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I Bake When I’m Overwhelmed- Toddler Friendly Gluten Free STUFT Green Banana Bread

I Bake When I’m Overwhelmed- Toddler Friendly Gluten Free STUFT Green Banana Bread


So, um yeah. Dang it I’m overwhelmed over here. Not a big fan. Is anyone though? Ha.

Thank goodness the day started out with this (the new unsweetened mocha)


and more importantly this.


Don’t you just love it when you read something that just fits so perfectly with where you’re at at the moment?

I needed that this morning. I had to keep reminding myself throughout the day to just take one thing at a time.

I’ll try to do that here too.

I won’t bore you with my classes I taught today or my short treadmill run, but I will tell you I added Katy Perry’s song “Roar” to my spin play list. It was played everywhere at the Marine Corps Marathon With the Runner’s World Challenge last weekend so it has sentimental value.

We climbed to it today in class.


I finally went through some mail I’ve gotten over the past couple of days. Sometimes I get mail and put it on the shelf and don’t open it for a little while. Kind of like saving all your presents for Christmas. I save my packages for that special time. So silly, right?

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Some new Handful bras (I wear them daily), Mizuno gloves (yes, I totally wear gloves in So Cal- my hands freeze when I run outside in cold weather and I’m wussy) and one of Pavement Runner’s cool shirts. Dang I love getting mail.



Just in case your curious on how some of the celebrities did in the New York City Marathon yesterday, Runner’s World has you covered. Check out this article.

How Celebrities Faired at the New York City Marathon

That darn Andy Baldwin did pretty well with a 3:17 something. We go way back you know. And my other bestie Summer Sanders from the Runner’s World Hat Trick did well too with a 3:24 something.


Pro Compression has a new Sock of the Month for November.


Yep. Argyle. Awesome.

To get in on the awesomeness, go to the Sock of the Month page. Use code NOV for 40% off and FREE shipping.



So yeah, when I’m overwhelmed I bake. Probably not the best idea as I should start working on getting ready to travel across the country again, but I had some toddlers that were convinced we were baking some STUFT CHO Muffins this morning.

Since I was out of a few things, I made due with what I could find in the pantry. I wasn’t sure it would come out, but wouldn’t you know it did. I love it when that happens. I also love when my roasted brussel sprouts turn out just the right crispiness.

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He he.


The modifications I made to the muffins came out so well I thought I’d share. And we made it into a loaf by Judah’s request and because it was easier.

Speaking of easy, parchment paper is key. I use it for everything. Roasting veggies, lining baking pans, muffin cup liners, you name it, parchment paper is the way to go.


Okay. Here’s the bread. It’s gluten free, doesn’t have too much sugar, has some spinach in there for “strong muscles” and is a winner over here at the STUFT house.






The perfect slice.


Some pretty cool green loving tots.



Want to come over for breakfast with us?



Have a good one.


What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?

Do you open mail packages right away or do you let them sit for a couple days until the time is right and it’s even more exciting to open them?

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  1. 1
    Laura says:

    I could never get some fun mail and let it sit for awhile- when I get mail I have to open it right away!! Although, I bet if I got a lot of fun mail like you do, I probably could exercise some more self restraint and open a package when I need a pick me up. 🙂
    I hope next month’s SOM is holiday related…..I need a pair for Dec. races!!!

  2. 2

    Can you taste the spinach in it? I would love to add more into baking. I’m like you- I totally bake when I’m stressed/overwhelmed/ or bored! ha I just love to bake and enjoy the deliciousness 🙂

  3. 3
    lindsay says:

    when i am overwhelmed? —> REST, do LEsS! i know, it is hard. BUT listen to your body, your mind, and God’s promises. oh and bake me more of this. please?

  4. 4

    I don’t get packages that much but when I do I usually open them when I pick them up! Green banana bread looks awesome! Look forward to trying this in the future!

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    Kathy says:

    I bake a lot more when around the house in the winter…..I love how it warms up the house and gives the “homey” smell. Plus, we get a nice warm treat out of it…score!

    And YES…I do want to come and have breakfast with you….hahaha!

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    Jenny says:

    I am sooo trying this bread. You are a genius! I open my mail right away…I dont like surprises and I dont like to wait….not a good mix when getting packages in the mail!! When I am overwhelmed I shut down and and dont want to do anything. Sometimes I end up making a list and that helpes.

    How much do you love compression socks? Have they really helped amd whats the difference between the socks and calf sleeves other than one is a sock and one is a sleeve..lol..I want to try them thinking that would help with recovery.

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    Erica says:

    I’m totally making this bread for Kaylin! I bet she’ll love it (and me and Josh too!). I bake when I’m stressed….or/and drink way too much coffee or workout. That shirt is so darn cute. Brussels are my favorite veggie. I can never wait to open mail (too curious)

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    lacey says:

    I usually pray when I am over whelmed. I am totally going to check out that Jesus calling book.

    I usually open packages immediately unless it is on my birthday and the packages come a few days early I wait until that day. I will have to try that bread it looks good

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    Kim says:

    Well this morning I was overwhelmed and a bit stressed so after I got the boys to school I ate some Cheetos while blogging. Now I’m ready to tackle the day!!!

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    Laura says:

    I love roasted Brussels sprouts, yum!!

    If I’m feeling overwhelmed I will make myself a nice cup of coffee or cocoa and just chill in my favorite cozy chair, and read a magazine or something. But to really accomplish this, my 2 yr old needs to be taking a nap, otherwise no relaxing will be happening for me!

  11. 11

    That bread looks amazing!! Gonna make that for sure. I love green food.

    I have to wear gloves when I’m outside without fail if its anywhere below hot, ha (have raynauds) how are the mizuno ones?

  12. 12
    Nicole says:

    Hahaha – I’m a mail-hoarder too! I usually wait until the weekends to open up my mail (or, I guess sometimes I’ll open up a few pieces as I’m cooking dinner.)

    When I’m overwhelmed, baking is ALWAYS a great option for me. For some reason, my mind just clears away……

  13. 13
    Francine says:

    Too funny you keep calling the boys “toddlers”! They are much older than that term now! LOL. I too, bake when overwhelmed or stressed!!

  14. 14
    Casey says:

    Can’t wait to try the bread! LOVE new recipes!

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    Michelle C says:

    I so needed this today. I need to get this book and read it cover to cover over and over. Yesterday was a very overwhelming and overall crappy day. I need to remember to give it up to HIM!

  16. 16

    I’m a big baker when I’m stressed, or emotional in most any form. I’m trying to learn to bake healthier goodies and this sounds perfect! I love the fun color of it.

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    Joy says:

    Truthfully, when I’m feeling really overwhelmed I have a good quick cry (I’m a big crier…and very emotional) and then I sit down and write down everything that I want to get accomplished that day. I then look to see what’s the most important and get to work. Writing things down really helps me because then I can cross things off and that feels so good!

  18. 18

    Yay!! How did you know I have 4 ripe bananas and need to make Banana Bread. I am going to make this tonight but since we are out of Spinach I will be adding in Zuchinni and Squash instead.
    I love to bake but I don’t necessarily bake “healthy”. This will help me get in some more veggies in our day!

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    Rebecca Payne says:

    Random question: what’s your favorite brand of coconut oil? Is it the one you use in the unsweetened mocha? Looking to get some, but there are so many brands. Thanks for the help!

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    Sarah Mac says:

    Hey I just read a blog over on http://throughheatherslookingglass.com and it is all about running wine and dine. Check it out!! She is a travel agent for Disney and has run all Disney races several times!!

  21. 21

    HAHA I have actually definitely held out a couple of days to open a package! When I am overwhelmed, I do YOGA. It forces me to quiet my mind and stop that mental chatter. It also allows me to remember to not sweat the small things and be grateful for the big things. XOXO

  22. 22

    MMM that bread looks fantastic. And I open mail and packages right away even the bills LOL

  23. 23

    Thanks for the love… 🙂

  24. 24

    Bread looks amazing! My meatloaf is green cause I put spirulina in it! 🙂

    I kinda retreat when I am overwhelmed OR watch easy & no think TV! 😉

    I typically open right away unless it is a bday. Then I save for that day…

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    Melissa says:

    The bread looks so good. I’m going to make it this weekend. I’m challenged in the kitchen, so sorry for the dumb questions, but are you melting the coconut oil then measuring it, or using 1/3 cup solid? Also, fresh spinach, right?



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