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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Superfood Saturday- Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Bread

I'm still on a streak of pumpkin recipes.  I love the taste of pumpkin and it is a great way for me to sneak a veggie into my diet.  Canned pumpkin is available all year round and it goes on sale this time of year.  Try some different ways to use pumpkin beyond pies.  This recipe is easy to make and also has a few other healthy ingredients; bananas, coconut mik, and pumpkin seeds. I'm also always on the look out for recipes that use ripe bananas. I am going to bring this loaf to work on Monday for our department meeting. I can't wait to try it.

Banana Pumpkin Breakfast Bread

1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
1 ripe banana
½ cup canned coconut milk
1 teaspoon orange extract
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup raisins
1 cup pumpkin seeds

Pre-heat oven to 325 F.  Butter and flour a loaf pan.  Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and spices into a bowl.  Set aside. In another bowl, combine the pumpkin, banana, coconut milk, extract, sugar and eggs.  Mix well then add to flour mixture.  Mix in pumpkin seeds and raisins.  Bake for 60-75 minutes or until knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Chris Wodke at Paratriathlon National Championship Austin 2013

Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 159 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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