Today is one of those days when I just don't feel productive because I'm not literally producing anything.
I'm not creating any new recipes, not really coming up with any new ideas, not much is happening around here. At least, that's what it feels like. Mom and I woke up earrrrrrly this morning - like, 5 AM - to take her favorite spin class together (which I wrote about over here), and that drained any motivation for productivity right out of me. Wiped. Me. Out. I even went to bed extra early to be sure I'd get seven-ish hours of sleep!
Since then, I've been writing a little bit, answering emails, running errands (one for kombucha, one for much-needed new shoes + sunglasses, and one for my fixed-up car), cleaning around the house...
*long, awkward pause*
... and I currently just woke up from nap - my third nap this week, actually. WOW. What a day. Of course, I woke up hungry, so I snacked on some leftover recipe creations and a yellow mango, and I'm back to the comfy couch.
Now, I'm questioning what I define as "productivity", anyway. I guess, from the words I've already written, that my idea makes me think I'm only productive if I'm producing something tangible by the end of the day - whether that be a recipe or six recipes or a paycheck. None of those have been produced yet today, and I don't foresee that changing in the next three hours or in the next four days either because my family has a vacation/road-trip coming up.
Haley, that. is. okay.
Just like my body needs rest days from physical activity, my brain needs rest days from work. Funny how I'm just now realizing that, after three years of college thus far. My Type A/get-'er-done personality has sustained me for longer than I thought it would!
Don't forget to recharge your batteries or refill your gas tank or whatever you want to call it, kids. Your body and your mind can't run on and on full-speed-ahead forever!
Makes 6-8 servings
1 cup mashed banana (I used frozen, then thawed chunks)
1/2 cup nut butter
3 tbsp. coconut flour
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips
oil, for greasing the pan
For the drizzle:
- Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a bread pan.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut flour, cinnamon, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda and stir. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, honey, banana and nut butter. Pour the wet into the dry and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let it cool and make the drizzle in the meantime. Simply whisk together cacao powder and coconut oil until a dressing-like consistency is reached. Add both ingredients in slowly, tablespoon by tablespoon, to ensure too much isn't made.
- Drizzle over the top, letting it drip down the sides, and then slice and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.