I may have mentioned I’m training to run the Boston Marathon with the American Liver Foundation’s 2014 Run for Research Team. Yesterday was the team’s Love Your Liver 16-mile run along the marathon route. It was exciting to run more than half the course and get a taste of the hills in Newton. I can’t believe the marathon is in 63 days!
Today is all about rest and my grand plans include rocking comfy slippers, eating chocolate banana date bread, sipping a beautiful blood orange brunch cocktail and binge-watching House of Cards with Michael.
It’s well-documented that I’m guilty of hoarding over-ripened bananas in my freezer. I’m always looking for new banana bread recipes. This one is a little decadent with the cocoa and sour cream, but it’s also chock-full of nutrients like potassium and magnesium, which you need after a long run. If you combine the health benefits of the bananas, Medjool dates, coconut and cocoa nibs, this is practically a fruit cup.
Chocolate Banana Date Bread
Adapted from Savory Sweet Life
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 large ripened bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup Medjool dates, chopped
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut, optional (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 cup cocoa nibs, optional (I used Theo)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Stir in egg, mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla until well combined.
Add baking soda, cocoa and flour.
Mix everything until well incorporated.
Add dates, coconut and cacao nibs (if applicable) and mix with a wooden spoon.
Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes.
Insert a toothpick into the center of the loaf and check to see that it comes out clean.
Allow bread to rest in the loaf pan for 10 minutes.
Invert the loaf pan onto a cooling rack.
Slather with butter.
This drink is a knock-off from one of my favorite eateries in Portland, ME, the East Ender. It’s a colorful spin on a Moscow Mule made with blood oranges. As far as I can tell, this beverage contains no significant post-run recovery benefit, however I did recently read one article which indicated Vitamin C may help prevent the ‘post-marathon sniffle’. Works for me!
Blood Orange Mule
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz fresh blood orange juice
2 oz vodka
4 to 6 oz ginger beer
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add lime juice, orange juice and vodka; shake until well combined. Pour into glass over ice and top with ginger beer.
Cheers to lazy Sundays!