Spill It #3, Banana Nut Bread, and What to Make With Your Christmas Leftovers

Hello fellow Christmas-lovers! I am just soaking up the amazingness that is Winter break, which so far has just consisted of sleeping, cleaning, and baking. Not terrible.

Paleo Banana Bread

Actually, while I have been baking, this banana bread is not from recently but from this past summer. Somehow I’ve forgotten to post multiple recipes and hopefully I can catch up soon! Still, it’s banana bread and that never goes out of season.

First though we must do Spill It Sunday via Arman πŸ™‚


Photoshopped Christmas Selfie:Β 


What is a traditional/cultural event you and your family/friends celebrate?

Everyone seems to have these super special traditions when it comes to the holidays, but we just really follow the basic customs, at least those here in the United States. For Christmas Eve we always go to one of my church’s many Christmas Eve services. Usually we pick one of the services where they turn off all of the lights and there is a candle lighting, which is my favorite.

On Christmas morning my brother and I get up super early around 5:30 or so and drag my parents out of bed to open presents. Then while my parents recoup with a nap in our living room, we get a chance to check out everything we got.

Around 12:00 we then head over to eat with my mom’s side of the family with the traditional Christmas lunch.

In the past couple of years I guess we actually have started the tradition of watching a movie on Christmas day at the theater. In the past we’ve seen both Sherlock Holmes. I’m not sure if we will do that this year though, as I don’t know if there are going to be any good movies coming out.

Do you have any traditions which you partake in on a consistent basis?/What is something special you and your family/friends do?

These questions reminds me of my recent Statistics exam where I ended up writing too much for the first question which then overlapped my would-be answer for the second. My bad. (See above!)

Most memorable event?

As kids, during trips to see my dad’s side of the family for Thanksgiving, on our way home my brother and I would beg our parents to go see the Christmas light set-up. It had moving parts and was one of the coolest things. It was a great way to start off the Christmas season and being so young I thought it was so magical.

Now we just drive around the rich neighborhoods in the closest town. Not quite as good, but some of the decorations are insane!


For The Recipe Redux‘s December theme we were supposed to make something that you can enjoy for the New Year.

What will you be serving to get the New Year started with a little luck? Be it black eyed peas and greens, Chinese noodles or even a special family recipe you serve on New Year’s Eve or Day. Please share your good luck dish to start off 2014 in a healthy way.mimm-current-recipe-redux

I chose to remake my Great Grandma Sigler’s famous Banana Nut Bread. Growing up my great grandma was the best baker I knew. She printed a lot of those community cookbooks full of her favorite recipes, and at every family celebration you could be sure to find at least one of her creations.

She passed away a few years ago while I was in high school and I miss her dearly. When I first heard that she was gone I immediately went into the kitchen, knowing that I had to make up a loaf of her famous banana nut bread. It was her most popular recipe and we were never without a frozen loaf in the freezer.

This is my grain-free rendition of her recipe. I didn’t include nuts because I personally prefer my banana nut bread “nut” free. I don’t like that crunchiness that chopped nuts give. Still, I added them as optional because most of my family likes them added. Also, there is no cinnamon in here because my great grandma was allergic and thus never included it in her recipes. If you’d like to add cinnamon, I would go with 1-2 teaspoons. Again though, I prefer it without.

Paleo Banana Bread

Paleo Banana Nut Bread

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy/Nut-Free Option, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly


  • 2 large or 3 small ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup worth)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1 cup almond flour (any nut/seed flour will work)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of nuts (optional)


  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the wet ingredients in a large bowl, then add the dry ingredients, mixing well. (Alternatively I put all of the ingredients in a large food processor and had it all mixed smooth within a minute or two).
  3. Pour the bread batter into the lined loaf pan and bake in the oven for approximately 70-80 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely before slicing. **Start checking the bread at 60 minutes your first time to make sure that it doesn’t cook faster than mine. All ovens differ and you should go by look/texture instead of time to see when your bread is done**

Paleo Banana Bread

To check out the other New Years recipes featured in this month’s Recipe Redux round-up, check out them below:


Aside from a new recipe and Spill It Sunday, you are also going to be getting a belated Christmas Recipes Round-Up post. As I wasn’t able to get anyone to do the leftovers post, the task was left to me. And well… I kind of dropped the ball on that one. So here it is a few days late. I figured it wouldn’t be TOO big of a deal since you won’t be eating leftovers until after Christmas anyways, right? πŸ˜‰


So what I did was pick some of the common leftovers that people have after holiday dinners, and then found three unique ways to repurpose them for enjoyment later on. Unlike Day One where I included the dietary labels, for today’s post I did not. The main reason is that while I did link to recipes, they are more just to provide inspiration. Don’t feel limited if a recipe calls for eggs, dairy or gluten and you aren’t able to have those things. For example, with the Pecan Pie Brownies, the recipe linked isn’t really “allergy-free.” So just take the recipe as baseline and substitute with your own favorite pecan pie recipe and brownie batter recipe to fit your needs. If you can’t find any substitutions but want to make one of the recipes below, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to help!



Turkey Sweet Potato DumplingsΒ //Β Greek Turkey Pita SandwichesΒ //Β Carmelized Onion, Cranberry and Kale Saute Wrap



Egg-Free FrittataΒ //Β Ham and Apple Butter PaniniΒ //Β Baked Beans with Ham

Mashed Potatoes…


Potato CakesΒ //Β Orange Drop DoughnutsΒ //Β Mashed Potato Cheddar and Chive Waffles



Roasted Corn ChowderΒ //Β Zucchini Corn FrittersΒ //Β Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers



Customizable Breakfast BowlsΒ //Β Homemade Vegan CroutonsΒ //Β Vegan French Toast

Sweet Potato Casserole…


Sweet Potato Casserole, Brie and Bacon Grilled CheeseΒ //Β Sweet Potato PancakesΒ //Β Coffee Cake



Leftover Pumpkin Pie MilkshakeΒ //Β Pecan Pie BrowniesΒ //Β Pie Breakfast Casserole



Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookie TrifleΒ //Β Cookie Pie CrustΒ //Β Cookie Butter

Candy Canes…


Stained Glass CookiesΒ //Β Candy Cane PopcornΒ //Β Body Scrub

Also posting today for the 12 Days of Allergy-Free Christmas Recipes is Cat from Cat Food is Good For You with a bunch of delicious desserts! And click here for the updated list on everyone who has gone so far!

And I’m also linking up today with Katie from Healthy Diva Eats for her Marvelous in my Monday. Because, let’s be real here- there is a whole bunch of deliciousness and marvelous-ness going on in today’s post πŸ˜‰


Questions for you:

  • What are your family’s holiday traditions?
  • Is there any recipe that you usually make for New Years?
  • Do you have any popular family recipes to share?
  • What is your favorite way to reuse leftovers?

40 thoughts on “Spill It #3, Banana Nut Bread, and What to Make With Your Christmas Leftovers

  1. The meaning behind that loaf of bread is beautiful, Madison! I’m stoked you were able to create a grain free version! πŸ™‚

    I lol’d at your spill it response for #2. Seriously, that was the WORST in exams- I’d have to rewrite the earlier question and then rephrase it for the second one to get all the marks. Worst.

  2. Ahh joe and his brothers and i usually try to see a movie together on christmas after dinner (family gets a little crazy by then). I love it haha but also not sure if we’ll make it to one this year since we all have to work the day after. Oh the joys of being an adult πŸ˜‰ enjoy this break love! Get some extra sleep and fun for me! And I love that story about your grandmother’s bread….she would be incredibly happy and proud that you made it more accessible for others in her honor πŸ™‚

  3. That bread… it looks amazing and I’m absolutely loving all the ingredients in it. I’m with you on the nuts — never a fan of them in my breads. But chocolate chips are definitely another story πŸ˜€

    My family is Polish, so we have our bigger celebration on Christmas Eve. We’ll spend most of the day prepping food and catching up on last minute gifts/decorations, and then we’ll sit down to a meatless meal, open presents, relax for a bit, and then head out to midnight mass. Just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without those things…

    • I’m actually not much of a fan of nuts in cookies either, although I’d agree that they are much more welcome there!

      That sounds like a great tradition with your family! I’m not sure I would be able to make it to midnight though. We went to the late 10:00 service at church once and I started dozing half way through (due to my usual granny bedtime, not because it was boring πŸ˜€ ).

  4. Wow the story of the banana bread is very touching. Your grandma was lucky to have such a lovely granddaughter! πŸ™‚ I prefer nut-free bread too. Even though I love nuts, I think they get in the way in breads and cookies!
    I think your Christmas tradition sounds perfect! Mine is pretty simple as well. We have a special Christmas Eve dinner, then read some Christmas books and drive around to look at Christmas lights. Christmas morning is very similar to yours – we wake up early and drag are parents out of bed! We don’t get up quite as early as we did when we were little, but still earlier than usual (well, it’s probably my normal wake-up time – I’m not really able to sleep in these days!). Merry Christmas, Madison!!

    • Exactly how I feel too πŸ™‚ Nuts are best left on their own or in nut butter (or I guess in nut flour. Lol. But not chunky in my desserts!).

      I’m glad I’m not the only one not able to sleep in. Well, I did manage to stay in bed until 7:30 this morning, but that’s a rarity and basically earlier than everyone I know. Haha. It makes for some quiet mornings at school especially!

      Merry Christmas to you too Alex!!

  5. Girl, your bread always looks downright delish. Also you look too cute in your photoshopped Christmas selfie! And haha my boyfriend’s mom asked me what my family’s Christmas traditions were and I totally blanked and literally couldn’t think of anything besides opening presents. Then a week later I remembered all our weird traditions hahaha.

      • Well maybe not weird- we always make biscotti cookies (basically italian sugar cookies), hide “elf on the shelf” everywhere to scare each other, and we also celebrate my mom and sister’s birthdays because they were both born on Christmas day (that one’s pretty weird)

    • Thanks Leigha! No camera here, just my cellphone (Galaxy S2) and a free photo editor online. I would so love to get a camera, nothing fancy or anything, but it would be nice to have more professional-looking pictures. πŸ˜€

      Hearing that makes me feel tons better about all of the recipes that I’ve forgotten about too πŸ™‚

  6. I love how baking can be such a good stress reliever (at least for me). Your banana bread looks fantastic! I bet almond butter would be delicious frosted on top. πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas! ❀

  7. We didn’t have much leftover from Christmas lunch (it was a small spread) but we were gifted with a BUNCH of chocolate over the past couple of days. Some of the bars were the really nice Vosges kind from World Market, and I’ve been making use of them by topping it over piping hot oatmeal. When it melts…it’s so delicious, and a great way to make a dent in all that chocolate, haha.

  8. First off, You are absolutely adorable. That santa hat on you is the cutest Christmas picture I’ve seen to date. Okay next, Paleo Banana Bread? OMG! I’ve been searching for a paleo version of banana bread for ages, and I’d yet to find the ‘perfect’ one. This will be happening tomorrow!

  9. So I wrote an awesome comment for this post over the weekend, and Blog Lovin was all like Nope, Rejected, Denied! Which means now you get this lame after comment which is nowhere near as funny as the first. In fact, I’m not even sure this is funny at all so definitely a subpar comment. I blame Blog Loving and then God. Not really, but everyone is always thanking God so I thought it’d be interesting to switch it up. I take it back now. Can I have take backs? I should hope so or else I just damned myself to somewhere without veggies and loads of processed foods. Can you imagine? I’d run screaming in terror. Oh wait, that’s just the inner city. Man, I am on a roll of strangeness tonight. I suppose I could delete this entire comment but then I’d be back here again in two days trying to leave yet another comment so I’m going to let it lie it and hope for the best. You already know I’m weird and slightly neurotic so this is fitting if nothing else. πŸ™‚

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