Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Here is the Banana Carob Chip Bread recipe I promised to you yesterday.  Okay.  Although I made a triple batch of this recipe that made 2, 12inch loaves, I do not have a single loaf or even a slice left to take a picture to show you.  That should tell you something about how good it is.  Just click the link above or press print at the bottom of this post for your copy of this tasty treat.   Best part, it is no eggs, dairy, refined sugar or high fat.  But you will not be missing out on great taste, super moist

Banana Chocolate (Carob) Chip Bread

Combine in bowl:

4 small or 3 medium bananas

1/3 light olive oil

2/3 cup zylitol (or sugar) and 1 TBSP molasses

2 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together in a separate bowl:

1 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend–1/2 cup buckwheat/brown rice/tapioca (or ww flour)

1 tsp baking soda

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 /4 tsp salt

2 tbsp arrowroot starch

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin spice

Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until smooth.

Add in:

1/2 cup carob chips (or chocolate chips)

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake in the center of a preheated oven for an hour, until the loaf is firm, a bit crusty and a tooth pick inserted into the center emerges clean.

Cool loaf on a wire rack.

Because this is hospitality Friday, you can guess what the kids and I are baking today to take to some friends.

Banana Carob Chip Bread

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Friday Hospitality

I posted here about my desire to make hospitality a way of life in our family.  I hope to make it a regular conversation on this blog and I will call it The Sheltering Tree, Friday Hospitality.  What are some things that you are doing to be hospitable?  I also want this weekly blog to be a way to keep me accountable to my commitment to hospitality.

Proverbs 31:20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.

First of all I want to say that I was perhaps hard on myself.  I do practice hospitality.  I am involved in my church in activities that involve hospitality.  Because my husband is the pastor I have many opportunities to be hospitable.  But my desire is to make hospitality a priority in my schedule at the same time being mindful of the fact that I am a pastor’s wife and the mother of 6 children.

Although Tobin loves for our home to be a social hub, it would be overwhelming to have something going on every night of the week.  So in order to focus my time and priorities these are the areas I will be focusing on and the day of the week:

  1. My Service as an Individual: Young mothers I could be an older woman to, Older women from which to learn, new friends and old friends–Wednesdays
  2. Our Service as a family: families in our church who need encouragement, new members of our church, newlyweds, young friends that my children could reach out to–Fridays
  3. Extended family–Sunday and Friday phone calls
  4. those sick and bereaved–Monday
  5. Widows in need–Thursday
  6. The elderly–Tuesday
  7. and group events my family can organize to encourage Christian fellowship–Sabbath afternoon and evening once a month

I have made lists of the people we will be focusing on in each of the categories.  Now this does not mean that we will be focusing on every person every week.  They would be just as overwhelmed as I would be.  We will definitely pray for them on a weekly basis and ask God to show us how to show them hospitality.  Then each week we will emphasize one category or person and focus our energies to extend hospitality to them.  This next week will be two young friends who are expecting a baby; one her 4th child and the other her first.  The first trimester is often the most challenging so I will focus on ways to encourage and help them that this is a very short season that will pass all too quickly.

1 Peter 4:9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

After talking with Tobin we have decided to make Friday our hospitality day.  This will be the day to deliver cards, food baskets and make phone calls.  Then Friday dinner will be a special time where we will invite one family to share a meal and fellowship with us.  We are looking forward to this special time.  Already I have reworked our schedule so that all week we are preparing for this special time.  This is our first week and already I am loving how this is focusing us all to think of others in everything we do.

Have a blessed Sabbath!


Hospitality

I love to entertain, and if you were to happen to stop by my house unannounce (which happens more often then you think) you would be welcomed with open arms and open home.  But I actually struggle with hospitality.  This is a terrible thing to admit as the wife of a pastor.   Hospitality does not come naturally to me and often it is not included in my planning and scheduling.

I have recently posted about a new planner I have been using, Keepers at Home Organizer.  How excited I was to discover that the Keepers at Home Organizer has a tab dedicated to hospitality.  It has you focus on several goals:

  1. My Service as an Individual: Young mothers I could be an older woman to, Older women from which to learn, new friends and old friends
  2. Our Service as a family: families in our church who need encouragement, new members of our church, newlyweds, young friends that my children could reach out to.
  3. Extended family
  4. those sick and bereaved
  5. Widows in need
  6. The elderly
  7. and group events my family can organize to encourage Christian fellowship.

There are places to keep track of letter writing and the actual planning of an event and so much more.  Keepers at Home Organizer {I am not an affiliate of Keeper of the Home Organizer, I am just that excited about this planner and want to share its wonderful qualities.}

It is so easy for anyone to get busy with the everyday needs of your family that you forget to look outside of your own family.  I plan to be more intentional in hospitality.  This also goes hand in hand with our new preschool curriculum. {I am an affiliate of Heavenly Homes products and do receive some commissions when your order products through my link.}

What kinds of things do you do to show hospitality?  I would love to hear your ideas!