Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Alarm Clock

I'm not a morning person. I don't jump out of bed ready for the day. I don't wake up with a smile on my face. I don't feel like I could run a marathon.

I toss and turn and pull the covers up tightly over my shoulders and stretch. I lament having to get up and out of bed casting off those heavy comforting blankets. I try and fall back asleep. I grab my phone and I text in bed prolonging the morning.

In an effort to be healthy and more productive I've employed a routine: Wake up slowly, eat breakfast, read scriptures, exercise... in that order. But what to eat for breakfast? Short of a bowl of cereal or a piece of fruit, breakfast takes time and preparation. Even oatmeal requires effort - and yet despite the effort, breakfast is so rewarding. More so than dinner or, gasp!, dessert, because it starts your day. It gives you energy to accomplish your tasks and jump starts brain function. Breakfast is my alarm clock.

I only start smiling after breakfast.
Banana Coffee Cake
This is an excellent dense morning cake with a sweet, salty and crunchy texture. Served warm with a dab of butter, this breakfast will get you rocking and rolling.

¾ cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
Beat together for several minutes

2 mashed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Stir just to incorporate flour
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup sour cream
½ cup whole or crushed pecans

Pour batter into 8x8x2 greased pan
Top with strudel
Bake at F350°, 45-55 minutes

Yields 1 square cakes, 8-12 pieces

½ stick butter
¼ cup pecans
½ cup oatmeal
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

One Year Ago: Happy Birthday Melinda, Chocolate Almond Cake with Vanilla Mousse Frosting and Vanilla Walnut Frosting

14 Sweet Talkers:

Frieda said...

It is SO nice to hear that I'm not the only one that is allergic to mornings! This coffee cake does look worth rolling out of bed for...

Valerie said...

Oh, that looks so good with all those nuts! Wish I had it waiting for me in the morning.

Lauri said...

Glad I am not the only one who takes some time in the mornings! That looks so yummy!

Just One Week said...

I agree with you - I think it is so important to enjoy your breakfast. Anticipation of a good meal gets me out of bed. My favorites are greek yogurt with granola and strawberries, oatmeal with blueberries, and lately I've been enjoying this fiber cereal. Your recipe looks delicious!

A Nerd Like Me said...

I actually am a morning person, but only after I've had my breakfast and coffee. My favorite coworker was actually a bit mad a me yesterday morning because I was so spunky while he was so tired. This cake looks delish! Disney??? Disney???

Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

I wish I could have slow mornings! Instead it's up at 7:30 and off to work. Maybe I could make this the night before!

k80 @ onegirlsjourney said...

That recipe looks amazing!!! Awesome! It can be so hard to get out of bed - I know it! It is so comfy and serene!!! lol

Thanks for visiting my blog! Sounds like you have had a LOT of moves! Yes, I would suppose it would be easier to pitch stuff than cart it. But you are makes you realize what is really important!!

Camille said...

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, yet I don't have much variety during the work week because it takes too much time and effort! :)
I'm lovin this coffee cake idea - looks healthy AND delicious! It's hard to come by a food with both those traits! :)

Barbara said...

Looks like a great waker-upper to me! (I'd have to make the night before though!)If I thought that was waiting for me in the morning, I would jump out of bed and run for the kitchen.

Me, Myself and Pie said...

I can never get out of bed either. In fact, I'm stalling right now, refusing to begin the 'ol morning makeup routine. This looks so so good, especially the studel!

Denise said...

Looks so good!
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Pamela said...

I love new and delicious coffee cakes. This one sounds wonderful.

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