Overindulgent Breakfast Carbs

Cute W loves cinnamon rolls. We’ve always made the pre-packaged kind, which I don’t love. It leaves that gross-tastic coating of fake on my tongue. So for Father’s Day I decided to try to go homemade with this recipe from allrecipes.com. Oh, they were delicious. And not too hard to make. I followed a reviewer’s suggestion and just let my Kitchen Aid mixer keep mixing so that I could skip the kneading, and I put them in a pan as many folks suggested, and left them ready in the fridge overnight before baking them in the morning. Here they are going in:


And here’s a finished cinnamon roll:


We added walnuts–no raisins for Cute W!!–and I had some buttercream frosting on the side. We liked them with a little dab of frosting, although next time I might try a cream cheese frosting. And I’d totally make these again, especially since you can get it ready the night before and then throw them into the oven in the morning.

When I made them I figured that I’d put them in a post, but then I realized that I owe someone our banana bread recipe. This one is from Cute W’s family. The secret is that the bananas have to be “dead,” as Cute W says, or overripe enough that your children will point to the bananas on the counter and say, “Aren’t you going to throw that away?” Once you’ve made the bread a couple of times, they’ll point and say, “Oh, yum! Are those for banana bread?” Incidentally, this is not one of those get-your-kids-to-accidentally-eat-something-nutritious recipes. It’s more like “part of a nutritious breakfast,” like those sugar cereal commercials say, and then you see the bowl surrounded by skim milk, strawberries, kale chips, and salmon.

Cute W’s Grandma’s  Banana Bread


  • 1/3 cup butter or shortening
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 bananas, overripe to blackness
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/3 cups flour
  • 1 scant teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • chocolate chips, optional


  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Mix in bananas, eggs, flour, and soda.
  • Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  • Put it in a greased loaf pan and bake at 300° for c. 40 minutes.



  1. Claire

    Yum, thank you for the recipe! In my house, the chocolate chips will not be optional. They will be an essential requirement. I’ll switch it up and make the walnuts optional.

  2. Aliza

    Just in time! I have two perfectly black bananas on my counter. Are the fruit flies optional?

  3. @Aliza, I almost said, try to catch the bananas after they look disgusting but before the fruit flies appear. They’re packed with protein, I’ll bet!

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