Walnut Pear Banana Bread

by Holly on September 14, 2011

in life,randomness,recipes

I’ve learned that in this crazy lil’ thing called life, you need to expect the unexpected.

Expect that you’ll go out for drinks with a friend on a seemingly innocent Monday night and end up stumbling to your apartment door at 2:21am, only to arrive at work a short six hours later hungover and well…still drunk.

Expect that you’ll want to ralph all over your work computer for the 8 1/2 hours you’re in the office, remember you have tickets to an Atmosphere concert that night and spend four glorious hours listening to hip-hop before unfortunately leaving with an even bigger headache than what you came in with.

Expect that you’ll wake up the next morning at 8:10am and need to be at work by 8:30am.

Expect that when you do miraculously make it to work by 8:28am, you’ll spill coffee on your brand new sweater from June Ruby and buy lunch for the third day in a row because in your hungover, concert-raging state, you’ve completely neglected to grocery shop.

Expect that only getting 10 hours of sleep in two nights and planning on finishing a freelance project, social media project, blog project + blog post in one Wednesday night will require you to eat dinner at Starbucks (an artisan breakfast sandwich + a grande soy latte, if you must know).

And finally, expect that when you go to make a loaf of banana bread, you’ll only have two bananas on your banana stand, but remember there’s always money in the banana stand.

Or at least money in having an extra ripe pear around.

Like I said, expect the unexpected.

Walnut Pear Banana Bread
adapted from Walnut Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 

1/2 stick (4 T) butter
1 cup sugar
2 very ripe bananas
1 egg
2 1/4 cups flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 overripe pear, diced
1/2 cup walnuts, crushed

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.  Add bananas and egg; mix well.  Turn off the mixer, and add the dry ingredients into the bowl.  Mix until it forms a batter.  Fold in the diced pear and walnuts, then pour in a greased loaf pan.

Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.  Take out of the pan to cool, and enjoy!


elise September 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

aside from the bread, you are livin’ one crazy a$$ life.
are you coming to spoon with me at the FB festival this year?

Alison September 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Good lord woman I hope you are in bed and asleep right this very minute! And I hope your boss does not read your blog!

Now I’M sleepy! And hungry.

Emma September 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

There’s aaaaalways money in the banana stand. No, really.

You are a party ANIMAL. Go on witchu bad self. And then maybe sleep a lot.

Erica September 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Sounds like quite the week :) the bread? Deliciousness! Pear is such a fun add in

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I love you!! Arrested Development is the schiznitch!! Love it!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

the fact that you baked while hungover just makes me love you more

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Love this one. GREAT RECIPE!

My normal nightly sleep is 4 to 5 hours a night. So yeah, I hear ya girl! Coffee is in order :)

and this bread! YUM!

Shannon [Tropical Eats] September 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

adding a pear is soooo clever!

expect.. to have a loyal new blog reader. :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes September 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

What a week! And it’s only Wednesday! Wonder what the rest of the week will bring! :)

The bread looks and sounds fabulous. It’s almost fall. I have to bake!!! I’ll try to do it when I have a little more sleep than you had as I usually can’t manage to not mess up baked things even when I should be completely functioning… :) Okay. That sentence is not clear at all. But I’m too tired to change it.

katy brooks September 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

holy smokes this needs to get on my tongue right now. GAAAAHHH!

Pure2Raw Twins September 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

yum yum yum love the additions of walnuts and pears!! you are one busy girl, we are right there with ya on that ;) life right now does not seem to be slowing down, which I am not complaining because it is all good!! haha

Katie September 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm

THERE’S ALWAYS MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND!! – I watched that episode last night. I’m so happy you just referenced it.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm

You are the funniest person I know. Please tell me you are going to the FoodBuzz thing in November.

The plus of waking up still drunk is that you aren’t as hung over as you would have been… or will be in a couple more hours.

MirandaK @ Miranda's Munchies September 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Yummy bread! Can’t wait to try it!
This summer I came across a frozen banana stand. I looked for money. I couldn’t see any. So ordered a chocolate coated banana with peanuts instead. I called it the Bluth. The banana stand person didn’t get the reference :(

Mama Pea September 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I would like this please.

Pea D has a Bluth’s Famous Banana’s T-shirt. Be jealous.

Alissa @ Not Just Apples September 15, 2011 at 1:08 am

My favorite breakfast is banana bread, toasted from the freezer – having a batch in there always makes me smile :)

Kathryn September 15, 2011 at 3:12 am

Ack, I know that feeling only too well. Hope you manage to catch up on some sleep soon!

Katie September 15, 2011 at 6:10 am

Thats life, you never know what lies ahead each day ; )

Loving the bread, oooooooh pear butter would be damn good on it! <3

Lori @ Little Bites September 15, 2011 at 7:10 am

Love that I started following your blog. We have similar interests in health as well as [occasionally] drinking our faces off. Also, worlds just collided when you mentioned Atmosphere. Never did I think anyone who I’ve grouped in my reader under Food Blogs would like them let alone go to a show. So awesome.

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland September 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

1. This bread looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it
2. Love the Arrested Development reference. I will never forgive Fox for cancelling it.

sarah (sarah learns) September 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

your life is way more exciting than mine. that’s why i’m happy we’re friends and i can experience it secondhand and without the hangover (don’t worry, i get enough of those on my own…)! thanks for sharing your unexpected happenings!

Liz @ IHeartVegetables September 15, 2011 at 9:53 am

That looks so moist and tasty! (Ew I can’t believe I just used the word moist. I hate that word. But I couldnt’ think of a substitute word.) the point is, this looks awesome. Now I’ll stop being a spaz. ha

brandi@BranAppetit September 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

love this, love you, love that bread.

ps: i got more details of the trip – i’ll email soon :)

olivia September 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Hi Holly. I’m a long time reader of your blog, but I rarely (if ever) post, because I’m shy like that. While there have been many posts that I have enjoyed of yours, this one was especially good and resonated with me on so many varied levels.
On a more broad note, I love how you incorporate food into your blog, but write about other things, non food related, and weave everything together through what appears as a completely effortless and wonderful talent :)

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) September 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Sometimes friends + beer + late nights take precedence over all :) I am super impressed that you still went to the concert after so little sleep AND for bustin’ out all that extra blog/freelance work post-work. You are a star.

also, come to NYC and visit. Sofia and I want to be your real life friends. Nope, not creepy at all…

janetha September 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm

pears in banana bread? mind boggling. and delicious. wish i’d gone to slug with you :)

Megan (Braise the Roof) September 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

And I expect that when we’re old and wrinkly, we will look back on these hungover, sleep-deprived days of torture at our desks fondly. That’s the stuff the 20’s are made for. I’m impressed that you found the time to bake anything at all!

Hillary September 15, 2011 at 6:43 pm

You’re kind of my hero. Most nights, I put my exhausted teacher-self to bed by 9. I’m now officially living vicariously through you.

sofia September 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

whoa whoa whoa there… can we stop and talk about how atmosphere LIVE was?!

Willow @ My Own Trail September 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Hey, you only live once. You might as well enjoy it. Arrested Development is one of my all time favorite shows. I’m still so upset that they cancelled it. As far as I’m concerned, they always cancel the best shows way before their time (Freaks and Geeks, Popular).

Frances September 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

you’re indomitable.

Linda September 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Mmmmm!! Oh my gosh, that sounds amazing!! I must try this!

LOL! You are like Super Woman!! :)

julie September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

thank you for posting this! my dad has been begging me to find a way to use the damn pears from our pear trees FOREVER! hahaha i guessssss i could use them. he’s a nut with them so if i make him one loaf of bread with the damn pear tree pears he might leave me alone about them haha

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