee would ruin the consistency of the batter, by making it too liquid-y. But banana bread batter is pretty thick to begin with, and it didn't make a noticeable difference to the texture. In fact, this is some good banana bread. The coffee taste is mild, so feel free to add up to 1 cup of coffee in the batter for a stronger taste. Whoever invented banana bread really knew what they were doing. Also whoever made it acceptable to eat banana bread for breakfast is a visionary and I would enjoy having a conversation with them over some light appetizers.
I have a question. Has anyone ever not eaten half a loaf of banana bread in one sitting? Like is that even possible to do? Show me a person who hasn't polished off the majority of their freshly baked banana bread while sitting on the counter and singing the Selena Gomez hit song "Good for You" and I will show you someone who is probably not me.
This banana bread is easy to make, the hardest part is waiting for it to bake in the oven. 60 minutes of torture as the smell seeps out of the oven, into the living room and not into your mouth because you can't eat smells. But most people will find they have these ingredients on hand. And you've probably got a bunch of bananas sitting in a bowl on your counter that you keep telling yourself you're going to eat but you accidentally keep eating pizza for breakfast instead. This is a good way to use up those bananas.