This weekend Mr. Nomad and I reorganized our Costco room to get a grasp on what we had, what items we were running low on, and more or less just make the room inhabitable. It was a disaster, but 4 hours later it looks great and ridiculously well organized.
Thanks Mr. Nomad!
I found lots of goodies that I forget I even had. A Key Lime Dip Mix from Tastefully Simple, 8 jars of grapleaves (I knew I had 2), and about a million other things. Some stuff got pitchd because a) I’ll never use them or b) they were expired (yikes!).
A few things were rather interesting, like a jar of honeyed jujube. Jujubes are Chinese dates that have lots of health benefits. They have strong antioxidant properties, high in Vitamin A and C and also help to promote healthy digestion. The Chinese love them and you can find them in any market. They come dry but I’ve enjoyed them fresh too. They do not taste nearly as sweet as traditional dried dates, but they have a lovely flavour and are low in calories so they make a great snack.
As healthy as they can be, they are also sold soaked in honey. The jujubes are sliced very thin then added to a jar of honey. The Chinese like to pour it into a cup of hot water and drink it.
I don’t know why I bought a jar of honeyed jujube. No idea at all. I don’t eve know when in the last 2 and 1/2 years here I bought it. Or from where. As an admitted food hoarder, this is a serious problem.
But as I looked at the jar my eyes wandered to a bunch of very ripe bananas on the counter. Hmm… Banana Bread with Jujube? This could be very good. Dates are an excellent way to add moisture to a cake anyways so with little to lose I started mixing together my batter. I gave the spoon a lick before I add the egg white. Um yummy! But it needed something…
I’m not a fan of walnuts in banana bread. They do nothing for me. But this time, something came over me and I added a cup of walnut pieces to the batter. The walnuts added a delicious crunch and saltiness that the bread needed. I have enough honeyed jujubes to make one more loaf, then I’m going to need to go out and find a jar of it!
If you’re in the neighbourhood and your curious about this, come by for a slice! I’ll even throw in a cup of tea for free!
Honeyed jujubes (Chinese dates) provide a delicious sweetness to the banana bread without extra sugar!
- 1 1/2 cups Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 Egg white
- 4 Bananas, mashed
- 1 cup Honeyed Jujubes (Chinese Dates)
- 1 cup Walnut pieces
- 5 tablespoons Butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix in all of the ingredients except the flour together until combined. Then mix in the flour.
- Pour batter into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 65-75 minutes or when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
Every oven is different so make sure to test for doneness!