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Use Banana Bread To Spread and Get a Lot of Happiness


Looking to spread and get a lot of happiness this week. Well we have the perfect idea to make that happen. On February 23rd we celebrate National Banana Bread day. Easy to make and a delicious treat, banana bread gained popularity in the 1930s during the Great Depression to avoid wasting over ripe bananas.  We love to use it as a daily give and have many times. Baking is a fun, creative activity and sharing food is a simple but profound act of kindness. Reap even more benefits by baking a vegan banana bread. It will count not only as your give for the day, but an animal or planet give!

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe – The Perfect Give

(source: Amit Dassana, Veg Recipes of India)

What You Need

4 ripe bananas

1.5 cups flour

0.5 cup vegitable oil

0.5 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1.5 tsp baking powder

0.5 tsp baking soda

0.25 tsp cinnamon powder

Pinch nutmeg

Pinch salt

How To Make It

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a bread tin with vegetable oil

Mash bananas and sugar well in a mixing bowl. Add oil, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt to the mashed bananas.

Sift the flour onto the mashed bananas and gently fold in the flour to the mashed banana mixture.

Pour the banana bread batter into the loaf pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.

Remove from the oven. Let the banana bread cool for 10 minutes.

Slice and share.

Makes 12 servings.

Spread and Get a Lot of Happiness

Baking Benefits You In More Ways Than You Know

(source: Goldberg, Elana, 5 Reasons Why Baking is Good for Mental Health) 

  1. Baking is calming and meditative.
  2. Baking increases endorphins by stimulating the senses.
  3. Baking is nourishing.
  4. Baking can be a creative outlet.
  5. Sharing your baking with others is rewarding.

Spread Happiness With Your Next Banana Bread

The way to the heart is through the stomach, so here’s a list of 25 people in your community that will appreciate receiving your baked goods.

  1. A stranger
  2. Your bank manager
  3. Lanlord
  4. Street vendor
  5. Store clerk
  6. Cashier
  7. Custodian
  8. IT department
  9. Mail room personel
  10. Delivery person
  11. Mailman
  12. Lunch room supervisor
  13. School crossing guard
  14. School Bus driver
  15. Homeless person
  16. Local shelter
  17. Teachers
  18. Students
  19. Coworkers
  20. Police station
  21. Fire station
  22. Neighbours
  23. Friends
  24. Family
  25. Treat yourself


Spread and Get a Lot of Happiness

Why Vegan? – A Planet or Animal Give

(source:, Why Going Vegan Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution)

Incorporating a more vegan diet has many benefits…and counts as a planet or animal give!

  1. Every vegan saves 200 animals a year.
  2. On average vegans are 20 pounds lighter than meat eaters .
  3. Vegan’s have less chances of getting heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
  4. Vegan food is delicious.
  5. Animal flesh is the top source of food poisoning.
  6. It takes 13 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of animal flesh.
  7. Meat prodcution is the biggest cause of climate change.
  8. It’s cool to be vegan, many celebrities have adopted this lifestyle.
  9. Better sex? Saturated fat from meat can clog blood flow to your sexual organs.
  10. Eating a more vegan diet reduces animal suffering.

Spread and Get a Lot of Happiness

Go Bananas Spreading Happiness – It Will Catch On!

Post and share your banana bread gives on social media using the #365give hashtag and inspire others to give back too.  Practice giving daily and spread happiness all year round. Sign up for a free 365give membership and find other simple ways to give every day.










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