Banana Bread Recipe

When it Rains it Pours & Banana Bread

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (easy)

There may be; no flowers on the fig tree, no fruit on the vines, nothing on the trees that have fruits called olives, no food in the fields, no sheep in the hills, no cows on the farms, but I will still sing praises to the Lord! I will be happy with the God that makes me safe.

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Have you ever experienced one of those seasons that feels like everything that could go wrong, does? While I might not be able to directly relate to the scripture above (I’ve definitely never grown figs or fruit or olives), I can absolutely think of more than one time where it seemed like I just couldn’t catch a break. I’m sure you have as well.

Whether you’re facing a string of issues in your marriage, financial burdens, employment crises, or any combination of the above; when it rains, it certainly pours. From the moment sin entered the world, humans have been caught in the “when it rains, it pours” cycle. Comes with the territory, I guess. But have you ever met one of those people that seem to be joyful, even though you suspect you’d be crumbling under the weight of the circumstances they’re dealing with?

When I have the opportunity to connect with someone who manages to find joy in the midst of something awful, it always makes me stop and do a double take. I have so many questions I want to ask them, but I never need to, because I already know the answer; Jesus.

The only thing that can make our lives joyful, regardless of our circumstances isn’t a thing at all. It’s not a trip, a car, or even a restored marriage. It’s only Jesus; knowing Him, following Him, trusting Him. He provides everything we need in seasons of success and in seasons of struggle. And the truth is that without Him, none of the good will feel good. I’ve met people who have the “perfect” life, yet they’re incredibly unhappy – far less joyful than those who are struggling with difficult, heartbreaking trials in life.

He’s what makes the bad days manageable and the good days incredible. Surely, the difficult seasons are a strain on our lives, to say the least. But God gives us Himself so that we can continue on in hope, knowing that when the world is crumbling around us, our God still stands; steady and still. In that hope is where we’ll find true happiness.

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What are some of the circumstances or struggles you’re currently facing? Do you believe that God is bigger than those struggles? Do you believe that He loves you and that He’s working for your good in all things? How does this change your perspective on your circumstances?

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To experience true happiness that’s God-focused, not circumstantial.

Banana Bread

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

Serves 6 • 1 Slice Per Serving

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Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray
  3. Combine all ingredients except for walnuts in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  4. Pour batter evenly into bread pan and top with chopped walnuts
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Nutrition

Calories

1248 cal

Fat

23 g

Carbs

246 g

Protein

32 g
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Tips & Tools

Breaking the bananas up into smaller pieces before dropping them in the blender makes the process go a bit faster.

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