Whenever the summer fades and autumn begins, or winter days emerge, banana bread is comfort food. Our week has been a winter wonderland. Monday the snow began to fall with Tuesday being knee deep for the littles, and today well below freezing.
Any plans that we had hoped for have taken a turn for lounging in pajamas & lots of dress-up play. One thing is banana bread chocolate chip cookies. They speak of home. Home as all things good, safe & wonderful. I'm reminded how many children & adults do not know this reality of home. Where cold, abandon & uncertainty loom at every corner.
I looked out into the ice-bitten chill that sang of the White Witch last night. My prayer, "Oh Jesus. Have mercy on those children, those parents, those people who don't have a warm home. Who don't have food in their belly. For those mothers who bury their children. Who am I? Thank you for this warm home, food fit for a king. Thank you that my girls don't know that reality."
I paused to take in what this world of hopelessness looks like and it breaks me. Why should I receive a blessing? Then, I read through my journal today from 8/6/11:
Generosity--giving--one needs to be intentional with life. With life, money, time & resources. Managing a home should never just be about creating, saving and restoring for family; but, in order to bring life to those around us.
Our home is not just to create a safety around our children, to provide for their needs, or my needs. It is that, but it is to be a blessing. Just as God said at the beginning to Israel, "you are to be a blessing to the nations." That is hospitality...to be a blessing. Saying no to more stuff, in order to give more generously.
This has huge implications with a greater bewilderment to follow of "how can I do it?" Today, I paint our door frames with Jesus feeding the 5,000 against all odds. I pray with my girls that we would be mindful of our blessings, in order to give that to others. I bake cookies with my girls to give them a taste of the sweet mercy of Jesus, and how it's new every morning.
I would love to hear how you find the blessings and how you give blessings.
Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are way too good to last that long. If your's do, then storing them covered will make them more soft and more banana bread like.
3 cups blanched almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground Saigon cinnamon (regular is fine)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup ghee
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup walnuts, chop them and makes about 2/3 cups
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 Tb homemade bourbon vanilla or regular vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Line a pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a bowl of an electric mixer, beat the bananas until nice & mushy, about 45 seconds on medium. Add the ghee & coconut sugar and mix for 30 seconds on low-medium. Add eggs and bourbon vanilla, mix just till combined. Add the dry ingredients, almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix till everything comes together. Add the walnuts & mix till evenly distributed and follow with the chocolate chips.
Put about two tablespoons (I use a cookie scoop) onto the lined pan. Sprinkle with vanilla salt. Bake for 15-17 minutes, depending on how soft you want them. Remembering that almond flour is more moist than regular flour. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer, serve & eat.